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Firsties’ Milestone Marked with 100th Night Show

Musical comedy presents the lighter side of life at West Point with song and dance

One of the best ways for firsties to remember and relive their 47-month experience at West Point is to poke fun at it with a musical comedy.

This year’s 100th Night Show titled, “The Class the Stars Fell On … Literally” premiered Feb. 20 at Eisenhower Hall Theatre and was presented to the Class of 2015 and guests Feb. 21 following the traditional banquet at Washington Hall.

The show is modeled off the “Saturday Night Live” television program and is a sketch-based look at the Class of 2015.

“Instead of creating a story that takes us through the last 44 months, as is typical for the 100th Night Show, we decided to focus in on specific events that our class remembers most or had the greatest impact on our class,” Class of 2015 Cadet Daniel Trainor, 100th Night Show director, said. Full Story »

Photo courtesy of Kathy Eastwood

Dean's Weekly, February 27th

Department of Law

On 23 February, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation, Mark Peters, discussed with cadets in the Criminal Law course in the Department of Law how corruption originates within public institutions. Commissioner Peters discussed how his office identifies circumstances that lead to the public's loss of trust in institutions. He focused specifically on long-term problems at the large prison in New York (Rikers Island) and bribery of city building inspectors. Commissioner Peters, fourth from right, is pictured here with his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Jeri Powell, fifth from right, and some of the cadets from the Criminal Law class.

Department of Foreign Languages

Spanish: The Spanish Language cadets continue studying Spanish and the opportunities to enjoy experiences in Mexico outside of the classroom. They are finishing their first month of courses at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Last week the cadets visited the canals of Xochimilco, what is left of a pre-Colombian Aztec transportation system. They also recently visited Tepotzlan, an Aztec and Nahua cultural center, to see ruins there. They are integrating well with other International and Mexican students joining them in their studies and cultural activities in Mexico, enjoying Mexican cuisine, visiting local museums, and Cadet Fydenkevez made a recent trip to the symphony.

German: On February 18th 2015, cadets from LTC Rolf Metz’s German Military Speaking and Reading (LG476) and Dr. Johannes Vazulik’s German Civilization II (LG484) classes visited the United Nations in New York City. Representatives from the UN German Delegation provided the cadets a guided tour of the facilities and discussed, in German, the organization’s history and current role in international relations. Following the tour, the group enjoyed a traditional German meal of schnitzel and baked potatoes at the German mission.

German: COL Mark Gagnon lectured on the 1955 Austrian film, "Sissi," to more than 30 people at the Cornwall Public Library's Foreign Film night on 19 February. Cadets enrolled in German also participated in the event. One of the most popular German-speaking films ever, the movie tells the story of Elizabeth, Empress of Austria. An expert on German film, COL Gagnon spoke about the importance of the film in the context of postwar Austria and Germany. For the fifth year in a row, West Point Cadets have participated in the Foreign Film night at the Cornwall Public Library. This forum provides an opportunity for Cadets to gain a deeper cultural perspective as well as interact with the local community. Prior to the event the Cadets enjoyed an authentic Austrian meal at a local restaurant.

Chinese: The cadets studying abroad in China and Taiwan are currently off from classes for the week for the Chinese New Year and will be taking this opportunity to travel in both locations. The cadets in Taiwan are visiting sites on both ends of Taiwan. The group in China is visiting Shanghai and Kunming.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Briefing: On 18 February, PaNE supported a request from MA255 leadership (MAJ Peter Young) to provide their cadets with engineering applications of differential equations. This took place during the Dean’s Hour in WH5300. Dr. Brian Moretti, MAJ Andrew Decker, and COL Bryndol Sones each discussed examples of nuclear engineering applications from the topics of Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Weapons Effects, and Medical Applications, respectively.

Department of English and Philosophy

Plebes Visit USMA Special Collections & Archives for Hands-On Literature Lesson. On 17 and 18 February, three sections of EN102: Literature joined forces for a visit to USMA Special Collections & Archives. The purpose of the visit was to make some of the authors and texts the cadets are studying more tangible. To this end, cadets were able to interact with several pieces from the West Point archives such as a 1770 edition of Shakespeare’s plays; a facsimile of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass manuscript; a signed first edition of Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; and several artifacts from Edgar Allan Poe’s brief tenure as a USMA cadet, including the record of his 1831 court-martial and a letter written in Poe’s own hand to COL Sylvanus Thayer. A special thank you goes out to Elaine McConnell, Susan Lintelmann and Suzanne Christoff for taking time to share this material with approximately 180 cadets over four class periods.

Author Michael Pitre speaks to the Creative Writing Forum and Cadets in EN102. Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, visited West Point on Thursday, February 19th. Fives and Twenty-Fives was published to significant acclaim by Bloomsbury Press in August, 2014. Michael drew from his own experiences in Iraq, and largely from the experience of his friends, to construct the characters and the narrative. In it, he endeavors not to “fetishize combat,” but to capture the true and complete experience, not just of the deployment, but of the readjustment upon returning home.

The visit was an opportunity for cadets to discuss creativity and writing with an accomplished veteran and author. Michael enjoyed lunch in Washington Hall with cadets from the Creative Writing Forum where he took questions on developing characters and converting personal experience into compelling prose. He spoke to EN102 cadets about the creative process and narrative construction. In his discussion he emphasized that creativity can only be productive when coupled with a disciplined work ethic, attention to detail, and true dedication to one’s craft, characters, and message.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Cadets study Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On February 19th, Major Miller and 14 cadets enrolled in EV376, Geography of the Middle East, braved the bitter Manhattan cold and ventured to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they experienced the art of "Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia." During their museum visit, the cadets explored cultural themes, patterns, representations and images found in the wide array of exhibits that included everything from Persian tapestries and Arabic calligraphy to Damascus chainmail and Arabesque motifs. The cadets also considered how art was as a cohesive element across the geographic expanses of the early Islamic world. And of course, the trip also included delicious-and piping hot-shawarma and falafel from the museum food trucks!

EV398 Data Collection. On February 23rd and 24th, Cadets from EV398 (Introduction to GIS) braved the cold to collect GPS data for their GIS problem sets. This exercise introduces real world data collection, along with importing the data into ArcGIS, and preparing it for future analysis.






US Army Public Health Command Guest Lecture. On Thursday, 19 February, Mr. Paul Hopp and Mr. Terry Meade of the US Army Public Health Command presented a guest lecture to cadets enrolled in EV397 (Air Pollution Engineering) on US Army Air Quality Monitoring. In addition to recounting results from monitoring missions, they gave hands-on demonstrations of some of the equipment used to monitor air quality and thus protect Soldier health in both home station and deployed locations.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Goethals Infrastructure Challenge. The Goethals’ Infrastructure Challenge (GIC) is a 4-day student competition that educates students on how to approach Grand Challenges through the study of wicked problems in infrastructure. The GIC completed its third successful iteration 4-7 December 2014. This iteration of the GIC included 4 teams at West Point comprised of majors from Civil Engineering, Foreign Languages (Chinese and Spanish), Strategic Studies, Economics, and Management. This test validated the 96-hour length of the competition and the manner in which participants receive guidance toward a final submittal. Student teams have more room for innovation in presenting their results because new submittal requirements only dictate which stakeholder group must be addressed. The winning team of Cadets Christopher Corbett ‘15, Corey Archibeque ’16, Alejandro Aguilar ’15 and Andrew Wolgemuth ’15 are congratulated on their ability to make Chuck Norris fear them!

Cadets Visit AMRDEC for Capstone Update: Cadets Frank Conroy, Mike Grajera, and Micah Uchida with project advisor, COL Daisie Boettner, traveled to Redstone Arsenal, AL, 8-9 February 2015, to update Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Command on their capstone project in support of the Multi-Mission Launch (MML) Platform. Their device must level the antenna supporting mast within 0.5 degree, weigh less than 400 lbs, and fit in the given area on the MML trailer. They will present their final prototype on Projects Day, 30 April 2015.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership


MAJ Cheveso “Chevy” Cook shares Negotiation Experience with West Point Negotiation Project Cadet Program. On 4 February, West Point Negotiation Project hosted MAJ Chevy Cook as their Spring Kick-Off Guest Speaker. During his hour-long talk, MAJ Cook shared his experiencing negotiating with Iraqi locals to include the idea that assumptions matter, you must understand your interests and alternatives, and taking a deliberate approach to planning/executing negotiation is valid as an Officer, Cadet, and Civilian. Cadets enjoyed additional time together and with MAJ Cook over dinner catered by American Burrito. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

West Point Negotiation Project helps prepare USMAPS Vanguard Leadership Group for their Spring Break STEM Project. On 7 February, West Point Negotiation Project led a three-hour workshop for 14 USMAPS Cadet Candidates (CCs) from Dean Melanie Wong-Dodge’s Vanguard Leadership Group. The workshop, led by MAJ Christina Fanitzi (BSL) and CDT Gene Fogh (’15, B-4), taught CCs skills to manage difficult conversations. During the session, CCs were introduced to frameworks and skills to gain greater understanding of others’ perspectives and increase their own communication skills as they prepare for their Spring Break STEM trip. MAJ Michael Rybacki (BSL), CDT Rima Gasparini (’17, G-1), and CDT Richard Martin (’18, 1-2) served as Role Players/Facilitators to allow CCs to test, observe, and analyze their newly acquired frameworks and CDT Xavier Olivo (’18, I-2) and CDT Ty Moore (’18, B-1) served as volunteer participants, as prior CCs, which elevated CC learning through their insightful contributions. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

The Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership hosted the first "West Point Idea Friday.” The Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership hosted the first "West Point Idea Friday" on Friday, February 20th in the West Point Club's Gray Room. "Idea Friday" is a TED talk-inspired forum for cadets, faculty, staff, and friends to share and debate ideas to foster intellectual growth and diverse leader development. Sharing ideas at this event were Cadet Zachary Cohen '17, Cadet Alexander Grinberg '17, and LTC Remi Hajjar. Following each short 4-7 minute narrative presentation, the speakers fielded questions from the audience leading to a stimulating intellectual debate.

Glesener, Somers on Tewaaraton Watch List

Seniors John Glesener and Sam Somers are two of 50 male lacrosse players from around the country that have been selected to the watch list for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. The lists include the top 50 male and female players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award presented by Under Armour.

Among 2015 watch lists returnees are five former finalists. Four of the five 2014 women’s finalists return to the watch list, including Megan Douty (Maryland), Shannon Gilroy (Florida), Kayla Treanor (Syracuse) and 2014 winner Taylor Cummings (Maryland). Last year’s co-winner, Lyle Thompson (Albany), returns on the men’s side. Full Story »

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • This past weekend, three cadets from the West Point Marathon Team traveled to New York City, to take place in the Central Park Marathon
  • Due to the inclement weather, the Central Park Marathon was turned into a “fun run”, which means that it cannot be used for a Boston Qualifier
  • Despite the slushy conditions, the cadets chose to partake in the run anyways
  • Two of the cadets ran what would have been qualifying times (2:52), and by choosing to run regardless of the situation shows the resilience and tenacity of the team

Boxing (Men’s):

  • On 21 Feb., the Men’s Army Boxing Team competed in the West Point Invitational on the 4th Floor of Arvin, in the North Boxing Room
  • The Invitational was preparation for the Regionals in March and the Nationals in April
  • The teams that competed were: The Coast Guard Academy, Shippensburg University, and UMASS
  • Army Boxing went 15-1, and at one point won thirteen straight bouts
  • In attendance was the Superintendent, the BTO, and even MG Clarke stopped by, as he was visiting WP this weekend


  • The U.S. Fencing Association, the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport in the United States, has named three West Point Cadets as “All Americans” in the sport of Fencing
  • In the past, only NCAA Athletes in Fencing were given this collegiate honor
  • The USFA had decided to honor certain non-NCAA fencers based on their achievement of current or prior National Championships in the sport at the Collegiate level, along with those ranking 1-3 in the nation
  • The following were given the award: CDT Blake Gordon (current collegiate National Champion in Sabre, ranked #1); CDT Marvin Hargraves (former collegiate National Champion in Epee, formerly #1); and CDT Gus Williams (ranked #2 in Sabre)

Support Clubs

Pipes & Drums:

  • On 21 Feb., four pipers from the West Point Pipes and Drums, which included the future lead players of the band, traveled to Newark, NJ, to watch the Metro Cup Solo Piping Invitational
  • The Metro Cup is the premier professional solo piping event in North America, with Gold Medal pipers and Glenfiddich champions coming to compete
  • The band members arrived at the Ramada Inn hotel, and met a few of the judges, as well as John Bottomley, the current piping instructor of the band
  • The event first featured the piobaireachd competition, and then the medley competition took place
  • After the winners of the competition were announced, the band members met up with Dan Lyden, one of the judges who favored the West Point Pipes and Drums back during the Army/Navy competition in December
  • The band had a productive conversation with Mr. Lyden about piobaireachd and competitions, and he gave the band members tips for the upcoming Scotia-Glenville competition
  • CDTS Hanson and Kenny also conversed with Pipe Sergeant Gordon Walker, formerly of the Royal High-land Fusiliers (British Army)

Academic Clubs


  • On 20 Feb., thirteen cadets from the Army Debate Team traveled to Danbury, CT, to participate in the qualifying rounds for the National Debate Tournament
  • The National Debate Tournament is the debate version of the NCAA final four; only 72 pairs qualify for this event each year
  • CDTS Michael Barlow and Quanzy Caston got qualified this weekend, and will now be competing in the National Debate Tournament
  • Additionally, CDT Tessa Gould and Seamus Matlack were semi-finalists in the Novice Division

Debate: Model Arab League:

  • On 20 Feb., six cadets of the Model Arab League traveled to Clifton, NJ, for dinner at the La’Ziza Lebanese Restaurant
  • The purpose of this trip was to build team rapport and deepen the understanding of one facet of Arabic culture and cuisine
  • The cadets tried a variety of Lebanese dishes including hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, falafel, kibbeh, shish tawook, kufta, and grilled meat served Levantine style
  • Spending several hours lingering over a meal and conversation is very common in the Arab world the cadets are learning about; this trip was a great team-building and learning experience

Hobby Clubs

Alpine Skiing:

  • On 20 Feb., the West Point Alpine Ski Team competed in the USCSA Mid-East Division Regional Championship at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort for the first time in three years
  • Among the thirteen competing schools were Cornell, Syracuse, Skidmore, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Binghamton Universities
  • CDT Sawyer Harkins (‘18) was selected as all-conference second team skier
  • Army Alpine will finish its season at Mount Bachelor, Oregon competing in the USCSA National Championship, that will take place 1 - 7 March

Nordic Skiing:

  • On the weekend of 20-22 Feb., the West Point Nordic Ski Team at-tended their last event of the season, the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Regional Competition held at Camp Ethan Allen Training Center in Jericho, VT
  • Five members of the team competed in the events, which included a 8.5K Classic race and a1K Sprint Qualifier race followed by elimination heats on Saturday, and a 15K Skate race on Sunday
  • Several of West Point’s men showed great improvements in their 8.5K Classic race times; CDT Landon Hanson (‘16) finished in 33:59, CDT Spencer Read (‘16) completed the course in 39:33, and CDT Dylan Gahm (‘16) finished with a time of 35:42,
  • In the women’s 8.5K Classic, the team also showed improvement; CDT Emily Beecher (‘17) finished the course in 43:00, and CDT Rebecca Sauter (‘16) came in close behind with a finish time of 44:45
  • While all of the team members competed in the 1K Sprint Qualifier race, none finished within the top 16 places to continue on to the elimination heat races
  • In the Women’s 15K Skate race, CDT Emily Beecher finished with a race time of 1:37:29 and CDT Rebecca Sauter completed the race in 1:43:28
  • In the Men’s 15K Skate, CDT Dylan Gahm was the first finished for West Point, with a race time of 1:13:24
  • CDT Spencer Read was the next West Pointer to finish, completing the course in 1:17:10; CDT Landon Hanson was the last West Point finisher, with a race time of 1:23:37
  • This last event demonstrated that with more time on the snow, every member of the team got better at both skiing technique and speed

DCA Happenings

This past weekend 1900 Cadets and guests attended the Class of 2015, 100th Night Class Reception and Banquet in the Cadet Mess Hall. Cadets wore semi-formal civilian attire to the event. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii was the guest speaker; she is also a Captain in the Hawaii National Guard 29th Brigade Combat Team and has received a Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After the banquet, cadets and their guests moved to Eisenhower Hall to view the 100th Night Show.

Athletic Director's Update, February 25th

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AD's Update

CDTs Meyer & Voet Capture Debate Team Win

The annual exchange between the U.S. Military Academy and the Royal Military College of Canada was highlighted once again with equal parts camaraderie and competitive spirit from all participants. The 2015 USMA-RMC Exchange was set up both at West Point and in Kingston, Ontario, for cadets and officer cadets to experience a day of normal routine – classes, meals and extracurriculars – and another day of scheduled competitions and demonstrations.

Class of 2015 Cadet Ken Voet was part of the team that won the trophy in 2013. This year, he paired with Class of 2016 Cadet Meyer Ungerman – as two engineering majors debating on the resolution of nuclear power being essential for future global energy security.

“It didn’t sit well with me that the trophy didn’t return from Canada last year,” Voet said. “I got used to seeing it around at practice and then it disappeared. It was always in the back of mind that I’d like to get it back.” Read More

Minato Leads Women's Basketball Past BU

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army women’s basketball team received a game-high 26 points from junior Kelsey Minato as the Black Knights got back on the winning track with a 64-50 Patriot League victory over Boston University on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena.

The Black Knights improve to 21-6 overall and 13-4 in the conference with the win, while the Terriers fall to 5-23 and 2-15.

Minato shot 9-for-15 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range while also adding five assists. The junior raised her career scoring total to 1,728 points and moved into second on Army’s all-time scoring list with a jumper at the 18:11 mark of the second half. Minato passed Cara Enright (USMA ’08), who netted 1,719 points over her career.

Sophomore Dani Failor finished with eight points and four rebounds for the hosts, while senior Ciara Jackson and junior Jean Parker also tallied eight points. Jackson’s eight points come as a career high. Full Story »

Szekely, Viana Garner All-Patriot League First Team Accolades

CENTRAL VALLEY, Pa. – After finishing as the runners-up at the Patriot League Championships, Chris Szekely and Will Viana of the Army men’s swimming and diving team have garnered All-Patriot League First Team accolades. Michael Dustin, Colin Kanzari, Sam Mo, Josh Sembrano and Josh Urnezis were named to the Second Team.

“Chris and Will both have been incredibly influential, their impact to the program has been profound in and out of the pool. It’s not surprising so me that they both earn spots on the first team”, said head coach Mickey Wender. “I think the fact that we only had two first teamers was a little disappointing, but it says a lot about the depth of our program. We were able to come back to second-place with only two standout swimmers. That says a lot about the quality and depth of our program across the board. We are all about the team approach and I think is shows in these awards. The bulk of our points come from our depth and, just as we tell the team, every single person on our squad is important and that every race is critical, so this just solidifies that.” Read More

Women's Lacrosse to Host Free Clinic on Saturday

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army club women's lacrosse team will hold a free clinic at the Foley Athletic Center next to Michie Stadium on Saturday morning before its home opener against Northeastern's club team later in the afternoon. The clinic is available to girls in grades K-8 and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Army women's lacrosse players and coaches will be on hand to provide lessons and instruction to participants throughout the clinic.

The event will precede the team's contests against Northeastern (1 p.m.) and NYU (3 p.m.), which will take place at West Point's Shea Stadium. Both games are free to the public. The Army men's lacrosse squad will also play at home, as it hosts Lafayette at noon at Michie Stadium. Read More

Army Athletics Play of the Week

Logan Everett Takedown vs. Navy.

Mr. Thomas, Civil Rights Activist & Vietnam Veteran Visits USMA

The West Point Department of History and the Center for Oral History were honored to have Mr. Hank Thomas, a Civil Rights Activist, Vietnam Veteran, and Businessman, visit on February 23rd. Mr. Thomas was at West Point speaking at the African American History Month luncheon, and then sat in on an American History class, provided an oral history interview, and discussed The West Point Guide to the Civil Rights Movement with COL Seidule.

Men's Tennis Sweeps Past St. Bonaventure for 8th Straight Win

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s tennis team defeated St. Bonaventure, 7-0, to grab its eighth win in a row on Sunday morning at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights move to 8-3 on the year following the win.

The Black Knights claimed the doubles point after victories from junior Harrison McCormick and sophomore Grant Riechamnn (No. 1), junior Austin McCasin and sophomore Kyle Barnes (No. 2) and freshmen Michael Sienko and Daniel Zheng (No. 3). Read More

Lacrosse Makes Moves in National Polls

WEST POINT, N.Y. – After a hard-fought game at No. 2/3 Syracuse last night, the Army lacrosse team made moves in all three national polls, including a jump to ninth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches’ Poll.

The Black Knights are ranked in the top 10 for the first time since the 2011 season when Army was ninth in the nation at the beginning of April. Army is ranked 9th by the coaches and moved up two spots from 11th last week. The Black Knights earned 131 points in the poll and are the highest ranked Patriot League team in the rankings. Denver remains in the top spot, followed by Syracuse. Loyola dropped from eighth to 14th after losing to Holy Cross on Saturday. The Crusaders made their first appearance in the poll at No. 19, while Colgate held steady at No. 20 as the Raiders are off to a 3-0 start. Read More

Army Claims Plate in USA Rugby Sevens Tournament

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Competing in the consolation bracket, the Army women’s rugby team claimed the tournament’s Plate award, defeating BYU and Ottawa. Army earned its first victory over BYU by a score of 17-12 in overtime and moved on to the Plate final to defeat the Ottawa Ravens by a score 12-0.

Against BYU, the Cougars got up by five early on, but a try from Ashley Mohr halfway through the first half tied the game at 5-5 heading into the half. BYU jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but a try from Allison Wilson and a successful conversion from newcomer Nicole Heavirland tied the game up at 12-12 and sent the teams into overtime. Read More

West Point Boxing Dominates at Home Show

Congratulations to the West Point Boxing team on dominating their 2015 Home Show.

The team won 16 of their 17 bouts, and will compete next in the Brigade Boxing Open here at Crest Hall, Feb. 27. West Point Boxing

Wrestling Earns 21-10 Star Win Over Navy

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army wrestling team came away with a 21-10 victory over Navy to end the Midshipmen’s winning streak in the series in front of 1,004 fans on Sunday evening at Christl Arena.

Army’s win is the first over Navy since the 1996-97 season and snaps the Midshipmen’s 14-year winning streak and 17-year unbeaten streak in the series, as the teams tied during the 1999-00 campaign.

The match opened at 157 pounds, with No. 18 Russell Parsons winning a 7-1 decision over Navy’s Drew Daniels to give Army (3-6, 3-4 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) an early 3-0 advantage. Navy (3-5, 1-3) answered with a 5-3 victory at 165, as 16th-ranked Peyton Walsh defeated Chandler Smith. Read More

Ferguson Sends Men's Basketball to Win Over American

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army used a 20-2 run surrounding halftime and rode Kevin Ferguson's career-high 23 points to a 72-63 victory over American on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Senior Day win helped the Black Knights complete the season sweep of American. Ferguson also led Army (15-12, 6-10 Patriot) with a career-best 12 rebounds for his fourth-career double-double as Army held a 35-27 rebounding advantage. Kyle Wilson scored 17, Tanner Plomb had 15 and Dylan Cox finished with nine for the Black Knights in a 52.3 percent shooting performance.

Charlie Jones netted a team-high 16 points for American, while Jesse Reed and John Schoof also scored in double figures, with 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Army reached 15 victories for the third consecutive year, marking the first time the Black Knights have had three straight 15-win campaigns since Bob Knight's teams each won at least 15 from 1967-70. Full Story »

Men's Track & Field Takes Fourth at Patriot League Championships

ANNAPOLIS, MD – A fifth straight title for Clyde Wilson was the highlight for the Army men’s track & field team as they wrapped up the Patriot League Indoor Championships on Sunday in fourth place overall. Wilson turned in a Patriot League Championship meet record time of 1:50.70 in the 800m to take home his fifth straight individual title in the event, dating back to his sophomore season.

The senior wasn’t done there, as he led off the 4x400 relay team that cruised to first place with a time of 3:15.41. Running behind Wilson was Patrick Taylor, Bradley Gibson and Jose Santana. Santana was the leading individual scorer for the Black Knights on Sunday, finishing second in the 60m with a time of 6.88 and third in the 400m, crossing the line in 48.68. He was one of three scorers for Army in the 400m, with Taylor joining in fourth place with a time of 48.73 and Bradley Gibson finishing with a personal best time of 49.58. Read More

Dean's Weekly, February 20th

Department of English and Philosophy

Bard’s Seminar. On 10 February, seventeen cadets and five faculty members from EP395 Special Topics in Philosophy attended the first of four joint sessions with their colleagues and counterparts at Bard College. This multidisciplinary course examines the complex nature of human intolerance through the diverse perspectives held by faculty and cadets from four West Point departments (English and Philosophy, History, Law, and Social Sciences) and their counterparts at Bard, who are drawn from a comparably wide range. The Bard students graciously hosted the cadets for lunch and an informal “meet and greet,” which was followed by a two-hour seminar at which Bard students presented commentaries in response to essays in the course reader written by West Point faculty. Each commentary generated excellent discussion by both students and faculty. Near the end of the course a second joint session at Bard will take place at the Bard campus in preparation for Projects Day at West Point. In between, there will be two joint sessions hosted by West Point. The first of these takes place on Tuesday, 17 February, in the Haig Room, during which COL Ty Seidule (Head of the Department of History) and Professor Jonathan Becker (Vice President and Dean of International Affairs at Bard) will speak.

The Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Art, and Architecture: EN102 Cadets visit NYC. In order to understand and contextualize both the adherence and deviation from poetic conventions in the work of T.S. Eliot and his contemporaries, twenty Cadets from EN102 spent the day analyzing various forms of art and architecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Modern Museum of Art, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The visit enabled them to see how traditional focuses upon form in representing ideas in poetry as well as classical, Gothic, and Renaissance art were not abandoned but heightened in modernist works. At the same time, students explored concepts identifiable in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale that relate to the ethics of art forms subservient to a state or ideology through study of futurist paintings, sculptures, and writings.

Department of History

The History Department hosted another successful “Night at the Movies” event on 4 February 2015. It featured the 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven, which depicts the events of the Second Crusade in the 12th Century. Cadets enjoyed not only the film itself, but also the valuable insights and analysis provided by a lively panel that included Professor Rasheed Hosein, Professor Dan Franke, Cadet Bryan Houp, Cadet Troy Szwaczkowski, Cadet Jacob Sanborn, and Cadet Francis Ambrogio. The panel provided a far-reaching and fascinating discussion of the depiction of the Crusades in the film, and also an incisive analysis of how leaders and states have motivated soldiers throughout history to sacrifice their lives for causes that move beyond individual interest. The History Department’s next “Night at the Movies” event will take place on 18 February and will feature a screening and discussion of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 World War I drama Paths of Glory.

On 10 February 2015, the History Department hosted its inaugural edition of History Trivia Night at the Firstie Club. The event was a phenomenal success. Over one hundred cadets filled the club and competed in 26 teams for the top prize of $100 in DCA gift certificates. An additional prize was also presented to the team that came up with most creative team name, which went to "Kosciuszko’s Garden Gnomes." Teams of four competed in three rounds of history trivia, and the team with the most points from all three rounds were awarded the top prize. A team of history majors, creatively named "Chicago Style," scored the highest and won the DCA gift certificates. The History Department and DCA plan to host another History Trivia Night in March.

Department of Foreign Languages

Arabic: Eight Arabic students continue their studies in Morocco and Jordan. In Morocco, cadets got a chance to escape the snowy weather in wintry Ifrane to visit the desert city of Meknes, only an hour away. Meknes is an ancient city that is also home to the Moroccan Military Academy. In Jordan, our five Cadets continue to pursue their studies and continue their service-oriented outreach work with the orphanage.

Spanish: Cadets Benjamin Greif, Brian Fydenkevez, Nathan Swanson, Jeremy Tetro, and Connor Wernecke are settling into Mexican university life. They are enjoying local food, customs, and sports. Several of the cadets have joined club teams, such as water polo, at the university and they are having no trouble meeting local friends as well as fellow international students. The cadets are enjoying their classes and the slower pace of life in Mexico, especially the slower pace of food preparation and eating! In Mexico City, they have visited the Zócalo, the historic city center of Mexico City, which was the ceremonial center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. They have also visited local markets and are enjoying the ease-of-use of the Mexico City metro system. They spent last weekend visiting cultural sites, including the pyramids at Teotihuacan, the site of the Aztec Empire during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Athletic Director's Update, February 20th

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DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On 15 Feb., the West Point Men’s Fencing Team competed in their second weekend of MAC Conference Matches and finished on top once again
  • The men went 3-1 overall, defeating Lafayette College by a score of 15-12, Rutgers University 19-8, and Drew University 20-7
  • The men only dropped one match to Cornell University with a 6-21 score
  • The Sabre Squad led the day going 3-1, with top finishes going to CDT Blake Gordon (9-3) and CDT Gus Williams (10-2)
  • The Foil Squad also had an impressive day going 3-1 for their record, with the top athlete going to CDT Josh Qualls at 5-3
  • In the weapon of Epee, CDT Aaron Mellstrom was 7-5
  • The men were behind with Division I Lafayette by a wide margin, however, they rallied and came back with eight consecutive bouts to overtake Lafayette in the last round

Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 14 Feb., nineteen cadets from the West Point Climbing Team went to the Prime Climb Gym to compete in the second Collegiate Climbing Series competition of the season
  • Competitors from Columbia, Rutgers, Yale, Cornell, RIT, WPI, Smith, Wesleyan and Princeton were all represented
  • The West Point Team climbed strong, and brought home placements in all three disciplines
  • CDT Marcie Jhong took fifth in boulders; CDT Zhaina Myrzakhanova placed third in speed and second in routs; CDT Julian Barker placed second in boulders and third in ropes, as well as third in speed
  • Many of the team members showed vast improvements on their performances

Men’s Volleyball:

  • On 14-15 Feb., the Men’s Army Volleyball team traveled to UC-Davis to compete against some of the best teams in the country at the Far Westerns Volleyball Tournament
  • While the team was unable to come away with a win, the experience of playing against top-flight squads was invaluable
  • The team was also able to visit San Francisco and tour one of the last two remaining WWII-Era Liberty Ships in the world

Boxing (Mens):

  • On 12 Feb., the West Point Men’s Boxing Team attended the 88th Annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament Kick Off as the special honored guest of Mr. Teddy Atlas
  • Teddy started the Dr. Teddy Atlas Foundation, named after his late father to help the needy in the NYC area
  • Teddy is a famous boxing trainer and a long time ESPN personality; his relationship and reverence with Army Boxing and Dr. Barone goes back several years as Teddy has done the BBO at West Point on numerous occasions

Support Clubs

Glee Club:

  • Over President’s Day Weekend, the Glee Club traveled to Philadelphia and to the Washington D.C. area for several performances with the West Point Alumni Glee Club
  • While in Philadelphia, the club was treated to a private, guided tour of Independence Hall, complete with a performance of the National Anthem outside its steps
  • After seeing one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the famous Liberty Bell, the club performed with the Alumni Club at the historic Christ Church
  • The joint performance, entitled “The Spirit of ‘45”, honored the 70th Anni-versary of the end of WWII and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War
  • The Cadet Glee Club also premiered a work by British Composer Bob Chilcott, commissioned by the Glee Club, entitled “Everything That Grows”
  • This choral piece borrows its lyrics from William Shakespeare’s Sonnet XV and featured the West Point Band’s SSG Yalin Chi on piano and SSG Kristen Mather de Andrade on clarinet
  • After Christ Church, the Glee Club traveled to the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA, to perform for the Jewish Military Veteran Society with the Alumni Glee Club
  • The cadets and alumni also held a joint concert at the Stilesigner Theater on the Northern Virginia Community College campus in Alexandria, VA

Academic Clubs

Cadet Competitive Cyber Team:

  • On 29 Jan. - 1 Feb., the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) competed head to head with other service academies at CyberStakes Live; the DARPA sponsored event took place at the Soldier and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cadets and Midshipmen from the Military, Naval, Air Force, and Coast Guard Academies participated as team and individuals in a variety of security challenges
  • Highlights from this year’s competition were the new Joint Capture the Flag event in which mixed participants from each of the academies moved into new groups on the second day of competition
  • This year also introduced a complex and challenging Cold Boot challenge
  • This event gave participants the task of extracting keys directly from memory by chilling the memory to help preserve its state and then transferring it to another system in order to bypass memory protections
  • The competition was organized and hosted by For All Secure, a company founded by a team of computer security researchers from Carnegie Mellon University
  • CyberStakes is an Olympic style event with awards for each event, but no overall rankings are given
  • Members of the C3T won awards in the Cold Boot, Live CTF, Joint CTF and Lock picking events and performed admirably throughout the competition
  • This event was designed to give students from each of the academies an opportunity to network, engage in friendly competition, learn new skills, and sow the seeds for future joint cyber operations

Hobby Clubs


  • On 13-16 Feb., the USMA Scuba Team traveled to Key West Florida for its annual advanced dive training
  • Thirteen cadets, an OIC and the NCOIC, took advantage of the warm weather to hone advanced skills by diving at deep depths on The Vanderbura, a well-known and large World War II shipwreck
  • During the dive training, the team’s instructors (Firsties) focused on evaluating the instructor candidates (Cows) and Divemasters (Yearlings)
  • NCOIC, SFC William Rothrock also gave cadets a tour of Key West’s Special Forces Underwater Operations School (SFUOS)

Alpine Skiing:

  • On 16 Feb., the Army Alpine Ski Team hosted Navy and Cornell's’s alpine race teams at the annual Army Navy Alpine race Invitational at the Victor Constant Ski Slope
  • Army is the winner this year against Navy, beating Navy in Giant Slalom by one second and Slalom by nearly four seconds
  • Cornell, once again, showed that they are one of the fastest race teams in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference
  • The cadets and middies both enjoy the relationship that they share with Cornell, as they raise the level of play for all competitors
  • Individual standouts for Army include CDT Sawyer Harkins (‘18) who placed 9th in Giant Slalom (GS) and 8th in Slalom (SL); CDT Josh Ische (‘16) placed 10th in GS and 9th in SL of 30 total racers
  • Also racing very well were Team Captain CDT Chris Emerson (‘15), CDTS Ayrne Riley (‘17), Patrick Kearny (‘17), and Logan Trust (‘18)
  • The cadets along with the mids and Cornell worked alongside together to set up the race
  • LTG Caslen was in attendance for the race; he ran some gates with the racers, as well as presented the trophy to the Cadets at the Award Ceremony

Military Clubs


  • The West Point Pistol Team hosted the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Academies this past weekend for an Intercollegiate Sectional Pistol Match
  • Results from this match and sectional matches fired all over the country, were the qualifying events for Nationals that will be held at Ft. Benning, GA, on 22-27 March
  • West Point swept all five events for the match; for the three open events (Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, and Air Pistol) West Point shot an aggregate score of 6289 to Coast Guard’s 5903 and Merchant Marine’s 5821
  • West Point won the Air Pistol event with a four person team score of 2208 to USCGA’s 2114 and USMMA’s 2072
  • West Point shot a team score of 1967 in Free Pistol; USMMA shot a 1800 and USCGA shot a 1769
  • West Point won the final Open Event, Standard Pistol, with a team score of 2114 to USCGA’s 2020 and USMMA’s 1959
  • West Point won both Women’s events with an aggregate score of 2717 to USCGA’s 2653; Merchant Marine did not field a women’s team; West Point won the Women’s Air Pistol event with a three person team score of 1092 to USCGA’s 1074
  • West Point won the sport Pistol event with a team score of 1625 to USCGA’s 1579; Minhee Pak led the scoring with 555 out of 600; Sophomore Haana YU shot a 536 and Melody Yap shot a 534

Drill Team:

  • This past weekend, the Black Knight Drill Team traveled to New Orleans, LA, to compete in the Tulane Mardi Gras Drill Meet
  • The event featured several schools from across the nation such as North Georgia University, Norwich University, and Texas A&M University
  • The team placed second in the platoon exhibition category, and CDT Michael Leinen (‘16) placed second in the individual exhibition category
  • After the event, the team was hosted for a dinner of traditional Cajun Food by the local chapter of the VFW; the dinner allowed the team to bond as a unit and share experiences with a group of veterans from another generation
  • The following day, the team visited the WWII museum
  • The national competition served as a capstone for the drill team’s preparation over the course of the last year, allowing them to showcase all of the hard work they have put in since August

DCA Happenings

Tickets are now available for the
100th Night Shows at the Eisenhower
Hall Box Office.
Tickets for Cadets are free, and are
$15 for guests and/or anyone else.
Show time for Friday, 20 Feb. is 2000
Show time for Saturday, 21 Feb. is 1900

Cadets Earn Army Achievement Medals

On 30 JAN 2015, three chemical engineering majors, Cadets Dave Brown (’15, D2), Sean Crain (’15, H3), and Lauren Ng (’15, B1) received Army Achievement Medals from the Brigade Tactical Officer, COL Merkel, for their quick-thinking and calm action during a medical emergency. On 15 NOV 2014, the three cadets were in Atlanta for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) National Competition. At approximately 2000 local, the three cadets were returning from dinner when they heard a scream. They turned to the sound and saw an elderly woman being hit by a taxi cab. CDT Brown called 911, while Crain and Ng assisted the woman and moved her belongings out of the street. The cadets helped bring the situation under control and cared for the woman until emergency responders reported. Story

West Point Honors Henry O. Flipper

Since 1977, the U.S. Military Academy, through the Corps of Cadets, conducts a dinner in honor of Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African-American graduate of West Point in June 1877. This year’s dinner was Feb. 12 at the Cadet Mess Hall, with Col. John Baskerville, academy professor of Arabic in the Department of Foreign Languages, as the guest speaker. Baskerville spoke about the trials of Flipper during his 47-month experience at West Point.

Baskerville said Flipper, who was shunned by his peers at West Point and spent most of his time alone, overcame harassment, isolation and insults to become the first African-American to graduate from West Point.

“Flipper’s story is one of inspiration, a story of perseverance and a story of great courage,” Baskerville said.

The Flipper dinner also included the presentation of the Henry Ossian Flipper Memorial Award, which is awarded to a First-Class Cadet who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline and perseverance in the face of adversity. Read More

Photo Courtesy of Kathy Eastwood

Womens Basketball Comes Back to Top Colgate, 48-47

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Kelsey Minato made a three-pointer with 1:15 remaining in the second half to break a 45-45 tie before the Black Knights held on to defeat Colgate, 48-47, and grab their 11th straight victory on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena.Army improves to 20-5 overall and 12-3 in the Patriot League, while Colgate drops to 5-21 and 4-11. With three regular-season games remaining, the Black Knights are in sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 12-3 mark and stand one game behind American (13-2) and three games ahead of Lehigh and Navy, which are each 9-6 in the league.

Senior Missy Repoli converted a three-pointer 26 seconds into the second half to put Colgate in front by three before the Raiders extended their lead to five on two different occasions, doing so for the final time at the 17:58 mark.Army used a 7-2 run during the next 7:17 to climb back to a 33-33 tie before Colgate netted eight unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game, 41-33, with 6:50 to play. Read More

Academy Record Set in Session One of Patriot League Championships

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Army men’s swimming and diving team ranks third with 91 points after the first session of competition at the Patriot League Championships at the Kinney. The Black Knights won the 200 medley relay and set an Academy record in the 800 free relay.

“I am really proud of the men for winning the medley relay,” said head coach Mickey Wender. “It has been a while since we won a relay at the conference championships. I am also very excited about the record broken in the 800 free. Both the men and women did well and there is a lot that we can build off of as we head into the meat of the meet. It was a solid first night with definitely a lot more swimming ahead of us, the best is yet to come.”

Army won the 200 medley relay when the team of Josh Sembrano, Colin Kanzari, Michael Dustin and Chris Szekely touched the wall in 1:28.12. Read More

Goff Garners Rookie of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Following yet another consistent performance against Navy, Army plebe Nathan Goff has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week.The Tucson, Ariz., native earned two top five finishes on Saturday, claiming first on pommel horse with a career-best 14.500. He tied for fourth on parallel bars with a score of 13.850.

Goff helped the Black Knights to a season-best team score of 421.600 and a Star victory over Navy (416.550). He also competed on floor exercise (14.000), still rings (13.450) and high bar (13.200). Story

The February Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 5 Issue 2

Network Science Center NewsblastUsing Twitter and its friends (big data, networks, and cyber) as a Microscope for the Social Sciences.

By Dr. Chris Arney
Twitter, perhaps the biggest of the Big (social media) Data, seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. What can be done with big data from social media and how can you use it to understand society are questions that I frequently receive from cadets in my network science classes and often come up in my conversations with faculty researchers when we discuss these issues as well. Is Big Data (social media, Tweets, Facebook) gathering really the microscope of the social sciences as Duncan Watts indicates in his book Everything is Obvious? And how do the concepts associated with big data, Twitter, networks, and cyber all fit together in modern society undertakings or in military operations? While I can’t definitively answer these overarching complex and challenging questions, I can describe some of the investigations that the cadets at USMA are conducting in this exciting area.

For several years, cadets in the Academy’s applied mathematics and operations research programs have taken required and elective courses in modeling, information technology, social network analysis, network optimization, graph theory, cryptography, fundamentals in network science, cooperative systems, applied statistics, networks and counterinsurgencies, and chaos and fractals. Read More

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Glenn Grabs Second Athlete of the Week Honor

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After collecting another all-around title and posting two individual event victories, leading his team to a 421.600-414.550 Star Meet victory over Navy, Army gymnastics junior Jesse Glenn has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Glenn earned first place finishes on parallel bars and high bar, posting marks of 14.150 and 14.500, respectively. He took first in the all-around completion, besting Navy's top finisher by more than three points, earning a season-best score of 86.800.

The Porter Ranch, Calif., native finished in the top three on all six events, taking second on floor exercise, second on pommel horse and third on still rings. Read More

Softball Earns Two Of Three PL Weekly Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior co-captain Kasey McCravey and freshman Hailey Megge garnered Patriot League weekly honors with their selection as Corvias Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, with sophomore Kristen West named honorable mention in Monday's announcement by the conference office.

McCravey, a preseason All-Patriot League selection, went 7-for-14 with a pair of home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs at the First Pitch Classic over the weekend hosted by the Charlotte 49ers.

The Army third baseman hit safely in all four games with multi-hits in three games. McCravey went 2-for-4 with two runs scored along with a home run, her first of the season, in the team's 9-8 rallying win over Ohio. Then in a 3-2 heartbreaking eight-inning loss to host Charlotte in the final game of the tournament, the native of Scottsdale, Ariz., opened the scoring with a leadoff blast for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Full Story »

Lacrosse Moves Up in National Polls

WEST POINT, N.Y. - With a 3-0 start to the season, the Army lacrosse team has moved up in multiple polls this week, highlighted by a ranking of 11th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches' Poll.

The Black Knights moved up nine spots in the poll after a preseason ranking of 20th in the first rankings. They received 93 points in the poll. Army and No. 4 North Carolina are the only teams with a 3-0 record in the poll. Denver remained at the top after beating third-ranked Duke in one of the biggest games of the weekend. Syracuse, Army's next opponent, moved up to second in the nation with a win over No. 8 Cornell on Sunday. Loyola and Colgate are among Patriot League schools in the poll with the Greyhounds at eighth with a 1-1 start and the Raiders snuck in at No. 20 with two wins to begin the year. Read More

Athletic Director's Update, February 13th

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Constitution Island and the Oldest Residence at West Point

Constitution Island once sheltered American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The historic site is currently undergoing renovations to include a new Education Center and restoration of the Warner House.

Find out what else is going on at the east part of West Point: Click Here

Dean's Weekly, February 13th

Department of English and Philosophy

Novelist Margaret Atwood speaks to EN102 Literature Course. On 5 February, acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood spoke to Cadets enrolled in EN102: Literature about The Handmaid’s Tale. During her visit, Ms. Atwood stopped by the Cadet Bookstore for a book signing, dined in the Cadet Mess, and spoke to students in Eisenhower Hall about how she developed the ideas for The Handmaid’s Tale and the rules she established for herself when writing. As part of a course-wide experience, all Cadets enrolled in the Spring session of EN102 Literature read Atwood’s canonical novel along with Ursula LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.”

Plebes Meet Comics Artist and Theorist Scott McCloud in New York City. On 3 February, 16 plebes from EN102: Literature traveled with five DEP faculty to New York City to hear comics artist and theorist Scott McCloud speak at the 92nd Street Y. McCloud is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (1993), a book that defined comics theory and elevated comics as an art form. He was in New York to celebrate the publication of his first full-length graphic novel, The Sculptor. The cadets met with the artist privately before his talk, when he answered their questions about the process of composing comics and the state of the art today. McCloud detailed the work of drafting and revising his new novel, a five-year process that gave form to a story about love, death, and art that he had carried with him since his youth. The cadets on the trip section will be reading a graphic novel during EN102.

Cadets Feel the Magic of Goblin Market on Stage in Garrison Eight cadets from EN102 and a group of DEP faculty crossed the Hudson on 8 February to see a rare performance of Goblin Market at the Depot Theatre in Garrison. The 1985 musical adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s 1862 poem, which cadets will study in class, was written by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon. Local actors Maia Guest and Jenn Lee brought the enchanting story of desire and heroism to life in an intimate setting with beautiful voices, costumes, and choreography. Donald Kimmel directed the production, which runs for the next two weekends.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Travel to Enhance Collaborative Efforts with DARPA’s Warrior Web Program Performers: On 4 February 2015, LTC Michael Benson and Dr. Becky Zifchock, representing the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department as well as the Center for Innovation and Engineering, travelled to Cambridge, MA and Orlando, FL to meet with collaborators from DARPA, Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering (NSRDEC), ARL (Human Research & Engineering Directorate), Harvard/Wyss Institute, and other program performers to discuss the progress of DARPA’s Warrior Web Program. The goal of the Warrior Web Program is to design a lightweight suit that can assist with the prevention and reduction of musculoskeletal injuries caused by dynamic events typically found in the warfighter’s environment.

The meeting in Cambridge, MA was focused upon a specific program performer: the Harvard/Wyss Institute. The follow-up meeting in Orlando, FL allowed further interaction and collaboration discussions with the Harvard/Wyss Institute as well as other program performers including Arizona State University, the University of Delaware, and Honeywell.

The meetings are expected to yield immediate and future opportunities for faculty and cadet research. An AIAD at Harvard/Wyss Institute is planned for summer 2015, which is likely to evolve into a funded Firstie Capstone project related to elemental redesign of the Harvard/Wyss Institute soft exoskeleton. Future research opportunities with NSRDEC, ARL, and Harvard/Wyss are expected to engage cadets in the validation of the Warrior Web as an effective assistive device.

CIE hosts the Quarterfinal Round of the Soldier Design Competition and the DARPA Service Academy Innovation Challenge: CSM Lebert Beharie (RDECOM), SGM Kenneth Agueda (RDECOM G-3/5/7), and SGM Kevin Connor (ARL) joined SGM Eric Usbeck (USMA G3), Professor Led Klosky (D/C&ME), and COL(Ret) Dan Ragsdale (DARPA) in judging the integrated Soldier Design Competition (SDC) and DARPA Service Academy Innovation Challenge (SAIC) quarterfinal round on Friday, 6 February. Twenty-eight cadet teams presented their work in 15-minute windows to convince the judging panels to keep them in the competitions. Entrepreneurship cadets joined the audience, looking for business development opportunities, and several journalists documented the day’s innovation efforts. For the SDC, six teams of cadets are competing alongside M.I.T. students in this RDECOM-sponsored competition to develop solutions to satisfy soldier and first-responder equipment needs, with nearly $17,000 in cash prizes available for winning teams at the 4 May competition. The DARPA SAIC occurs on 28 April and showcases three teams from USAFA, USNA, and USMA and their innovative, high impact projects.

Department of Systems Engineering

Engineering Immersion Internship with Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). COL Rob Kewley, head of the Department of Systems Engineering, traveled to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Alabama to visit cadets being jointly hosted by AMRDEC and University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for a semester-long Engineering Immersion Internship. This pilot program places cadets in key engineering jobs in support of AMRDEC’s mission to “Deliver collaborative and innovative technical capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, product development, and life-cycle systems engineering solutions.” These cadets work 20-25 hours per week in their internships. The program is designed to inspire deeper desire for learning engineering through working with some of the Army’s best practicing engineers. In addition, the cadets take three courses at UAH and conduct military training with ROTC students at UAH and Alabama A&M. CDT Zack Sostak, and Engineering Management Major, is working with the Army’s Product Manager for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems developing a small unmanned aircraft acquisition strategy for the next 5 years. CDT John Geiger, a Mechanical Engineering Major, is working with the Prototype Integration Facility to model the use of composite materials for the Army’s Gray Eagle UAV. CDT Matt Loza, a Systems Engineering Major, is working with the Software Engineering Directorate to develop control algorithms for the Multi-Mission Launcher that can fire a variety of different air defense munitions. CDT Owen Bailey, an Engineering Management Major, is working with the Prototype Integration Facility to engineer a fully digital cockpit for the UH-60V Black Hawk Helicopter upgrade. This program is a cooperative effort between the West Point Department of Systems Engineering, AMRDEC, and UAH. Results of this program and its impacts on leader development will be assessed in the context of the overall leader development experience for the participants.

Department of Foreign Languages

Arabic: Eight Arabic students continue their studies in Morocco and Jordan. The three Cadets in Morocco are exploring the various aspects of Moroccan culture and cuisine, including dining with a host family in Rabat. In Jordan, the five Cadets there report things quickly returned to normal after classes were resumed 5 February. Classes had been cancelled and the Embassy had cautioned against travel to some parts of Amman in anticipation of protests against ISIL. As the Cadets’ routines begin to return to normal, they are looking forward to continuing to volunteer their time with refugees at a local orphanage.

Chinese: The Cadets studying in Beijing have settled into their lives as exchange students. Cadet Lashondra Maddox’s observations of the week were; “This week would be described as interesting, if anything. Tuesday I did something out of the normal. I took the bus 10 stops to go have dinner with my language partner. It was exciting. I realized how selfless some people here are. She goes out of her way to help me whenever I need it. She helped me and the other West Point cadets book tickets so that we could leave for Spring Festival. She didn't leave until she made sure that we had the tickets secured. She constantly checks on me to make sure I have eaten dinner. There have been two occasions where someone has offered to pay for something, because some places require Chinese bank accounts to purchase things, a teacher or friend never hesitated in offering to use their card to help out. Even if they don't personally know me, they instantly trust me. Second is the frequency of using “thank you”, “I'm sorry”, and “I love you”. I realized that I say sorry and thank you too much for the liking of Chinese citizen. I learned that it implies you're not close if you use it with friends. Also, I love you is rarely said in a family because that is the least you should expect from them. I still do not fully understand stand why the use of "I love you" between family members is still reserved, but hopefully I can come to a full understanding soon.”

Russian: This week cadets on study abroad in Daugavpils, Latvia had an opportunity to visit Border Guards posts along the Latvia-Belarus border and discuss immigration and customs enforcement issues with the Latvian border guards. This excursion was part of a course on the history and socio-political relations between the Baltic states, Russia, Poland and Belarus.

German: Language or International Club key events: USMA German Club met with Columbia University’s German Club for dinner at the “Zum Schneider” German restaurant in New York City on 30 January 2015. Members of the two clubs enjoyed delicious German food in an indoor Bavarian-style Biergarten, practiced their German-language skills, and discussed plans for future meetings and events both in NYC and at West Point. This was the first meeting between the two clubs and the first engagement for the new USMA German Club committee which was formed in November 2014. Meetings with German Clubs in the area are a major focus of the USMA German Club’s mission and support the Superintendent’s strategy of “Building Partnerships with NYC” and the region.

Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM

The Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CLD STEM) supported the LEADS Atlanta event on 23 January 2015 by holding a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® workshop for middle school students and a VEX Robotics workshop for 9th graders. Faculty members and cadets led a total of 68 middle school students through the workshops as they assembled and then learned to program their robot introducing the students to basic programming logic. The culminating event at the workshops was a competition to see who could apply these new skills to program their robot to complete a task most successfully.

Mobile Robotics Workshops in Stamford The Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CLD STEM) partnered with College for Every Student (CFES) to hold a Mobile Robotics workshop on 30 January 2015. Faculty members and cadets traveled to Stamford, CT to conduct a workshop at Cloonan Middle School. Throughout the day the students learned about STEM fields, education and pathways that lead to careers in STEM fields, and they also learned a little bit about what life is like at West Point. Cadets and faculty then led the middle school students and educators through assembling and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology. The workshops ended with a competition to see who programmed their robot to follow a set track most successfully.

CLD STEM partner with SWE for a STEM Workshop at West Point The Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CLD STEM) along with 10 cadets from the West Point Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted a Civil Engineering Workshop on 31 January 2015 for 35 6th and 7th grade girls and 5 teachers from the Public Prep Network of schools in New York City. The group spent the day participating in two workshops; one taught the geometry behind building strong Truss bridges and the other taught the fundamental physics of cantilevers. For the culminating event at both workshops teams competed to see who could apply their new understanding to complete a task most successfully. Throughout the day the guests had a chance to interact one on one with the cadets from SWE and went on a short tour around the academic area. The students enjoyed seeing the Mess Hall, the special displays in Jefferson Hall, and learning about the IOTC in Arvin Gym. They also gained a new perspective of life at USMA.

The Career Communications Group is a large and prestigious organization committed to Diversity in STEM fields and education. Professionals from government and industry, faculty, graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students come from all over the country to attend their conferences, to include the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) conference, geared towards recognition of excellence, professional development, diversity, and STEM opportunities. It also serves as a great opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing within the STEM community.

Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference. Dr. Kendall Williams, the Associate Director of West Point’s Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM, was invited by the Vice President of Recruitment and Training as well as a Senior Account Manager and Veterans Affairs Manager to moderate one BEYA panel session as well as serve as a panelist of a different session. The two panels on which he served were entitled Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! Managing groups and cultures when you are not in charge and The Digital Economy: How the cashless society will impact finance, retail and privacy. Several faculty and cadets from USMA were also in attendance at this annual conference and have been award recipients in previous years at other Career Communications Group events.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

BS&L Cadets and Faculty participate in Project HOPE in New York City. The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership took 26 cadets and 6 faculty members to Project Hope Count in New York City (NYC) on February 9, 2015. The group provided community service to NYC by helping to provide the Hope organization with an accurate count of homeless people, and also facilitating homeless peoples' voluntary movement to shelter.

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On 8 Feb., the West Point Fencing Team traveled to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, to compete in the MAC Conference Varsity Matches
  • CDT Marvin Hargrave, with a record of 15-0, took first place in the individual rankings as the only undefeated epee fencer competing at the MAC Conference’s Varsity Matches
  • CDT Blake Gordon also finished first as the highest ranking sabre fencer standing at 14-1 (only one loss on the day)
  • The Sabre team finished with a record of 4-1 against the other squads with CDT Noah Kambili having his most impressive outing at 10-5
  • Both the epee and foil squads were tied at 3-2 a piece and in the weapon of foil, CDT Josh Qualls went 9-3 (the highest for Army Foil in three years)
  • Overall the Men’s Fencing Team only dropped one loss to host Stevens Tech by a score of 10-17, but then went on to defeat New Jersey Institute of Technology (14-2), Hunter College (18-9), Yeshiva University (20-7) and the College of New Jersey (19-8)
  • The match against NJIT was a split decision at 13-13 until CDT Matt Swartz nailed the final win and put the men over the top

Water Polo:

  • On 6-8 Feb., the Army Water Polo team traveled to Rochester, NY, to participate in the Rochester Invitational
  • The team played three games; the first game was played against one of the two Kitchner teams that entered the tournament
  • Kitchner jumped to an early lead against Army, putting up two quick goals; Army ad-justed their defense to better handle the strong set players and was able to shut Kitchner down for most of the game and went on to win 13-9
  • CDT Shelby Lee (‘18) gained several offensive opportunities in hole-set; CDTs Matthew Fox (‘16) and David Bennett (‘16) showed exceptional leadership and ability to control the flow of game
  • The second game of the day for Army was against an outmatched Rochester Team
  • Army dominated the game from the beginning, scoring at will and shutting Rochester out in the first quarter
  • CDT Shelby Lee put up three quick goals in the first quarter and the Army team won the game 18-5
  • The final game of the tournament featured Army taking on the second of the two Kitchner teams, which proved to be a bit of a challenge; Army ended up falling short on scoring and lost 9-6

Volleyball (Men’s):

  • On 7 Feb., the Men’s Army Volleyball team hosted a divisional tournament of the EIVA East Division
  • The West Point Men’s Volleyball Team, as well as six other teams, competed in a round robin tournament
  • The round robin tournament determines points for qualifying for the EIVA Championship
  • Men’s Army Volleyball struggled to incorporate new players for the spring season into the line up, and was only able to win one match
  • The experience of playing against top competition in the region will assist the team long term and help them to play better

Hobby Clubs


  • On 8 Feb., the West Point Soccer Club participated in the 2015 Philadelphia Flames SC 17th Annual Indoor Soccer Tournament in Warminster, PA
  • The team was able to practice at the USMAPS indoor training facility with the help of volunteer Coach Robert Partridge
  • This was the first indoor tournament of the year
  • The team finished 3rd in the competition out of 10 teams, after playing 5 matches with 16 goals for 8 goals against
  • The club soccer team had the opportunity to play the US Naval Academy Club team, winning with a score of 6 to 2
  • CDT Macauley Hoyt (‘18) was the leading scorer with eight goals including three for a hat-trick against the Naval Academy; other top scorers were CDT Samuel Dowd (‘16) with four goals, and CDT Kyle Morris (‘16) with two goals
  • The club is now aiming to enter the National Indoor Soccer Championships, which will be held in Chicago in late March

Skeet & Trap:

  • On 1 Feb., the West Point Skeet and Trap Team enjoyed a day of shooting with the Mount Pleasant Shooting Club at their range near Pleasantville, NY
  • After an in-route exercise and in-mounted land navigation, the team arrived to a warm welcome by the club’s members, including Veterans from the Korean War era, and Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • The competition included 100 rounds of American and handicap traps; at the end of the day, the Cadets came out on top by 2 targets, narrowly defeating the home club
  • On 8 Feb., the West Point Skeet and Trap Team enjoyed an unforgettable pheasant hunt at the Mashomack Preserve Club, one of the finest shooting and hunting clubs in the Eastern United States
  • The team was accompanied by the Superintendent, who joined the cadets and the Mashomack club members in a highly successful hunt with many birds bagged
  • Following the hunt, the team was treated to a gourmet lunch and a brief program with presentations by the Superintendent, the team OIC, and the Mashomack leader-ship

Alpine Skiing:

  • On 7-8 Feb., the Army Ski Team competed in the 4th League race of the Mideast Intercollegiate Conference at Gore Mountain, NY
  • The team placed 3rd in Giant Slalom and unofficially placed top 5 in Slalom
  • CDT Sawyer Harkins (‘18) competed very well, finishing second in Giant Slalom (GS) and fifth in Slalom (SL) of 45 racers
  • CDT Josh Ische (‘16) had a top 15 finish, and a top 20 in GS, while CDT Chris Emerson (‘15) had top 20 finishes in both SL and GS
  • CDTs Ayrne Riley (‘17) and Logan Trust (‘18) also raced at the varsity level and both continue to demonstrate great improvement
  • The Cadets have raced well enough, that we anticipate the Army Alpines will make Regionals held at Bristol Mountain, NY 21-22 Feb.
  • Army’s next and last regular season conference race will be at Toggenburg Mountain, NY 14-15 Feb., and then will host the NAVY and Cornell alpine race teams Monday, 16 Feb. at Victor Constant Ski Slope for the annual Army Navy Invitational

Academic Clubs

Corbin Forum:

  • On 7 Feb., six cadets from the Corbin Forum traveled to New York City to experience the fifth annual Athena Film Festival that took place at Barnard College
  • The Athena Film Festival is a celebration of films highlighting women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world
  • Dr. Mary Anne Myers of the Department of English and Philosophy accompanied the group, who had been invited by the Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership
  • After a luncheon where they met students from Barrand and other colleges, cadets attended screenings of Dear White People, Justin Simien’s 2014 film about complex race relations at a fictitious Ivy League College, and Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand-up, a new HBO film intended to raise awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women

Diversity Clubs


  • On 6-8 Feb., Cadets from the United States Military Academy’s Gay-Straight Alliance, “Spectrum”, attended the Harvard University LGBTQ Student conference
  • This year marks only the second year that Harvard has held the conference, and West Point Cadets have been in attendance at both annual events
  • This year’s conference was planned and executed by a team of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School students, many of whom are West Point Graduates
  • Of note are the two conference chairmen, Dan Lennox (Class of 2007) and Larry Choate III (Class of 2009), who were the first same-sex couple to wed in the Cadet Chapel here at West Point
  • The conference theme this year was “Connect and Catalyze”, and held an inspirational line up of notable leaders across a variety of industries in the U.S.
  • The conference opened with the 12th Dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minnow, specifically welcoming the cadets from the United States Military Academy
  • Key and notable conference speakers were: Francisco Polo (founder of change.org in Spain), Ms. Paula Boggs (Starbucks’ company General Counsel and appointee to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities), Dr. Catherine Marrone (Prof. of Medical Sociology at SUNY Stonybrook), Richard Socarides (New York Times columnist and head of public affairs for Gerson Lehman Group), Reverend Allyson Robinson (West Point graduate and now the only openly transgender ordained Baptist Priest), and Jonathan Capehart (Pulitzer Prize winning journalist)
  • Cadets were welcomed enthusiastically by all members of the conference committee and keynote speakers; they were also given the chance to socialize with students from all of the schools in attendance
  • The cadets learned about the politics of social justice movements, and the importance of authentic leadership and courage in leading or participating in movements focused on aligning the nation’s laws with the nation’s views

DCA Happenings

On 7 Feb., the Class of 2017 celebrated Yearling Winter Weekend with a class reception, receiving lines, banquet and hop at Cullum Hall. The CEO of Mercedes Benz, Stephen Cannon, was the guest speaker; music was provided by The Benny Haven’s Band.

Historic First, USMA Ice Hockey Club to Face Navy Sat Feb. 14

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 4, 2015) — ​The West Point Ice Hockey Club will host the U.S. Naval Academy’s top club at Tate Rink 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The game, which will be free to the public, will represent a historic first, as the academy has never hosted an Army-Navy hockey game.

Since the midshipmen do not compete in hockey at the NCAA level, there has not been an opportunity to take the Army-Navy rivalry to ice. The emergence of the West Point Club Hockey team as a force in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s (ACHA) Division 2, however, has made it possible to extend the spirited rivalry. Read More

Army Womens Basketball Holds On For 53-51 Win at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Army women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and held on for a 53-51 victory over Holy Cross in a Patriot League match-up on Wednesday evening at the Hart Center.

Army (18-5 overall, 10-3 Patriot League) led 53-49 with 53 seconds remaining in the second half before Holy Cross (11-15, 7-6) junior Molly Hourigan made a lay-in with 30 seconds left to bring the Crusaders back to within two. Neither team scored in the final 29 seconds, as the Black Knights hung on for their ninth straight victory.

Junior Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Army, while senior Olivia Schretzman contributed 10 points and six boards. Freshman Daizjah Morris chipped in eight points and junior Aimee Oertner scored six. Read More

Class of 2015 Post Night

Members of the Class of 2015 got one step closer to graduation on Post Night to receive the locations of their first duty assignments and start dates for Basic Officer Leadership Course. Watch the video to get a glimpse into the excitement of the evening.

4th Regiment Tested for Sandhurst

All nine Sandhurst teams from 4th Regiment conducted training Jan. 28 in the first of three regimental-level competitions for skills assessment. Squads made their way from MacArthur Statue to the snow-covered field between Shea Stadium and the softball field where they were briefed about possible enemy in the area and shown the location of their objective.

Squads were tested on their ability to move tactically as a squad, react to contact, effectively employing hand grenades, searching an enemy combatant and tactical combat casualty. “This is a regiment competition but the overall goal is to assess the squads, so far, in their development leading to the objectives for being successful at Sandhurst,” Class of 2016 Cadet Thomas Huxtable, the Sandhurst operations officer, said. Read More

Photo Courtesy of Mike Strasser

Army Lacrosse Cruises Past VMI 24-3

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The 20th-ranked Army lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals against VMI and cruised to a 24-3 win at Foley Athletic Center on Monday afternoon in the Black Knights' home opener. It was the first regular season game at the Foley Athletic Center after the game was moved inside due to weather. Head Coach Joe Alberici was very appreciative of the work of the administration and facilities crew at West Point in allowing the contest to be shifted.

"I can't say enough about the administration and facilities staff here at West Point," Alberici said. "It was a bad weather day and the quick change was exceptional. The facilities folks, headed up by Mike Rubbino and Brad Brown, I can't thank them enough for getting everything running smoothly. It was the first game in Foley and it was a good one to get." Full Story »

Star Meet Performance Earns Winters Athlete of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After posting two individual victories and one relay victory in the Black Knights’ 94-87 Star Meet win over Navy, junior Haley Winters has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The Spanaway, Wash., native earned top marks in the 60m dash, 200m dash and was a member of the first place 4x400m relay team, helping guide the Black Knights to the Star victory over Navy from Gillis Field House.

In the 60m dash, Winters recorded a time of 7.79 en route to her first individual title on the afternoon. She followed that up with a time of 25.70 in the 200m dash to claim yet another top spot. Read More

Bares Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After hitting a career-best 5.10m mark in the pole vault in the Star Meet against Navy, Lee Bares has been named the Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.

Bares bested the Patriot League’s top vaulter in Jiles Maness to take the top spot in the team’s 102-79 defeat at the hands of the Midshipmen from Gillis Field House. His 5.10m leap puts him in second on the Patriot League’s season best list, and was an IC4A qualifying mark.

Saturday’s individual title was his second of the season and sixth top five finish on the year. He opened up the indoor season tied for second at the Crowell Open with a mark of 4.56m and followed that up with a first place nod at the Army 5-Way with a mark of 4.95m. Read More

Brown Tabbed Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Claiming her fourth shot put title in five competitions, freshman Briyah Brown has been named the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week, earning the honor for the third time this season.

Brown helped the Black Knights to a 94-87 victory over service academy rival Navy in the annual Star Meet on Saturday afternoon, claiming first in the shot put and third in the weight throw.

The New Rochelle, N.Y., native hit an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying mark of 14.11m in the shot put en route to the top spot and followed that up with a toss of 14.32m in the weight throw to capture third place. The shot put mark was better than any other Patriot League athlete this year and just .35m off of her personal best. Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • The West Point Triathlon team sent CDT Dylan Morgan (‘16) to Punta Guilarte Arroyo Puerto Rice to compete in the Pan American Cup International Triathlon Union race; Coach Amy Maxwell accompanied Dylan to the race
  • CDT Morgan earned his USA Triathlon professional license in the Clermont Elite Developmental race in the spring of 2014 in Clermont, FL
  • Punta Guilarte was CDT Morgan’s first race as a professional triathlete in an all-pro field
  • CDT Morgan finished 15th place against an all-professional division, beating many seasoned full-time athletes and finishing the run leg with a strong 32 minute 10K
  • The ITU triathlon race is a unique draft-legal discipline that uses the same format and rules used in Olympic competitions
  • Specific to ITU, athletes are allowed to draft on the bicycle and each of the swim, bike and run courses consist of multiple legs; if an athlete is lapped at any point during the race, they are not allowed to finish
  • Dylan and several other draft-legal West Point men and women will return to Clermont in March to compete in the Clermont Challenge against the best young athletes in the country, to include those from Navy
  • The Clermont race will be a lead up to the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in Clemson, SC at the end of April where the entire team will look to once again stand on the podium and beat Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard

Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 31 Jan., the Army Rock Climbing Team traveled to the Gravity Vault indoor rock climbing facility in Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • The competition was hosted by West Point and involved 177 competitors from teams including Rutgers, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, RIT and Navy
  • The competition lasted for four hours in which each climber completed their five most difficult boulder problems and/or three hardest rope climbs (top-rope and/or lead climbing) as well as the better of two speed climbs
  • The West Point Climbing Team did very well; CDT Zhaina Myrzakhoanova took first place for women in speed and third place in ropes; CDT Julian Barker took third place for men in both ropes and bouldering
  • The rest of the team performed admirably with numerous personal records contributing to an impressive team score
  • Team scores have yet to be officially published, but we do know for certain that we absolutely annihilated the Navy Climbing Team and are off to a very strong start for this season

Team Handball (Women’s):

  • On 31 Jan., the West Point Black Handball team competed in the NE Team Handball Tournament hosted in NYC
  • West Point Black finished with a 1-1 on the day, losing by six to DC, and pulling with a win by 7 to Ocean, NJ
  • Top performers included CDTs Cora Moody and Dana Roberston, who scored the majority of the teams goals
  • DC Handball played very aggressive offense with a high level of physical contact against West Point’s defense, allowing them to score more points than West Point Black
  • After the loss, the team had to regroup and play a high-pace, high-intensity game against Ocean, NJ Handball
  • They fed off of each other’s energy and outscored Ocean to walk away with a 1-1 record for the day

Hobby Clubs


  • On 24 –25 Jan., 27 members of the USMA CCT at-tended MSATO’s Operation DEFCON in East Shoreham, NJ
  • The purpose of this trip was for IOT practice and to validate MOUT and woodland training acquired during the summer and academic year
  • MSATO’s Operation DEFCON is a simulation event in which USMA CCT participated as Coalition forces
  • The Area of Operation was an abandoned nuclear power plant full of large and complex rooms and hallways
  • This event was honored to have as one of its comanders former Delta Force operator, Dale Com-stock
  • On 31 Jan., the Tournament Paintball Team practiced at Hardcore Paintball in Bound Brook, NJ
  • The purpose of the practice was to ensure that the gear was in working order, to refresh paintball skills, play as a team, and positively represent USMA in New Jersey
  • The team practiced for approximately five hours; practice consisted of scrimmages against local tournament paintball teams
  • The paintball team is preparing for the upcoming spring paintball season, which includes PSP, conference, and national collegiate paintball, so it is imperative that practice continues throughout the season
  • Scrimmaging against local tournament paintball teams provides an outlook of different approaches to playing different layouts, as well as working on skill sets not seen before in collegiate play

Alpine Skiing:

  • On the weekend of 31 Jan. - 1 Feb., the West Point Alpine Ski team competed in a two-day Mideast Conference collegiate ski race at Greek Peak, NY, hosted by Cornell University
  • Six members of the team participated in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom, taking third place overall in the Giant Slalom out of nine teams in the competition (just seconds in combined time behind Cornell and RPI)
  • CDT Sawyer Harkins (‘18) finished in the top ten in both events, earning fifth place in the Slalom out of over 40 competitors

Nordic Skiing:

  • On the weekend of 30 Jan. - 1 Feb., the Nordic Ski Team had five male and two female racers compete in the Clarkson Invitational held at the Mt. Van Hovenbery facility in Lake Placid, NY
  • Notable race results include a 5th of 45 finish for CDT Josh Bassett in the Men’s Skiathlon, and an 8th of 16 finish for the team in the Men’s Sprint Relay
  • It was a cold weekend with below zero temperatures when racing started on Saturday, and temperatures in the single digits for the racing on Sunday

Academic Clubs

Domestic Affairs Forum:

  • On 25 – 28 Jan., the USMA Domestic Affairs Forum participated in the 2015 West Point Military and Defense Study Tour in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • This trip provides DAF members with an intense introduction to relevant policy issues for one of our closest allies and largest trading partners
  • As part of the itinerary, cadets received policy briefings from officials in the Canadian departments of foreign affairs, trade, and development, immigration, natural resources, energy, and the privy council office
  • Additionally, the cadets toured Parliament Hill; attended a reception with the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, at his official residence; visited the Canadian War Museum, and received briefings at the Royal Military College
  • During the tour of Parliament, the cadets visited Canadian Minister of National Defense, Robert Nicholson
  • The Consulate General of Canada in New York coordinated this ambitious and rewarding itinerary

Debate Forum:

  • This past weekend, the Army Debate team traveled to the 5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University
  • The trip was a strong showing for the Army team with Open Debater Michael Barlow and JV Debater Veronica Bryant walking away with speaker awards
  • Also, Novice Team Army GM, CDTs Matlack and Gould, advanced to out-rounds in their first ever tournament together
  • JV Team Army BS advanced to semi-finals in debater Bryan Silverman’s first tournament in about a year after re-turning from a semester abroad
  • Finally, Open Team Army BC, CDTs Barlow and Caston, continued their win streak going unbeaten at Mon-mouth; it was a great weekend for the Army team

Military Clubs

Tactics (Law Enforcement):

  • On 26 Jan., the Law Enforcement and Tactics Club participated in low light pistol training at the Rockland County Police Academy urban training range
  • Mr. Steve Heubeck, head trainer for the Rockland Police Academy, facilitated the instruction
  • Cadets learned valuable lessons on officer safety, weapon and light placement as well as clearing operations under low light conditions
  • Eleven Cadets participated in the training that included scenarios on barricade suspects, search and seizures, and armed threats
  • Cadets learned about K9 (military working dog) integration and culminated the day with what they gained from Mr. Heubeck’s instruction

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Choir:

  • This past weekend, fifteen cadets from the West Point Catholic Chapel Choir traveled to Martins Creek, PA
  • The trip was an excellent developmental experience for the Cadets, especially the CIC who is a 3rd Class Cadet
  • CDT Sommervold performed admirably during his first trip section in a leadership position, and by all accounts the trip was a resounding success
  • At St. Rocco’s parish, the cadets sang the musical liturgy of one service on Saturday, and two on Sunday with a total congregation of approximately 1,000 people

DCA Happenings

Upcoming Cadet Bookstore Events

  • 6 February : Sean Parnell, author of Outlaw Platoon, from 1345-1430 outside of Robinson Auditorium
  • The Class of 2016 Ring Show - 9—12 February from 0900 - 1800 in Eisenhower Hall
  • The reading for the Commandant’s Book Club on 21 April, Lions of Kandahar, is now available at the Academy Stores for $22.95
Athletic Director's Update, February 6th

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Dean's Weekly, February 6th

Department of Chemistry and Life Science

Cadets Awarded AAMs: At lunch Friday, 30 JAN 2015, three Chemical Engineering majors, Cadets Dave Brown (’15, D2), Sean Crain (’15, H3), and Lauren Ng (’15, B1) received Army Achievement Medals from the Brigade Tactical Officer, COL Merkel, for their quick-thinking and calm action during a medical emergency. On 15 NOV 2014, the three cadets were in Atlanta, GA, for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) National Competition. At approximately 2000 hours, the three cadets were returning from dinner when they heard a scream. They turned to the sound and saw an elderly woman being hit by a taxi cab. CDT Brown called 911, while Crain and Ng assisted the woman and moved her belongings out of the street. The cadets helped bring the situation under control and cared for the woman until emergency responders reported. Their actions reflect great credit on them, the Corps, and the Army

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

On Thursday, 29 January and Friday, 30 January, Mr. Tom Tierney, BS&L’s Class of 1951 Chair of Leadership Studies, visited West Point to start the second year of his partnership with the academy. Similar to his last four visits, Mr. Tierney held two 3-hour discussion-based leadership seminars with 20 cadets, this time focusing on power and influence within leadership. Feedback from the cadets mentioned the an appreciation for the value of reflection time toward self-awareness, an interest in various aspects of influence such as winning an argument vs. building relationships, the focus on submission versus often-preached dominance, and the concept of managing up and adding value to your relationship with your boss. One Class of 2015 cadet said, “I think in the past I have been prone to simply wish my boss was doing something different or was better or was less formal, etc., instead of accepting the reality of who they were as a leader and trying to adapt.” Mr. Tierney also held a small group session with six junior officers from three different academic departments and BTD, discussing personal definitions of success and how to manage time and energy to work towards them. Mr. Tierney continues to add tremendous value to numerous populations at West Point as he pours into our young leaders with his experience and personal mentorship. His next visit will be on 24-25 March, after spring break.

West Point Negotiation Project helps prepare 3BCT, 82nd ABN Division Commanders for Iraq Deployment: On Wednesday, 7 January, West Point Negotiation Project ran a 1-day training seminar for 25 Battalion and Company Commanders and primary staff leaders of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The mobile training team included MAJ Christina Fanitzi (BSL), Michael Kalikow (Vantage Partners), CDT Gene Fogh (’15, B-4), and CDT Rima Gasparini (’17, G-1). During the workshop, leaders (O-3 to O-6) were introduced to negotiation as a leader competency, learned how to analyze negotiation situations, and practiced managing difficult negotiation counterparts. The Project developed specialized scenarios for the unit as they prepare for their January 2015 Iraq Deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

West Point Negotiation Project attends Military Fellows Luncheon in NYC: On Wednesday, 13 January, West Point Negotiation Project attended East-West Institute’s (EWI) exclusive panel discussion and luncheon at the New York Yacht Club on the topic of “Global Security from a Military Perspective”, hosted by EWI Board of Director Member, Ralph Isham. The panel consisted of four military fellows from the Council on Foreign Relations who provided their insights and predictions on the issue of global security in 2015. During the luncheon, MAJ Christina Fanitzi (BSL), CDT Valerie Kutsch (G-4, ’15), and CDT Samuel Mahle (B-3, ’17) met with 12 Business Executives, EWI Key Leaders and Board Members, and CFR Military Fellows. Cadets engaged these leaders through lunch and then spent focused time speaking to COL Michael W. Rauhut, the Army Fellow, following the panel. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.

Faculty Member serves as guest speaker at the USAG West Point’s Leader Development Program: On Friday, 23 January, LTC McCoy served as the guest speaker for USAG West Point’s Leader Development Program. Speaking on the topic of Leading and Managing Change, LTC McCoy shared insights from BS&Ls expertise on organizational change and led members of the garrison staff through Kotter’s 8 step model on change management.

The Department of Behavior Sciences and Leadership attended United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference, from 25-28 January 2015. Since 1984, the Naval Academy has hosted an annual leadership conference for senior cadets and midshipmen from each of the service academies. In 2002, the conference expanded to include students from civilian universities and broadened its scope to include leadership topics relevant to government, business, and academia, as well as the military. The USNA Leadership Conference now includes more than 200 participants from over 45 military and civilian colleges. This year’s Conference theme was “Leading in an Interconnected World”. The Conference consisted of three keynote speakers and three panels that held a variety of outstanding Leaders serving in the military and civilian sectors. Keynote Speakers included: Patrick S Finn VP of Cisco, General Stanley McCrystal, Mike Spanos President and CEO PepsiCo China, Client Bruce former NFL player and Navy Seal, Richard Karlgaard Publisher Forbes Magazine. During the breakout discussions our Cadets and faculty offered value by providing insight and sharing their experience. The breakout discussion topics included: “The Conscientious Leader-Operating in the Realm of Perceptions,” “The Referent Leader,” and “Building Relationships in the Age of Technology.” Panel Members: Maria Zuber, Vice President for research MIT 2006; Renee Forney, U.S Department of Homeland Security; Courtney Radsch, Journalist UNESCO; Jim Brady, CEO at stomping Ground In’; Jeffrey McClellan, Associate Professor Frostburg State University; R. Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary; Thomas Furlong, VP Data Center Facebook; Harry Ingo, President and CEO District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce; Pete Blackshaw, Nestle Corporation; Jim Messina, Campaign Manager for President Obama.

Cadets spend some time visiting the Safe Haven Homeless Shelter, Bronx, NY: On 31 January, Cadet McGinnis led eight other cadets on a trip section to the Safe Haven Homeless Shelter, Bronx, NY. The shelter is operated by Volunteers of America and sets aside 40 beds for homeless veterans. The cadets served lunch to approximately 25 residents and spent a couple hours talking and playing games with them. They were also able to tour the facility and get first-hand insight into the city's homeless services programs. Despite the group being newly formed of members of the Cadet Gospel Choir and current/former PL100 students, all cadets worked well together during the community service activity. The visit was well received by the shelter staff and the group concluded the trip by sharing lessons learned. As the Co-President of the Cadet Gospel Choir, Cadet McGinnis assisted the OIC by providing oversight of the trip, conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, and demonstrated the care indicative of a leader of character.

Department of Systems Engineering

USMA Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Student Chapter attend a STEM workshop in Atlanta, GA. On 22 January 2015, 17 Cadets (including 4 DSE majors) and 2 OIC’s (both DSE instructors) from the Society of Women Engineers traveled to Atlanta for a Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Workshop at North Atlanta High School and a follow-on service product at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. At the workshop, cadets mentored local Atlanta students in a variety of STEM and Ethics-based exercises. Cadets facilitated various exercises with the goal to help students realize the importance of ethical leadership. An additional goal was to help students understand the significance of having high scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competence to maintain a competitive advantage. The Cadets also provided support to the Atlanta VA Medical Center’s monthly town hall meeting as well as set up lunch for the Veterans in attendance. The Cadets learned a great deal about Veteran’s benefits, healthcare, and heard many difficult and heartbreaking stories from Veterans, many from the Vietnam era, struggling to receive benefits and services. Afterward, the Cadets had lunch with members of the local Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple (Chapter 465/William H. Cunningham Chapter).

SE capstone team advisor visits TRAC White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and presents at a Systems Engineering conference. Mr. Scott Hunter visited TRAC-WSMR (forward attached at Ft. Bliss) on 29 January to present the Hierarchal Value Model tool that the Command Post Agility capstone team created. Additionally, he presented at the International Test and Evaluation System-f-Systems conference on the very same model. Both venues received positive feedback.
During his visit to West Point in late January, General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, visited the Combating Terrorism Center for a briefing on the latest developments at the Center. The briefing, the CTC’s second with General Votel at West Point, focused on the CTC-SOCOM relationship as well as the Center’s current research on foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and the composition and nature of the fighters themselves. The latter information will be published in its entirety in a forthcoming special report by the CTC.

Twenty-two USMA Cadets with the Combating Terrorism Center’s Irregular Warfare Group participated in tactical shooting training at West Point’s Tronsure Range Complex on 31 January. Mentored by USMA faculty and the USMA Combat Weapons Team, the Cadets focused on improving their shooting techniques through numerous iterations on the M4 rifle and M9 pistol. The event, which also featured Cadet interaction with Special Forces officers, culminated with a marksmanship exam. The IWG, which was established by the CTC in 2014, exists for the purpose of enhancing Cadets’ understanding of irregular warfare concepts and skills.

Department of English and Philosophy

Cadet Fine Arts Forum Hosts Screening of “Amira & Sam”: On 28 January, the Film Forum, the Cadet Fine Arts Forum, and the Department of English and Philosophy hosted director Sean Mullin (USMA ’97) and actress Dina Shihabi at the pre-release screening of “Amira and Sam.” MAJ Rik Miller (Film Forum OIC) served as Moderator and Master of Ceremonies at the event. Immediately following the screening of the film about a veteran who has an unlikely affair with an Iraqi immigrant, Mr. Mullin and Ms. Shihabi engaged in a discussion panel featuring COL John Nelson (who teaches Film and Film Theory), Cadet Cyrus Cappo (’17, co-CIC of the Film Forum), and Cadet Bradley Hodgkins ( ’15, a former Film and Film Theory student). In addition to the panel discussion, the audience engaged in Q & A. After fielding questions about the creative processes of screen-writing, directing, and acting, Sean Mullin and Dina Shihabi addressed several of the movie’s themes: the military-civilian divide, re-integration of combat-veterans into society, immigration, and ethnic tensions between Muslim-Americans and their fellow citizens.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

EECS Awards CDT Adam Kratch Best-in-Course for EE360. COL Lisa A. Shay, EE Program Director, awarded CDT Adam Kratch the best-in-course award for EE360, Digital Logic with Embedded Systems. CDT Kratch earned the highest A+ out of 67 cadets in the course. CDT Kratch was also one of the few Yearlings in the which had 22 Cows and 38 Firsties.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Cadets prepare for the100th Night Show. Class of 2015 cadets, including several very talented G&EnE majors, are working hard on their 100th night show. The cast and crew are sacrificing nights and weekends through the month of January and February to get ready for the 20-21 February performances. In this photo, nearly the entire cast runs through choreography for a spectacular show-stopping number. LTC Mindy Kimball, as the Officer-in-Charge of the Theatre Arts Guild (TAG), has been assisting the class leadership with the show since December, and is ensuring that TAG cadets provide sets, lighting, and sound support for the production. While the show is a Class of 2015 production, the backstage support comes from TAG cadets in all four classes and is guided by the extremely skilled civilian staff at Eisenhower Hall Theater. The Class of 2015 is ready to put on a stellar performance, and faculty is encouraged to attend either of the two performances. The show runs Friday, 20 Feb at 2000hrs, and Saturday, 21 Feb at 1900hrs. The show will run 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $15 each and are available at the Ike Hall Box Office.

Highland Falls Elementary School Geography Club. West Point’s local super hero, Dirtman, made a surprise visit to the Highland Falls Elementary School on 3 February to help the school’s Geography Club. The club consists of more than 15 first and second graders who are interested in learning more about the geography of the world and the West Point area. Dirtman entertained and educated the students as they looked at topographic maps and models and assisted with the student’s geography craft. As the children continued to work on their crafts, Dirtman’s parting words to them were, “You Rock!” The Department of G&EnE is reaching out to the local community schools and assisting both the Highland Falls Elementary and Intermediate Schools with their Geography Club events.

Department of Foreign Languages

Arabic: Eight Arabic students studying in Morocco and Jordan have begun their studies. In Jordan, classes were cancelled for 4 Feb in response to current and potential protests following the release of the video showing the killing of Jordanian Air Force Pilot Moaz Kasabeh by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Cadets there report all is quiet, and they are receiving constant updates from AMIDEAST and the US Embassy. Cadets in Morocco report all is calm and business as usual, with no fallout in response to events in Jordan.

Chinese: Cadets McKenzie Beasley and Peter Neise had an opportunity to dine with relatives of Cadet Neise. The cadets spent the weekend with Cadet Neise’s great uncle and his family. Cadet Neise had never met any of these relatives before this weekend.

Department of History

On January 30 and 31, Dr. David Frey, Dr. Rasheed Hosein, and Captain Nathan Jennings of the Department of History escorted 80 plebes who have demonstrated academic excellence in American and International history courses on a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. After staying the night in the Hotel Harrington just blocks away from the National Mall, which the cadets were allowed to explore the evening of arrival, the group spent the entire next day in the museum. The experience included two hours of self-guided tour throughout four levels of displays, theaters, testimonials, and material evidence; a working lunch with discussion led by Dr. Frey and museum staff where the cadets reflected on observations; assessment of a temporary exhibit titled, “Some Were Neighbors”; and finally an intimate discussion with Holocaust survivors who told their stories in small-group settings. Designed to expose cadets to the commemoration and study of Holocaust history, the trip compelled each attendee to assess the role of military leaders in preventing future atrocities. One cadet thoughtfully summarized the value of this learning when he concluded that, “History is more about how we remember than what we remember. It is ultimately about the lessons we take away from it.”

International History major Cadet Lorraine Ariail, who is currently studying abroad in Hamburg, Germany, recently visited the nearby Neuengamme concentration camp. Her impression follows: “The grounds themselves are very unassuming- my friend and I got off the bus, walked down the road, and there was nothing but a sign and a small reception building marking the entrance. It was a typical dreary north German day, so the remains of the old railroad track and the rows of leafless trees were particularly chilling. In fact, if I did not speak German I might not have known it was a former concentration camp at all. The grounds are always open, and they are quite extensive. Over 100,000 prisoners were held in the camp. Most of the barracks are no longer standing, their former locations now marked by rocks and wire along the ground. The site of the crematorium is now just a concrete slab with a plaque.” “One of the most interesting aspects was learning that as early as 1950, a prison was erected on site for the regular German prison system. It was not closed down until the early 2000s due to protests, and there was really any sort of move to memorialize the site until the 70s. I suppose that is fairly typical, since it wasn't until around that time that the Second World War period of history was even incorporated into the German public education system. It is just fascinating to see how they have chosen to depict the site.”

Army Women Hold Off Lehigh for Seventh Straight Win

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army used a late run to pull away from Lehigh during a 66-62 Patriot League victory on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. The Black Knights earn their seventh consecutive win to improve to 16-5 overall and 8-3 in the league, while the Mountain Hawks slip to 15-6 and 7-4.

Junior Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting and grabbed five rebounds for Army, while senior Olivia Schretzman posted her fourth double-double of the year with a season-high 19 points and 11 boards. Junior Jean Parker nearly reached a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Army converted each of its first three field goals to take an 8-0 lead before going on to hit five of its first seven shots and extend its advantage to nine, 12-3, after the opening 4:51 of the first half. Freshman Destinee Morris stole an errant pass at the 13:27 mark and finished a fast-break lay-in at the other end to bolster the Black Knights’ advantage to 13 points, 16-3. Full Story »

Army vs. Rutgers Will Be Played At Michie Stadium

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The Army Athletic Association and the New York Yankees announced today that the Nov. 21 contest against Rutgers will be played at Michie Stadium. The contest was originally scheduled to be played at Yankee Stadium. “We are grateful for the tremendous partnership we have with the New York Yankees,” Army Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan said.

“We discussed it and it makes the most sense to play the game at Michie to allow our fans plenty of time to plan accordingly for this game.” Army will now host six games at historic Michie Stadium during the 2015 season. The Black Knights will open the campaign on Sept. 4 against Fordham, welcome Wake Forest on Sept. 19 and host Duke (Oct. 10) and Bucknell (Oct. 17) on back-to-back weekends. Tulane will play at Army on Nov. 14 as well.

“Our fans, cadets, athletes and staff had a great experience at Yankee Stadium last year,” said Corrigan referring to Army’s 35-21 win over Connecticut on Nov. 8. “We will continue our partnership with the New York Yankees and look forward to our next event.” Season tickets for the 2015 football season will go on sale in early February at www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in person at the Michie Stadium Ticket Office. Story

Army Debate Team Has a Strong Showing

This past weekend, the Army Debate team traveled to the 5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University. The trip was a strong showing for the Army team with Open debater Michael Barlow and JV debater Veronica Bryant walking away with speaker awards. Also, Novice team Army GM advanced to out-rounds in their first ever tournament together.

JV team Army BS advanced to the semi finals in debater Bryan Silverman's first tournament in about year after returning from a semester abroad. Finally, Open team Army BC continues their win streak, going unbeaten at Monmouth. Great weekend for the Army team! Story

Army Football Season-Opener Moved To Friday Night

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced that Army’s football season-opener vs. Fordham has been moved to Friday night to preserve Labor Day weekend for the Corps of Cadets.

Army and Fordham will kick-off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, at historic Michie Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 and was moved to help cadets maximize leave time over the holiday weekend. Read More

Baseball Picked Second in Patriot League Poll

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army baseball team was selected second in the Patriot League's annual preseason poll, it was announced Tuesday. Senior pitcher Alex Robinett and third baseman Harold Earls each claimed a spot on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Patriot League head coaches and sports information directors were responsible for voting and could not choose their own team or players.

Bucknell, the 2014 Patriot League champion, was a unanimous choice to repeat and earned 50 points and 10 first-place votes in the poll. Army and Bucknell shared the regular-season title last season and the Black Knights followed the Bison with 37 points and one first-place nod. Lehigh also earned one first-place vote and was third with 30 points, while Navy (29), Holy Cross (19) and Lafayette (15) rounded out the rankings. "We are excited to begin the 2015 season," head coach Matt Reid said. Our guys are working and preparing very hard. Read More

Goff Named ECAC All-Around Gymnast of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Making his debut in the all-around category for just the second and third times over the weekend, Army gymnast Nathan Goff has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Around Gymnast of the Week. His 81.300 at Air Force tied his career best, set earlier this season at the West Point Open.

On Friday against the Huskers, he posted score of 13.900 on floor exercise, a season-best 14.000  on pommel horse, 12.800 on still rings, a season-best 13.500 on vault, 13.700 on parallel bars and 12.700 on high bar. Against the Falcons, he earned a season-best mark of 13.950 on floor exercise, a score of 13.800 on pommel horse, 13.550 on still rings, 12.600 on vault, 13.800 on parallel bars and 13.600 on high bar. Read More

DCA Update - Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • This past weekend, the Army Crew Team challenged the Royal Military College of Canada at the 2015 USMA-RMC Indoor Rowing Championship at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center
  • The event opened with a 2000 meter varsity heat followed by a 2000 meter novice heat, a 1000 meter coxswains heat and a 2000 meter relay heat
  • The last time both schools competed in head-to-head indoor rowing competition was in 2001 (Army Won)
  • Army crew was the only competitive club to compete for a championship during this year’s RMC exchange
  • The Army Team won every heat and posted the fastest combined time to win the championship
  • CDT Ross Downum clocked the fastest 2000 meter time of the day at 6:23.8, more than 36 seconds faster than the nearest RMC competitor
  • CDT Ali Darby, a novice rower, posted the fastest time for the women at 7:55.3
  • The fastest time by a novice man was recorded by CDT Chris Wagner at 6:31.1
  • CDT Michaela Farris lead all coxswains in the 1000 meter piece, finishing in 3:50.3
  • In the final event of the day, a 2000 meter relay, CDTs Brennan Nesaralla, Ethan Grogan, and Gavin Hoffman won by a wide margin of 39.7 seconds
  • Members of the Army Crew hosted the RMC Cadets from Thursday through Sunday, and attended a banquet honoring the event on Friday in Washington Hall
  • They also participated in a joint practice on Friday morning at 0530, followed by a team breakfast
  • The weekend culminated with the Men’s Team Captain, CDT Court Adams, accepting the perennial championship plaque from LTG Caslen during the first intermission of the RMC-USMA Hockey game

Team Handball (Women's):

  • On 24-26 January, both the Black and Gold teams of Women’s Handball Team travelled to Levis, Canada (near Quebec) to compete in a five team tournament
  • West Point Black went 3-1 over the weekend, losing the first game to the host Levis 1 before winning the next three over West Point Gold, Levis 2, and Laurier
  • One key highlight was the tremendous defense during the third match against a very physical and a more experienced team from Montreal
  • The handball courts were much shorter than the regulation court that the team normally plays on, which minimized the fast-break offense, so a strong defense was required and the team stepped up
  • Individuals also stepped up their game, to include an overall impressive play from CDT Cora Moody who had the first alley oops goal in team’s recent memory
  • The Gold team showed strong development over the entire weekend, playing Levis 2 in a close one point match and frustrating Levis 1 with their defense
  • CDT Lindsey Kiernan demonstrated a fantastic wing shot that she’s de-veloped which significantly contributed to her team’s improved offensive success compared to past tournaments
  • The trip was a fantastic cultural experience for both teams, allowing Ca-dets to interact with the Canadian clubs with a much higher understanding and level of experience in handball compared to many clubs in America

Inline Hockey:

  • On 24 Jan., the West Point Inline Hockey Club travelled to Lawrenceville, NJ, to compete against the Rider University Broncs at Loucks Ice Center
  • The Cadets jumped on the Broncs early, scoring the first goal of the game at 18:13 of the first, and then another at 10:28 to extend the lead; Army finished the period with an 18-15 edge in shots
  • Starting the period with a 5 on 3 powerplay, Army took advantage and scored twice early, giving the Cadets a 4-1 lead
  • The physical intensity of the game continued to pick up in the second period, and multiple penalties put Army on the penalty kill in the period
  • Looking to protect the lead, Army settled into a stifling defensive stance in the third period, and scored another goal to close at the Cadet victory at 5-1

Academic Clubs

Model UN Forum:

  • From 22-25 Jan., the USMA Model UN Team competed in the McGill Model UN Assembly in Montreal
  • Throughout the weekend, Cadets engaged in vigorous debate en-compassing various topics across the spectrum of world issues and historical crises
  • Cadets also engaged socially with members of dozens of universi-ties from around the world and discussed cultural issues
  • At the conclusion of the weekend, the USMA Model UN Team was awarded the Outstanding Small Delegation Award, defeating all but one university, and beating both Navy and RMC
  • The following Cadets were awarded individual commendations in their respective committees: CDT Jack Bagdadi (Outstanding Delegate), CDT Ezra Engel (Best Delegate), CDT Patrick Beauregard (Outstanding Delegate), CDT Christine Sidu (Outstanding Delegate), CDT Brittany Scofield (Outstanding Delegate) and CDT Jon Paul (Book Award)

Military Clubs


  • This past weekend, the West Point Pistol Team defeated MIT with a three event aggregate score of 6221 to 6178
  • MIT won the Free Pistol event with a team score of 1961 to West Point’s 1957; both teams tied in Standard Pis-tol with a score of 2061
  • West Point won the final event, Air Pistol, with a team score of 2203 to MIT’s 2156
  • MIT won the Women’s Air Pistol event with a team score of 1071 to West Point’s 1066
  • The West Point women won the Sport Pistol event with a team score of 1637 to MIT’s 1616, giving the Women’s Pistol Team the overall win with an aggregate score of 2701 to MIT’s 2687
  • Army will host a sectional match at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center on 14-15 February, which is the qualifying match for Nationals

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums:

  • The West Point Pipes & Drums hosted the Bands of the Cana-dian Royal Military College as part of the 92nd Annual RMC-USMA Exchange Weekend
  • The Pipes & Drum Team has worked with the RMC Band for over 30 years, and it was another great weekend of workshops, performances, and fellowship
  • On Saturday, the bands held workshops in Crest Hall, where they broke down into sections and rehearsed sets to perform later in the day at the Hollender Center
  • While the bands rehearsed, the dancers of both programs met in Arvin Gymna-sium and held a workshop there where the talented dancers of RMC trained with the West Point Celtic Dancers in several new routines
  • The bands came back together for a group rehearsal, and later that evening went to the Hollender Center to perform for the largest crowd the combined bands have performed for while at USMA
  • The performance before the hockey game was a huge success and the crowd loved the performances of the band which included: solo performances, dance performances, and a fantastic rendi-tion of Amazing Grace, which featured the Brass and Reed section of the RMC Band
  • Following the performances, the bands attended the Hockey match and the cadets cheered the Army team on to a victory

Snow Support (Ski Patrol):

  • The West Point Ski Patrol Club travelled to Elk Mountain and participated in the East-ern Division’s Ski and Toboggan Patroller School
  • There the Cadets learned ski instructor skills and valuable skills from professional ski patrollers
  • Candidate patrollers trained with professional patrollers on handling toboggans loaded with patients and unloading the to-boggans
  • The candidate patrollers were able to familiarize themselves and gain confidence in transporting potential patients down any terrain in a toboggan
  • Experienced cadet patrollers were given the opportunity to hone their skills specific to their platform, whether it was skis or snowboards; they also spent time refining their skills with handling toboggans

Hobby Clubs

Nordic Skiing:

  • On the weekend of 23-25 Jan., the West Point Nordic Ski Team competed in the Cornell University Invitational Ski Meet held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Common, VT
  • Eight members of the team participated in both skate/freestyle and classic style Nordic ski competitions
  • On 24 Jan., in the Men’s 15K state race, CDT Joshua Bassette took third place overall with a race time of 45:34, just three min-utes behind the first place skier from Cornell University
  • CDT Benjamin Brea was the next finisher for Army in 26th place, with a race time of 1:04:24
  • The rest of the Army field included: CDT Keith Basnett coming in at 1:09:15 (30th); CDT Landon Hanson with a fin-ish time of 1:22:05 (34th); and CDT Spencer Read, competing the first time ever, with a finish time of 1:29:07 (36th)
  • In the Women’s 15K state race, CDT Rebecca Sauter, in her very first Nordic Race, finished with a time of 1:59:20
  • In the Sunday 8.5K classic races, the women skied first and both Army women completed the course, with CDT Emily Beecher finishing at 1:06:54 (20th), and CDT Rebecca Sauter finishing at 1:25:32 (21st)
  • In the men’s competition, CDT Joshua Bassette finished in fourth place with a race time of 30:47, CDT Ben Brea fin-ished in 20th place with a time of 42:17, CDT Keith Basnett finished in 26th place with a time of 44:31, CDT Landon Hanson finished in 29th place with a time of 51:17, and CDT Spencer Read finished in 31st place with a time of 1:02:40
  • In overall team points Army finished in 4th place in both of the men’s events

Religious Clubs

Catholic Chapel Cadet Catechists:

  • On 21-22 January, Catholic Cadets travelled to Washington, D.C, to attend the March for Life
  • Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services (AMS) invited the cadets to accompany him to the event
  • Attended by an estimated 650,000 people, the March allowed Cadets to witness firsthand, in a vivid and compelling way, American political life in action and the first amendment right of free-dom of assembly
  • The March also gave them the opportunity to reflect deeply upon two principles that are fundamental to our military profession: the intrinsic value of all human beings and the defense of human life
  • Prior to the March, the cadets received a tour of the AMS headquar-ters building, where members of the Archbishop’s staff explained the organization and function of the Archdiocese

DCA Happenings

Cadet Programs

Cadet Programs presented a Masquerade Ball for the Class of 2018 at Eisenhower Hall on 23 January, where over 500 cadets and guests attended. Music was provided by the Benny Haven’s Band. Complimentary photos, games, prizes and refreshments were provided. Kudos to the class leadership for their planning and supervision of the event!

Army Football Caps Season With Awards Banquet

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Larry Dixon was named the most valuable player and Joe Drummond collected the Black Lion Award as the Army football program gathered for its postseason banquet. Varsity letters, senior accolades and 10 awards were handed out Saturday evening at Eisenhower Hall. Rich DeMarco served as master of ceremonies while head coach Jeff Monken spoke about the 2014 season and expectations for the upcoming season.

Dixon, a senior running back, was selected as the Thruston Hughes Memorial Award winner. It was established in 1939 to honor the team MVP and will be presented officially during the Awards Convocation prior to graduation. Drummond, a senior defensive lineman, wore the Black Lion patch during the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in December. The Black Lion is presented to the football player who best exemplifies the character of Don Holleder, an All-America defensive end for Army who was killed in action. Holleder’s daughter, Katie Fellows, presented the award.

Drummond also was honored with the William C. Whitehead Jr. Memorial Award as the graduating senior with the highest grade point average. He also took home the Lt. Gen. Garrison Davidson Award for having the highest military grade and earning distinction in the areas of honor, country, sportsmanship and leadership. He also collected the Army Football Lifter of the Year for his commitment to his personal development on and off the field.

Sophomores Robert Jenkins and Matthew Kauffman shared the Col. Joel B. “Dopey” Stephens Award as the outstanding football players on the scout team. Senior Todd McDonald was named the Col. James B. Gillespie Memorial Award winner for his outstanding dedication, unfailing performance and contributions to the Army football team. Dixon and classmate Geoffery Bacon shared the Creighton W. Abrams Memorial Award as team captains. Senior Jimmy Forgrave was named the 1st Lt. Chase Prasnicki Memorial Award winner. Forgrave was honored for sharing the characteristics of Prasnicki who was killed in action. Prasnicki always put the team above self and lived the values of loyalty, selfless service and teamwork. Full Story »

Minato Earns PL and AAA Weekly Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army junior guard Kelsey Minato earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row, while also garnering Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week accolades. Both the Patriot League Player of the Week and AAA Athlete of the Week awards mark Minato’s third of the season and the 11th of her career.

Minato averaged 25.0 points and 4.5 assists per game in two outings last week, helping Army win both of its contests and extend its winning streak to a season-long six games. The junior netted 30 points, while making a program single-game-record eight three-pointers on 10 attempts during a 65-40 victory at Boston University on Jan. 29. Minato shot 10-of-14 overall, added four assists and helped the Black Knights set a team single-game standard of 13 triples in the victory. Read More

Porter Named Patriot League Female Tennis Player of the Week

CENTRAL VALLEY, Pa. – After earning Army four singles points and hailing three wins in doubles, yearling Nancy Porter has been named the Patriot League Female Tennis Player of the Week, announced Monday afternoon.

“Nan has been working really hard and is very focused,” said head coach Paul Peck. “I am proud of where she is right now, she is playing great tennis for us. She is more focused and it is showing on the court.”

The Amarillo, Texas native earned wins at sixth singles against Nebraska and Air Force two weeks ago. This past weekend, Porter garnered points for the Black Knights after winning at fourth singles against Binghamton and in fifth singles against Seton Hall. She has won all four of her singles matches this season. Read More

Dean's Weekly, January 30th

Department of Chemistry and Life Science

Refinery Trip Section. On Monday, 12 January 2015, 47 USMA Chemical Engineering cadets and faculty traveled to the Phillips 66, Bayway Refinery located on the New York Harbor in Linden, NJ. The refinery is the largest transportation fuels producer on the east coast and distributes its products to U.S. consumers throughout a vast network of barges, trucks, pipelines and railcars. Cadets and faculty were generously hosted by the Bayway team, Mr. Paul Dietrich, Mr. Steven Dietrich and Ms. Lynne Launchi who escorted the USMA contingent on a customized tour of plant operations. In addition to seeing and experiencing various applications of chemical separation and reaction engineering, students also learned a great deal about the recent Hurricane Sandy event and its impact on the refinery from both an economic and security standpoint. Cadets and faculty were amazed at how plant emergency personnel planned, trained and executed disaster

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

Arabic: Eight Arabic students studying in Morocco and Jordan have finished inprocessing and are settling in to their studies. This past weekend marked the first opportunity they have had to begin exploring their new surroundings. The five Cadets in Jordan visited the Roman Citadel and some of the ancient ruins on the original seven hills of Amman. In Morocco, Cadets visited the ancient city of Fez and sampled the world famous Moroccan cuisine.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering Club Attends 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders. The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders in Miami, FL, 9-10 Jan 2015. The workshop focus was on improving ASCE student chapters through chapter activities, integration with local and national ASCE groups, and working with ASCE younger member groups. Over 50 ASCE student chapters were represented at the workshop, including chapters from the New England and New York region, the Mid-West region, the Mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast region. The student workshop was in conjunction with an ASCE workshop for section and branch leaders and a younger member council workshop, which allowed student members to meet young professionals and ASCE leaders. There were breakout sessions on education outreach, fundraising, member recruitment and retention, the faculty advisor role, and working with younger member groups. At the workshop, cadets had an opportunity to network with ASCE leaders, including: Mr Robert Stevens, the ASCE president, and LTC(R) Jim O’Brien, a former D/CME faculty member. The United States Military Academy continues to maintain significant connections with other Civil Engineering professionals and educators within the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Civil & Military Engineering Club Visits WTC Transportation Hub: The West Point Civil and Military Engineering club toured the ongoing construction site at Ground Zero in Manhattan, going inside the new state-of-the-art transportation hub onsite known as The Oculus, Building 1 (Freedom Tower), and Building 4 on Saturday, 24 Jan 2015. The tour was offered and led by COL Steve Hill (USA Ret.) of the NY-NJ Port Authority. The highlight of the trip for Cadets and faculty in attendance was the exclusive access to the unoccupied 54th floor of Building 4 with skyline views of the entire lower Manhattan. Cadets were able to learn from the amazing synchronization of labor, construction management techniques, steel and concrete use, and overall engineering and architectural brilliance that is encompassed on the site to memorialize the lives lost on 11 Sep 2001. At the culmination of the site tour, cadets got a self-guided tour of the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum, a very memorable experience for all.

Athletic Director's Update, January 29th

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AD's Update

Men's Basketball Tops Boston University for Third Straight Win

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Kevin Ferguson matched his career high with 20 points and Army erased a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Boston University 71-67 on Thursday night at Christl Arena. The win was Army's third straight and improved the team to 5-4 in the Patriot League. Point guard Dylan Cox put in a season-high 16 points, led Army (14-6, 5-4 Patriot) with five assists and tied with Ferguson for the team lead in rebounds with six apiece. As a team, Army shot 50 percent from the floor (26-of-52), despite knocking down three of their 22 three-point attempts (13.6 percent).

Army was also terrific at the foul line, hitting 13-of-16, including Larry Toomey's pair that sealed the victory with six seconds remaining and Army clinging to a two-point lead. Toomey finished with nine points and matched his career high with five assists.

The Black Knights limited Boston University (8-12, 4-5 Patriot) to 40 percent from the field (24-of-60) and 6-for-25 from beyond the three-point line (24 percent). The Terriers' top performer was Eric Fanning, who poured in 27 points on a 7-for-11 effort from the field. Fanning was 11-for-14 from the line and grabbed eight rebounds, while BU as a whole struggled from the charity stripe going 13-for-22.

Minato, Army Shoot Past Boston University

BOSTON, Mass. – Army junior Kelsey Minato hit a team-record eight three-pointers and scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Black Knights to a 65-40 Patriot League victory over Boston University on Thursday evening at Case Gym. Army picks up its fifth consecutive win to match its longest winning streak of the season and improve to 14-5 overall and 6-3 in the league, while Boston University drops to 4-16 and 1-8.

Minato finished 9-of-13 from the floor and shot 8-of-10 from beyond the arc to move past classmate Jean Parker’s previous single-game standard of seven three-pointers against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 13. Freshman Daizjah Morris also scored in double figures with 10 points, while sophomore Dani Failor added six points and six rebounds off the bench. Read More

Men's Tennis Opens 2015 with Army Kickoff

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After winning the Patriot League Championship and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament last spring, the Army men's tennis team will start its 2015 dual match slate with the Army Kickoff beginning on Friday. The Black Knights will welcome Boston College, Buffalo and Central Florida to Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

"I think the guys have been working very hard," said head coach Jim Poling. "I think they're playing well, they're playing with confidence. We'll find out just where we are against these three teams, three excellent teams. If you want to watch some good tennis this is the weekend to come out." Army will open the season against Buffalo on Friday at noon. On Saturday, the Black Knights will take on UCF at 9 a.m. followed by a match with BC on Sunday at 11 a.m. Read More

President Rivlin of Israel Visits West Point

Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, visited West Point, New York, Jan. 26. President Rivlin began the visit by placing a wreath at the gravesite of COL David "Mickey" Marcus, a West Point graduate and Israel's first modern General. President Rivlin then moved on to Jefferson Library, where he spoke to the cadets in attendance and finished with an answer and question session. He wrapped up his trip by addressing the Corps of Cadets from the poop deck, followed by lunch in Washington Hall. (Photo courtesy of John Pellino, West Point DPTMS VI)

DCA Update January 27th

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs


  • On Saturday, 17 January, the West Point Fencing Team hosted the 12th Annual Fencing Invitational in Arvin Gymnasium
  • The Invitational started with CDT Tessa Knight singing the National Anthem while two Vietnam Veterans, who for years have refereed and have been tournament managers for the Army Home Fencing Invitational, stood on either side of our American Flag
  • Army fencing took 1st place with the highest combined win loss record at 7-1
  • The men took the 1st place berth as well, being the only undefeated Men’s Squad at the competition going 4-0
  • Also taking 1st place on the Men’s side of the competition were both the Epee and Sabre Squads who went undefeated at 4-0
  • CDT Marvin Hargraves was the top athlete finishing the day at 11-1 in Epee, while CDT Blake Gordon in Sabre, the reigning National Champion in that weapon, went 10-2
  • Other impressive athletic records came in from CDT Gus Williams in Sabre (9-3), CDT Aaron Mellstrom in Epee (9-3), CDT Josh Qualls in Foil (7-4), and CDT Shawn Cooper in Foil (5-3)
  • The men defeated all of their varsity opponents with the scores being University of Detroit 18-9, Cleveland State University 15-12, Swarthmore College 19-8 and Hunter College 20-7
  • Highlights from the Women’s Team include CDT Tessa Knight in Epee rounding out her day at 6-3 in Epee with teammate CDT Shelby Turner going 7-2 in the weapon
  • CDT Lexie Blair was the top Army Athlete for the day in women’s, going 9-3 in Sabre against all varsity opponents; her teammate CDT Mary Liu finished at 6-6
  • In the weapon of foil, CDT Samantha Verduzco was 6-6
  • The women defeated Cleveland State 14-13, University of Detroit 16-11 and Lafayette College 18-9; they dropped one to Stevens Institute of Technology
  • The women rounded out the day at a 3-1 for a record
  • The West Point Fencing Team hosts one of the largest collegiate fencing invitational’s in the country with over 45 duals completed on Saturday


  • On 16-19 Jan., twelve members of the USMA Orienteering Team traveled to Cartersville, GA, to compete in the Georgia Navigator Cup at Red Top Mountain State Park, outside of Atlanta
  • Ten cadets competed in three races over three days that contributed toward their national rankings and improved their chances to compete on an American National Team
  • The final day of the competition consisted of a team-format race that saw a stacked firstie team sweep the field over the plebe, yearling and officer teams
  • Former orienteering cadet-in-charge Charlie Whitaker (Class of 2014) came from flight school at Fort Rucker to compete with former teammates:


Men’s Boxing:

  • The West Point Men’s Boxing Team attended a USA Boxing event in Albany held by the Adirondack Association on 17 Jan
  • Seven boxers competed against both novice and amateur experienced fighters
  • The team went 4-3 with 2 of the 4 victories coming by TKO in the 3rd round
  • Of the three losses, two were split decisions lost to Golden Glove fighters with almost double the experience as our fighters
  • Every fight was a good learning experience on our Road to 7
  • The event was held at Jerrick Jones’ gym in Albany, whom the team has worked with on multiple occasions spar-ring with fighters from his gym in preparation for Nationals

Support Clubs

Snow Support Ski Patrol:

  • On 16-19 Jan., the West Point Ski Patrol traveled to Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, NY, to conduct training of their new candidates
  • During the trip, Cadets interacted with members of the Whiteface Patrol and Mountain Staff to not only improve skiing and snowboarding skills, but to also gain a better understanding of patrol and staff interactions with the skiing public
  • Candidates and patrollers alike left the mountain with improved ski and board skills and knowledge on how larger mountains operate
  • This experience and training will help them immensely as they prepare for their national ski patrol certification skills test that will occur at the end of this ski season

Hobby Clubs

Alpine Skiing:

  • On 16 January, the Army Ski Team participated in it’s first Mid-East Collegiate Ski Conference for the year against RPI, Cornell, Syracuse, Ithaca, the University of Buffalo, and Binghamton at Labrador Mountain, NY
  • The cadets finished 6th overall in Giant Slalom (GS) and 5th in Slalom (SL)
  • CDT Sawyer Harkins finished 13th in GS and 9th in SL, out of 35 total varsity racers
  • The cadets were without CDT Josh Ische, who is one of our top three racers, due to an eye surgery
  • Racing varsity this weekend in addition to CDT Sawyer Harkins were CDTs Chris Emerson (Captain), Ayrne Riley, Patrick Kearney, and Logan Trust
  • All racers are showing great development and improving with every race

Military Clubs


  • On 16-17 Jan., the Pistol Team hosted teams from the Citadel and VMI for an intercollegiate pistol match
  • West Point won all three open events (Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Air Pistol) with an aggregate score of 6231 to the Citadel’s 6021 and VMI’s 5593
  • Standouts in Air Pistols were CDTs Travis Moody, who shot a 555 out of a possible 600, and Melody Yap, who shot a 552
  • Rounding out the four person scoring team were CDTs Ames Evans, with a score of 549, and Jeff Schanz, with a score of 546
  • CDT Ames Evans shot the team and match high score of 491 in Free Pistol
  • Also on the scoring team were CDTs Jeff Schanz (481), Mark Lister (470) and Jack Fagerland (475)
  • CDT Jeff Schanz led the scoring team in Standard Pistol with a 535 out of a possible 600
  • CDT Minhee Park followed closely with a 531, CDT Travis Moody shot a 530, and CDT Mark Lister shot a 516

Religious Clubs

Protestant Chapel Choir:

  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend saw the Cadet Chapel in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, on an outreach and team building trip section
  • The Cadets were blessed to have the USMA Chaplain and Cadet Chapel Senior Pastor, Chaplain Colonel Barbara Sherer, as a choir member on the trip
  • On Friday evening, the Cadets sang to a packed house at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, PA, led and accompanied by Cadet Chapel Organist and Choirmaster Craig Williams
  • In addition to a medley of sacred and patriotic hymns, the Cadets performed a series of traditional African-American spirituals in honor of the memory of Dr. King
  • Saturday the Cadets explored the science of vertical flight at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA, and later continued celebrating Dr. King’s legacy in front of an-other capacity audience at Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester
  • Martin Luther King Jr. completed his divinity studies at Crozer College in Chester, PA, and the Philadelphia suburb remains proud of its association with the slain civil rights leader, and was thrilled to celebrate him with the Cadets
  • On Sunday the Cadets led worship at both early and late services at Reformation Church, as plans to worship with the parishioners at Calvary later that morning were thwarted by freezing rain
  • On Monday the Cadets paid homage to our nation’s roots at In-dependence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center in downtown Philadelphia before returning to West Point

DCA Happenings

Cadet Publications

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Cadet Programs

On 17 Jan., 1750 Cadets and guests attended the 500th Night Weekend Reception and Banquet in the Cadet Mess Hall, where General Lloyd Austin was the guest speaker.
The 500th Night Hop followed in Cullum Hall, where the Cadets could enjoy refreshments, dance, and receive complementary photos. Music for the hop was provided by Benny Haven’s Band.

GEN Austin ’75 Addresses Class of 2016

GEN Austin at 500th NightGeneral Lloyd Austin '75 was the guest speaker at the 500th Night banquet for the Class of 2016. Sharing his thoughts on what it takes to be an effective leader, he challenged them to push themselves to be better every day than they were the last. Read full speech.

Minato Adds All-Met Honor to Weekly Accolades

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball junior guard Kelsey Minato was honored as the Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) on Tuesday, marking the second time she has received the accolade this season. Minato was also named Patriot League Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.

Players eligible for the weekly award must play for one of the 73 New York-area schools across Divisions I, II and III that hold membership in the MBWA. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Minato posted averages of 27.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last week, helping the Black Knights to victories over Colgate and American.

The junior registered 28 points at Colgate on Jan. 21, including the game-winning basket with four seconds remaining to give Army a 64-62 win over the Raiders. The victory marked Army’s first road win in the Patriot League this season. Minato shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the floor, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from deep and hit 90.0 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line, while also adding five rebounds and four assists in the win. Full Story »

Cox's Late Bucket Drives Army Past American

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Army scored the final seven points and Dylan Cox's driving bank shot with 3.1 seconds left completed the comeback for the Black Knights in a 68-66 win over American on Monday night at Bender Arena. Tanner Plomb hit a career-high six threes en route to 26 points as Army moved into a tie for third in the Patriot League standings.

Facing a 66-61 hole with 1:45 left, Cox scored on a drive to pull Army (13-6, 4-4 Patriot) within one possession (66-63) of American (11-9, 4-4 Patriot). Mac Hoffman's hustle forced American into a backcourt violation, giving the ball back to Army with 1:24 left. Ten seconds later, Kyle Wilson, who poured in 16 points of his own, made the extra pass to Plomb for a three that tied the score at 66 apiece. Read More

Dean's Weekly, January 23rd

Center for Enhanced Performance

BDE-consolidated TEE prep sessions. On 14 and 15 Dec, the cadet tutor program conducted BDE-consolidated TEE prep study sessions for seven plebe and yearling courses. A leader team of 18 cadets lead by CDT Stuart Vanderkooi, ‘15, A-3, and Spenser Rapone, ’16, H-3 planned and executed the study sessions. Approximately 550 cadets signed in for assistance for the two-hour sessions. The leader team supervised a bank of 200 volunteer cadet tutors.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Department of Behavioral Sciences hosted Toys for Tots Drive. The Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership aind the West Point community concluded its annual Toys for Tots drive with the Management Program’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society presenting toys to young children at Northeast Gateway to Freedom Shelter in Newburgh, NY on December 20th. Over $5000 and additional toys were presented to the Marine Corps Reserve of Orange County for distribution to children in West Point area. BS&L and ODK want to acknowledge the great support received from ODIA, which greatly enabled the campaign by allowing ODK cadets to collect toys and donations at Army football and hockey games.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

EECS Cadets and Faculty Attend ShmooCon Hacker Convention. With a big thank you to Mr. Vinny Viola and the ShmooCon organizers, Heidi and Bruce Potter, 28 cadets and 12 faculty attended the 11th annual Shmoo Conference in Washington D.C. from 16-18 January 2015. ShmooCon is an annual East Coast hacker convention offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical INFOSEC issues. This is one of the highlights of the Cyber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) at USMA and facilitates growing and maintaining the pipeline of competent Soldiers and leaders in the cyber domain.

There were over 40 talks, including one given by COL Greg Conti and LTC Dave Raymond of the Army Cyber Institute on the art of deception in cyberspace. In addition to the talks, there were a number of other events occurring simultaneously with the cadet favorite being “Hack Fortress.” Our team of 10 cadets (Avery Austin '18, Sawyer Stacey '18, Will Brattain '15, Kenny McGaffey '17, John Dimmer '17, Thomas Dubyak '15, Noah Ogrydziak '17, Dan Zablocky '17, Ames Evans '15 and MAJ Olson '04) competed against a number of skilled teams to solve hacking challenges in a time-based event, eventually making it to the semi-finals.

There were also hands on labs where attendees could learn advanced (or basic) skills on physical security, Wi-Fi hacking, or any other type of related topic in the open labs. Vendors also provided their own competitions while introducing new technologies in the security field. For those who would like to try a challenge themselves, a recommended example that will be available until the end of February can be found at the following URL: http://pen-testing.sans.org/challenge2015. Overall, it was once again an eye-opening experience for all USMA attendees regarding the pace of advancement and emergence of new threats being discussed, new research topics being explored and the rapid increase in technical capabilities of the average home user.

Department of Systems Engineering

Initiation of the Engineering Immersion Internship Pilot Program at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) initiated the Engineering Immersion Internship Pilot Program on 5 January 2015. DSE sent four engineering majors in their Second Class year on an Engineering Immersion Internship experience for their spring semester, Academic Term (AT) 15-2, from 05 January 2015 through 16 May 2015. Cadets Matthew Loza, Zachary Sostak, and Owen Bailey from DSE, and Cadet John Geiger from CME will work directly with and for Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) engineers leading programs such as the Grey Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system, the UH-60V Blackhawk program, Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, and the Multipurpose Munition Launcher Air Defense platform. The cadets will work part-time as engineering interns for programs within the AMRDEC at Redstone Arsenal, AL, while also taking classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The purpose of the internship is to give cadets a better understanding of engineering practice, provide perspective for their engineering courses, and inspire engagement with their discipline. Their functional duties will include project planning and management, software/hardware/complex electronics development, requirements development and management, system design, formal verification and qualification, interoperability testing of Army portfolio elements.

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

Arabic: Five Arabic students arrived in Amman, Jordan on Sunday, 18 JAN and began in-processing with AMIDEAST. In addition to academic counseling, registration, and local orientation they will go to the US Embassy Thursday to receive a security and procedures brief before they begin their studies. The three Arabic students in Morocco have completed the pre-session studies at AMIDEAST in Rabat and transitioned to Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, this past Friday. They are also going through add-drop and orientation before beginning their studies later this week.

Spanish: 5 Spanish Language Cadets departed on 21 January to Mexico for their semester abroad. Cadets Connor Wernecke, Brian Fydenkevez, Nathan Swanson, Jeremy Tetro, and Benjamin Greif began their journey as the first USMA cadets to attend Mexico’s famed Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). UNAM is the largest university within Latin America and originated from the oldest University in North America. The cadets will study a variety of topics ranging from Mathematics and Engineering to Philosophy and English Literature. Apart from the Cadets individual courses, they will each further their Spanish skills through host family interactions, cultural immersion trips, and advanced Spanish courses.

Chinese: The Chinese Language cadets studying in China and Taiwan have settled in to their new environments and have started to venture out and get a feel for the new cultural environments. Cadets Beasley and Neise in Taiwan visited several Buddhist temples. Cadets Brad Smith, Lashondra Maddox, Dylan Maher, Thomson Phung and Christopher Young have started working their way through the Beijing subway system in order to be able to enjoy the cultural sites in and around Beijing.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Energy metering and monitoring incorporated into cadet education. On Wednesday, 14 Jan 15, members of the West Point Energy Council met with contractors for DPW Garrison, West Point to discuss opportunities for energy metering of West Point buildings to be designed in such a way that the building energy use information could be incorporated into cadet education and be used in future cadet energy reduction competitions run by cadet Energy and Environmental Officers. The meters would be supported by graphical interfaces that would be located within a secure computer network that could display a variety of energy information about a particular West Point building. The participants discussed the need to develop a secure, accessible manner this information could be viewable to cadets, faculty, and staff.

Department of English and Philosophy

American War exhibit for Cadets enrolled in EP374 (The Arts of War). On 16 January, the USMA Library’s Special Collections and Archives Staff hosted a Spanish-American War exhibit for the 17 Cadets enrolled in EP374 (The Arts of War). The exhibit contained archived letters, memoirs, and photographs from the Spanish-American War, specifically from deployments to Cuba and the Philippines. The exhibit included Andrew Rowan’s wartime account How I Carried the Message to Garcia (USMA 1881), personal correspondence from President Theodore Roosevelt, the journals of John “Gatling Gun” Parker (USMA 1892), and several other artifacts. This display enabled cadets to witness the military tradition of wartime correspondence and journaling.

Army Hockey Blanks RMC to Retain Challenge Cup

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team scored four goals in the first period to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Royal Military Academy on Saturday night at Tate Rink. Clint Carlisle led the way with four points on a goal and three assists, while the Black Knights made it four-straight wins over their rival.

In addition to Carlisle's four points, Army saw C.J. Reuschlein put two goals and add an assist for three points. Three players added multiple point games with Joe Kozlak, Maurice Alvarez and Ryan Nick adding a goal and an assist each. Cole Bruns earned the shutout with 19 saves. The Black Knights outshot the Paladins by a 60-19 margin and goaltender Evan Deviller stopped 52 shots.

"Anytime you have a rivalry game you know there's going to be a different level of intensity," head coach Brian Riley. "We came out strong, I didn't know what kind of game it was going to be like, but those early power play goals helped our momentum. Both military academies teach discipline and it was just good hockey without getting out of hand. I thought we did a really good job, especially with the power play goals." Read More

Army Women Top First-Place American, 68-60

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's basketball team won its fourth straight game and became the first Patriot League team to defeat American this season as the Black Knights collected a 68-60 win on Saturday at Christl Arena. Army improves to 13-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference, while American slips to 12-7 and 7-1.

Junior Kelsey Minato led the way for Army with 26 points to include a 9-for-18 performance from the field and a 7-of-7 showing on free throws, while also grabbing six rebounds. Classmate Aimee Oertner netted 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and controlled eight rebounds, while senior Olivia Schretzman posted 13 points to include a 9-of-12 performance from the foul line.

Senior Jen Dumiak paced American with 19 points, while classmate Arron Zimmerman and junior Michelle Holmes also finished in double figures, with 16 points and 15 points, respectively. Read More

Urnezis Named ECAC Diver of the Week

DANBURRY, Conn. – After a career performance off both boards last weekend, firstie Josh Urnezis has been named the ECAC Male Diver of the Week for the Upstate/Metro division. This is Urnezis’ second time earning the honor this season.

“Josh dove excellently this past weekend,” said head coach PJ Hughes. “He dove especially well on the 1-meter where he received two 7.5’s and an 8 from the judges on his inward 2.5 tuck for a total of 71 points. It was exciting to watch his hard work in practice pay off big in competition.” Story

Athletic Director's Update, January 22nd

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Army Fencing Snatches First Place at Home

Team combines for 7-1 record at 2015 West Point Fencing Invitational at Arvin. Army Fencing hosted the 2015 West Point Fencing Invitational Jan. 17 at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center, and the home team earned first place with the highest combined win-loss record of the day (7-1). The opening ceremony featured Class of 2015 Cadet Tessa Knight, women’s team captain, singing the national anthem while two Vietnam veterans who have long served as referees and tournament managers for the invitational held the American flag.

The men’s team also took a first-place berth, being the only undefeated squad at the competition (4-0). Both the epee and sabre squads went undefeated in the annual invitational. Class of 2015 Cadet Marvin Hargraves was the top athlete, finishing the day at 11-1 in epee. Class of 2016 Cadet Blake Gordon, the reigning national champion in sabre, went 10-2. Other impressive records included Class of 2017 Cadet Gus Williams in sabre (9-3), Class of 2018 Cadet Aaron Mellstrom in epee (9-3), Class of 2018 Cadet Josh Qualls in foil (7-4) and Class of 2015 Cadet Shawn Cooper in foil (5-3). The men defeated all varsity opponents from University of Detroit (18-9), Cleveland State University (15-12), Swarthmore College (19-8) and Hunter College (20-7). Full Story »

Photo Courtesy of Mike Strasser.

Men's Basketball Rallies for 65-63 Win Over Colgate

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Facing an eight-point deficit midway through the second half, the Army men's basketball team held Colgate scoreless for nearly seven minutes and rallied for a 65-63 victory over the first-place Raiders. Trailing by a point in the final minute, Tanner Plomb's three-pointer with 16 seconds left gave the Black Knights the lead for good on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena.

Plomb led Army (12-6, 3-4 Patriot) in scoring for the third straight game with 18 points and also collected a team-high seven rebounds. Kyle Wilson scored 15 and Dylan Cox had 12 to go along with six assists for the Black Knights. The difference in the game came at the free throw line as Army went 11-for-12 and Colgate made two of its seven attempts. Read More

Brown Named ECAC Division I Metro/Upstate Rookie of the Week

DANBURY, CT – Garnering her second accolade of the week, Briyah Brown has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Metro/Upstate Women’s Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference on Wednesday. On Monday, Brown was named the Patriot League Women’s Rookie of the Week, earning her third consecutive honor from the conference in as many weeks.

She kicked off the season by garnering Women’s Field Athlete of the Week Honors on Dec. 8 and followed that up with Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and Women’s Rookie of the Week accolades on Jan. 12.Leading the Black Knights’ throwing contingent, Brown took second at the Beantown Challenge in the shot put with a mark of 14.07m. It was her third ECAC qualifying mark of the season in as many competitions. Read More

Minato's Late Bucket Gives Army 64-62 Win at Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior Kelsey Minato sank the game-winning basket with four seconds remaining in the contest to finish with a game-high 28 points and send the Army women’s basketball team to a 64-62 win over Colgate in Patriot League action on Wednesday evening at Cotterell Court. Army grabs its third win in a row to improve to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the league, while Colgate drops to 2-16 and 1-6.

Minato extended her Patriot League-record double-digit scoring streak to 66 games, while shooting 7-of-13 overall, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 9-of-10 from the foul line. Senior Olivia Schretzman added 10 points and five rebounds, junior Jean Parker contributed nine points and freshman Daizjah Morris added seven points in her first career start. Full Story »

Domestic Internships Broaden Cadet Education

West Point appears on several 2014 “Top 10” lists concerning U.S. colleges and universities: #1 “Most Accessible Professors” (Princeton Review), #3 “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” (U.S. News & World Report), and #9 “America’s Top College” (Forbes).

Yet, USMA is conspicuously missing from one list —“Best Internships.” Then again, technically, USMA does not offer traditional internships: instead, it has the Academy Scholars Program or Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program. This past summer, more than 1,000 cadets participated in these programs offered through USMA’s various academic departments. Roughly 400 traveled abroad, but the majority spent their three weeks in the United States. From New York to California, D.C. to Dallas, these domestic internships provided cadets with valuable field experience to complement the learning they do in the classroom. And ask any one of the cadets who participated this summer and they will gladly tell you that thanks to the generosity of donors, USMA’s AIADs are #1. Read More

Wilson Placed on Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List

BOSTON - Army men's basketball junior Kyle Wilson was one of 40 players placed on the Lou Henson award Mid-Season Watch List, it was announced by the organization Wednesday morning. The finalists for the 2014 Lou Henson Award will be announced in March.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I "Mid-Major" Player of the Year. The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four. Read More

Morris' Career Game Leads Army Over Bucknell

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's basketball team grabbed its second straight Patriot League win with a 67-45 victory over Bucknell on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena, thanks to 20-point scoring performances from junior Kelsey Minato and freshman Daizjah Morris. Army improves to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League with the win, while Bucknell drops to 11-6 and 3-3.

Minato led the Black Knights with a game-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting to include a 4-of-6 performance on three-pointers. With her double-digit scoring effort, Minato reached 65th straight games with at least 10 points to surpass the mark of 64 set by Bucknell's Molly Creamer from 2001-03. Morris established career standards of 22 points, seven field goals, six free throws, two three-pointers, and five steals, while playing in a career-high 27 minutes. Morris shot 7-for-9 from the field, while going 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Read More

In Alabama, West Point Cadets Explore Polluted Civil Rights

On the first Martin Luther King, Jr., Day since the Civil Rights Act had its 50th anniversary, it’s worth reflecting on how — despite much progress in leveling societal playing fields — many environmental “cleanups” in this country simply shift problems to poor communities of color.

Here’s a “Your Dot” essay making this point, written by Robert J. Goldstein, a professor of law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, across the Hudson from my town, who has also served as general counsel for the environmental group Riverkeeper.

Last year, while traveling in the South with cadets on an annual field trip called the “Civil Rights Staff Ride,” Goldstein confronted one such environmental injustice in Uniontown, Alabama. Read More

Class of 2016 Celebrates 500th Night

The Class of 2016 gathered to celebrate 500th Night with invited guests and senior leaders Jan. 17, at the Cadet Mess.

Guest Speaker Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command was introduced by fellow Class of 1975 graduate Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.

Activities involved in 500th Night included a reception and formal banquet, followed by a hop at Cullum Hall.

The celebrating of 500th night signifies that 500 more days remain for the Class of 2016 until graduation. The night has traditionally offered members of the Second Class and guests a formal function to celebrate their accomplishments thus far. “With Honor We Lead”

(Photo by: Mike Strasser, Pointer View)

Army Women's Basketball Adopts Andrea Wojciechowski

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's basketball team welcomed its newest member on Monday evening, as the Black Knights adopted Andrea Wojciechowski during a ceremony inside West Point's Nowak Auditorium. Wojciechowski joins the program thanks to its work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization that serves children and their families who are battling life-threatening diseases.

Wojciechowski, who comes to the team from Wallkill, N.Y., was officially welcomed to the squad after signing her national letter of intent at Nowak Auditorium. She was presented with her own locker in the team's locker room, along with a jersey and additional Army women's basketball gear. Full Story »

Gymnast Glenn Earns Athlete of the Week Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After claiming his third consecutive all-around title at the 24th Annual West Point Open, junior gymnast Jesse Glenn has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The Porter Ranch, Calif., native posted a score of 84.550 to capture his third title in as many years, qualifying for the individual finals on high bar, vault and floor exercise. His score of 14.850 on high bar was the top qualifying mark on the apparatus. Read More

Gothic and Granite Beauty: The Buildings of West Point

Taylor Hall, home to the Superintendent's Office, was built between 1905-10 and features solid masonry and a 180-foot corner tower - the tallest of its kind in the world.

Read about the former office of the Quartermaster and other historic West Point buildings: West Point Magazine

Brown Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, PA – Leading the way for the Black Knights’ throwing contingent with a second-place finish in the shot put at the Beantown Challenge, Briyah Brown has been named the Patriot League Women’s Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week. Brown took second place in the shot put, recording a throw of 14.07 for her third Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) mark of the season.

The New Rochelle, N.Y., native is being honored by the conference for the third time in as many weeks, earning Patriot League Women’s Field Athlete of the Week recognition in each of the last two weeks. Last week she was named both the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and the Women’s Rookie of the Week for her first-place effort at the Army 5-Way. Full Story »

Urnezis Named Patriot League Diver of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After a career performance off both boards last weekend, firstie Josh Urnezis has been named the Patriot League Male Diver of the Week, announced Monday afternoon. This is Urnezis’ third time earning the honor this season.

“Josh dove excellently this past weekend,” said head coach PJ Hughes. “He dove especially well on the 1-meter where he received two 7.5’s and an 8 from the judges on his inward 2.5 tuck for a total of 71 points. It was exciting to watch his hard work in practice pay off big in competition.” Read More

DCA Update January 16th

Extracurricular Clubs

Academic Clubs

Debate Forum:

  • On 10 January, the Army Debate Team travelled to Brooklyn, NY to spend the weekend at Brooklyn Technical High School
  • They spent their time there as volunteer judges and facilitators to support the NYC Urban Debate League that helps city intermedi-ate and high school kids enhance their education, research, and public speaking skills through debate
  • This year’s guest speaker was Mayor Bill de Blasio



  • On 12 Dec., the West Point Marathon Team completed the 247 mile journey down to Baltimore, MD
  • This run provided excellent outreach with the surrounding communities as the team passed through
  • Local law enforcement guided the team down and a local business, Reagent Chemical, hosted the team for a hot dinner
  • The Marathon team made it the Baltimore M&T stadium safely and ahead of schedule
  • The team then ran the ball on the field to start the Army vs. Navy game, and they all received coins from General Odierno

Support Clubs

Scoutmasters’ Council:

  • On 10 January, 19 Cadets from the Scoutmasters’ Council travelled to Hunter Mountain Ski Area in Palenville, NY
  • The Scoutmasters’ Council conducted a team-building event in preparation for the Scoutmasters’ Council Cam-poree that will take place 1-3 May, 2015 in Lake Frederick

Hobby Clubs

Alpine Skiing 01-16-2015Alpine Skiing:

  • On 10-11 January, the Army Ski Team conducted a mini-camp at Windham Mt., NY
  • The team received training from Coach Bob Harkins, Gould Academy, Maine and father of racer Sawyer Har-kins, Class of 2018
  • The team trained in both disciplines (Giant Slalom and Slalom) and showed vast improvement within every run
  • On Saturday afternoon, the cadets had an opportunity to meet with some Wounded Warriors, who with their families, were being entertained and trained in Adaptive Sports thru the Adaptive Snow Sports Program at Windham Mt
  • The Adaptive Snow Sports Program Director, Ms. Pam Greene, gave the cadets a tour of their facility and ex-plained how their staff trains with the Wounded Warri-ors
  • The Army Ski Team’s first race is 17-18 January at Lab-rador Mt., and is now primed and ready to shred!

Inline Hockey:

  • On 9-11 January, the West Point Hockey Club travelled to New London, CT, to compete against club hockey teams from the Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the Naval Academy in the annual Service Leaders of Tomorrow (SLOT) Ice Hockey Tournament
  • The West Point Hockey Club won the tournament’s inaugural event last year, outlasting the Merchant Marine Academy with a late come-from-behind victory
  • This year, West Point skated to comfortable victories against Navy and the Merchant Marine Acad-emy, and also beat them in a skills competition held on Friday night
  • The West Point Hockey Club opened tournament play by beating Navy in a decisive fashion, winning 5-2
  • In two games this season against Navy’s Division II Club, Army has won twice, outscoring their rival 13-4 on aggregate
  • Although the score in the most recent matchup remained close, the Army team achieved a significant advantage in both possession and shots on goal
  • Navy spent much of the afternoon defending and was only able to gen-erate 19 shots against West Point; CDT Mike St. Denis scored twice in the third period to put the game well out of reach
  • On Sunday, the West Point Hockey Club won the tournament, beating the team from King’s Point 8-1 in the Championship game
  • An addition to this year’s tournament, teams partici-pated in a skills competition on Friday evening with the West Point Club winning that event as well
  • Second Class CDTs Thane Heller and Mike St.Denis collected individual honors for hardest shot and shooting accuracy, respectively
  • Other events included a race to determine the fast-est skater and a breakaway competition
  • As part of the skills competition, teams played abbreviated 20-minute games against each other service academy teams, with Army winning all three games by an aggregate score of 7-0
  • The event, which included a keynote address by former Army Hockey Coach Rob Riley, served a fitting showcase for the Acad-emies, as well as the sport of hockey

Cadet Publications:

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Dean's Weekly, January 16th

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Triathlon: During 10-12 January, LTC Ken Allen and MAJ Will Koch traveled to Naples, FL with the West Point Triathlon Team to participate in the 4th annual HITS Olympic triathlon on 11 January. The HITS race provided a rare opportunity for the team to compete in actual race conditions in the winter as they prepare for the spring season and the USAT Collegiate National Championships in April. The cadet team was extremely successful, with the top performance by Dylan Morgan ’16 who was the 2nd overall male in the race. Additionally, Remington Ponce-Pore ’18 and Jacob Slife ’18 were 1st and 2nd in the 18-19 year-old male division; Angelica Dickson ’16, Mackenzie Williams ’18 and Catherine Sedy ’16 were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 20-24 year-old female division; Tom Hinds ’16, Brad Bachand ’15 and Kevin Miles ’16 were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 20-25 year-old male division. Along with the cadet athletes, the officers accompanying the team had success with LTC Ken Allen placing 2nd in the 45-49 male division and MAJ William Koch earning 3rd in the 35-39 male division. In total, eleven of the 19 athletes that raced ended up on the podium. As in previous years, the cadets were sponsored by the members of the West Point Society of Naples, FL who were, as always, outstanding hosts and role models for the team. In addition to the team winning, MAJ Koch was 3rd in his age group and LTC Allen was 2nd in his. This was Will’s first race in over 2 years and the first time he raced the Olympic distance.

Research Symposium: The purpose of the research symposium is to inform Yearling and Cow PANE majors of the diverse research opportunities in the department. Researchers from the Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC), the Photonics Research Center (PRC), and the Space and Missile Defense Command Space Analysis Research Center (SMDC-SARC) will be available to discuss their current projects with the PANE majors. Almost all projects support current research efforts important to the Department of Defense.

Department of Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering cadets conduct interviews with members of 2-87 Infantry at Fort Drum. Cadet Coree Aten, Cadet Andrew Michalowski, and LTC Paul Evangelista visited Fort Drum, NY to discuss tactical power management strategies with several 10th Mountain Division Soldiers. The cadets are working as part of a Department of Systems Engineering capstone team. Their project focuses on providing analysis that illustrates the operational impact of small unit power equipment and developing a decision support tool that helps commanders employ effective dismounted tactical power management strategies.

Capstone team visits the Office of the Director, Chief Management Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Dr. Michael Kwinn and his capstone team members, Cadets Samantha Dorminey, Angel Santiago and Dan Lasche traveled to Washington, D.C. to brief their client, Mr. David Tillotson. The cadets are developing a Systems Engineering tool that will inform the Secretary of the Defense of the department’s progress in meeting its annual objectives. Mr. Tillotson is the Assistant Director in the Office of the Director, Chief Management Office for OSD. While visiting the Pentagon, the cadets were given a tour of the Secretary of the Army's office and the Chief of Staff of the Army's office.

Department of Foreign Languages

Arabic: Three Arabic students arrived in Rabat, Morocco, for pre-session studies at AMIDEAST on 28 Dec 14. They have been undergoing an intensive 45 hour course of instruction designed to position them for a higher level of Arabic language learning within the Moroccan system. They will complete their studies this week and begin their semester at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, on Friday, 16 January. Five Arabic students are also preparing to depart West Point Friday for a semester of study at AMIDEAST in Amman, Jordan.

Chinese: Five cadets departed West Point for Beijing, China on 7 January for their Semester Abroad Program at Peking University (Lashondra Maddox, Dylan Maher, Thomson Phung, Brad Smith, and Christopher Young). Four cadets departed West Point for Taipei, Taiwan on 7 January for their Semester Abroad Program at Fujen and Tsinghua Universities (McKenzie Beasley, Peter Neise, David Su, and Jinny Yan). Cadets Su and Yan will also be studying Computer Science courses at the University in Taiwan.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Engineers & Scientists for a Sustainable World (ESSW) Induction Ceremony. On 13 January, the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering inducted Class of 2017 Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science majors into our ESSW club, a local chapter of the national organization Engineers for a Sustainable World, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Fifty four firstie, cow and yearling cadets who major in environmental science or environmental engineering participated in the event on the 5th floor of Washington Hall. All were welcomed with a pizza lunch followed by a guest lecture by CPT Jessica Lynch, a 2010 Environmental Science major who branched Medical Service Corps and is currently serving at Fort Meade, MD as an Environmental Science and Engineering officer. CPT Lynch discussed how her West Point education and environmental major prepared her for her young Army career. CPT Lynch’s brief was followed by a brief introduction to the ESSW Club by the Cadet-in- Charge, CDT Carissa Pekny (’16). The new members were then officially welcomed by name to the “Green Team” by Dr. Marie Johnson, the Environmental Program Director.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Guest Lecture – Roland Trope, Trope Schramm Law in NYC On January 8-9, 2015, the Core Program of the EECS Department hosted Mr. Roland Trope, law partner with Trope and Schramm in NYC and USMA Law Department Adjunct Professor.

Mr. Trope taught 560 Cadets from IT105 about copyright, intellectual property, and some of the ethical decisions cadets need to make when dealing with these concepts. The primary goal of these lectures is to enhance Cadets’ awareness and understanding that digital media is someone’s property and that it needs to be treated and afforded the same degree of respect as more tangible personal property. Through lively discussion and clever audience participation exercises, Mr. Trope also provided the Cadets with some practical guidelines for determining how to protect their own original works.

Mr. Trope continued his discussion on Intellectual Property with 296 Cadets in the IT305 course. These Cadets had previously experienced Mr. Trope's IT105 Copyright presentation as Plebes. This second lecture in the series complemented the presentation in IT105 and built upon that foundation, providing the Cadets with a further appreciation for additional forms of intellectual property protections, including Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Patents.

VIP Visit – ADM Michael Rogers, US CYBERCOM, NSA/CSS In a visit from ADM Michael Rogers, Cdr of US Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service, he expressed interest to the USMA leadership on the importance of continuing cyber-related internships with interested cadets and midshipmen. ADM Rogers also had a luncheon with the 15 Cyber Minors of EECS and in a briefing to the 300+ CS, EE, IT, Math, and OR majors stressing his interest in having cadets of all majors consider the Cyber branch, not only Computer Science and Information Technology Majors. He indicated the cyber threat is growing where anyone branching Cyber will have a hand in the country’s defense. He also indicated he want to increase the operational types of experiences that the cadets could have at NSA/CYBERMCD including having cadets assigned to Cyber Mission Teams during the summer, semester, or while awaiting BOLC.

SEEK Conference On 01-05 January 2015, cadets and faculty from Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel attended the SEEK Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), the conference brought together 10,000 college students from across the country for faith-based discussions on leadership, resiliency, and integrity among others. One of the highlights of the conference was an inter-service academy gathering of over 70 cadets and midshipmen from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy. Testimonies were shared about the challenges of faith on academy campuses and while an officer in the military. A total of 11 cadets from West Point attended the conference accompanied by Father (MAJ) Kenneth Nielson, LTC Christopher Korpela (EECS Faculty), and Brother Carlos Hernandez.

Athletic Director's Update, January 15th

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Balanced Effort Leads Army Past Holy Cross, 67-53

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army received double-digit scoring performances from three players en route to a 67-53 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League action on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena.

Army (10-5, 2-3 Patriot League) was paced by junior Kelsey Minato, who finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting to extend her double-digit scoring streak to a Patriot League-record-tying 64 games. The 64-game double-digit scoring streak matches the streak set by Bucknell's Molly Creamer from 2000-03.

Senior Olivia Schretzman posted 15 points and seven rebounds, while junior Jean Parker tallied 15 points to include five three-pointers. Classmate Aimee Oertner finished with nine points, five assists and a season-high five blocks. Read More

Cox Pushes Army Past Holy Cross in Overtime

WORCESTER, Mass. - Dylan Cox's runner with two seconds left propelled Army to a 72-70 overtime victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at Hart Center. Tanner Plomb put in a season-high 28 points with five three-pointers to help Army improve to 2-3 in Patriot League play.

"This was a great win for our program," Cox said following the victory. "We definitely responded today, I thought our defense was great at times, we got the stops when we needed to and were able to come away with the win."

Facing a 63-61 deficit with a little more than two minutes to play in overtime, Army (11-5, 2-3 Patriot) pulled down an offensive rebound and Kyle Wilson found Plomb at the top of the key for a three-pointer. Malachi Alexander's free throws pushed Holy Cross (6-9, 1-4 Patriot) back in front by a point at 65-64, before Kevin Ferguson put home a loose ball on Army's next possession. Full Story »

Army Set to Host 24th Annual West Point Open

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army gymnastics team will welcome Penn State, Temple, Springfield and Navy for the 24th Annual West Point Open. The event is set for Friday and Saturday from Christl Arena at West Point. Competition gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday with the battle for the team title. The individual finals will conclude the following day beginning at 7 p.m. How to follow: Fans can catch Friday's action live on Knight Vision with Rich Demarco, Arny Ferrando and Zach Daly on the call. Visit www.goARMYsports.com for up-to-date information and follow the men's gymnastics team on Twitter @Army_Gymnastics for live-updates. Tickets: For fans wishing to make the trip to Christl Arena, tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Full price admission is $10 while youth, seniors and students can purchase a discounted seat for $8. All-session passes are also available for $25. Visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets for more information. Read More

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Four Army Wrestlers Appear in National Rankings

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Four members of the Army wrestling team received national attention in this week’s individual rankings. Russell Parsons, Cole Gracey, Brian Harvey and Bryce Barnes were all ranked among the top 20 best wrestlers in the country at their respective weight classes.

This is the most ranked wrestlers Army has had all season, drawing recognition from InterMat, The Open Mat (TOM), WIN Magazine, Flowrestling and Amateur Wrestling News.

“There is a lot of wrestling left this season,” added Ward. “And obviously where you are ranked after the NCAA Tournament is what really matters. It’s good to see some guys making the strides it takes to get to the top.” Read More

West Point Cadet Chapel

Impressive organ pipes, ornate stained glass windows and a Military Gothic-styled exterior characterize this snowy sanctuary.

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Black Knights Earn Three Dual Meet Victories at Army 5-Way

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Competing in their first action since early December, the Army men’s track & field team earned three dual meet victories in the Army 5-Way from Gillis Field House. The Black Knights defeated Patriot League foe Lehigh in addition to Manhattan and Marist.

The men defeated Lehigh by a score of 96.5-77.5; Manhattan 102-57; and Marist 121-32. They dropped just one dual meet, falling to Rider 98-90. "If our cadets can maintain their fitness over the break, then I feel like we are positioned well for the rest of the season." Read More

Brown Named Patriot League Field/Rookie of the Week

CENTER VALLEY, PA – Earning two first-place finishes in just the second collegiate meet of her career, freshman Briyah Brown has been named the Patriot League Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and Women’s Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.

Brown competed in both the shot put and weight throw for the Black Knights, earning the individual title in both events at the Army 5-Way from Gillis Field House. She notched Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) marks in both events. Full Story »

Szekely Slated as AAA Athlete of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. –After leading the men’s swim and dive team with six of 14 first-place finishes, Chris Szekely was named Athlete of the Week by the Army Athletic Association on Monday. The cow draws the accolade for the first time of his career after the swim and dive team defeated Patriot League foes Lehigh and Bucknell over the weekend.

The Doylestown, Pa., native raced to two individual first-place victories and swam the fastest legs in each of the four first-place team relays. Individually, Szekely earned 18 points for Army against the Bison with wins in the 50 free (21.13) and in the 100 free (46.24), which were back-to-back events. He helped the Black Knights earn 18 more points by swimming the fastest legs of the first-place 200 medley and 400 free relay teams that afternoon over Bucknell. Read More

Triathlon Team Participated in the 4th Annual HITS Olympic

The West Point Triathlon team participated in the 4th annual HITS Olympic triathlon, Jan. 11, in Naples, Florida. The HITS race provided a rare opportunity for the team to compete in actual race conditions in the winter, as they prepare for the spring season and the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in April.

The cadet team was extremely successful, with the top performance by Dylan Morgan, class of 2016, who was the 2nd overall male in the race.

The other achievements for the team are as follows:
- Remington Ponce-Pore and Jacob Slife both class of 2018, were 1st and 2nd in the 18-19 year-old male division
-Angelica Dickson (2016), Mackenzie Williams (2018) and Catherine Sedy (2016) were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, in the 20-24 year-old female division
-Tom Hinds (2016), Brad Bachand (2015) and Kevin Miles (2016) were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, in the 20-25 year-old male division.

Photo courtesy of the West Point Triathlon Team

Black Knights Cruise Past Pioneers, 34-7

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its first road dual match of the season, the Army wrestling team cruised past Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Sacred Heart, 34-7, on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Knights improve to 2-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 0-4 in the EIWA and 0-7 overall. It was the first win for Army since taking down Franklin & Marshall, 36-6, in its EIWA opener on Nov. 16.

“Getting back on the winning side of a dual meet was good,” explained head coach Kevin Ward. “But I just think we have a little more to give at some weights. Their guys were pretty scrappy, but I think we didn’t have the urgency we needed to have across the board. I felt like we had a chance to blow some matches open and, for whatever reason, we didn’t.” Read More

USMA Parachute Team Shines at the Collegiate Nationals

The West Point Parachute Team had an incredible showing at Collegiate Nationals this year earning 29 medals overall, 14 gold, 13 silver, and 2 bronze.

Yearlings placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th in 2-way formation flying and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Novice Sport Accuracy. The 2way team West Point Storks even broke the record of points in a single 2way competition sky dive with 23 points turned in 35 seconds. Cows and Firsties swept Masters Classic Accuracy, Team Accuracy, Intermediate 4-way formation flying and BEAT Air Force in Masters Sport Accuracy.

CDT Alexandra Deets ’16 was also named the most competitive collegiate competitor.

Dean's Weekly, January 9th

USMA Library

Reference & Liaison Librarian Attends Conference on Open Access Publishing On December 5, 2014, Laura Mosher, Reference Librarian and Liaison to USMA’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, attended the Academic & Research Libraries New York Chapter (ACRL/NY) 2014 Symposium in Manhattan. This year’s Symposium, entitled “The Academic Librarian in the Open Access Future,” featured presentations from librarians and other experts involved in the Open Access (OA) movement in scholarship and publishing. OA is a rapidly evolving movement within scholarly research, advocating for no-fee and copyright-free (or less-restrictive copyright protection) access to cutting edge, peer-reviewed scholarship. Advantages of OA publishing include more rapid dispersal of scholarship; access to greater readership - with the collaboration and advancement of research that follows; and ensuring that scholarship and research is widely accessible to individuals/organizations that have been economically or geographically disadvantaged when it came to scholarly knowledge. At the Symposium, Ms. Mosher heard about successful OA efforts to encourage faculty and students at colleges and universities to publish in OA journals (both print and electronic), and learned about projects designed to collect, archive, and make accessible a wide range of scholarly information and research through the establishment of OA repositories. The role that libraries and librarians play in the OA movement is significant, and the potential for West Point’s participation in the OA movement is great. One example: imagine an OA repository for Cadet Capstone projects that provides a home for the vast amount of work our cadets complete, making their research and designs available to other students and scholars around the world.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

2014 Wounded Warrior Games Champions visit Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Cadets and Faculty from the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering welcomed a group of wounded warrior athletes from around the country. The athletes were touring the United States Military Academy as a congratulatory event based on their recent team win of the Chairman’s Cup at the 2014 Warrior Games. The group was welcomed by Dr. Becky Zifchock, COL Bret Van Poppel, and Dr. Rogers, who described the Mechanical Engineering program and some of the biomechanical research going on in the department. They then introduced two teams of cadets, who described their capstone design projects, both of which are using biomechanical principles to design technology to allow soldiers to move more efficiently and with less injury susceptibility, under ever-increasing load conditions. The group then moved to the Biomechanical Research lab, where they had the opportunity to see some of the research capabilities available in the department and some of the biomechanical technology developed by prior capstone teams. This was also an opportunity for the athletes to interact directly with the cadets to learn more about their current projects and design goals, as well as to offer some outside perspectives on how they might improve their design. As current users of assistive technologies, the athletes shared a unique perspective on the requirements of such designs.

C&ME Run to Remember. Sixty-two faculty members, staff, and cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering participated in the Run to Remember for the department’s 17 graduates who have died in the War on Terror. The group started at Mahan Hall and ran a 2.5-mile course past Lusk Reservoir to the West Point cemetery where four of the fallen graduates are buried. During the ceremony members of the group visited the four gravesites and read the name of each fallen graduate, USMA class, and date and location killed in action.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

NSF Service Academy Antarctic Research Visit. CDT Tanner Ellison spent much of his winter break in Antarctica as part of a National Science Foundation funded trip that exposed three service academy cadets (USMA, USNA, and USAFA) to the extreme operational environment that resupply missions consistently face across the continent. Further, CDT Ellison was introduced to at least ten distinct scientific experiments covering meteorology, climatology, environmental science, geology, and oceanography. More specifically, these experiments included: killer whale tagging, seal tagging and navigation, the detection of potentially dangerous crevasses, seismic mapping and ice shift analysis, continuation of an automated weather station, long-duration balloon experimentation, the detection of neutrinos at the South Pole, upper atmospheric LIDAR soundings, an examination of microbial life in Blood Falls, and a marine life diversity study. CDT Ellison spent most of his time at McMurdo Station before travelling briefly to the South Pole, where temperatures were as low as -40°F. To summarize, the NSF Service Academy Antarctic Research Visit exposed CDT Ellison to both military and scientific components of vital research being conducted in Antarctica.

The Geography of Hope – Cartographic Product LTC Edson, who teaches in the Geospatial Information Science Program has been conducting wildlife research with researchers from Oregon State University and the Earth Watch Institute. In addition to producing maps for the book titled “The Carnivore Way” written by Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, the biannual publication Whitefish Review accepted and published cartographic artwork entitled “The Carnivore Way”. The “Carnivore Way” illustrates corridors necessary for North American carnivore survival. The Carnivore Way begins in the Sierra Madre Occidental 400 miles south of the US-Mexico border and ends in Alaska, at the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It contains the current range of the six large carnivore species in the West that are profiled in this map: wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines, lynx, jaguars, and cougars. These species were chosen because they are the most imperiled of the large carnivores in this region. Corridors function like lifelines, enabling animals to flow from one core area to another, navigating through natural and human terrain. Barriers to this basic need to move, such as human development, can provide formidable threats to long-term survival of many species. For the large carnivores, it’s not just about losing the freedom to move, it’s about losing a natural process. Although this may not seem military related, it illustrates an important part of North America we protect.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Research Symposium: On 13 Jan, the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering will hold its 2015 Annual Research Symposium in the Haig Room, Jefferson Hall at 1250. The purpose of the research symposium is to inform Yearling and Cow PANE majors of the diverse research opportunities in the department. Researchers from the Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC), the Photonics Research Center (PRC), and the Space and Missile Defense Command Space Analysis Research Center (SMDC-SARC) will be available to discuss their current projects with the PANE majors. Almost all projects support current research efforts important to the Department of Defense.

The January Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 5 Issue 1

Network Science Center NewsblastNetworks of Command: The Battle of the Wilderness, 5 May 1864 As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its fifth year, we have available increasingly vast amounts of personal testimony and official reports, both on line and elegantly catalogued in state and local archives. Analyzing this body of evidence, however, is only just beginning to be influenced by new methods of social network analysis, particularly as regards the exercise of command and control in the war’s numerous battles. To investigate the potential of network analysis in Civil War battles, I am currently running a project that focuses on the major engagements fought by General Ulysses S. Grant. The first project I am completing is a study of command networks in the Overland Campaign in 1864; later this spring, I will be exploring the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863, in particular the Battle of Champion Hill and the Siege of Vicksburg, with the assistance of Cadets Matthew Schoenberger and Zachary Thompson.

Networks and Incomplete Data To send and receive intelligence in a Civil War engagement, commanders could rely on a small cadre of staff officers to write, send, and receive messages, and aides and messengers to deliver them. Locating these exchanges is a complex matter, as on the one hand the Official Records preserve only a small fraction of the exchanges between commanders, and these do not always possess time stamps as researchers could wish. Against this official data is the copious information contained in the memoirs and correspondence of the participants, such as Colonel Theodore Lyman’s letters from his time on General Meade’s staff, or John Smith’s memoir of the 19th Maine Volunteers. It has the advantage of recording exchanges of information that the official records lack, but, especially with regimental histories published some years after the war, comes with the caveat that memory might be fragile. Read More

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Army Men's & Women's Basketball Hosts Navy This Weekend

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army women’s basketball team aims to getting back on the winning track when it welcomes service academy-rival Navy to Christl Arena on Saturday, Jan. 10 for a 2:30 p.m. Patriot League contest that will follow Army’s men’s game against Navy at noon. Watch Army Women's Basketball: Online Video: Patriot League Network – PatriotLeague.TV

The Army men's basketball team turns its attention to service academy rival Navy for Satuday's contest at Christl Arena. The game will be played in front of an anticipated sold-out crowd and can be seen on national television on CBS Sports Network.

Other Outlets for Army Basketball:
Online Audio:
Army Sports Network – Knight Vision Radio: Army Sports Network - WBNR 1260 AM – Beacon, N.Y. - WLNA 1420 AM – Peekskill, N.Y. Live Stats: goARMYsports.com Twitter: @WestPointWBB

Drummond, Dixon Set For Postseason Bowls

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army seniors Larry Dixon and Joe Drummond will strap on the helmets and pads one final time as the pair compete in postseason bowl games. Dixon, a running back from Bremerton, Wash., will play in the East-West Shrine Game, while Drummond, a defensive lineman from Pittsford, N.Y., will compete in the Medal of Honor Bowl.

The Medal of Honor Bowl is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of the The Citadel. NBC Sports Network will carry the game live. The East-West Shrine Game will be played Jan. 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. and the NFL Network will carry the contest. Players will visit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa on Jan. 11 and then begin practices on Monday. Read More

Pagila Honors Long Gray Line at Patriot All-America

WIGWAM, Ariz. – Not only did yearling golfer Justin Pagila represent the Army golf team at the Patriot All-America Invitational last week, he also represented the Long Gray Line by playing in honor of a fallen 2010 West Point graduate, 1st LT Stephen Prasnicki, who was a member of the Army football team.

For the past four years the Army golf team has been represented at the Patriot All-America tournament, where PING All-Americans from the previous season come together to honor and play for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Prior to Pagila, John Lee, Matt Philie and Robby Hill were all representatives of the Army golf team at the tournament. Full Story »

Athletic Director's Update, January 7th

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Pham Earns Weekly Honors for Second Time

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army hockey forward Tyler Pham tallied four points last weekend against American International and was named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.

The Fort Collins, Colo., native continues to put up numbers in his first season with the Black Knights. He had four points in a split series with AIC with a goal and three helpers. He tallied three of those points in the first period on Saturday night at AIC in a 4-3 win. He scored and assisted on two goals in the four-goal outburst for the Black Knights. Read More

Women's Basketball Rebounds With Win Over Loyola

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's basketball team picked up its first Patriot League win of the season, defeating Loyola, 55-44, on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Army (9-3, 1-1 PL) received double-digit contributions from juniors Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner, as Minato netted 20 and Oertner finished with 15. Minato, who also finished with five rebounds, shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, while Oertner hit a game-high-tying seven field goals to finish 7-of-9 from the floor. Senior Olivia Schretzman contributed seven points, six boards and three assists for the hosts.

Loyola controlled a 4-3 advantage during the early goings of the first half before Army scored 10 unanswered points, highlighted by three-pointers from Minato and junior Jean Parker, to open up a 13-4 lead. The Black Knights extended that run to 24-5 over the next 9:15, thanks to contributions from Minato and Oertner, who accounted for six points apiece during the scoring spurt. Read More

Four First Period Goals Power Black Knights

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Behind a four-goal first period and 27 saves from rookie Cole Bruns, the Army hockey team was able to hold off AIC for a 4-3 win on Saturday night at Olympia Ice Center. Army outshot the Yellow Jackets by a large margin, but beat the netminder twice. Tonight the puck seemed to bounce the Black Knights’ way with three goals coming in the first 8:28 of the opening period.

“We didn’t get the bounces last night, but tonight we were able to find the back of the net,” head coach Brian Riley said. “Guys were making great plays and we got off to a great start. Giving them a goal with 15 seconds left in the first is not how you want to end the period, but our guys responded and did a great job.” Goaltender Cole Bruns earned his first collegiate win tonight with 27 saves between the pipes, including 12 in the final period. Read More

Second Half Run Pushes Men's Basketball Past Loyola

BALTIMORE - Army broke open a close game by putting together a 21-4 run midway through the second half and picked up its first Patriot League win of the season with a 77-53 victory over Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Kyle Wilson scored 21 points and Dylan Cox had 14 to lead Army offensively.

The win improved Army to 10-3 on the season and 1-1 in Patriot League play. Loyola dipped to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Cox handed out six assists to direct Army's offense to a 43.5 percent (27-of-62) effort from the field. Army outrebounded Loyola 43-33, led by Kevin Ferguson's 11 and Tanner Plomb's 10. Ferguson and Plomb each scored eight points, Nathan Dodge had nine on the strength of three three-pointers and Milton Washington scored seven. The Black Knights forced Loyola into 17 turnovers, while only giving it away 12 times. Full Story »

Zaremba Strikes Twice in Tie with Red Stars

WEST POINT, N.Y. - In front of a sellout crowd of 2,652 at Tate Rink, senior Zak Zaremba netted two goals to help the Army hockey team earn a 3-3 tie on Tuesday night against the Russian Red Stars.

The Black Knights saw Joe Shecter score in the third period to tie the game at 2-2, while Joe Kozlak added two assists in the deadlock. Goaltender Parker Gagahen got the start and made 16 saves. Cole Bruns relieved the netminder midway through the second period and made eight stops with three in overtime. Read More

57 Miles in 24 Hours to Raise Playground Funds

Cadet Andrew Wolgemuth hiked the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. He hiked more than 57 miles in a day to raise money for a Mount Joy playground destroyed by arson.

"I was working different muscles than I'm used to. ... I left the trail feeling that I had done all that my body would physically allow," he said.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, and fighting through many cold and dark hours, the 2012 Manheim Central graduate surpassed his goal by seven miles. Full Story »

Rolling Thunder Places Chair of Honor at Michie Stadium

At the Army versus Fordham football game during Military Appreciation Day at West Point, members of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 NY presented West Point with a POW/MIA Chair of Honor that was placed in Michie Stadium. The chair symbolizes that there are still some 83,000 MIAs from all wars. The chair remains empty to show that these men and women will always have a place in the stadium should they ever come home. On hand to accept the chair was Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of West Point, and state Sen. Bill Larkin. West Point is the first service academy to have such a chair in its stadium. Story

June 9th "GEN Thayer Day" & June 14th "US Army Birthday"

BOSTON – Following a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual conference, Senate President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, made a stop at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York to present Lt. General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., the 59th Superintendent of West Point, with a signed copy of a law he sponsored recognizing General Sylvanus Thayer of Braintree, known as the "Father of West Point," and the birthday of the United States Army, which was established in Cambridge in 1775. Read More

Sim Trainer Assists Cadets in Counseling

Meet Spc. Chen.

Sim trainer assists cadets in counselingInappropriate comments were made and she has become uncomfortable working among some of the Soldiers in her unit. She’s about to ask her senior officer for a transfer, and that officer happens to be you.

That’s the scenario cadets enrolled in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership PL300 course, Military Leadership, encountered using ELITE, the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment. The counseling trainer, developed by the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, is being used at the U.S. Military Academy for the first time.

The scenario requires cadets to use a particular skill set—Listen, Summarize and Ask— or LiSA, to understand the situation and make the best possible decision for Spc. Chen and the unit. Read More

Men's Basketball Halts Coast Guard in Non-Conference Finale

WEST POINT, N.Y. -The Army men's basketball team built a 39-point halftime lead and the outcome was never in doubt in a 93-48 victory over Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena.

The win improved Army to 9-2 on the season, marking its best start since 2009-10 when head coach Zach Spiker directed the team to a 9-2 start. Coast Guard fell to 4-6 with the result.

Playing without leading scorer Kyle Wilson, who missed the game with an injury, Army had five players reach double figures in the scoring column. Freshman Nathan Dodge set new career highs with 20 points, five rebounds and four steals while classmate Luke Morrison also set a new career standard with 15 points on a 5-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. Juniors Tanner Plomb and Dylan Cox put in 15 and 12 points, respectively, and Kevin Ferguson added 10. Cox handed out four of Army's season-high 27 assists on 36 made field goals and the Black Knights shot 52.2 percent (36-of-69) from the floor. Full Story »

Parsons Continues to Climb National Rankings

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After winning both of his dual matches, including a decision over a former All-American, at Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, Army sophomore wrestler Russell Parsons continued to climb the national individual rankings at the 157-pound weight class this week.

Parsons was tabbed 11th this week by both WIN Magazine and The Open Mat (TOM). He moved up from 15th in last week's TOM rankings and up two spots in WIN's 157 rankings. Read More

Football Lands Three on ECAC FBS All-Star Team

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team had three players named to the 2014 ECAC Division I Football Bowl Subdivision All-Star Team, it was announced on Monday, Dec. 22.

Senior Larry Dixon leads the group of three as the top pick at the fullback position, while sophomores Jeremy Timpf and Josh Jenkins were rewarded for their performances on the defensive side of the ball this season. Timpf was one of five linebackers on the team and Jenkins was selected to a group of six defensive backs. Full Story »

Army Picked Second in Inside Lacrosse Preseason PL Poll

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Inside Lacrosse came out with its preseason coaches' poll for the Patriot League and Army was picked to finish second in the league, while John Glesener, Alex Daly and Sam Somers were tabbed as preseason All-Patriot League by the coaches.

Loyola was the unanimous top selection to repeat as Patriot League Champions, while Army was selected second. Lehigh and Bucknell round out the top four in the poll, while Colgate and Navy are lingering in the fifth and sixth spots, respectively. The final three were Boston University, Lafayette and Holy Cross. Full Story »

Plomb Collects Patriot League Player of the Week Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. - A day after helping Army to a 72-69 overtime victory versus Maine at Christl Arena, junior Tanner Plomb was selected as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week.

Plomb led Army to its second consecutive overtime win and registered his second-career double-double in the process. The Mukwonago, Wis., native scored 20 points on an 8-for-15 shooting performance and secured a career-high 13 rebounds. A majority of his damage came after intermission when he put in 15 points and grabbed 10 boards, which proved to be the difference in Army's 43-33 rebounding margin over the visiting Black Bears. Read More

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 December Graduates!

Twenty-four remaining Class of 2014 Cadets graduated Dec. 19, at Eisenhower Hall.

The delayed graduation may be due to a number of reasons, including injuries. Army Gymnast Andrew Avelino and Army football player Ray Maples, were among those to graduate despite suffering severe injuries while enrolled at the Academy.

“Although I will never know what it is really like to graduate in Michie stadium, I have had an amazing semester with great people that I will never forget.” Cadet Andrew Avelino, Class of 2014.

Photo courtesy of: Kathy Eastwood/ Pointer View

Men's Basketball Outlasts Maine in Overtime

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Mo Williams' first points of the game came on a three-pointer with less than a minute left in overtime that gave Army the lead for good in a 72-69 victory over Maine on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Tanner Plomb registered his second career double-double with 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help Army to the victory. Plomb was 8-for-15 from the field and led the Army offense, which lost Kyle Wilson to an injury late in the first half. Kevin Ferguson was the other Army player in double figures with 10 points. Ferguson blocked a season-high five shots and hauled in eight rebounds for the Black Knights, who held a 43-33 advantage on the glass.

Collectively, Army limited Maine to 33.9 percent from the floor (19-of-56) and forced the Black Bears (1-9) into 16 turnovers. Army improved to 8-2 despite a season-high 22 turnovers. Zarko Valjarevic led all scorers with 22 points and contributed six rebounds in a losing effort. Read More

Women's Basketball Tops STAC in Final Nonconference Test

WEST POINT, N.Y. – After opening to a 7-7 tie with visiting St. Thomas Aquinas, the Army women’s basketball team took the lead and never looked back during a 70-45 victory in its nonconference finale on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Army improves to 8-2 with the victory, while St. Thomas Aquinas drops to 5-6.

Junior Kelsey Minato netted a game-high 21 points to reach 1,344 for her career and pass Laurie Goetz (USMA ’87) for seventh on Army’s career scoring list. After setting a team record with seven three-pointers against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 13, junior Jean Parker went 5-of-6 from deep and 6-of-8 overall, to finish with 17 points. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, December 19th

Combating Terrorism Center

Irregular Warfare ExerciseThe Irregular Warfare Group conducted a challenge event for Cadets to test their team building and leadership under highly physical events. The key aspect of the event was that Cadets did not know the events in advance and were required to communicate and adapt to the changing physical and cognitive demands. Competing in 3-person teams, the Cadets started the day with a road march to the top of the ski slope, which included wearing gas mask during part of their movement. Following the road march, the cadets conducted the IOTC as a team while carrying a 5-gallon water jug. From the IOTC, they competed in shooting engagements at the EST and then immediately a Kim’s “recall” game to test their memory. Their final event was various swimming challenges as a team in the pool. After the event, Special Forces Officers and NCOs led an AAR of the event to highlight for the Cadets key learning points on physical fitness, leadership, team work, and adaptive thinking.

Department of Law

US District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadetsUS District Court Judge Richard Sullivan visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar. Judge Sullivan, appointed to the bench in the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush, discussed sentencing and the “Cruel and Unusual Punishments” Clause of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. The seminar is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

Mobile Robotics Workshops in Tampa

Cadet Park works with students from Mulberry and Greco Middle Schools to build and program robotsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CLD_STEM) partnered with College for Every Student (CFES) to hold two Mobile Robotics workshops last week. Two faculty members and two cadets traveled to Tampa, Florida to conduct two workshops held on 4-5 December 2014 for 4 middle schools in the central Florida region. Dr. Kendall Williams and Lori Sheetz, of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, assisted by Cadets Timothy Park and Jennifer Cabanas, led a total of 67 middle school students and 10 educators through the workshops as they assembled and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology. The workshops ended with a competition to see who programmed their robot to complete a task most successfully.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Earlina Green with the PL371 Introductory Sociology class after her discussionFormer director of ticket sales for the Developmental Basketball League Team, the Westchester Knicks, and author of "Seven Tips for Breaking into the World of Sports" visited the PL371 Introductory Sociology class. On Monday, 8 December 2014, Ms. Earlina Green, former director of ticket sales for the Developmental Basketball League Team, the Westchester Knicks, and author of "Seven Tips for Breaking into the World of Sports" visited the PL371 Introductory Sociology class to share her personal experiences and insights from the professional Sports world. The class as a whole challenges cadets to view society and its various social institutions through a sociological lens. It broadens their perspectives and understanding from personal experiences to see cultural dynamics, institutional structures, sources of inequality, and the ways people interact with each other and society. Earlina Green shared personal stories about the sports world and individual athletes, highlighting the impact sports has on our personal values, family interactions, business structure, and opportunities based on gender, race, and sexuality from the player to the manager and owner levels.

ODK presented a check to Orange County Marines in support of Toys for Tots campaignOmicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society presented a check to Marines from Orange County, NY in support of the annual Toys for Tots campaign. BS&L Management majors of the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society presented a check to Marines from Orange County, NY in support of the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Management-ODK cadets raised close to $6000 for boys and girls in Orange County on behalf of the West Point community. These Cadets will also be presenting toys to low-income children in Newburgh, NY as part of the campaign. These same Cadets will shift their effort to the West Point Special Olympics in the spring semester.

Department of Systems Engineering

The Capstone Team of Cadets completed a project for Highland Falls in support of the Highland Falls Sculpture WalkThe Capstone Team of Cadets Abe Jun, Jake Thomas, Bratton Benfield and Benjamin Ficke (center) completed a project for Highland Falls in support of the “Highland Falls Sculpture Walk: Leadership and Wisdom”. The team provided Highland Falls leadership with recommendations for sculpture placements around town. Mayor Patrick Flynn presented the Cadets with Certificates of Appreciation from Highland Falls for their work.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Net Zero Camp BucknerA Net Zero Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Camp Buckner? On Wednesday, 10 Dec 14, Firsties in Applied Systems Design and Decision Making (the Systems Core Engineer Sequence capstone course (SE450) presented to representatives from the West Point Energy Council and USCC their final brief on evaluating the West Point Reservation for a potential site for a Net Zero FOB. The FOB would provide a 24 hour rest/refit area for two companies (~360 cadets) during summer training. Team 1, comprised of Cadets Jakob Brooks, Vincent Kennedy, Seth Pinkston, and David Currey evaluated location and mission. Team 1 recommended a tactical FOB in the vicinity of Lake Popolopen, guarded during 24 hour operations by a group of cadets coordinated by a central command post. Team 2, comprised of Cadets Hunter Norton, Danielle Gordon, Harold Earls, and Fernando Weiner evaluated structure type and power. Group 2 recommended tents or B-huts powered by solar panels.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

LTC Korpela demonstrates a drone-like robot while cadets also observe classmates driving other robotsIT105 Tech Tour. The 560 cadets taking IT105 this semester saw how the concepts learned in class are applied in the electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology disciplines during the IT105 Technology Tour. The Tech Tour, held every semester, highlights cutting edge technologies used in today's field Army. Cadets participated in four different stations that included: the demonstration of lasers as a line-of-sight communications system, the operation and control of various robots used and/or programmed by department cadet majors, security concerns with social networking and learning about software used to intercept wireless internet traffic and an interactive approach to understanding how data transmissions can be verified using parity bits and how public key encryption is used for secure transactions.

Cadets Test GPS ProjectsCadets Test GPS Projects. Computer Architecture students recently evaluated their GPS projects. Using what they had learned about connecting sensors and display screens to Arduino microcontrollers, they configured their devices to provide current location and navigation information. This marked the last of five course projects that took student knowledge from theory and simulation to device implementation.

Football Places Four on All-Independent Teams

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army football team had four players selected to the Football Bowl Subdivision All-Independent teams, it was announced on Wednesday.

Senior Larry Dixon leads the group as one of two running backs selected to the All-Independent First Team, while sophomores Jeremy Timpf and Josh Jenkins were picked on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Matt Hugenberg was the fourth member of the team to be chosen as he landed on the honorable mention squad.

DCA Update December 18th

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Mens Boxing 12-18-2014Men’s Boxing:

  • On 12 Dec, the West Point Men’s Boxing Team went to Baltimore, MD and competed against the United States Naval Academy in the Army vs. Navy Boxing Classic
  • The West Point Boxing Team won the match 8-1, which completed the sweep of all of the academies, as we beat Air Force 10-1 and Coast Guard 7-4
  • CDT’s Alan Alvardo (125 lbs;H1;2016), Jared Howell (132 lbs; A3; 2015), Tyler Payne (136 lbs; C4; 2017), Miguel Archuleta (139 lbs; I3; 2015), Joe Broderick (160lbs; E1; 2016), Curtis Estes (165lbs; C2; 2017), Jonathan Gomez (170 lbs; G2;2015), and Adam Kanavos (185lbs;B2; 2017) all won their matches against their Navy competitors
  • CDT Tyler Payne won “Most Outstanding Boxer”, and CDT Miguel Archuleta went on to defeat an opponent who had previously defeated him
  • CDT Ryan Gibeley, Army’s Heavyweight Boxer, lost a close bout to a much more experienced competitor but still showed a ton of heart during the match
  • In attendance at the boxing event was LTG Caslen, BG Trainor, BG Thomson, CSM Duane, and COL Merkel, to name a few
  • The West Point Men’s Boxing Team worked very hard this season, waking up to run at 0500 in the morning and often holding practices on Saturday’s

Marathon 12-18-2014Marathon:

  • On 12 Dec., the West Point Marathon Team completed the 247 mile journey down to Baltimore, MD
  • This run provided excellent outreach with the surrounding communities as the team passed through
  • Local law enforcement guided the team down and a local business, Reagent Chemical, hosted the team for a hot dinner
  • The Marathon team made it the Baltimore M&T stadium safely and ahead of schedule
  • The team then ran the ball on the field to start the Army vs. Navy game, and they all received coins from General Odierno

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums 12-18-2014Pipes & Drums:

  • The West Point Pipes & Drums traveled to Baltimore to provide musical support-by-fire to the Army team and its fans for Army-Navy Weekend
  • The band also competed against the Naval Academy Pipes & Drums in an Eastern U.S. Bagpipe Association competition in the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday evening
  • The cadets defeated Navy’s band as determined by a panel of three judges in the Grade V Competitive Medley set
  • Overall the band played exceptionally well and the judges made comments that it was one of the best sets they have heard at any Grade V competition this year
  • The band was also accompanied for a performance set by the West Point Celtic Dancers, the band’s dance ensemble
  • Following the victory the band supported College Game day on Saturday morning, performing in and around College Game day; to include performing aboard the U.S. Army Transportation ship the “MG Anthony Wayne”
  • Following Gameday the band moved to support the Corps of Cadets march on and played along the route as the Corps entered the stadium, and was proud to perform for the Army team at the 115th Army-Navy Game

Band 12-18-2014Band:

  • On 12-13 Dec., the West Point Band traveled to Baltimore, MD in support of the 115th Army-Navy Game
  • On 12 Dec., the West Point Band performed at the Army-Navy gala and various spirit events
  • The USMA Band marched the Corps of Cadets onto the field before the Army/Navy game for the March On
  • Before the game, old grads, future grads and Army fans alike all came out to Camden Yards for the West Point Association of Graduates at their Army-Navy Tailgate, where the Hellcats motivated the crowd and got them pumped up for the game

Glee Club 12-18-2014Glee Club:

  • On 13 Dec., 71 members of the West Point Glee Club sang the National Anthem before the Army-Navy football game with the Naval Academy’s men’s and women’s glee clubs and gospel choir
  • This is the second consecutive year that the clubs have jointly performed the anthem and demonstrated great camaraderie before the football teams battled on the “fields of friendly strife”
  • On 12 Dec., four members of the Glee Club performed the National Anthem to open the Army-Navy Boxing Match in the Balti-more Convention Center

Academic Clubs

Debate Forum 12-18-2014Debate Forum:

  • On 12 Dec., the West Point Debate Team traveled to Baltimore, MD to compete against the United States Naval Academy
  • The West Point Debate Team beat Navy by debating the topic “Resolved: American Hegemony is Unsustainable”
  • Cadets Theodore Lipsky and Michael Barlow represent West Point presenting the affirmative, while Midshipmen Tyler Roach and Alexander Mueller from Navy presented the negative during the debate
  • Following the debate, the judges provided some feedback to the cadets and midshipmen

DCA Happenings

Bonfire 12-18-2014Bonfire & Goat/ Engineer Game:

Women: Engineers - 8
  Goats - 6
Men: Engineers - 28
  Goats - 8

Engineer vs Goats game 12-18-2014



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Athletic Director's Update, December 17th

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AD's Update

Drummond Selected for Medal of Honor Bowl

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army defensive lineman Joe Drummond will play one final game. Drummond, a defensive lineman, has been selected to compete in the Medal of Honor Bowl, Jan. 10 in Charleston, S.C.

Drummond, from Pittsford, N.Y., started all 12 games for Army this season and served as defensive captain while Geoffery Bacon was injured. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound tackle, made 32 tackles, including 20 solo stops. He registered 3.5 tackles for losses of seven yards and one quarterback sack. He also recovered a fumble and collected a quarterback hurry. Story

Boldt Adds NSCAA Scholar All-American to Postseason Honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Army men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Winston Boldt added to his postseason awards on Wednesday when he was named to the Scholar All-America second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Earlier this fall, Boldt was honored on the Senior CLASS All-America second team and the NSCAA All-Northeast Region first team. Additionally, Boldt was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and landed on the league’s All-Academic Team for the second season in a row. Earlier this week, he was recognized on the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Men’s Soccer All-Star second team. Full Story »

Thul Taken First Overall in MLL Supplemental Draft

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Garrett Thul was picked first overall, while Tim Henderson and Jeremy Boltus joined Thul as first round selections as the Army Lacrosse program had three former players in the top eight taken in the opening round of the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Thul was selected No.1 overall by the Charlotte Hounds, making this the third team in Thul's young professional career. Thul was originally selected in the 3rd round (No. 21 overall) of the 2013 Collegiate Draft by the Hamilton Nationals and transitioned to the Florida Launch in 2014. Read More

Kelsey Minato Tabbed All-Met Player of the Week

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball junior Kelsey Minato was named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Minato averaged 24.5 points in wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut State last week. Minato netted a season-high 32 points in a come-from-behind 61-55 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 8, leading the Black Knights back from a 14-point second-half deficit. Read More

Kessinger and Parker Share AAA Athlete of the Week Honor

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball junior Jean Parker and women’s swimming and diving freshman Collin Kessinger were named co-Athletes of the Week by the Army Athletic Association on Monday. Parker draws the accolade for the first time this season and the second time of her career, while Kessinger picks up her first recognition. Full Story »

Army Completes Comeback in Overtime at USC

LOS ANGELES - Army erased a nine-point deficit to send the game to overtime and never trailed in the extra session in an 85-77 victory over USC on Saturday night at Galen Center.

Kyle Wilson scored 30 points for the second time in his career, Kevin Ferguson contributed 14, Larry Toomey scored 12 and Luke Morrison set new career-highs with 11 points and seven rebounds to help Army improve to 7-2 on the season. USC dropped to 6-4 overall with the result. Full Story »

Army Tops CCSU, 74-60, as Parker Sets Academy Record

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Jean Parker netted a career-high 25 points and set an Academy record with seven three-pointers as the Army women’s basketball team defeated Central Connecticut State, 74-60, on Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.

Parker established a career high in points by the 3:39 mark of the first half after sinking five three-pointers to reach 15 points to surpass her previous best of 13 points. The junior’s seven triples mark the most in a single game in Army women’s basketball history, surpassing the mark of six held by Cara Enright (USMA ’08), Jen Hazlett (USMA ’14) and junior Kelsey Minato. Parker connected on 7-of-8 of her attempts from three-point range, while shooting 8-for-12 from the field. Read More

Dean's Weekly, December 12th

Department of Systems Engineering

CDTs visit Special ForcesFrom 1-3 Dec 2014 Cadets Robby Hill, Coleman Grider, and Hunter Wood visited 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft Bragg, NC to conduct research for their capstone project. The purpose of the trip was to interview Special Forces Soldiers to elicit technological requirements that will enhance the Solider as a System future concepts. Their Capstone Project supports the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center’s initiative to build an Engineered Resilient System architecture that leverages information technology and tradespace visualization methods to help inform conceptual designs of future systems. The cadets had the unique opportunity to train with the Combat Diver Operational Detachment Alpha 3215. They observed the team conduct Close Quarter Battle training and learned the fundamentals of shooting. The most significant outcome was the leader development opportunities the cadets’ experienced while talking with the Special Forces Officers and NCOs from E-6 to E-9. “The trip was easily the best experience I have had thus far . . . we learned the traits of the best and worst lieutenants from senior NCOs with an enormous amount of combat experience . . . I now have a better understanding of how to conduct myself as an officer in a way that would be most effective.”

Department of Law

Cadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the US Supreme Court in Washington DCCadets taking Advanced Constitutional Law visited the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to observe oral argument in a case involving the use of mandatory minimum sentences for defendants convicted of armed bank robbery offenses. After the argument, which included extensive questioning of counsel by virtually all of the Justices, the cadets met with Justice Elena Kagan to discuss how the Court goes about selecting the cases to hear and making its decisions. The cadets also toured the Courthouse and the Capitol building. The trip section was led by the Department of Law’s Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro, and Assistant Professor, CPT. Amy McCarthy.

Cadets Spend The Day At USMAPS Answering Questions

CDTs across all 4 classes lead group QnA sessions with CDT candidates at USMAPSOn Monday, 17 November, the Centers for Enhanced Performance from both USMAPS and USMA sponsored a trip section for graduates of the prep school to head back “up the hill” and meet and share some advice with current cadet candidates. Throughout the day, Cadets lead discussions and answered questions from the cadet candidates on a variety of topics ranging from the transition into USMA, making the most of the year at the Prep school, balancing academic and athletic responsibilities, military requirements, and many other topics pertaining to life as a USMA cadet. CIC Veronica Byant (’16) is seen above providing guidance and advice to a cadet candidate at the conclusion of the Women’s forum.

Department of English and Philosophy

Dr Marc Napolitano plays every role in Dickens-A Christmas Carol for CDTsDr Marc Napolitano Performs “A Christmas Carol” for Cadets, Faculty and Community: On Saturday 4 December, in Jefferson Hall’s Haig Room, Dr. Marc Napolitano delivered a dramatic performance of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Preceded by an interactive presentation on puppet design, the afternoon promised holiday cheer and delivered a captivating rendition of a classic text for all in attendance.

CDTs visit Wings Castle in Millbrook NYCadets in CFAF’s Hudson Valley Culture Forum Experience the Valley’s Offerings: On Saturday, 6 December, 2014, seven members of the Hudson Valley Culture Forum took a day trip to see a local legend, eat at a hidden gem, and support local arts. The first stop was Wing’s Castle in Millbrook, NY, a castle-like dwelling that local residents Peter and Lori Ann Wing began building over 40 years ago. Peter and his wife, Toni Ann, constructed Wing’s Castle using materials gathered locally from old farms, blast sites, and auctions, to create a unique and awe-inspiring structure jutting out of the countryside. Despite Peter’s passing mere months ago, Toni Ann enthusiastically agreed to give the cadets a personal tour around the grounds. Next, the forum stopped at the Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, NY. Situated in a re-purposed church, Terrapin Restaurant uses ingredients from local farms, dairies, and breweries. After their meal, the cadets were able to observe Rhinebeck’s yearly Sinterklaas festival, which honors Rhinebeck’s heritage by re-creating a celebration Dutch settlers brought to the town over 300 years ago. Finally, cadets visited the Ulster Performing Arts Center to watch the Ulster Ballet Company perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. After a riveting show, the ballet company graciously invited the cadets backstage to talk with the dancers about the performance, their experiences, and ballet in general.

Department of History

CDTs at the Civil War Roundtable in Stamford ConnecticutOn 18 November, Lieutenant Colonels Jason Musteen and Dave Siry and four Cadets presented their lessons learned from the World War I staff ride to about 50 members of a Civil War Roundtable in Stamford Connecticut at the Stamford Historical Society. This outreach opportunity not only highlighted the wonderful academic opportunities the Academy provides but also showcased the high-caliber students that West Point attracts. Cadets Curtis Valencia, Haley Lee, Jim Trollan, and Sarah Bitner discussed their experiences blending history and literature in the study of the Great War, and fielded all questions expertly.

Fred Franks lectures to CDTs on his experience as the VII Corps Commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert StormOn 8 December, General (Retired) Fred Franks presented a lecture to cadets enrolled in Major Jon Heist’s elective course, Strategy, Policy, and Generalship, on his experience as the VII Corps Commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Surprisingly, this was the first time that General Franks was invited to speak on this subject at West Point. For about an hour he spoke on the origins of the Gulf War, the objectives of the George H.W. Bush administration, military strategy, and the role of VII Corps during the ground war. After the lecture, he answered cadet questions. His professional advice on leadership and strategic planning was invaluable. Overall, the session provided the cadets valuable insight into this important, but increasingly forgotten, conflict through the eyes of one of the generals that fought it.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

The NDU facilitators listen intently to the concluding positions presented by the cadetsTable Top Exercise: On 4 December, cadets enrolled in NE450 Nuclear Weapons Effects (45 cadets from 3 sections), with LTC Dave Williams and LTC Ken Allen, executed Persian Gold Table Top Exercise. This is an extraordinary interdisciplinary exercise brought from the National Defense University, Center for the Study of WMD, which provided two experts in the field, Dr. Mark Mattox and Mr. Nima Gerami, to facilitate. This exercise gave the cadets from varying disciplines within the NE Core Engineering Sequence and the Nuclear Engineering major to develop and debate strategic initiatives and policies to address Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technologies and nuclear weapons. During the three hour exercise, the cadets received a detailed country briefing on Iran from an expert, Mr. Nima Gerami, and worked in groups to explore strategic ways, means, and ends to approach Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

CDTs explain their initial prototype to supervisors and vocational specialists at Occupations IncCadet Capstone Team Members Visit Occupations, Inc. On December 3rd, Cadets Theriot, Wilson, and Howlett, Class of 2015 Mechanical Engineering majors, and faculty advisors COL Boettner and MAJ Fox, visited Occupations, Inc. in Middletown, New York to conduct their preliminary design review of their initial design to improve efficiency of heavy-duty stapler assembly. Occupations, Inc. employs workers with disabilities to help enhance quality of life for these individuals. Currently, the number of workers who are able to assemble these staplers is very limited due to the requirement to carefully align parts for pin insertion. The supervisors and vocational specialists provided valuable feedback for the cadets to refine their design as they continue the project during term 15-2.

Center for Innovation and Engineering Hosts a Collaborative Initiative in Biomechanics and Bioengineering: A group of researchers met in Mahan Hall to initiate collaborative efforts between USMA academic departments and medical researchers. Participants represented Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, History, Chemistry and Life Science, as well as the Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Podiatry, and Orthopaedic Research Services at KACH. The participants used the forum to present their research initiatives with the intent of establishing potential collaborations. This led to important discussions of the academic and technological resources available in each department, and how they can be shared amongst researchers with common goals. Additionally, LTC Craig Quadrato presented on the availability of computational and financial resources, through the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, that could benefit this line of research. The meeting culminated with a shared objective of creating a more regular meeting schedule for researchers pursuing biomechanics and bioengineering. The meetings will rotate amongst departments to broaden the participants’ perspective on ongoing research, and the availability of resources.

CDT Lee giving his presentationME404 Capstone Project Team Spray Presentation at the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Montreal, Canada. Cadet Zachary Lee attended and presented research at the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Montreal, Canada from November 17-18. Cadet Lee was the lead author for a paper entitled “A Comparison of Shadowgraphy and X-Ray Computed Tomography in Liquid Spray Analysis” that was accepted for publication at this conference. The research has been conducted by the ME404 capstone group, Team Spray, in collaboration with a group at Army Research Laboratory and two academic departments at Stanford University. The presentation centered on using shadowgraphy and X-Ray computed tomography in analyzing liquid sprays from two hollow cone atomizers. Spray characteristics play a key role in combustion performance, so accurate spray analysis plays a key role in developing effective nozzles and atomizers. Team Spray will continue experimentation in liquid spray analysis as part of their capstone effort this and next semester.

Mr Pillsworth USACE Project mgr giving a tour of the new cadet barracks construction siteCE483: Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures Visit Construction Site for New Cadet Barracks. On December 2nd and 4th, all Civil Engineering Firsties visited the construction site for the new cadet barracks as their final lab for the course. Mr. Tim Pillsworth, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project manager, gave a short presentation to the cadets covering the general scope of the project including utilizing a reinforced concrete structure with a gravity load bearing granite block façade. The project is designed to meet specific sustainable and resiliency requirements as well as an improved quality of life experience. Then, Mr. Pillsworth walked the cadets around the construction site highlighting how the reinforced concrete structure is actually constructed. This site visit allowed the seniors to see first-hand many of the engineering details presented throughout this course, and many other CE courses, as well as the scale and complexity of an actual project.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

GEnE mini spirit postersArmy-Navy Spirit December 8-11, GEnE continues to inspire by bringing “Beat Navy” spirit into the hallways. Faculty members and their families pitched in to create mini spirit posters in support of this weekend’s Army-Navy football game.



Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

CDTs with their Norwegian cadet counterpartsRussian: Three Russian SAP cadets on semester abroad spent time at the Latvian National Defense Academy in Riga, Latvia. While there the cadets lived with their Latvian and other NATO cadet counterparts and participated in various tactical training. Their time in Riga concluded with a Black Coffee Ceremony to remember Latvian cadets killed in combat in 1919.

CDT Kittle prepares to defeat the Russian and Austrian armies

French: Cadets studying abroad at Saint Cyr, the French Military Academy, took part in the reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz two weekends ago on Saturday 29 November. The battle, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories, was a tactical masterpiece in which the French Empire decisively defeated the Russian and Austrian armies on 2 December 1805. The battle reenactment was followed by a une grande soirée that evening to celebrate the glory of France.


Cadets with Ambassador Wesner at the US Embassy in Vienna AustriaGerman: USMA Cadets on semester exchange at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria visited the US Embassy in Vienna for Thanksgiving (27 Nov 2014) and enjoyed a traditional American Thanksgiving feast (turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans and pumpkin pie and pecan pie for dessert) with the embassy staff and presented Ambassador Alexa Wesner with a bouquet of flowers. Arriving early, the cadets toured the historic first floor of the embassy where President Jimmy Carter's Vienna meetings took place. The ambassador’s home has a rich history and is full of decorative art pieces.

Cadet Wilkes and a fellow student cross the Moroccan desert aboard the timeless Arab transportArabic: Eleven Arabic students are finalizing their studies in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. Cadets in Rabat, Morocco, traveled to Merzouga, Tetouan and Chefchaouen over the break, and are preparing their final papers for submission next week. In Jordan Cadets are finishing studies following their successful Thanksgiving celebrations with other expatriate students at their apartment overlooking the US Embassy grounds. All three groups return to West Point on 20 December. Cadets in Muscat, Oman have completed their studies and begun clearing the Center for International Learning; they return to West Point 12 December.

The French Forum goes to Les Miserables on BroadwayThe French Forum enjoyed Les Misérables on Broadway in NYC Tuesday 02 DEC. Students currently learning French were able to practice their French with Dr. Christophe Corbin and one another on their journey to and from the theater. They even learned a bit of history of the French Revolution, and the socio/political/economic issues surrounding the era.

Athletic Director's Update, December 10th

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DCA Update December 11th

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Powerlifting 12-11-2014Powerlifting:

  • This past weekend, the Army Powerlifting Team competed in the annual Army-Navy dual, hosted this year at the United States Naval Academy
  • Even though Army has beaten Navy head-to-head 12 years in a row, Army Lifters anticipated one of their toughest battles ever as Navy assembled one of their best teams this decade
  • Army came through strong, fighting a battle and a half to take an incredibly rewarding victory
  • Prior to the match Navy was brimming with confidence, sure that the streak would be broken
  • As the meet the progressed it became clear that the match would come down to several key Army lifters
  • CDTs Newman, Randall, Barone, Martino, and Weiss all were required to make lifts at clutch moments that either equaled or became new personal records
  • CDT Martino back squatted a personal best of 661 lbs, which was the heaviest squat of the day; while CDT Weiss deadlifted a personal best of 656 lbs at the end of the meet
  • The Navy competition was game and brought their best, but at the end of the day Army won six weight classes with Navy taking only three
  • Through the entire day the brotherhood that is Army Powerlifting was clearly displayed
  • Thanks to Coach Rick Scarpulla, the team was rehearsed and confident and extremely technically proficient resulting in several Army Lifters going “9 for 9”, meaning that they successfully completed all three attempts at squat, bench, and deadlift
  • Coach Scarpulla remains undefeated against Navy, and one of (if not the) longest winning streak against USNA currently at West Point

Inline Hockey 12-11-2014Inline Hockey:

  • On 22 Nov., the West Point Inline Hockey Club traveled to Santander Arena in Reading, PA to compete against Navy
  • The Reading Royals, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, hosted the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) league game as part of their military appreciation night
  • The Royals billed the game as the inaugural Royal Cup and have already begun arrangements to host a second meeting between the Academy rivals next fall
  • A crowd of nearly 3,000 fans, many of them veterans, watched as West Point beat Navy 8-2, as well as im-proved to 11-5 overall and 10-1 against league compe-tition
  • To their credit, the Mids skated hard for 60 minutes, but were unable to match the speed or physicality of the West Point Club
  • The West Point Inline Hockey Club also hosted a morning clinic for area youth hockey players, teaching and coaching in conjunction with representatives from the Naval Academy and U.S.A Warriors Hockey, a program for wounded veterans
  • The Royals hosted the Indy Fuel that evening in an ECHL league game, donating a portion of the proceeds from their sellout crowd to veteran’s charities in the area
  • The ECHL club also wore custom jerseys for that game, auctioning them in support of those same chari-ties
  • The event provided an outstanding platform to gener-ate greater awareness of veteran’s issues throughout central PA, provide outreach for the academies, and of course, to BEAT NAVY!

Equestrian 12-11-2014Equestrian:

  • On 7 Dec. the West Point Equestrian Team traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in two Western shows
  • All cadets put in a great effort and both of the shows were a success
  • The individual first place winners include: CDTs Katherine Iwanyk (walk/jog), Vanda Niemi (walk/jog), Lena Jordi Cruzval (walk/jog/lope), Matthew Brecht (walk/jog), and Jared Ross (walk/jog/lope)
  • The individual second place winners include: CDTs Alex Vinson (walk/jog), Crystel Calderon (walk/jog), Madeline Arnold (walk/jog/lope, class13), and Laivan Greene (walk/jog)
  • The individual 3rd place winners include: CDTs Danielle Diulus (walk/jog), Vanda Neimi (walk/jog), Matthew Brecht (walk/jog), and Jared Ross (walk/jog/lope)
  • CDT Jared Ross gained enough points to move up to class 12b (advanced walk/jog/lope), and CDT Alex Vinson gained enough points to move up to class 12a (walk/jog/lope)
  • CDTs Alex Vinson, Alex Moore, and Madeleine Arnold qualified for Regionals
  • The team competed against Centenary, the University of Delaware, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Kutztown, Bloomsburg and Washington College
  • The team placed 3rd overall in the first show, and 5th overall in the second show

Cycling 12-11-2014Cycling:

  • On 22 Nov. the West Point Cycling Team competed in a cyclo-cross race, beginning with a category “C” race
  • Six of the top ten finishers all came from the West Point cycling team, with CDT Daniel Forquer lead-ing the way in 3rd place, followed by CDTs Ryan O’Reilly, James-Taylor Garlick, Dylan Allen, Jack Oberman and Will Scott
  • The next race was a category “B” race, where CDT’s Trsian Manderfeild, Adam Ruff and Daniel Serrano finished in the top ten
  • The Elite UCI field was the debut of the West Point Cycling Team Rider CDT Kenny Dailey, where he received an education in riding at the elite level
  • On 23 Nov. the West Point Cycling Team women competed in a category “B” race, which was one of the many highlights with CDT Jinny Yan placing 6th in her second cyclo-cross race

Support Clubs

Pipes and Drums 12-11-2014Pipes & Drums:

  • The West Point Pipes and Drums supported the Army Football Team and it’s fans to victory for the final home game of the 2014 sea-son
  • The band and Celtic dancers also performed at the Superintendent’s Tailgate, throughout the parking areas, and in the entrance tunnel for the Army Football Team
  • The next focus for the Pipes and Drums is practic-ing and preparing for the Army-Navy Battle of the Pipe Bands and support for the Army-Navy 2014 Football Game

Glee Club 12-11-2014Glee Club:

  • On 7 Dec., the West Point Glee Club had the wonderful opportunity to provide the New York Public Library with support in hosting their annual Holiday Open House at the main library on 5th Avenue
  • Not only did the Glee Club represent the USMA well by executing their musical set list with precision, but they also advertised the United States Army in a positive light to the public by exem-plifying the Army values during the time spent after the performance while interacting with patrons of the library
  • This effect towards the Army profession, fully supported the Superintendant’s priority of the Corps’ outreach to NYC, and demonstrates the value of these activities
  • Another key part of this event was the brass accompaniment that supported the Glee Club
  • This small group consisted of members from the USMA Band, and they were able to help fill the empty spaces in the music that occur when performing in an out-doors capacity

Diversity Clubs

Cultural Affairs:

  • On 18 Nov. the Cultural Affairs Seminar (CAS) in conjunction with the ODIE hosted a guest panel discussion titled “What’s Race Got to Do With It? Social Disparities and the Impact on Success.”
  • The purpose of the panel discussion was to address critical issues affecting race, relations, our society, and the world
  • The panel included Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Dean of Yale College, Dr. Karla FC Holloway, Professor at Duke University, and Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate Professor at John Hopkins University

Cultural Affairs 12-11-2014

  • Dr. Morten Ender, USMA Professor, facilitated the discussion where the panelist addressed changes and improvements to race relations in the past 50 years
  • They also touched on the benefits of racial-ethnic diversity within society and identified strategies for improved race relations
  • Over 30 cadets, staff, and faculty members participated in the panel discussion
  • In addition to participating in the panel discussion, the panelist met with the Dean, Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, the USMA Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Don Outing, and various Department Heads
  • They also observed various classes, toured the Academy, and ate in the Cadet Mess Hall
  • The overall goal of the panel was to inspire cadets, staff, and faculty members to participate in making the Academy, the U.S. Army and their communities a more welcoming place that respects and honors all differences
  • The event and activities throughout the day proved successful and left a lasting impression on the cadets, staff, and panelists

Academic Clubs

Ethics Debate Forum 12-11-2014Ethics Debate Forum:

  • On 6 Dec., the Ethics Debate Team travelled to Fairfield, CT to compete in the annual Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl
  • Two West Point teams faced off against 22 other teams from 15 colleges and universities through the Northeast
  • The Gold Team, composed of CDTs Zoe Kreitenberg, Araceli Sandoval, Tyler Allen, and David Weinmann, finished with one win, one loss and a tie
  • The Black Team, composed of CDTs Ashton Wolf, Brianna Sharkey, Lucas Ruff, Sam Kolling and Dean Feinmann, were one loss short of advancing to na-tionals, losing a close match to Villanova in the quarterfinals
  • The cadets are now in preparation for the annual Military Ethic Debate Competition , which will be held at Annapolis in April

DCA Happenings

Cadet Hostess 12-11-2014Cadet Hostess:

  • The Class of 2015 came out in full force for the 3rd annual “Firstie Holiday Party” following the Corps Christmas Dinner.
  • Music was provided by the Benny Haven’s Band, and Santa Claus even made a special visit for pictures with the cadets.

Cadet Publications:

West Point Calendar 12-11-2014Start the year off right with your West Point 2015 Souvenir Wall Calendar! The 2015 Calendar is a full-sized wall calendar with 12 gorgeous full-color scenic photographs of West Point and Hudson Valley. The special price includes FREE shipping/handling! Click Here

Wisdom Through History!

West Point History of the Civil War on iTunes UApple just named the “West Point History of the Civil War” a “Standout Course” and is featuring it on the iTunes U homepage, click »here« for the link. The course features the West Point History of the Civil War enhanced eBook that we created with Rowan Technology as well as 50 short videos featuring cadets and faculty. The Roundtable discussions are in Cullum Hall.

We have been teaching the Civil War to cadets since 1863 when Dennis Hart Mahan first wrote a pamphlet on campaigns during the “War of the Rebellion” as they called it then. This is the first time that we have shared how we teach it with the wider world.

60 MINUTES SPORTS - More Than A Game Full Segment

Coach Monken Weekly Press Conference Quotes: Navy

Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: opening statement)

"We are really excited about the game this weekend. Anytime you're competing in anything at West Point, you look forward to the opportunity to compete against Navy, the biggest rival that we have. Our guys are excited as well as the coaching staff and everyone involved. We are really looking forward to the game this Saturday. We've had the opportunity to prepare, this is now our third week coming off the Fordham week. We had a few practices that first week with Thanksgiving weekend off, and I thought our guys came back fresh and a little more rested than we typically are which is good. We practiced five times last week and took Saturday and Sunday off. We finish up practice this week on Thursday and head out to Baltimore. Hopefully the extra time and preparation is going to be a positive for us. We've certainly tried to hit every scenario that we think may be a possibility in the game to try and best prepare for Navy who I think is a terrific football team. They are a very talented and extremely well coached team. We've got a few guys banged up still that we are not sure will be ready for the game, some guys in starting or key positions, we are trying the best we can to get those guys healthy this week, we would love to go into the game with 100 percent of our players that we count on from week-to-week. Read More

Minato's 32 Points Lead Army Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 61-55

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior Kelsey Minato scored a season-high 32 points to help the Army women’s basketball team erase a 14-point deficit and grab a 61-55 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday evening at Christl Arena. Army improves to 6-2 with the win, while St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 3-6.

Minato reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career and tied her second-highest scoring output with 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting. Her 13 field goals on the night were the most in her 72 collegiate games. The junior shot 10-of-14 and scored 23 of her points in the second half alone to lead Army to a 60-percent shooting performance in the second frame and a mark of 45.8 percent overall.

Junior Jean Parker added nine points and five rebounds, while sophomore Dani Failor contributed six points and five boards off the bench. Full Story

Wilson Earns Consecutive Player of the Week Awards

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Following a career-high 31 points in Army's four-point victory over Delaware last week, junior Kyle Wilson was honored as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week for the second straight week. Wilson was also chosen as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The Patriot League honor is the third of the 2014-15 season and the fifth of his career, which is the second most in Army basketball history. Jarell Brown earned the distinction seven times throughout his career.

Facing a 62-61 deficit with less than three minutes remaining on the road against the Blue Hens, Wilson poured in eight straight points to put the Black Knights in front for good. He made a pair at the line and then buried his sixth three-pointer of the night, also a career best, off a feed from classmate Dylan Cox. Read More

The December Network Science Center Newsblast Vol 4 Issue 12

Vast databases of digitized texts are now available to be analyzed, but the problem of teasing out meaning or themes from a text read by a machine remains unsolved. A related interdisciplinary project originated by Joshua Enslen (Associate Professor of Portuguese) is currently underway at USMA, whose team includes myself, Ledlie Klosky (Professor of Civil Engineering), and Cadet Emma Dugas.

Composed by Gonçalves Dias in 1843, “Canção do Exílio” [Song of Exile] is the most imitated poem in Brazilian history. Since its publication, the poem has been imitated and parodied hundreds of times. “Canção do Exílio” is even quoted in the lines of Brazil’s national anthem.

The cultural significance of this project is summarized in the following excerpt from a recent conference talk by Joshua Enslen: "The possibility of a dynamic associative network wherein these variations may be manipulated, compared and visualized offers the potential for new insights not only into our understand-ing of Brazilian literature, but Brazilian society as a whole." Read More

Visit the West Point Network Science Center Website and Blog

Army Navy Boxing Classic December 12th

Get your tickets now to attend the Army Navy Boxing Classic, as Army gets set to square off against Navy on Friday December 12, 2014 at 10:00pm. Prelims begin at 9:30pm.  To be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G, Inner Harbor Baltimore. Army and Navy boxers will face off in seven action-packed bouts. www.ncbaboxing.tix.com

- On the floor/ringside:  $25
- General admission/bleachers:  $15

Live Internet Streaming:  $8
For those who cannot attend the match you can subscribe at www.ncbalive.com


Parsons Takes Fifth at Cliff Keen Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Russell Parsons finished in fifth place at the 157-pound weight class as the Army wrestling team placed 23rd of 39 teams with 30.5 points at the 33rd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. It was the best finish for the Black Knights in Las Vegas since the 2008-09 season.

"We have a young team and they gained some really valuable experience, so in that respect, it was a good event for us," added Ward. "If we continue to grow in areas and learn from some losses then we have an exciting future ahead of us." Read More

Men's Track & Field Dominate at the Crowell Open

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Claiming 12 victories in their first action of the 2014-15 season, the Black Knights dominated competition at the Crowell Open from Gillis Field House at West Point.

Army earned 11 individual titles and one relay victory en route to a stellar season-opener.

"This was more of an intra-squad meet for us," said head coach Mike Smith. "I think from an intra-squad perspective, I saw people competing as if they were competing against other people, which is good. Here we are in early December and I'm looking down the list of results that were either lifetime bests or really good performances and the number is large. Read More

Dean's Weekly, December 5th

Department of Chemistry and Life Science

Microbiology Lecture Series:CDTs and faculty welcomed four distinguished to hear about cutting-edge topics in Microbiology On Thursday, 6 November, Cadets, staff, and faculty at West Point welcomed four distinguished visitors to the Haig Room of Jefferson Hall to hear about cutting-edge topics in Microbiology as part of the 15th Annual Microbiology Lecture series. The speakers, known as the foremost experts in their fields of bioscience and bioengineering, included:

COL Jennifer Caci, Commander, 47th Combat Support Hospital, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Title: Vectors and Disease: Why the Vector Matters. Dr. Wade Winkler, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Title: New Mechanisms and Applications of Regulatory RNAs in Bacteria. Dr. Mark D. Tucker, PhD, PE, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, Title: Challenges in the Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents. Dr. Ben Beard, PhD, Chief, Bacterial Diseases Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases CDC, Fort Collins, CO, Title: Emerging and Novel Tickborne Diseases in the U.S. - Trends and Drivers.

Chemical Engineering cadets compete at AIChE Nationals, Take Action in an Emergency in Atlanta, Georgia. Cadet members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competed against more than 200 undergraduate students from across the globe in the 2014 Annual AIChE National Research Poster Competition in Atlanta, Georgia from 14-17 November. Nationals are a chance for cadets to win national recognition for their research, network with chemical engineering professionals, attend presentations on topics ranging from chemical engineering applications in nuclear energy to Undergraduates from across the world compete to move mass for 2 minutes using a chemical process and without making any noise exceeding 10 decibelsparticle processing and characterization (a demonstration of how particle properties can be tuned at the nano-scale and affect performance on the macro-scale). Events began with the CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John Brock, who spoke to AIChE members about ethics and leadership in chemical engineering.

Cadets then met on the AIChE National Executive Student Committee and learned about opportunities to improve community outreach and also how to become more globally connected. As part of this initiative, the West Point Student Chapter of AIChE has officially requested an international sister chapter to foster cultural understanding and help spread best practices for running an effective and fun student organization. A major event for the cadets was attending the National ChemE Car Competition. Cadets have never participated in this in the past, and this time learned from other schools about best practices and tips to get started. Cadets from the Class of 2016 will spearhead the competition so that West Point can enter a car into competition next year. In addition to the event itself, three cadets (David Brown, Sean Crain, and Lauren Ng – all Class of 2015) were walking to get dinner when they heard a scream from a woman on the street. She had been hit by a taxi. CDT Brown called 911, while CDT Crain and Ng moved her personal belongings out of the street and assisted a nurse who administered first aid. The three cadets have been recommended for the Army Achievement Medal for their quick-thinking and response in a medical emergency.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

SSG Lane demonstrates use of a recording microphone discussing phase shift and its sometimes flattering effects on the human voiceMC486 Lab 3 – Vibrations as Sound (Acoustics) Hosted by the USMA Band. On 12 and 20 November 2014, the USMA Band hosted 53 students and 7 faculty members from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering’s MC486 Vibration Engineering course for an interactive lesson on acoustics. Students discussed the characteristics of rooms which affect the propagation of sound and vibration, as well as ways to control the response. They were treated to a live demonstration by the Band’s Audio Engineer, SSG Branden Lane illustrating how audio software uses the characteristics of sound as vibration to change pitch, phase, and even the physical location of a recording!

Department of English and Philosophy

CIA chefs pose with weapons in the ESTDEP and SOSH co-host visit by Culinary Institute of America Chefs. Ten student chefs from the Poughkeepsie-based Culinary Institute of America visited West Point this week for the second half of a USMA-CIA Exchange hosted by DEP and SOSH. After the chefs were greeted at a lengthy reception hosted by a “Cadet in the Red Sash,” in which they learned about West Point lore and daily life, they fired weapons in the EST, toured the massive kitchen under the Mess Hall (with CIA-trained Head Chef Michael Guererro), watched cadets demonstrate the IOCT, and enjoyed a honorary assignment in an Army branch (in honor of Branch Week). The program is designed to reinforce the foundational idea of being in a profession and is dedicated to facilitating discussions about civilian-military relationships.

Cadets in the NYU Skirball Center following a performance by MummenschanzEP367 Drama travels to New York University to see “Mummenschanz”. Cadets enrolled in EP367 Drama journeyed to the New York University’s Skirball Center to watch a performance by Mummenschanz. Mummenschanz is a Switzerland-based theatre company famous for producing unique theatrical sketches utilizing nontraditional props and costumes; notably, the troupe’s performances contain neither spoken dialogue nor music. Their distinctive performance style has earned them the nickname “ the minstrels of silence.” The troupe, now in its 42nd year, greatly impressed the cadets with its inimitable approach to storytelling and characterization.

Cadets coach Vassar College guests prior to a scenario on the Engagement Skills TrainerVassar Initiative visits West Point for “A Day in the Life”. As part of the DEP-sponsored West Point-Vassar Initiative, seventeen Vassar students traveled to West Point to experience a “day in the life” of a cadet. Vassar guests went to afternoon classes, watched cadets take the Indoor Obstacle Course Test “for record,” and participated in an exercise on the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). This popular event familiarized them with Army marksmanship, communication skills, and small unit leadership training.

Vassar College students and West Point hosts gather for a reception at COL Krawczyks quarters after Armys football victory over FordhamFollowing dinner in the Cadet Mess and evening social activities, the Vassar students remained overnight in the barracks in the company of their cadet hosts; the next morning they watched a pre-game parade on the Plain and cheered West Point’s football team to victory over Fordham. Finally, the group assembled for a post-game reception hosted by DEP Head COL Scott Krawczyk. This weekend visit reciprocates other visits made by West Point cadets to the Vassar campus this fall, and it follows upon numerous other events designed to bridge the civil-military divide.

The cadets recreate the 1958 photograph of A Great Day in Harlem at the photo’s original siteCFAF’s African American Arts and Jazz Forums travel to NYC. On 21 November, the African American Arts Forum and the Jazz Forum conducted a trip section to NYC to visit some of the culturally and historically important sites that the city has to offer. The night began at the world-famous soul food restaurant Sylvia’s. The cadets then moved to the site of the 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” to recreate that significant moment in Jazz history. Finally, the cadets attended a Jazz performance at Small’s Jazz Café in Greenwich Village.

Department of Systems Engineering

CDTs participating at SHPEs Annual conferenceSystems Engineering participate in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) annual conference. Cadets Sergio Jimenez, Matthew Loza, and Domingo Hilario, and MAJ Paul Santamaria, from the Department of Systems Engineering traveled to Detroit, MI to attend the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Annual Conference from 5-7 NOV 2014. The Cadets participated in a series of forums hosted by various SHPE sponsors to include, Honeywell, Raytheon, US Army Marketing Group, and others. The Cadets are forming a SHPE chapter at West Point and the conference provided these Cadets with additional guidance on the process of formulating the chapter. The Cadets also got to dialogue with engineering students from different SHPE chapters across the U.S. MAJ Santamaria participated as a team mentor in the Extreme Engineering program. The Army Marketing Group sponsored a group of engineering students on a 24 hour engineering challenge where students received system level requirements and designed, developed, tested and formulated a business plan to sell the product. The Army Marketing Group team developed a superior product that placed well amongst other team participating in the competition. The Cadets witnessed the assessment and are enthusiastic about participating in this challenge the following year at SHPE's Annual conference.

Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) upgrades their desktop computing systems and donates their old systems. This semester, DSE is upgrading 80 desktop computers in four labs. On 24 NOV the Department donated 19 of their older systems and other IT equipment to the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District proving them a significant upgrade in technology for their computer labs. Later this semester, DSE will donate 19 of the legacy machines to the Port Richmond High School JROTC program on Staten Island.

LTC Schustrom instructs DoSE CDTs on employment of virtual training simulation for trainingThe Department of Systems Engineering’s SE485 Combat Modeling course recently attended a virtual training lesson at the West Point Simulation Center. During the virtual training lesson, which involved over 30 cadets in two sections, LTC Bill Schustrom taught the cadets about how virtual simulation is used to support unit training in the US Army. LTC Schustrom’s extensive experience and knowledge as an Army Simulation Operations officer helped articulate where virtual simulation fits within the Army’s broader simulation community. The class also helped integrate and reinforce concepts from the cadet’s military and academic domains.

CDTs receive training on small unit power equipment from PEO Soldier rep Mr MartinezCDTs Cody Stamm, Coree Aten, Andrew Michalowski, and Maurice Williams receive training on small unit power equipment from PEO Soldier representative Mr. Joe Martinez. The cadets are working as a Department of Systems Engineering capstone team. Their project focuses on providing analysis that illustrates the operational impact of small unit power equipment and developing a decision support tool that helps commanders employ effective dismounted tactical power management strategies.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

G&EnE faculty and cadets with Dr Lee Schwartz Geographer of the United StatesGeography 2050. On November 19th six G&EnE faculty and three geography honors cadets participated in the American Geographical Society’s (AGS) Geography2050 conference at Columbia University. Geography 2050 was a unique conference that brought together top geographers from academia, government, and business to discuss emerging trends and complex challenges in key geographic issues including population, urbanization, health, climate change, and energy, as well as emerging technology and tools related to remote sensing and geospatial information science. A conference of this magnitude and importance takes place only every few years. Attendance at this conference enabled participants to join in critical thinking with other top-level geographers. The cadets gained valuable insight into these geographic trends and issues and gathered information and ideas for their honors theses.

Getting set to run the JFK 50 MilerTeam RWB participates in JFK 50 Miler. On Saturday, November 22nd, Cadet Matt Leach (2015), Cadet Aaron Kilner (2015), CPT Brandon Drobenak (TAC, C1), MAJ Jim Nemec (TAC, H4), & LTC Chris Oxendine (GEnE) completed the JFK 50 Miler in Boonsboro, Maryland. Cadet Leach completed the course in 7:44:53, placing 59 out of 808 finishers. This was the second time Cadet Kilner & MAJ Nemec completed the JFK50. The JFK 50 Miler originated in 1963 when President Kennedy challenged his military officers to meet the requirement President Teddy Roosevelt put forth to his officers that they cover 50 miles in 20 hours or lose their commissions. President Kennedy had great concerns for America’s decline in physical fitness and in 1960 wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated called “The Soft American”: http://www.ihpra.org/soft_american.htm.

Mr. Michael Rodrigue spoke with Geospatial Information Science cadets on November 21st. Mr. Rodrigue is the Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He is an USMA 72 grad, and taught Computer Science and Topographic Research at USMA. He talked with Cadets about the “Future of GeoINT: Where it is today and Where is it going?” His words further inspired Cadets about the applications of their discipline within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

Mr Michael Rodrigue Deputy Director NGA discusses the Future of GeoINTMr. Rodrigue met with BG Timothy Trainor to discuss collaborative research opportunities. They also discussed the future of GeoINT. Most importantly, that geographic boundaries will become less important than human geography and that there is increased need for transparency of data in order to get information to the lowest level.

Finally, Mr. Rodrigue attended two courses. The first course, EV398 (Introduction to GIS), taught by LTC Curtis Edson, focused on the challenges of Terrain Analysis. The second course, EV498 (Advanced GIS), taught by LTC Chris Oxendine, focused on Legal and Security Aspects of Geospatial Data. Mr. Rodrigue contributed to the discussion with strategic, operational, and tactical considerations for both lessons.

Discussing the TX5Surveying DemonstrationEV380 Surveying. Keystone Precision Instruments provided the EV380 Surveying class a hands-on demonstration of Trimble Surveying instruments. Keystone Precision annually provides Cadets the opportunity to discuss and see current surveying methods used by the military and professional surveyors. The state of the art instruments in this year’s demonstration included the MX2 mobile laser scanner, TX5 terrestrial laser scanner, Geo Explorer 7 series mapping grade GPS, and a Trimble Robot total station for survey grade GPS collection. The demonstration took place near the Firstie Club on 25 November 2014.

Chili Fest Champions 2014D/GENE Chili Fest. Faculty gathered after the Army-Fordham football game for the Department’s annual Chili Fest. There were 9 chili entrees that pitted the culinary talents of the faculty, both past and present. Representing alumni faculty member COL Michael Baumeister (currently deployed to Afghanistan with JSOC) were his sons Jacob (Class of 2016) and Matthew (Class of 2018). Team Baumeister’s “#Bacon Lovers” entry was crowned this year’s champion with MAJ Jamie and Audrey Sturm placing second.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Officer-students visit kiryas joel school for special-needs childrenThe Eisenhower Leader Development Program officers visited the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County. the Kiryas Joel special-needs students a wonderful opportunity to share projects created for our visit. This community truly opened its arms to West Point and provided an incredible educational experience for the ELDP cohort. ELDP officers wore the ACU uniform at the request of the school leadership. The Eisenhower Leader Development Program officers visited the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community of Kiryas Joel in Orange County on 19 November 2014 as part of their LD730 Cross-Cultural Leadership course. These officer/students visited the community’s school for special-needs children where the officers were greeted with banners welcoming West Point and thanking them for their service. The ELDP officers met with the school and community leadership to discuss their unique history, values, and practices and apply cross-cultural leadership concepts, theory, and evidence to understand their world-view and culture. This event served as an incredible West Point outreach opportunity, while providing

Students from DBSaL met with current and recent Army officers attending Columbia Business SchoolCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership met with current and recent Army officers attending the Columbia Business School. On 13 November 2014, 55 students from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership met with current and recent Army officers attending the Columbia Business School. These officers offered their views on how their Army skills and leadership benefit them in business school and how the skills they are learning in business school will enhance their Army careers. The students then received a tour and business operations brief at the New York Stock Exchange. There, the students learned the history of the Stock Exchange and how it is intertwined with the history of the US government, how the Stock Exchange creates value for the US economy, and potential future risks to both the US economy and the Nation's financial markets.

Cadets from the DBSaL hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill FinancialCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership were hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill Financial, parent company of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Market Index. On 14 November 2014, 20 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership were hosted by senior executives at McGraw-Hill Financial, parent company of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Market Index. The cadets received detailed briefs from McGraw-Hill executives on how the company creates value for the US financial markets and governments around the world through credit ratings and energy markets. In the afternoon, cadets and McGraw-Hill managers conducted Leader Challenge-style roundtable discussions on various leader development topics within the contexts of both the West Point Leader Development Model and the McGraw-Hill leader development goals.

Department of Foreign Languages

Cadets conduct a service-learningFrench: On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Dr. Julia Praud led LF 475 students, Emma Dugas, Nicholas Divito, Pierce English, Nicole Carter, Julian Mok, Zachary Vosburgh, Trevor Woods, Liam Comidy, Nathan Townsend, and André Michell, on a service-learning experience at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley, New York. Cadets spent the day interacting with 7th and 8th grade students in their first and second year of French study. For the 7th graders, our cadets gave a presentation about the Francophone world. After their presentation, they each guided a small group of the middle school students as they prepared their own project on a Francophone country. For the 8th grade students, our cadets served as conversation partners in a small group setting. These cadets represented themselves and the Academy well. They were warmly and enthusiastically received by students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike.

Spanish: LS 203 Students watched a first screening of “The Book of Life,” a Guillermo de Toro animated movie portraying the Mexican celebration of el dia de los muertos (day of the dead). The film concluded the course discussion of Hispanic cultural celebrations. The course work on celebrations included vocabulary in context as well as the required grammar principles to begin discussing past events using the Spanish language. The movie was shown in Arnold Auditorium.

Cadets studying at AMIDEAST in Amman Jordan demonstrate their respect and affinity for Jordanian culture by wearing the traditional Arab dress one day a weekArabic: Eleven Arabic students continue their studies in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. All firsties report having received their first branch choice. Cadets in Jordan report another successful “Thawb Thursday,” named for the traditional Arab dress (rhymes with ‘robe’) they and some other students wear in honor of Jordanian culture. Cadets in Oman also wore traditional Omani attire for Oman National Day celebrations, which included traditional dancing, Omani games, a staged wedding, a speech by His Majesty the Sultan. The Cadets in both Jordan and Oman report the local people were thrilled to see American students donning traditional garb as a gesture of respect for their traditions, and it was an exceptional education experience.

German: USMA Cadets (Class of ’16) on semester exchange at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Austria talk (in English and in German) about educational differences between the academies in Wiener Neustadt and West Point, how they got to West Point and their experiences with learning German.

Cadets Juliano Bunjor and Hyde working to produce Jade productsChinese: Cadets Studying in Taiwan spent the weekend hunting and camping in the mountains. The group also had the opportunity to visit a jade producing workshop and try their hands at making something of their own.



Department of Law

Cadets in LW310 Introduction to Legal Method visited courts in New York CityCadets in LW310, Introduction to Legal Method, visited courts in New York City on 18 November. In the morning the class observed oral arguments in two appellate court cases in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Afterwards, the presiding judge spoke to the cadets about the cases and the duties of a circuit court judge. In the afternoon the class visited the New York County District Attorney's Office and the state courts. The Deputy Chief of the Trial Division gave the cadets a briefing on the work done by the office. After that, cadets watched arraignments and actual trials that were ongoing in the courthouse and involved everything from fraud to murder.

Federal prosecutors from the District of Connecticut gave a presentation to cadets in LW475 Advanced Constitutional Law on 20 October 2014. Assistant US Attorneys Krishna Patel, Deputy Chief--National Security & Major Crimes, and Richard Schechter, Senior Litigation Counsel, addressed pre-trial aspects of federal criminal proceedings, including grand jury proceedings, search warrants, arraignments and bail and pre-trial detention matters.

Mecklenburg Thrives at West Point

Senior Katrina Mecklenburg will tell you, the reason someone goes into the U.S. Military Academy and the reason they stay are often different. When the Cathedral Catholic alumna got into West Point, she wanted to go because she knew it was something she might regret if she didn’t — she didn’t want to look back and wonder what kind of person it would’ve made her.

“Why I stayed? All of the unknowns were validated. I saw I became a better person, I loved the training that I was doing, and now I’m at a point where I can’t wait to graduate and I can’t wait to be in the Army and start out as an officer. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” said Mecklenburg, 21.

“I went from zero percent military knowledge to now holding the highest position you can hold, being the captain of the cross country team, doing well academically and basically succeeding at West Point — and there’s not anything extraordinary or special about me except that I work hard,” Mecklenburg said. “It just shows if you’re willing to work hard, if you put in the effort, you’ll come out a stronger, better person.” Read More

Fourteen Football Players Honored

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Fourteen players, including first-team selections Larry Dixon, Jeremy Timpf and Richard Glover, were among the Army athletes honored when College Sports Madness released its All-Independent Football Teams Thursday morning.

Dixon was a first-team selection as a running back, while Glover was chosen as a defensive lineman and Timpf as a linebacker. Offensive lineman Stephen Shumaker, kicker Daniel Grochowski, linebacker Andrew King and defensive backs Chris Carnegie and Josh Jenkins were second-team selections. Full Story »

Athletic Director's Update, December 4th

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Goodwin Looks Ahead

Will Goodwin graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011, and surprised his family and friends by deciding to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point the next year. He said that he wanted to pursue the leadership opportunities in the Army. He became the president of his class and will soon lead a group of 44 officers. Last week, he came back to the Island to speak to high school students, Rotarians and others about his experiences and accomplishments.

I’m going to be a field artillery officer. (The officers) will receive a request for support, they’ll do the math on how they have to aim (the guns) and they’ll look at the platoon leader, which is what I would be, for the ultimate thumbs up or thumbs down. The stress there comes in the fact that whatever you hit is your responsibility, so if you don’t do the due diligence and you hit a school or a hospital, you go to jail. Read More

Wilson Leads Army Past Delaware

Junior guard scores career-high 31 in 73-69 win

Wilson Leads Army Past DelawareNEWARK, Del. - Trailing 62-61 with less than three minutes to play, Kyle Wilson scored eight straight points and Army's final 11 points overall as the Army basketball team defeated Delaware 73-69 on Wednesday night at Bob Carpenter Center.

Wilson's 31-point performance set a new career high and came on the strength of six three-pointers, propelling Army to a 6-1 start. The result dropped the Blue Hens to 0-6 on the year.

Wilson was one of three Army players to reach double figures in the scoring column, as Kennedy Edwards and Kevin Ferguson added 13 and 12, respectively. Ferguson added three blocks, while Dylan Cox handed out four assists to go along with his eight points. Full Story »

Pham Tabbed as AHA Rookie of the Month

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Forward Tyler Pham was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month after recording 10 points in November for the Army hockey team.

Pham led the Black Knights with six goals and four assists in nine games to average over a point a game. He took over as the league’s top rookie scorer during the month and ranks first with 14 points on the season. Story

Wilson Collects Weekly Honors

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After helping Army to its best start in nearly 40 years, junior Kyle Wilson has been selected as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week as well as the CollegeSportsMadness.com Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Read More

Jack Ford on 60 Minutes Sports Army Feature

During his time at West Point, Ford was surprised to hear that Army was a decade behind its service-academy rival in moving cadets summer training to June so that football players could have July to attend summer school and prepared to the upcoming season.

Ford was also surprised to hear Monken talk about how little “Beat Navy” signs he saw on post when he first arrived.

“When I would go down to Annapolis, everywhere you looked was a ‘Beat Army’ sign,” Ford said. “Does that make a big difference? Probably not. But it’s symbolic.” Read More

The Dean's Fall Newsletter, December 2nd

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DCA Update November 28th

Extracurricular Clubs

Hobby Clubs

Paintball 11-28-2014Paintball:

  • On 15-16 Nov., 20 members of the Close Combat Team, led by Cadet Niccolo Iacovelli, attended Ground Zero Air-soft
  • The team played over 8 hours of non-stop indoor game play, and the following day they played over 8 hours of non-stop outdoor game play, in which they were outnumber 3:1 but remained resilient
  • Cadets were divided evenly against each other at the indoor field to determine their abilities against one another

Tae Kwon Do 11-28-2014Tae Kwon Do:

  • Army Tae Kwon Do owned the scoreboard at the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Confer-ence tournament at Brown University
  • The team placed first in the Women’s begin-ner division, second in the Men’s beginner division, and fifth in Women’s black belt, Men’s advanced, and Men’s beginners
  • CDTs Allie Baker, Jada Ferrer, Shawn Jimenez, Christian Merrich, and Rahul Sawh-ney are all still undefeated on the season
  • Only half way through the season, Army al-ready has enough points to move up to Divi-sion II from Division III next season opening up a lead of over 100 points on second place Penn State

Religious Clubs

Jewish Chapel (Hillel):

  • Cadets from the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M and Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, joined USMA cadets for a weekend of discussion and comradeship
  • The weekend opened with a religious service led by five rabbis and guest speaker Rear Ad-miral Shelansky
  • Shelansky began with a Torah service and continued with the Army Football team’s vic-tory over Fordham
  • Saturday evening included a talk by a White House Legislative Liaison followed by an ice cream social and a viewing of “The Avengers”

Academic Clubs

Chemical Engineers 11-28-2014American Institute of Chemical Engineers:

  • From 14-17 Nov., cadet members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) competed against more than 200 undergraduate students from across the globe in the 2014 AIChE National Research Poster Competition in Atlanta, GA
  • Nationals are a chance for cadets to win national recognition for their research, network with chemical engi-neering professionals, attend presentations and attend character demonstrations
  • Events began with the CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, John Brock, who spoke to AIChE members about ethics and leadership in chemical engineering
  • Cadets then met on the AIChE National Executive Stu-dent Committee and learned about opportunities to im-prove community outreach and also how to become more globally connected
  • A major event was the cadets attending the National ChemE Car Competition; cadets have never participated in this in the past, and this time learned from other schools about best practices and tips to get started

Cyber Team 11-28-2014Cadet Competitive Cyber Team:

  • On 13-15 Nov., USMA’s Cadet Competitive Cyber Team, along with officer representatives from the Army Cyber Institute, participated in NYU Poly’s Cy-ber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, and THREADS conference
  • The CSAW CTF is the largest of its kind, involving teams from across the spectrum of expertise from high school students, undergraduates, graduates, and even industry professionals
  • The West Point Cadet Competitive Cyber Team qualified for the final round of the CTF by placing in the top 15 of over 120 undergraduate teams and finished the finals in 10th place, defeating both the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy
  • During the conference portion, the cadets heard from leadership of some leading technical companies, such as Intel, Veracode, Raytheon, Netflix, Yelp, Twitter, and GitHub on how they are overcoming cyber security chal-lenges

Cadet Programs

“Mama Tried” performing at 3rd Regiment Branch Night Celebration:

Mama Tried

1st Regiment Thanksgiving Fest in Legion Square

1st Regiment Thanksgiving Fest

Athletic Director's Update, November 28th

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Army Rolls Over Binghamton 80-54

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Kyle Wilson scored 25 points on 9 of 15 shooting and Army rolled over Binghamton 80-54 last Tuesday.

The Black Knights (5-0) held Binghamton to just 31.5 percent shooting, including just 4 of 17 from beyond the arc. Army was 9 of 22 from 3-point range (41 percent) and shot 48 percent overall from the floor. Story

Army Women Pound Air Force

WEST POINT – On a campus where “Beat Navy” is a daily refrain, Jean Parker wanted to make sure that Air Force got a taste of the same competitive contempt.

“It’s an inter-academy rivalry so we just wanted to pound Air Force, to be completely honest,’’ Parker said.

Army blew open a close basketball game with a 31-2 run stretching 15 minutes over both halves in a 79-35 rout of the Falcons before 200 fans at Christl Arena last Tuesday night. Read More

Vees Goalie Penta Commits to USMA

Kingston Voyageurs goalie Matt Penta confirmed on Tuesday that he has committed to the United States Military Academy Black Knights hockey program, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

Penta, a 20-year-old native of Waltham, Mass., is in his first season with the Voyageurs. He has a 13-7-2 record with three shutouts, a 2.62 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Story

Dixon and Timpf Earn National Accolades

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Larry Dixon and Jeremy Timpf were both honored for their efforts in the 42-31 win over Fordham on Saturday.

Dixon was tabbed as the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week, while Timpf got accolades from College Sports Madness as the Independent Defensive Player of the Week.

Dixon finished off his career at Michie Stadium on Saturday in a 42-31 win over Fordham with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He became the fourth player in Academy history to rush for 3,000 career yards and was the third member of the current team to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Dixon led a rushing attack that racked up 384 yards on the ground and he matched his career high for touchdowns in a game.

On the defensive side, Timpf finished with nine tackles against the Rams and went over 100 tackles for the season. Eight of his nine stops came as solo tackles and he had one tackle for a loss of three yards. Read More

Marathon Team at the Philadelphia Marathon

The West Point Marathon Team competed at the Philadelphia Marathon November 23. Cadet Nikita Price won her age group with a time of 3:25:05, while Cadets Danny Schlich (2:25:14) and Mario Lund (2:53:52) placed second and third in his their respective age groups.

Additonal cadet finish times and standings are:
Corey Stewart 2:42:16 (66th)
Connor Roche 2:44:52 (83th)
Joe Anchondo 2:46:27 (92nd)
Ben Shields 2:50:33 (138th)
Rex Sheikh 2:55:01 (189th)
Austin Semmel 2:56:47 (217th)
Travis Chewning-Kulick 2:59:27 (296th)
Jen Moore 3:33:35 (332nd female)
Jorge Cipres Reula 3:48:38 (Spanish foreign exchange student)

Story and photo courtesy of USMA

Cadet Company F4 Newsletter

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Cadet Company F4 2014

Branch Night - USMA Class of 2015

Last Thursday evening, the Class of 2015 received their branch assignments during a ceremony at Eisenhower Hall. Watch the video to feel the energy and excitement as more than 1,000 cadets discover which U.S. Army branch they will commission into. Read More

Army Finishes Third at State Championships

ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith and sophomore Russell Parsons each came in first place in their respective weight classes as the Army wrestling team finished in third place at the 46th annual New York State Championships on Sunday.

The Black Knights were near the top of the leaderboard all day and finished with 128.5 points, while No. 3 Cornell earned its third straight state title, edging out Hofstra by a half a point. It was the best finish for Army at the state tournament since winning the whole thing during the 2011-12 season.

“I thought we had some guys who wrestled the best they have this year, and their best is yet to come,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “That’s a good thing and a testament to the work they are putting in. Full Story

Mortell Sets New Academy and Plebe Record in 1650 Freestyle

BOSTON—Army capped off the three-day Terrier Invitational with a record setting performance by plebe Sabrina Mortell in the 1650 free.

"This weekend was a great building block and learning experience for our team," said head coach Mickey Wender. “The attitude and effort was excellent and we are one step closer to reaching our goals and being at our best when it matters the most."

Today was the first time the Black Knights swam the 1650 free this season and Mortell touched the wall in 16:51.97 to set a new Academy and plebe record. The record was previously set in 1997 by Carolyn Harris with a time of 16:55.12. Story

Army Defeats Fordham 42-31 on Senior Day!

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's blocked punt and fumble recovery for a touchdown at the end of the first half swung the momentum in the Black Knights' favor and Fordham had no answer for Army's option offense in a 42-31 win on senior day at Michie Stadium.

Fullback Larry Dixon had a career day to lead an Army rushing attack that ran for 384 yards. Dixon matched his personal best with three touchdowns and became the fourth player in academy history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in his career. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season with his 158-yard effort.

A.J. Schurr racked up 70 yards on four carries, Terry Baggett had 52 yards on six tries and scored his second touchdown of the year, while Angel Santiago totaled 42 yards on 17 rushing attempts. Aaron Kemper ran it six times for 20 yards and Raymond Maples got the ball twice for 10 yards and a score. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, November 21st

Network Science Center

Cadets explained the honor code and took visitors on a tourCadet Seminar on Network Science: On 15 November a group of 30 high school students, parents, and teachers from local schools met with cadets and faculty from West Point to learn more about network science. Lori Sheetz welcomed the group with an overview of the Network Science Center and some of the research it conducts at West Point, then Cadets Will O’Keefe, Lewis Black, Ioannis Wallingford, Molly Prins, and Jake Moffatt gave brief talks explaining their projects. The purpose of the seminar was to give the high school students a chance to talk
network science with near peers and to learn about more applications of network science accessible to high school students. The parents were invited to gain a better understanding of the type of research their children are working on and other teachers to generate interest for the future projects. After the talks Cadet Lewis Black, President of Social Network Analysis Club (SNAC), shared with the students some of SNACs current activities and how the cadets have organized the club. SNAC represents the transition from taking a formal network science class, to using the same tools in independent research, and finally to an informal gathering of students engaged in further exploring applications of network science. In lieu of a formal class the high school teams participated in the summer workshop in Boston and are currently working on a yearlong research project. The next objective would be to see if the teams translate that experience into tools that they use independently to solve real world interdisciplinary problems.

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

BSL Cornell Trek participants pose for a picture with Cornell University Veterans after completion of a Leadership Lessons Learned discussionCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership travel to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. On 6 November 2014, 22 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Johnson School of Business (Cornell University) Leadership Trek. These hand selected LMS cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with Johnson School Business Students and International Labor Relations Students. These exercises included participation in a “Critical Thinking for Leaders” case lecture, “Debt vs. Equity” case discussion, a campus tour, and participation in a round table Leadership Lesson Discussion with Cornell University Veterans. The Cadets earned high praise from Professor Risa Mish in their creative solutions and contributions to the “Critical Thinking” discussion. This Leadership Trek was the reciprocal trip for USMA hosting Cornell MBA and MILR students on the 12th of September.

Management Major cadets travel to Mercedes Benz USA. 70 Management Major Cadets to Mercedes Benz USA, and were regaled with a day of briefings from each of their Vice President level functional area leads. All of the topics covered in their Introduction to Management textbook were covered by each of the MBUSA Vice Presidents. The President, Steve Cannon and the President’s Chief of Staff (Joe Haury) both are West Point graduates, and the entire company bent over backwards to assist us. The highlight of the day was a leadership philosophy discussion with the Mercedes Benz President and CEO, Steve Cannon, followed by test drives for cadets in all of the Mercedes Benz models sold in the U.S.

BS&L Cadets and Faculty Members attend the movie premiere of “The Last Patrol” at Google New York City, New York, on 7 November 2014. Three Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership (BS&L) faculty members and eleven BS&L cadets joined a larger group from West Point that attended the movie premier of, “The Last Patrol,” hosted by Google in New York City, New York, on Friday evening, November 7, 2014. After the movie, faculty and cadets participated in a question/answer session with the three major actors from the movie, including Sebastian Junger.

Dancing in the glory of monstersOn 12 November, over 75 faculty and cadets were treated to an informative and dynamic presentation by one of the world's foremost authorities on the Great Lakes region of Africa, Jason Stearns. Stearns was a guest of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Departments of History, English and Philosophy, Geography & Environmental Engineering and Strategic Studies. Stearns, who is currently analyzing insurgency as a social phenomenon, provided attendees with a clear picture of a complicated and tragic history of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He offered a sober assessment of a nearly twenty-year conflict which has cost over five million people their lives, clearly outlining how the US and the global community can think of what they can and cannot do to end the ongoing conflict. A journalist and scholar with over ten years’ experience on the ground in Africa, Stearns has served on UN working groups and as an expert for the International Crisis Group. He is the author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, a highly-regarded and probing account of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Stearns is a Visiting Fellow in Political Science at NYU. His talk provoked spirited discussion and offered the audience real issues to consider in thinking about the US and International Community’s roles in Central Africa.

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Team HMAs Projectile as a combination of nearly 100 million 3-D meshed polygonsMechanical Engineering Cadets at ARL. On 5 November, Cadets Craig Coyle and Melissa Wells, part of ‘Team High Maneuverability Airframe’ (HMA), travelled to the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to work with Dr. Sidra Silton from the Flight Science Laboratory branch at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Dr. Silton serves as the team’s principle client at ARL, which investigates the aerodynamics of a steerable mortar round. Preparing to conduct high fidelity simulations of the flow around the projectile at conditions that match an experiment being developed, the cadets began the complex process of generating a 3-dimensional mesh of the projectile surface and surroundings for use in the computational fluid dynamics study.

USMA Cadets and faculty at Beaverworks a Lincoln Laboratory facility located on the MIT campusUSMA Technical Scholars Visit to MIT and Lincoln Laboratories. On 7 November, LTC Mike Benson and LTC Phil Root escorted 11 scholarship candidates with interest in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, MA. The purpose of the morning visit was to conduct office calls with senior faculty and as a shaping operation as the cadets prepare applications for MIT. The extremely successful visit matched cadets with over 20 faculty members from departments such as Aero/Astro, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as both Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The second half of the visit transitioned to nearby Lincoln Laboratories (LL) in Lexington, MA, who sponsors the LL Military Fellowship program. The executive director provided a program overview of the lab, and coordinated a panel of 2LTs and Ensigns from the Air Force and Navy who are current military fellows. USMA has had one cadet win a LL Military Fellowship (2LT Stuart Baker, Class of 2014), but hopes to have significantly greater success for the class of 2015 as a result of the visit.

CDTs with NASA Astronaut COL(R) Tim KopraAstronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visits CME. NASA astronaut COL(Ret) Tim Kopra visited two MC306, Dynamics, classes on 10 November, and presented his experience of operating in space within the context of the class topic, "2D General Motion." He highlighted how his Army career prepared him for his NASA tenure as well as numerous vignettes of life while on orbit. COL(Ret) Kopra then joined faculty members for a no-host lunch at Grant Hall followed by a Q&A session with cadets.

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

CDTs laboratory exercise at Camp SheaTrip Section: On 14 November, NE452 (Instrumentation and Shielding) conducted a laboratory exercise out at Camp Shea (Camp Buckner). The purpose of the laboratory was to allow cadets to develop techniques and procedures in radiation room surveying, using radiation detectors in a field environment, and promote their ability to articulate the science. After receiving an in-brief upon arriving out at Camp Shea, cadets were given the mission of finding, identifying, and characterizing radioactive sources using two different detector types (current- and pulse-mode) making up more than nine different detector models. Cadets were then given the mission of out-briefing a notional senior-level commander while articulating both the short- and long-term hazards of the radioactive sources and threats. Overall, 19 cadets were trained.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

LTC Korpela CDT Smith and CPT Spruce at the post sessionARL / USMA Technical Symposium: Cadets and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the 22nd Annual ARL / USMA Technical Symposium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on 29 October 2014. The primary purpose for the symposium is to provide a forum where West Point Cadets and Faculty present and discuss various aspects on ARL-related research they conducted over the past year to the ARL Director, ARL Directorate Heads and Scientists, and other West Point Faculty and visitors. CDT Dylan Smith ‘15 presented his research about energy savings in military micro-grids in both a presentation and poster session. LTC Christopher Korpela presented recent results on the cadet project he advises named ARIBO (Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations). The symposium creates an outstanding opportunity for West Point Faculty and ARL Scientists to discuss future collaborative research opportunities. Multiple departments across USMA were represented.

Interservice Service Academy Visit to the National Security AgencyEECS Cadets Visit the NSA: LTC Robertson and MAJ Ben Klimkowski accompanied the EECS NSA Fellow, Howard Taylor, and a group of 25 Cadets for a tour of the National Security Agency / Central Security Service and the National Cryptologic Museum. Overview briefings were provided by the NSA/CSS and U.S. Cyber Command, the Information Assurance Division Remote and Deployed Operations (RDO), the NSA Threat Operations Center (NTOC) and the NSA Operations Center (NSOC). The group was also accompanied by Cadets and Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy.

Disruptive Innovations in Boston: On 12-13 November 2014 COL Barry Shoop, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Cadets Ames C. Evans (EE Honors, ’15), Scott A. Horras (CS Honors, ’15), Alexander M. Jacobs (EE, ’15), Robert L. Koehlmoos (CS Honors, ’16), Joseph T. Kopp (IT Honors, ’15), Lucas C. Ruff (EE Honors, ’15), Joseph S. Suh (CS Honors, ’16), who are enrolled in his XE492 Disruptive Innovations course traveled to Boston, MA to engage with forward thinking technologists and business leaders. The group began with intense discussions about the current state-of-the-art of System on a Chip (SoC) with Kurt Keville, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology (ISN) Research Specialist and USMA Class of 1983 graduate. SoC technology is an integrated circuit that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic system into a single chip and is currently being applied to a variety of high-performance and supercomputing applications. After this discussion, the XE492 team toured the ISN laboratory facilities and discussed the role of MIT, Army and industry partners working together to discover and field technologies that advance Soldier protection and survivability capabilities. The ISN provides funding, office space and laboratory space to support faculty and student research at MIT.

XE492 Disruptive Innovations Class at MITThe group received an overview of the MIT Soft Robotics Project from Lieutenant Stuart Baker, USMA Class of 2014, who is attending MIT on NSF and MIT Lincoln Laboratory fellowships. Baker is working with Professor Daniela Rus who is the Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Soft robots have the potential to create safer, more resilient, and more efficient devices in a way that traditional rigid-bodied robotics cannot. The group had the unique opportunity to speak with Professor Sangbae Kim of the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory who leads the MIT Cheetah project, a biologically-inspired robotic cheetah designed after the fastest land animal. The MIT program sets itself apart from other similar programs by being battery-and-motor driven, using custom-designed high-torque-density electric motors and amplifiers that control the motors. The team witnessed the latest version of the cheetah-inspired quadraped in an unteathered demonstration on the lawn of Killian Court at MIT. Later in the day, the team visited two different innovative approaches to startup company physical space, the first Greentown Labs, provides access to the space, resources, and funding that allows early-stage companies to thrive. The second, Artisan’s Asylum, an artisan-style facility with common prototype equipment and machinery that drastically reduces start-up costs.

Finally, the group interviewed Professor Fernando Suarez from the Strategy and Innovation Department at the Boston University School of Management. Professor Suarez has been a collaborator with Professor Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School and Professor James Utterback from the MIT Sloan School of Management on the topics of disruptive technology, innovation and the role of environmental dynamics in the theory of first-adopter advantages. The dialog provided the students an opportunity to gain additional insights into the concept of a disruptive technology and better understand the cultural aspects of organizational change necessary to successfully engage emerging disruptive and innovative technologies.
This XE492 trip was made possible through generous donation of the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Enrichment Endowment.

Defense & Strategic Studies Program: Princeton University invited DSS to bring a group of cadets down on Friday, Nov 21, to participate in their Liechtenstein Colloquium: "Grand Strategy and Self-Determination” which is hosted by Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This event allows cadets to participate in panel discussions that reinforce course concepts taught throughout the Defense and Strategic Studies program. By participating in this colloquium, cadets were exposed to recognized scholars and senior government officials from around the world as they reflect on 20 years of the study of Self-Determination and the implications for future international environment. The panels included topics such as "Grand Strategy in an Age of Multiple Crises:Balancing Warfighting, Stability Operations, Crisis Response, and Budgetary Austerity," "The Future of the State," and "Self-Determination in Our Time."

Major Jackson (DSS) hosted two one hour panel discussions with General (ret.) Keane on Friday (Nov21). For the cadet event, GEN Keane discussed his role in shaping the "Surge" strategy in Iraq in 2007 prior to a questions and answers period. For the staff and faculty event, General (ret.) Keane discussed his perspectives on the challenges facing field grade officers over the next five to ten years – topics included his expectations of field grade officers as a former brigade, division, and corps commander; his view of the institutional challenges we will face as a former Vice; or, his view of the Army's role in the complex international environment (strategic landpower). The discussions were useful to both cadets and faculty, as they addressed two groups leaving the academy to re-enter the force.

Major Lasiter’s DS350 Military Communication class conducted a media interaction event in conjunction with the West Point Simulation Lab. The event involved 14 Students and one Professor from the NYU School of Journalism and 16 Cadets from West Point. The NYU School of Journalism is the second largest department at NYU with over 800 students from various parts of the world. The students and cadets participated in an all day event involving the virtual battlefield simulator, engagement skills trainer and held mock press conferences. The exercise highlighted some of the challenges of working in austere environments with civilians and the frictions of war that can occur when civilians are involved in military operations. The exercise focused on communication skills required when conducting press conferences and interacting with the media.

Department of English and Philosophy

Academy Idol Winnders CDTs Moser-Hale and WeinmannFall EN102 Hosts Academy Idol Competition: On 12 November, Fall EN102 held its annual "Academy Idol" monologue competition. Seven students, each one representing one of the seven sections of Fall EN102, performed monologues from several of Shakespeare’s plays; these included "Macbeth," "Henry V," "Richard III," and "The Tempest." The event also included a rigorous round of Shakespearean trivia, along with various video mash-ups celebrating film adaptations of the Bard's works. In the end, Cadet Robert Moser (C4) placed third for his performance as Stephano from "The Tempest;" Cadet Benjamin Hale (A1) placed second for his performance as the title character in "Macbeth;" and Cadet David Weinmann (C2) was named the Fall 2014 Academy Idol for his performance as Richard from "Richard III."

CDT AndersenCadets Present Papers at Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Cadets Samuel Andersen and Murphy Danahy attended the Fifth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Marist College on 14-15 November. CDT Andersen presented a paper entitled “The Importance of Women in a Professional Military.” this paper emerged from EP373: Topics in Ethics, a course that he took last semester; it won the Beitler award last year. CDT Danahy presented “Of Saints and Monsters: An Examination of the Responsibility of Psychopaths,” which he developed from his studies in PY201: Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning last year. Both papers were well received and were followed by a robust question-and-answer session with audience members. Conference attendees included undergraduates from MIT, Yale, and Fordham University among others. USMA was the only institution with two student papers accepted for presentation.

SFC Mark Tonelli poster advertising the eventJazz Knights’ Guitarist Visits Cadets in CFAF’s Jazz Forum: The Jazz Forum met on 17 November to hear from Jazz Knights Guitarist, SFC Mark Tonelli, as he discussed what makes up a good jazz playlist. SFC Tonelli spoke to a group of cadets and faculty about the genre while also playing examples from his playlist.



Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets Michael Felton and Devin Wright traveled with Dr. Bruce Keith on 2-4 NOV to Ft. Riley (Junction City, KS) to collect data for their DSE Capstone Project. The purpose of this trip was to provide cadets with an opportunity to collect data in fulfillment of requirements for their DSE Capstone Project, which expands upon an AY14 Capstone (see http://www.army.mil/article/129057/USMA_cadets_tackle_valid_Army_training_issue/).

Calvary Color Guard CDTs

This trip is the first of four trip sections planned during AY15 to collect data in fulfillment of the requirements of a DSE Cadet Capstone Project; these trips provide cadets with an opportunity to gather insights through their observations of Army unit military training activities at a combination of home exercises, JRTC, and NTC events. The project examines strategies for increasing capacity among Army units while they concurrently reduce their reliance on the use of Field Service Representatives (FSRs). This project is sponsored by PEO C3T; the client arranged for cadets to observe a home exercise at Ft. Riley, KS. The cadet team was warmly received by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (2nd ABCT); the Brigade Commander, COL Miles Brown and his staff, including former USMA History Instructor MAJ Chris Dempsey, invited the cadets to participate in a brigade PT run, organized a special meet and greet dinner for the cadets, and sent us off in style on a horse ride around the post with members of the Calvary Color Guard.

Cadet Development: “Civilian and Military Relations Conference” 14 Cadets and 1 Midshipman from the Cadet Community on Civil- Military Relations travelled to Tufts University to take part in the Civilian and Military Relations Conference organized by ALLIES, a parent organization dedicated to linking the leaders in both education and the services. Alongside delegations from the Naval Academy and area schools, participants had the opportunity to hear from and engage several speakers before a diplomatic crisis simulation tested their decision-making abilities while considering a multitude of factors.

Civilian and Military Relations ConferenceFocusing on Civilian-Military relations when providing Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the conference featured a range of speakers with vast expertise and experience. These speakers (including a USAID employee, the leader of an MIT-funded laboratory, a retired United States Marine, and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense) each provided a unique view on how to incorporate the military when providing disaster relief. In addition to the discussions, the conference featured breakout sessions where each speaker could engage a smaller group of students. These sessions were extremely effective, and allowed students a fuller understanding of the military’s role in disaster relief before they put their skills to the test in the simulation.
While the focus of the conference was on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, the mere gathering of Cadets, Midshipmen and civilian students produced a very conducive environment to foster cross-service and civ-mil relations. In addition to lectures and the simulation, students were able to tour the college town of Medford via Davis Square, as well as the historic Harvard Square in nearby Cambridge. These opportunities assisted in the cultural development of the attending Cadets and Midshipmen, and provided chances to interact with civilian students outside of a classroom setting.

In summary, the conference was extremely successful and very professionally run. It provided an untold amount of development for its participants, and we owe many thanks to its coordinators. The Cadet Community on Civilian-Military Operations greatly appreciates the invitation to attend, and looks to surpass the conference’s level of success when the United States Military Academy hosts ALLIES’ annual Intellectual Round Table this spring.

Cadets inside the operations building at the USMA Recycling FacilityEV300 Cadet Trip Section to USMA Recycling Facility. On 13 and 14 November 2014, cadets enrolled in EV300 Environmental Science visited the USMA Recycling Facility as part of their Environmental Pollution Block of instruction. The facility’s recycled materials include paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges, e-waste, scrap metal, military munitions (rounds) and others. Site operators described for cadets the challenges of weekly recycling and requested that the cadets assist in enforcing separation of municipal solid waste from cardboard, paper and other recyclable items originating in company areas. Cadets learned that the facility contributes nearly $100K to MWR funds annually, in large part due to recycling efforts within the cadet area. Inefficiencies in this process are seen as opportunity costs – funds lost due to reduction in recycled material able to be sold at market value. While on site, cadets also learned about the facility’s use of alternative energy, a photovoltaic cell array that reduces the facility’s reliance on grid-provided, fossil fuel-based electricity.

Department of Foreign Languages

Current Week HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:
    a. Russian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich.
    b. Arabic: Eight Cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, over the weekend of 14-16 November to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League. This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamentary debate. The Cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year. Individual honors went to:
    • Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Political Affairs
    • Ian Myers (Cadet in Charge) and Derek Fossi as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Palestinian affairs
    • David Lane and Rocky Dubinas as outstanding delegates on the Committee for Joint Defense
    • Blaze Bissar and Sarah Holzworth as honorable mention on the Committee for Economic Affairs

The members of the West Point Model Arab League TeamRepresenting Algeria, West Point was named Overall Outstanding Delegation at the conference, an accomplishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate. The team is entirely Cadet organized, trained, and led, competing against schools whose teams take Model Arab League as a course for credit. The success at this competition is a superb accomplishment by an exceptional group of future Army leaders.

Faculty participation in immersion trips, AIADs, and semester abroad maintenance requirements / trips: Spanish: MAJ James Creason conducted a sight visit of the semester abroad program in Spain. The purpose of the visit was to further develop relationships with key personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and both the Academia General Militar (Spanish Military Academy) and at the University of Grenada. MAJ Creason gained valuable insight into the effectiveness of both programs where USMA Cadets are currently enrolled. The feedback provided by MAJ Creason will benefit future rotations of Cadets participating in the semester abroad program in Spain.

Stop along the coast to enjoy the vistaAs part of the trip, MAJ Creason escorted the Cadets currently on semester abroad on a cultural immersion along Spain’s southeast coast. The immersion provided the Cadets a unique opportunity to experience Andalucian and Valencian cultures. As a group, they traveled along the Mediterranean coast. The group participated in a dinner show consisting of typical southern Spain cuisine and an exhibition of Flamenco, a typical dance that defines the regions historical blending of cultures. The trip finished with a visit to the historic towers of Valencia’s old city. From the remaining towers the Cadet’s gained an appreciation for the blending of architecture and defense. The trip was a success, and greatly benefited the Cadets understanding of regional personalities and idiomatic differences that exist in Spain.

Academy Professor of German and French meets with CadetsGerman: Colonel Mark Gagnon, Academy Professor of German and French, conducted a visit of Semester Exchange Program sites in Germany and Austria from 10-13 November. COL Gagnon began his visit at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany, where he met with Cadets currently on exchange and with the university’s international office. Helmut Schmidt University, one of two German Armed Forces universities, is prepared to welcome four USMA Cadets in 15-2 as the program will expand to both semesters. Next COL Gagnon traveled to Wiener Neustadt, just outside of Vienna, Austria, to meet with Cadets studying at the Austrian Military Academy. USMA and the Theresian Military Academy, founded in 1751, have enjoyed a strong partnership since 2008. According to Chief of International Programs, LTC Lampersberger, the current USMA Cadets have performed superbly in the classroom and in numerous field training exercises. To conclude the trip, COL Gagnon visited Cadets at the University of the Armed Forces, Munich. COL Gagnon briefed the university’s leadership on the USMA academic program, visited classes with the USMA cadets, and toured the campus facilities. He also laid the foundation for possible expansion of the exchange program in 16-2. Throughout the trip, COL Gagnon expressed thanks for the outstanding support of our Cadets from each institution and discussed the excellent academic work and athletic contributions of the Germans and Austrians currently on exchange at USMA.

DFL CDTs backstage at the St Petersburg Mikhailovshky BalletArabic: On the 12th of November Cadets from the DFL Piano and Voice Mentorship group and from the Russian Language Club traveled to New York City to attend a performance of the ballet Giselle at Lincoln Center. The Saint Petersburg Mikhailovsky Ballet is considered one of the top ballet companies in the world. The trip expanded Cadets’ exposure to both the linguistic and cultural world of Russian ballet as well as the heights of the best of musical expression. Dr. Rajaa Chouairi and Captain Mark Dickinson accompanied the group.

Major milestones in research or scholarly work:

Spanish: LTC Humberto Castro was invited to participate in the SCUSA 2014 Conference to monitor the Latin America roundtable with the theme “The Soldier and the Narco-State, Carteles, Federales, and the Future of Latin America.” LTC Castro assisted with the discussion and provided the participants with great information, insight, and advice.

Athletic Director's Update, November 20th

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Athletic Directors Update 11-20-2014

DCA Update November 20th

Extracurricular Clubs

Competitive Clubs

Equestrian Equestrian:

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Equestrian team traveled to Westampton, NJ to participate in two Western shows
  • All cadets put in a great effort and both of the shows were a success
  • CDTs Shawna Moore and Alex Vincent placed 1st in their respective classes of Class 14 (open) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Madeleine Arnold and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes Class 12 and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • CDTs Alex Moore, Danielle Diulus, and Caroline Harris placed 3rd in their respective classes of Class 13 (walk/jog/lope) and Class 1 (walk/jog)
  • The team competed against Centenary, the University of Delaware, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova, Kutz-town, Bloomsburg and Washington College

Climbing Climbing (Mountaineering):

  • On 15 Nov, the West Point Climbing Team attended a competition at “The Cliffs of Long Island City” climbing gym
  • Attending were 25 members of the West Point Climbing Team, accompanied by Coach Dawes Strickler and MAJ Tim Mitroka
  • “The Cliffs of Long Island City” is the largest indoor climbing gym in the region located in Queens, NY
  • The purpose of this trip was to introduce new members of the team to the environment of competitive climbing by conducting an intra-team com-petition
  • Each climber worked hard to conquer the absolute five hardest climbs that they could complete
  • This was a learning experience for less experienced climbers, and a great training opportunity for everyone in preparation for next semester’s competitive season

Native American heritage forumAcademic Clubs

Native American Heritage Forum:

  • From 14-15 Nov, cadets of the Native American Heritage Forum and their OIC traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National
  • Conference as part of West Point Office of Diversity outreach
  • The AISES National Conference has become the premier event for Native American Science, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals, and students attracting over 1,600 attendees from across the country
  • The AISES National Conference was a three day event convening high school junior and senior students, undergraduates, graduates, teachers, workforce professionals, and corporate and government partners
  • At the conference the cadets and OIC set up a West Point booth and spoke with many of the attendees to share with them the STEM opportunities that are available at West Point

Debate Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On 16 Nov, the cadets of the West Point Model Arab League traveled to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA to compete in the Appalachian Regional Model Arab League
  • This conference pits students from regional colleges and universities against each other as delegates from members of the League of Arab States in parliamentary debate
  • The cadets performed superbly in their first regional conference of the year
  • Individual honors went to CDTs Araceli Sandoval and Antonio Gray for out-standing delegates in political affairs, CIC Ian Myers and cadet Derek Fossi for outstanding delegates in Palestinian affairs, CDTs David Lane and Rocky Dubinas for out-standing delegates in joint defense, and CDTs Blaze Bissar and Sarah Holzworth for honorable mention in economic affairs
  • Representing Algeria, West Point was named overall outstanding delegation for the conference, an accomplishment made even more notable in that five of our delegates were competing for the first time in regional parliamentary debate

Debate Debate Team:

  • The Army Debate team travelled to West Virginia University this past weekend to compete in the last tournament of the season
  • Cadet Barlow closed out the tournament when he won the top speaker award (1st) for the Open (varsity) division; his partner Cadet Caston, also won the 7th place speaker award
  • The pair won the tournament in the open division, picking up every single ballot along the way
  • The novice team of CDTs TJ Collins and Matt Watts, continued their unprecedented success by coming in 2nd place which marks a top 3 finish in every tournament this semester
  • CDTs Gulbis, Collins, and Watts also won speaker awards in the Novice division
  • Cadet Watts won the 8th speaker award

The Army Debate Team is proud to report that MAJ Adam Scher, the current OIC and former Army Debater, is the 2014 recipient of the Peter Borsay Memorial Award The award goes to a military veteran who has contributed to debate

Diversity Clubs

Cultural affairs seminarCultural Affairs Seminar:

  • On 14-16 Nov., nine cadets from the Cultural Affairs Seminar partici-pated in an Exchange Program with Cadets from Howard University
  • As a part of the trip section the USMA ca-dets spent two days at the historically black Col-lege and University, sharing ideas, history, cul-ture and tradition
  • The cadets also participated in joint field training exercise with the Howard ROTC cadets and Georgetown ROTC ca-dets
  • The USMA cadets enjoyed their experi-ence and were able to cultivate a positive relationship with their peers at Howard and Georgetown

Natl Society of Black EngineersNational Society of Black Engineers:

  • On 14 –16 Nov, three cadets from the NSBE went to Pittsburgh, PA to give a presentation on leadership
  • The presentation was very well received by the students and teachers that were in attendance
  • Cadets also had the opportunity to judge several competitions that took place


Military Clubs

Tactics Tactics:

  • On 15 Nov, the Law Enforcement Tactics Club conducted training with the New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit
  • The cadets were exposed to specialized operations and equipment used by civilian law enforcement personnel
  • Cadets received an overview of the NYPD headquarters operations, such as how Police Intelligences feeds op-erate
  • The cadets also received a site tour of One Police Plaza
  • Cadets then saw a demonstration of ESU’s capabilities such as, K9, bomb squad and special tactics
  • Afterwards, the cadets received one on one instruction in the use of law enforcement centric tactics
  • From this experience, cadets gained better understanding of how troop-leading procedures apply to law enforcement opera-tions in both military and civilian settings

Support Clubs

Glee clubGlee Club:

  • The Glee Club capped off a very busy week in which they performed in seven different events that supported the West Point community, the USMA mission, and USMA Outreach to the NYC Region
  • On 12 Nov, 25 select members of the Glee Club traveled to NYC to participate in the 30th annual meeting of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at the Midtown Hilton
  • The Glee Club performed the national anthems of Japan and the United States in front of more than 2,000 lead-ers of business and industry in the New York region, effectively representing West Point and it’s cadets to this important metropolitan population
  • On 14 November, the club sang on stage at Eisenhower Hall with country music superstar Trace Adkins as he kicked off his 2014 Christmas Tour
  • In front of a crowd of nearly 2000, the Club performed one selection (Comfort and Joy) on it's own
  • Mr. Adkins then sang, as an encore, his signature piece “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” with the Glee Club as back up

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 14 Nov, the Drum line of the West Point Pipes and Drums accom-panied the Hellcats during the Trace Adkins concert in Eisenhower Hall
  • The Pipes and Drums were part of a joint performance with the Hellcats and members of the Spirit Band during a Trace Adkins music set
  • Some of the back up musicians of the Trace Adkins band are very much into their Celtic heritage and sport highland wear (kilts) during their performances

Parachute Parachute:

  • On 15 Nov, in preparation for the Collegiate Nationals Skydiving Competition, the West Point Parachute Team went on their final training trip to the Sky Venture Wind Tunnel in Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • The training focus was on the yearlings and cows for 2-way and 4-way respectively
  • This was the first tunnel trip for the yearlings with their RW suits
  • Each 2-way got 40 minutes of time in the tunnel to work on their random and blocks, the yearlings were even able to do their first 4-way in the tunnel, which is a major accomplishment

DCA Happenings

Cadet publicationCadet Publications:

  • Cadet Publications held their second annual opening for the 2014 Circle In the Spiral Art Exhibit in Eisen-hower Hall.
  • More than 60 cadet contributors and their cadet guests enjoyed see-ing each other’s artwork, photo-graphs, narrative, and poems dis-played in the Class of ‘29 Gallery.
  • The Cadet Strings also performed.
  • The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday during regular busi-ness hours and prior to all show per-formances.

Cadet programsCadet Programs:

  • The Class of 2016 has begun placing their orders for the 500th night memento, a class beverage stein
  • On Friday, 21 Nov., 1st Regiment will host Thanksgiving Fest in Legion Square
  • Friday, 21 Nov., 3rd Regiment will host a Branch Celebration in Eisenhower Hall (Ike’s Café) with music provided by “Mama Fried”
  • On 18 Nov., class officers sampled banquet food at a taste test in the mess hall to assist them in select-ing a menu for their class weekend banquets.
  • On 16 Nov., the Cadet Hostess conducted an eti-quette briefing to the Class of 2015 in preparation for their 500th Night Reception, Banquet and Hop. The event will be held on 17 Jan., with a Reception and Banquet in Washington Hall, followed by a Hop in Cullum Hall featuring the Benny Haven’s Band.

Cadet hostessCadet Hostess:

  • Company G-2 Underclass Social Develop-ment Officer, CDT Justin Reeves ‘16 (far right) coordinated an etiquette training session for his company plebes on 17 Nov. in Cullum Hall. The Cadet Hostess reviewed the basics of social development, dining etiquette, table manners, as well as reception and buffet etiquette. This activity helps Plebes present them-selves in the best light while on holiday this Thanksgiving.
Final Black Knights Alley Events Set for Saturday

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team closes the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday against Fordham at Michie Stadium and prior to the game Army fans are invited to visit Black Knights Alley.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday to take part in the multitude of fan activities offered on a football game day at West Point. Please visit ARMYgameday.com for all game day information.

Approximately two hours before kickoff, Army's football team members and coaches will participate in Black Knight Walk and parade through the heart of Black Knights Alley en route to the team locker room. Fans are encouraged to attend and support the Black Knights as they get set for kickoff versus the Rams. Read More

Army Gymnastics Announces Signing of Cole Casanova

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army men’s gymnastics team announced the signing of Cole Casanova. The Texas gymnast placed eighth in the all-around competition at last year’s Texas State Championships.

A three-time Junior Olympic National Championship participant, Casanova placed 13th at the 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships in the all-around category. He was also a member of the 2014 regional team. Read More

Volleyball Opens Postseason Against Host American

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive season and will face top-seeded American on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bender Arena.

A sweep of visiting Lafayette paired with Colgate's loss to American last Friday night secured a place in the Patriot League Tournament for the team, which enters the postseason with a 14-15 overall mark and a 9-7 Patriot League record. In the other semifinal match, No. 2 Lehigh takes on No. 3 Navy and the championship contest is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Read More

AUSA's Publishes Article on West Point History of Warfare

The successful transformation of West Point’s History of the Military Art course could hold the key to dramatic improvements in Army learning. In order to educate and train the next generation of professional soldiers, content and curricula must be delivered in the way that the millennial generation consumes information. This has now been tested and proven by leveraging technology to breathe new life into a course best remembered by many for its massive war atlases, often 300 pages or more, depicting the movement of divisions, corps and armies on hundreds of detailed maps. Full Article »

The Line-Up Cadet Newsletter November

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Drill Team Takes First in Multiple Categories

The USMA Black Knight Drill Team traveled to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Cornell University Invitational Drill Competition, Nov. 15. They competed against several schools including the United States Naval Academy and Norwich University. Congratulations to the Drill Team!

The Drill Team won first place in exhibition platoon, exhibition tandem, and regulation squad. CDT Austin Neal won third place in individual knock out drill. We placed in every event we entered.

All-Patriot League Honors Handed Out

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Carolyn Bockrath, Nicole Perri and Vanessa Edwards each earned All-Patriot League recognition for their individual performances this season as the Army volleyball team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the 16th consecutive year.

"I am very proud of Carolyn, Nicole and Vanessa for winning these awards," head coach Alma Kovaci said. "They were each an extremely important part of our team's success this season and are certainly deserving of the recognition."

Bockrath was chosen by the league's head coaches as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and also claimed a spot on the second team following a stellar debut campaign. The 6-2 middle blocker led the conference with a .391 hitting percentage and was third among Patriot League freshmen with 2.61 kills per set. Full Story

Dixon Accepts Shrine Game Invitation

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army senior running back Larry Dixon has accepted an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game, it was announced today.

This will mark the 14th consecutive season an Army player has been chosen for the prestigious senior event in Florida. Wide receiver Patrick Laird was selected last year. Read More

Wilson Earns Player of the Week Recognition

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After being named the most valuable player of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA, Kyle Wilson has been honored as the Lou Henson award national player of the week, Army Athletic Association athlete of the week and the Patriot League men's basketball player of the week.

Wilson led the tournament with an average of 22 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting, including a 6-for-15 effort from beyond the arc. He was 10-of-11 at the free throw line with an 8-of-9 mark in the final five minutes of each contest. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native scored 25 points in Army's first win over service academy rival Air Force since 1987, before netting 19 in the title game opposite VMI. Read More

West Point Inspires Florida Panthers

Owner Viola ’77 brought his team to West Point just a few days before opening night, for a team-building trip. Although the Academy is based around the military, the principles and values of West Point go beyond just the armed forces, a sentiment that Viola looked to instill in the Panthers and bring new players and returning players together to create a cohesive unit. The Panthers players decided to award a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player after each win. One of the oldest West Point uniforms and not for everyday use, the Dress Gray is worn by cadets for formal settings including special dinners or in the presence of a prestigious speaker. Dress Gray jackets are also adorned for Army-Navy football games as well.

The Panthers’ trip inspired the team to pass along a Dress Gray jacket to the game’s most valuable player within the locker room. Panthers F Shawn Thornton was given a Dress Gray jacket by a West Point cadet as a gift. Hesitant to take the jacket from the cadet at first, the cadet insisted Thornton take the jacket, which the 37-year old forward brought back with him to his team and ran the idea by them to pass it on after the game. Panthers Chief of Staff Matt Caldwell ’02 joined the team on their October trip to the Military Academy and has seen the team come together first hand through training camp to where they are today. Full Story

Rifle Defeats GARC Rival Ole Miss, 4615-4561

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Army's rifle team swept medalist honors in both disciplines defeating Great America Rifle Conference rival Ole Miss , 4615-4561, Friday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center to level its season mark at 4-4.

Freshman Josh Martin and sophomore Allen Solida tied for medalist honors in smallbore posting identical 570s with junior captain Alyssa Gestl grabbing first-place honors in air rifle with a 590 to tie her career high.

Joining Martin and Solida on Army's four-man smallbore unit were Gestl and sophomore Marvin Lewis who finished a point behind medalist with 569s tying for third place honors as the Black Knights posted a 2278 in outpointing the Rebels who posted a 2240. Full Story »

Army Fires Season Highs

WEST POINT, N.Y. - - Sophomore Danielle Cuomo posted Army's top scores in both disciplines, finishing runner-up in smallbore behind a career-high 586, helping the Black Knights set season highs in smallbore and aggregate against No. 1-ranked West Virginia in a Great America Rifle Conference match Sunday at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Cuomo's 586 smallbore score broke her season high by 14 points and her career mark by seven points finishing just one-point behind West Virginia medalist Jean-Pierre Lucas' mark of 587. Cuomo fired a perfect 10.9 standing on her last shot. Combining with Cuomo on Army's season-high smallbore team were sophomores Marvin Lewis (579) and Allen Solida (574), along with freshman Josh Martin (572). Read More

Men's Basketball Victorious in the All-Military Classic

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team was crowned champion of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA by defeating VMI 92-86 on Saturday evening at Christl Arena. The hosts found themselves behind by six (83-77), after leading by as many as 14 points, with a little more than four minutes to play and closed out the game on a 15-3 run. Maxwell Lenox's finish with his right hand in close kick started the critical run, before consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays at the rim by Wilson and Plomb gave Army an 85-83 edge with less than three minutes left. Two of Army's eight blocks came on VMI's next possession and Ferguson went to the line where Army struggled the entire night (15-29).

After he made one of two to push the lead to three (1:45), Jordan Weethee converted a three-point play of his own to tie the game at 86-86 with 90 seconds on the clock. Army perfectly executed its next two possessions, surrounding a pair of missed VMI free throws, with Plomb draining a pullup and Cox going high off the glass to put Army ahead by four with less than 30 seconds remaining. VMI failed to score again and Wilson added two at the line to run the final score to 92-86. Read More

Men's Basketball Tops Air Force

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Three players in double figures, including 20-point performances from Kyle Wilson and Tanner Plomb, lifted the Army men's basketball team to an 84-78 season opening victory over service academy rival Air Force in game two of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The Army offense was on point throughout the entire game, shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 52.0 percent from three-point range. The Black Knights' defense forced 18 Air Force turnovers and outrebounded the Falcons 37-32. The team collected six steals and four blocks.

Of those four rejections, none were bigger than Kevin Ferguson's block of Trevor Lyons from behind that kept Army's lead at eight points with two and a half minutes remaining. The Falcons pulled down the offensive rebound, but Army's defense was able to regroup and draw an offensive foul later in the possession. Full Story »

Dean's Weekly, November 14th

Department of Law US

Judge Seibel and Dept of Law CDTsUS District Court Judge Cathy Seibel served as visiting instructor in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar on 7 November 2014. Judge Seibel, appointed to the bench in the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush, lectured and fielded questions by cadets pertaining to two important rights secured under the 6th Amendment to the Constitution: the right of an accused to confront the witnesses against him and the right of the accused to the effective assistance of counsel in all criminal proceedings. The seminar is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor and Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro.

US District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti spoke to law majors in the Introduction to Legal Method course on 7 November 2014. Judge Briccetti, appointed to the bench in 2011, spoke to the cadets about judicial review, judicial philosophy, and how judges approach the interpretation of ambiguous provisions in the law and the Constitution. In addition to discussing these issues, cadets asked questions about the confirmation process, the impact of a lifetime appointment, and the ethical dilemmas of a judge. The class is taught by Department of Law Asst. Professor LTC Ward Narramore.

West Point Mock Trial TeamThe West Point Mock Trial Team traveled to St. Bonaventure University on 8-9 November to participate in the Third Annual Friar Faceoff. Cadets competed against other undergraduate students in presenting a case to panel of three judges. The first event of the year proved to be a great success!

Department of Foreign Languages

Semester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections:

Russian Cadets in NYC for the OperaRussian: On Thursday 6 NOV advanced Russian students traveled to NYC to watch a performance of the Russian opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" by Shostakovich with colleagues from Vassar College and USNA at the Metropolitan Opera. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets on study abroad returned from an academic trip to Yerevan, Armenia, where they were studying policy and conflict as relates to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the political relations of Armenia. On Sunday 09 NOV Russian-speaking cadets returned from a cultural trip to Minsk, Belarus, where they were able to observe Belarusian cultural and historical landmarks, and practice their Russian-language skills.

Chinese: CDT Warfield participated in a national Rugby tournament while studying abroad in Beijing China. Their team took fourth place overall and the experience allowed Cadet Warfield the opportunity to see her favorite sport from a Chinese perspective.

Language or International Club key events:

Fall 2014 Soccer Game Intl West Point CDTs vs DFL staffInternational Cadets: The International Cadets challenged DFL staff and faculty (and other USMA staff and faculty) to their semi-annual soccer match! Cadets from all four classes participated and enjoyed mingling with foreign-language instructors and DFL friends from across West Point. It was neat to see how soccer, arguably the most international competitive team sport and, brought so many cultures together to have a fun and exciting time together.

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Cadets at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering CenterCadet Capstone Team Meets with Collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center: Representative members of the Torso-Borne Loading Capstone team, Cadets Angela Bapp, Craig Curry, Jacob Chisholm, Anthony Adams, and Katrina Donarski were accompanied by their faculty mentor, Dr. Becky Zifchock, on a trip to Natick, MA. The team used this as an opportunity to meet with their collaborators at Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). The visit allowed the team to meet with their project sponsors and discuss the anticipated direction of their research design and testing. The visit was coordinated by the director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at NSRDEC, but the students had the opportunity to meet with members of the Anthropometrics as well as the Ballistic Protection & Testing teams. The team is planning to design and test an offloading system that will redirect the load associated with the ruck and body armor to the pelvis. They are also working directly with NSRDEC to identify the optimal load distribution ratio between the shoulders and pelvis. This interdisciplinary capstone team consists of students from Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Psychology. The integration between the two different disciplines brings diverse and complementary skill sets to the design problem and testing methods.

CDT Churchill Receives Moles Award in New York City. The Moles, a long-standing New York City-based group of 500 of the top heavy construction professionals, presented CDT Churchill with the annual Moles Student Award for his excellence in the pursuit of his civil engineering studies and his potential for future contributions in the field of heavy construction. The award is given to one student from each participating school and is presented at the Moles annual educational activities dinner at the New York City Marriot Midtown. A reception and technical seminar on the 86th and 92nd street stations on the 2nd Avenue line were also included as part of the event.

Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering

Physical Geology Course Field TripPhysical Geology Course Field Trip. On 4 November, 32 cadets enrolled in EV388a Physical Geology participated in a field trip to Greenwood Lake, NJ and New Paltz, NY and points in between to study rocks in their native habitat and the influence of geology on regional development. Examples of stops included sedimentary sequences atop Bellvale Mountain, the Black Dirt region near Florida, the Old Stone Houses along Huguenot Street, the Rosendale cement mines and the Silurian age conglomerate atop the Shawngunk Ridge.

Colloquium in Geography Trip Section to the MetColloquium in Geography Trip Section to the Met. Ten cadets enrolled in EV483, Colloquium in Geography, traveled with Dr. Jon Malinowski to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Thursday, 6 November as part of a semester-long look at the concept of landscape in art. At the Met, cadets traced the development of landscape painting in Europe from the 15th century onward. They also viewed masterpieces of the Hudson River School as well as works by Robert Weir, head of the Department of Drawing at West Point, and his sons. In the attached photo, cadets pose in front of Leutze’s iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware. This visit supports the Superintendent’s goal of increasing outreach to New York City.

Department of English and Philosophy

Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African CultureCadets Enrolled in EN302 Travel to NYC for A Taste of North African Culture: On Friday, 31 October and Monday, 3 November, 62 total cadets currently enrolled in EN302 visited the Nomad restaurant in New York City for an authentic North African meal. The cadets who visited the restaurant have been studying the Maghreb culture of North Africa the entire semester. The trip provided an opportunity to experience an essential component of culture: what people eat and how they eat it. The restaurant manager, himself a native of Morocco, helped the cadets understand what growing up in the Maghreb is like by sharing tales of his experiences as a Berber in Morocco.

Department of Systems Engineering

Cadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at YonkersCadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity project at Yonkers, NY. Cadet Clint Hepworth (CIC) and Dr. Bruce Keith (DSE) coordinated efforts to bring 23 cadets from Company D4 to a Habitat for Humanity site in Yonkers, NY on Saturday, 11 November 2014 (Veterans Day). The event served as a company service activity for D4 and a great opportunity for the Westchester Office of Habitat for Humanity to populate a worksite with many enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers. The cadets placed finishing touches on two houses, which were then officially dedicated to the two veterans families who will occupy them. Various teams of cadets have worked on these two houses for the past two years. Earlier this term, Cadet Company F2 volunteered to work the site on 20 SEP and 25 OCT. The Habitat for Humanity Office in Westchester has undertaken a veterans’ housing initiative, to provide housing solutions and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with affordable housing in Westchester County, NY (see http://habitatwc.org/veterans-initiatives/). To date, the H4H Office has built or is building six homes for veterans; these houses were two of those six. The cadets’ volunteer activities, which are always welcomed on the site, helped to make this initiative a reality for a few veterans. Work on the two homes will continue until the electrical work is complete, at which time Certificates of Occupancy will be issued to the families by the city of Yonkers. The H4H Office will now be directing attention to the completion of the remaining four houses.

DCA Update November 13th

Extracurricular Clubs

Glee ClubSupport Clubs:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to Yankee Stadium to perform the National Anthem and halftime show with the USMA Band and the UCONN Band at the Army-UCONN football game
  • Nearly 70 members of the club, under the direction of Constance Chase, presented the Anthem and a collection of patriotic selections in support of Veteran’s Day and the Army Team’s victory over UCONN
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Glee Club traveled to MetLife Stadium with the West Point Band where they played a key role in the NY Jets celebration of Veteran’s Day
  • With the band, nearly 70 members of the Glee Club performed at halftime in front of more than 78,00 fans
  • On 10 Nov, 18 Cadets from the Glee Club traveled to Madison Square Garden in NYC where they performed the National Anthem at the NY Knicks-ATL Hawk’s NBA Game
  • As a part of Military Appreciation Night, the club joined members of all military services in various roles on the court at Madison Square Garden and extended USMA’s outreach to NYC
  • Nearly 20.000 fans were in attendance for the game

Parachute TeamParachute:

  • On 8 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team had their first demonstration jump into Yankee Stadium for the Army-UCONN football game
  • Typically to jump into a stadium, a jumper must have a pro-rating, which has minimum re-quirements of 500 jumps, 10 declared accuracy jumps, as well as smoke, flag, and night jumps
  • Yankee Stadium, however, has even stricter requirements, with a minimum of 1000 jumps to perform the demonstration
  • This year the coaching staff ,who have the necessary requirements, performed the demon-stration to prepare the cadets for jumping into Yankee Stadium in following years
  • Coach Tom Falzon was using a camera during the jump that was displayed on the jumbotron and allowed the fans to see the jumpers exit
  • The team OIC, LTC MacCalman, also used the camera to pump up the crowd as he was preparing to exit
  • Coach Falzone led in the stack, followed by LTC MacCalman and CPT Krupski who flew in the American Flag
  • The jumpers flew in right over the jumbotron and each landed right on target
  • On 9 Nov, the West Point Parachute Team and the 2nd Aviation Detachment performed a demonstration jump in Milford, CT in support of the city’s 375th anniversary Veterans Day celebration
  • Mayor Ben Blake presented the team captain, CDT Fuller, the key to the city
  • CDT Fuller gave an impressive speech to the audience thanking the older veterans for their service to our country and “inspiring us” to do the same
  • After the parachute demonstration, the ca-dets participated in the parade

Pipes and DrumsPipes and Drums:

  • On 11 Nov, the West Point Pipes & Drums supported the NYC Veterans Day Parade
  • The NYC Veterans Day Parade had over 25,000 participants and over 500,000 attendants
  • The Parade was televised on Fox5 and is viewable on the internet worldwide
  • The band marched as part of the Corps of Cadets in the first division and performed along the parade route
  • Periodically along the route members of the band performed solos to entertain the crowd and also accompanied a solo dance performance by CDT Alexis Martinez
  • The band also performed in front of the reviewing stand for the Grand Marshall, former NY Police Chief Raymond Kelly, and for members and dignitaries from the military and government

Hobby Clubs

Skeet and TrapSkeet and Trap:

  • On 7-9 Nov, the cadet Skeet and Trap team traveled to the DC area to compete in the two day ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship
  • The cadets were just behind 2nd place by about 10 points out of a possible 1000, however, they were 60 points ahead of Navy
  • Cadet Carolee Schwarzer beat out Clemson and George Mason to place first in women’s trap with a score of 92
  • Cadet Mitchell Koellner and Cadet Gio Pezze placed 2nd and 3rd place, respectfully, in men’s trap with scores of 97

Diversity Clubs

Korean American RelationsKorean-American Relations Seminar:

  • The West Point Korean-American Relations Seminar Cadets made a trip to NYC to meet with human activist, Mr. Adrian Hong
  • Mr. Hong is a senior TED fel-low and the co-founder of a NGO called LiNK (Liberty in North Korean)
  • The KARS Cadets spoke with Mr. Hong about the conditions of life in North Korea

Competitive Clubs

West Point Equestrian team at Briarwood Farm, Flemington, NJ.Equestrian Club:

  • On 1-2 Nov, the West Point Equestrian Team traveled to the Centenary College Equestrian Center in New Jersey and had the privilege of hosting an English Equestrian show for the first time this year
  • Our team did a wonderful job riding this weekend, and both of the shows were a success!
  • Cadets Holly Rodeo, Alex Moore, Laivan Greene, Vanda Niemi, Caroline Harris, Danielle Diulus and Shawna Moore placed 1st in their respective classes (novice flat, intermediate western and walk/jog western)
  • Cadets Dillon Curtis, Danielle Diulus and Vanda Niemi placed 2nd in their respective classes (intermediate jumping and open class reining and walk/jog)
  • Cadet Dillon Curtis also placed 3rd in the open class of reining and Cadet Lena Cruzval placed 3rd in walk jog/lope
  • The team competed against Centenary, Bard, Marist, Drew, William Paterson, SUNY New Paltz, Sarah Law-rence, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Kutztown, Villanova, Temple, University of Delaware, Washing-ton College and Vassar
  • The team won two out of three shows and finished 6th in the other show
  • So far this year the team has a total of three wins, one second place and two 6th places, out of six competitions

Army’s ‘A’ Division boat leads the way at the start of Race 2.Sailing:

  • On 8-9 Nov, the Army Sailing team competed in the Hap Moore Team Race at the US Coast Guard Academy
  • This was Army Sailing’s first team race regatta, which involves a different set of rules and strategy from traditional fleet racing formats
  • Team racing is a 3-on-3, head to head racing format where the team with the best combined finishes wins the race
  • Despite the new format and shifty conditions on the water, Army Sailing repre-sented well against some of the East Coast’s prominent sailing schools
  • Some of the teams that competed were Harvard, Boston College and George-town

Military Clubs


  • On 7-8 Nov, the Pistol Team traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to compete in a collegiate pis-tol match at the Olympic Training Center
  • The teams competing included: Ohio State University, North Dakota State, Texas A&M, and Utah
  • Army came in second place with a score of 1601
  • Army was first in the aggregate score for the two women’s events with a score of 2671
Athletic Director's Update, November 12th

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Athletic Directors Update 11-12-2014


Army Set To Host All-Military Classic

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army begins its 113th season of basketball on Friday evening when it takes on the Air Force Falcons. The game will follow the VMI-The Citadel matchup at 5:30 p.m. It is the fourth straight season the Black Knights and Falcons have met in the opener of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA.

The winner of the VMI-The Citadel contest will meet the winner of the Army-Air Force game in the championship of the All- Military Classic presented by USAA on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Friday's game between Army and Air Force is the first meeting at West Point since the series started on Jan. 29, 1977. Army won that meeting, 68-49.

The Black Knights are 76-36 in their previous 112 season openers. Friday's game is Army's first season opener at West Point since the 2010-11 season. Full Story »


SOSH Run Photos

November 13 was the Sosh Run. Cadets taking International Relations (a required course) find unique ways to dress up and deliver/turn in their required papers prior to the 4:30pm deadline.

A few photos from the “run” can be found at this link courtesy of the West Point Parents Liaison – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5vembR. Can you spot the surprise appearance?

November Parent Review Newsletter

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Band and Glee Club Perfomance at Metlife Stadium

Military Appreciation Day at MetLife StadiumThe West Point Band and Glee Club participated in Military appreciation day at Metlife Stadium as the New York Jets hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 9 2014. The day began with a joint service National Anthem performance, and featured an enlistment ceremony featuring the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and the Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Robert L Caslen, Jr. The West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club performed a military themed halftime show to a full house at MetLife Stadium. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class William Calohan.

November DCA Update

Extracurricular Clubs

Triathlon 2014Triathlon:

  • On October 24-27, Eleven cadets traveled to Aus-tin, TX to compete in the IronMan 70.3 Collegiate National Championships
  • The West Point Team swept the Collegiate divi-sion with 1st place male Dylan Morgan ‘16, 1st place female Cat Sedy ‘16, Men’s Team National Champions, Women’s Team Na-tional Champions, and overall Team National Champions
  • All four cadets, Dylan Morgan ‘16, Cat Sedy ‘16, Angelica Dickson ‘ 16 and Jacob Slife ‘18, qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Champions in 2015
  • Dylan Morgan was 10th overall in the entire race and the fastest amateur athlete with a collegiate championship record time of 4 hours and 8 minutes to complete the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and half-marathon
  • For five of the eleven cadets, this was their first time competing at the half-ironman distance
  • This is the third consecutive 70.3 national championship for the team under Head Coach Ian O’brien, and the third consecutive World Championship qualification for CDTs Morgan and Sedy
  • In addition to the cadet athletes, the OIC of the team, LTC Ken Allen, competed in the event and was 9th out of 266 men in the 40-44 year old age group division
  • Although not pictured, General Odierno gave a COSA coin to Cadets Sedy and Morgan for their Ironman sweep and continued triumphs with the Triathlon team
  • On November 1st-3rd, The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ‘18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s Na-tional Championships
  • Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list
  • In her first collegiate race, and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium, and right alongsideNavy’s top three women
  • UCLA took first and third place, Penn State took second, Georgia Tech took fourth and the University of California Santa Barbara was fifth
  • The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal rac-ing
  • The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women; this is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April

Orienteering 2014Orienteering:

  • On October 25-26, the West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Sa-lem, New York in order to take part in a meet put on by the Hudson Valley Orienteering Association
  • Team members ran up to 19km of course over the rocky, wooded hills in Salem
  • The terrain closely resembles that of West Point
  • Overall the team performed admirably at this second-to-last event of the orienteering season

Team Handball 2014Team Handball:

  • The Men’s Handball team took a trip down to Salinas, Puerto Rico to compete in the International Handball Fed-eration cup
  • After four days of group play, where games were played against Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, Team USA advanced to the finals for the first time in the team’s history, but fell short to Canada in the gold medal match
  • By outperforming their expectations, the USA Junior Team may be able to compete sometime in the near future in another international competition
  • Cadet Cross was appointed as the captain of the team, and learned valuable tips to help the West Point Men’s Team Handball Club in order to compete at an even high level than before

Hobby Clubs

Paintball 2014Paintball:

  • On 26 Oct. the Tournament Paintball team competed in the first event of the NCPA (National Colligate Paintball Association) season at Playgrounds Paintball in Mantua Township, NJ
  • The Tournament Paintball team competes in the NEIC (Northeastern Conference) of the NPCA, which consists of six teams: Tem-ple, Cornell, UCONN, Northeastern, Penn State and West Point
  • The team arrived at approximately 0900 and began preparations for the first match against Cornell University
  • The team had a slow start, losing the first few points, but then regrouped and scored six straight points, resulting in a 6-4 win for West Point against Cornell!
  • The next match was against Temple, where the team scored the first point and then completed the match with a 6-4 win, securing a 2-0 undefeated re-cord in the conference and arguably first place

Chess Club 2014Chess Club:

  • The West Point Chess Team had a great trip to the Air Force Academy for the U.S. Armed Forces Chess Open
  • Our team competed against active and retired officers and enlisted personnel from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines; as well as cadets from the Air Force Academy
  • Nick Oblak (CIC) won 1st overall with 5 wins and a draw
  • Wes Loudon won 1st in the cadet category and tied for 5th over-all with Clifford Hodges
  • Michael Huang tied for 12th overall
  • Nick Oblak won 3rd place in the Blitz tournament and Nick and Wes, as a team, won the Bughouse tourna-ment

Academic Clubs

Debate (Model Arab League):

  • On October 28-29th, 16 Cadets from the Model Arab League attended the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference at the Reagan Center in Washington, DC
  • The Cadets were privileged to hear the latest thoughts of the most knowledgeable and influential US and Arab policymakers on the most pressing subjects of concern to the League of Arab States
  • The most significant emerging topics of interest included:
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where current thought seems to indicate a dwindling of international and US support for Israel following the most recent Gaza war
  • The Iranian nuclear deal in the offing, which the Saudi spokesman publicly welcomed with caution that Saudi Arabia would insist on the same deal for itself, guaranteeing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iranian nuclear ambitions are accommodated
  • Most pressingly the clear and present danger posed by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), which is “neither Islamic nor a state” and which, though alarming in the extreme presents more of an oppor-tunity than an existential threat: Never before have the US and Muslim states faced such a compel-ling common enemy, which could bring together Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Israelis and Americans against a common foe
  • Success of the all of these issues depends on Muslim leadership and provides fascinating discourse for our Cadets preparing to engage in parliamentary debate with students from other schools representing other states of the Arab league in upcoming competitions


  • This past weekend, the Army Debate team travelled to Liberty University
  • Army CW, comprised of cadets TJ Collins and Matt Watts (both members of the class of 2018), finished in 3rd place in the novice division
  • Army HP, comprised of cadets Ian Holbrook and Kyle Paget (both members of the class of 2017), made it to the sweet 16
  • Army BB, comprised of cadets Bryant and Barlow (both members of the class of 2016) also made it to the sweet 16 of the open varsity division

Academic Clubs 2014Chinese Club:

  • On October 25th, ten members of the USMA Chinese Forum, led by First Class CDT Kaiwen Lin, visited with members of the Rutgers University Chinese Club
  • The students and the cadets took the oppor-tunity to discuss each others’ respective lives at Rutgers and West Point, eat dinner to-gether, and attend a student-run talent show hosted by the Rutgers Chinese Club
  • This experience allowed both the students and the cadets to gain a better under-standing of each other and the unique opportunities and challenges that Civilian Aca-demic Institutions and Service Academies present
We Need Your Votes!

In the summer of 2014, Boldt was selected to the Deputy Brigade Commander position for the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chain of Command. As the Deputy Brigade Commander, Boldt holds down the second-highest position in the cadet chain of command, which oversees all 4,400 cadets at the Academy. Boldt was nominated for this leadership position by a group of his peers before being eventually accepted into the role by members of the Academy administration. Boldt is two-time co-captain on the Army men’s soccer team (2013, 2014).

Vote for Deputy Brigade Commander Winston Boldt '15 for this year's Senior CLASS Award! Designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility,The Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

You can vote each day until November 24, so be sure to vote daily during the next two weeks. Duke and Michigan are in the lead, so go to the website and vote for Winston! « Vote Here »

West Point is Becoming a Proving Ground for Technology

"We have been teaching military history since 1818," said West Point History Department Chair Col. Ty Seidule. Now, the school is doing it with a new twist.

Animated representations of each day of the Battle of Gettysburg, or 3-D models of a medieval castle stormed in the Hundred Years' War, "allow you to see how the commanders placed their troops, how they flanked and maneuvered against their enemies, " said West Point freshman Mary Liu. "It really does bring history to life."

"War is the most complex, chaotic, unpredictable and dangerous activity undertaken by humans," Col. Seidule continued. "We have to have the tools to help (future Army officers) understand that better. And that's what we've done with this course." Full Story »

Smith Receives Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Chandler Smith of the Army wrestling team was honored with the Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award over the weekend.

The award is annually presented to a male and female West Point cadet from the graduating class who exemplifies the leadership qualities of retired Lt. Gen. Harold “Hal” Moore and the tenets of the Warrior Ethos on the athletic playing field and in the Department of Physical Education combatives program.Candidates are assessed by character attributes such as mental toughness, coachability, perseverance, athletic skill and Warrior Ethos. Recipients of the award are selected by a Department of Physical Education panel. Read More

Jewish Chapel Choir Sings the National Anthem at GA

The Jewish Chapel Choir of the United States Military Academy at West Point sings the National Anthem during a Veteran’s Day commemoration that opened the closing plenary of the 2014 Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly.

[Photo courtesy of Ron Sachs]

Veterans Day 2014

West Point cadets marching in the New York Veterans Day parade

CDTs marching in the NY Veterans Day parade

[Photo courtesy of Mike Segar/Reuters]

Ricciardi, Drummond Selected Academic All-District

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army linebacker Stephen Ricciardi and defensive lineman Joe Drummond were named to the Capital One Academic All-District football first team.

Ricciardi and Drummond, selected by a national panel of sports information directors, are now eligible to become an Academic All-American.

Ricciardi and Drummond, both seniors, are among the 25 players selected as District 1 winners. First-team selections from each district are placed on the Academic All-America ballot. Read More

Army Men's Rugby Finishes Regular Season Undefeated!

WHEELING, WV - The third-ranked Army men's rugby team completed a perfect season, capturing a 34-29 victory over conference rival and 13th-ranked Wheeling Jesuit on the road Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, Army moves to 8-0 on the season, having claimed victories over four nationally ranked opponents, including three straight to close out the year.

Despite allowing Wheeling Jesuit to remain close, the Army defense held strong in the final minutes of action following three straight scores from the Cardinals.  Continue Reading »

Army Women Swimming and Diving Team Defeats Iona

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women swimming and diving team defeated Iona Friday in the team’s home opener at Crandall Pool. The Black Knights won 12 swimming events and claimed first in the 1-meter diving segment.

Army set the pace going first through third in the 200 medley relay and never let down the intensity against the Gaels. In the 1000 free Sabrina Mortell touched the wall first in 10:29.27 and was closely followed by Danielle Nuszkowski.

Mortell then won the 200 free in 1:55.98. She was followed by teammates Kristen Barta, Shannon Rogers and Madison Jones who rounded out the top four. In the 100 back Kelly Hamilton and Keeli McNeary finished 1-and-2, respectively.

The Black Knights had the top-three swimmers in the 100 breast led by Jessica Burkett (1:07.63) and in the 200 fly led by Teresa Groton (2:07.57). Read More

Army Knights over UCONN 35 - 21 at Yankee Stadium

BRONX, N.Y. - Chris Carnegie's 99-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than a minute to play closed Army's 35-21 victory over Connecticut at Yankee Stadium. Carnegie's pick-six was one of several key plays for the Army defense on a day in which the offense ran wild for 325 yards.

Carnegie's second of two interceptions in the game came after Connecticut trimmed Army's lead to a touchdown with two minutes to play and then recovered the ensuing onside kick at midfield. Huskies' quarterback Chandler Whitmer quickly moved the Connecticut offense into the red zone with runs of 26, 10 and seven yards before throwing the deciding pick. Whitmer was flushed out to his right and threw off balance toward the goal line where Carnegie leapt in front of the pass and took it the distance for six.

Army held a two-touchdown lead for much of the game and went ahead 28-14 with 4:22 to play when Angel Santiago wiggled his way to paydirt from a yard out to cap an eight-play 52-yard drive. The Huskies quickly answered a little more than two minutes later when Whitmer connected with Noel Thomas for a touchdown prior to recovering the onside kick.

The Yankee Stadium crowd of 27,453 saw Santiago rush for two touchdowns on the day as he directed Army's effective rushing attack with a game-high 97 yards on 25 carries. As a team, Army averaged 5.5 yards per rush and its stable of backs had six players run for at least 20 yards. Raymond Maples went for 53 yards on six tries, Larry Dixon bullied his way to 43 yards on 11 touches, Terry Baggett had a pair of runs for 38 yards, Joe Walker tallied 31 yards on five carries with two touchdowns, Trenton Turrentine racked up 28 yards on four runs and Matt Giachinta ran three times for 22 yards. Read More

Dean's Weekly, November 7th

BSL takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing PrisonBS&L takes Cadets to visit Sing Sing Prison. Dr. Luke Gerdes and LTC Remi Hajjar from the Sociology Program of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership chaperoned 55 cadets currently enrolled in PL393 Criminology to visit Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Sing Sing staff members provided a full tour of the prison’s facilities and answered cadets’ questions about a variety of topics.

BSL at the 8th annual Wharton Business SchoolCadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School On 24 October 2014, 18 cadets from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership traveled to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 8th annual Wharton Business School - US Military Academy Leadership Exchange at the University of Pennsylvania. These hand selected cadets engaged in a series of leader development exercises with high-potential undergraduate students from the Wharton Business School on topics related to team vs. group leadership, team leadership innovation challenges, team leadership navigation challenges, and other classroom discussions. The cadets earned high praise for their professionalism and leadership abilities, as well as their creative approaches to problem solving during the innovation challenges. The same cadets will reciprocate the exchange by hosting Wharton students at the US Military Academy in the spring for military style leader development exercises.

BSL mgmt prgm hosted Univ of Pretorias Gordon Institute of Business Science Executive MBA prgmThe BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. On 19 October 2014, the BS&L Management Program hosted the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Executive MBA program. CPT JD Mohundro and Management Cadets, Collum Magee and Chris Corbett, hosted the group and discussed the West Point Leader Development System (WPLDS). The visit was part of an exchange that enables cadets to travel to South Africa for AIADs with the University of Pretoria. Cadets Magee and Corbett traveled to South Africa and engaged in leader development at GIBS this summer.

Dr Todd Brewster visited the Department of LawOn 4 November, New York Times best-selling author ("The Century"), Dr. Todd Brewster, visited the Department of Law to discuss the constitutional implications surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. Brewster explained how his new book, "Lincoln's Gamble: The tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and the Course of the Civil War,” showed the legal and political considerations of Abraham Lincoln as he decided whether to issue the Proclamation.

Mr. Hunter CDT Cupp BG Charlton CDTs Rapuano and HilarioDepartment of Systems Engineering. Capstone team visits the Brigade Modernization Command (BMC) at Fort Bliss, Texas. Cadets Scott Rapuano, Colton Cupp, and Domingo Hilario visited Fort Bliss to observe a real world application of their capstone project. The capstone team is working on the Command Post Efficiency and Network Integration Project in coordination with TRAC White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). This project is also being developed in conjunction with the Mission Command Center of Excellence, Command Post 2025, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds. The cadets’ contribution to the project will be their ability to extract technology requirements from the Command Center of Excellence based on their stakeholder analysis and independent research, and creating quantitative tools to simulate the value of new technologies. The tools they create may potentially be used in the future by the Modernization Brigade.

CDTs at Brookhaven National LaboratoryDepartment of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Trip Section: On 21 October, Dr. Michael Pfenning and MAJ Anthony Clark brought fourteen cadets majoring in physic to tour the facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York. BNL is a Department of Energy research lab that was established after WWII for the development of peaceful uses of atomic energy, and which has since grown into one of the premier physics centers in the world. Scientists at BNL have been awarded eight Nobel prizes over the last half century.The group from West Point toured four different research facilities at BNL: The National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Battery Test Laboratory, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and the STAR particle detector. At each facility, the group was briefed by a professional physicist on how each facility worked and the types of experiments being carried out.

Triathlon Team 2014Triathlon Team: "The West Point Triathlon team sent one cadet, Mackenzie Williams ’18, to compete in the inaugural NCAA Women’s National Championships. Because triathlon is an emerging women’s sport under NCAA, athletes were allowed to compete in the championship regardless of the NCAA status of their program provided they met the requirements as collegiate athletes and, based on their resume, could make the field start list. In her first collegiate race and first draft-legal event in over a year and a half since racing as a junior elite, Mackenzie finished in the top half of the field within a couple of minutes of the podium and right with Navy’s top three women. UCLA took first and third place. Penn State 2nd, Georgia Tech 4th and the University of California Santa Barbara was 5th. The race was an excellent experience for CDT Williams and she is expected her to dominate the field in future events as she returns to form in draft-legal racing. The next draft-legal event for the team will be the elite developmental race in March where West Point will bring a full complement of three men and three women. This is closely followed by the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in April."

CDTs-faculty-family and friends enjoyed the DEP tailgate and a visit by former instructor General DempseyDEP Hosts Tailgate, Former Instructor and Current CJCS Drops By. On 1 November, DEP hosted a tailgate for APL majors, faculty and staff, family, and former faculty members. General Martin Dempsey, former DEP faculty member and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped by for a visit. The Chairman enjoyed a pre-game burger and conversation with faculty, family members, and APL majors.

Terry Szuplat visits with CDTs following his lecture on writing speechesOn 28 October, cadets from EN101 (Composition) and the Writing Fellows Program participated in a guest lecture from Terence Szuplat. Mr. Szuplat is the Senior Director for Speechwriting at the National Security Council and speechwriter for President Obama. During his lecture, he and the cadets discussed the importance of clear communication and provided insights to cadets as a practitioner in a field. Szuplat discussed several of President Obama's speeches on a range of domestic and national security issues. The focus of the speeches included ISIL, the Boston Marathon bombing, Afghanistan, and Ebola. Highlights of the event were discussing the writing process, the use of rhetoric, and communication with an international audience.

DEP Faculty members and cadets pause for a snapshot with LTC -R-John Nagl after his talkCFAF Sponsors Trip Section to NYC’s 92nd Street Y’s Talk featuring LTC (R) John Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus with Max BootOn 30 October, eleven cadets travelled to NYC on a CFAF-sponsored trip section to NYC’s 92nd Street YMCA to meet with LTC (R) John Nagl , GEN (R) Petraeus, and Max Boot. They engaged with LTC (R) John Nagl prior to the talk, where the discussion covered compositional aspects of Nagl’s newly published memoir Knife Fights: a Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice; Nagl’s selection of poet Brian Turner’s “Ghost Stories” as epigraph; professional development as Soldier scholars; and international affairs. Later, cadets listened as Max Boot, historian and Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, facilitated a discussion between LTC (R) Nagl and GEN (R) Petraeus on American foreign policy.

Cold Spring poet Jeffrey McDaniel discusses his craft with members of the Creative WritingPracticing the Art of Poetry. Jeffrey McDaniel, poet and teacher of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, met with cadets from the Creative Writing Forum on Wednesday, October 29. A resident of Cold Spring, New York, Mr. McDaniel has published five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. His work has appeared in Ploughshares and several editions of the annual anthology Best American Poetry. In addition to reading some of his own poems to the group, Mr. McDaniel answered cadets’ questions about reading, writing, living, and claiming an identity as a poet. He also led the group in a writing exercise that resulted in a new poem by each member.

Team Holston at about the only location you are allowed to take a pictureCenter for Innovation and Engineering Site Visit to Holston Army Ammunition Plant. 5 Cadets and 5 Faculty from the Center for Innovation and Engineering went on a site visit to the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, TN from 26 – 28 October 2014. The Commander at Holston has asked for help via the CIE to present design alternatives in their industrial water supply and waste water systems to improve their performance. Holston is the sole supplier of the primary ingredient for explosives to the military and uses a large amount of non-contact cooling water and production water in the explosives creation process. The team consisted of an interdisciplinary group of civil, mechanical, and environmental engineers. The team members inspected the current industrial water supply system and the non-contact cooling water outflows, took measurements and interviewed plant operators in order to begin developing design alternatives.

CDTs Pinnell and Mansfield after their successful flight labFlight Labs for ME481. The Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering Flight Section concluded their second round of flight labs in the Department’s Cessna-182 Skylanes to demonstrate the relationship between aerodynamic theory and aviation application. This lab supports the classroom instruction of the senior engineering course ME481 Aircraft Performance & Static Stability. In a two-hour flight based out of Stewart International Airport, cadets collected flight data to compute the Cessna 182’s longitudinal static stability, and compare the dampening effects of flaps on dynamic longitudinal stability. This gave them a firsthand look at flight design characteristics of aircraft and the procedures of flight testing. The Department’s fixed wing pilots MAJ Hans Thomas, MAJ Ben Recla, MAJ Brent Pafford, CPT Dan Brown, and CPT Drew Curriston flew 39 cadets in 20 flights that totaled 45.5 flight hours.

Department of Energys Oak Ridge National LaboratoryBoeing Capstone Trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 26-28 OCT 2014. USMA Cadets Matthew Kaiser (Class 2015, Co D2, D/C&ME), Andrew “Scott” Warner (Class of 2015, Co G4, D/C&ME), Ethan Johnson (Class of 2015, Co B2, D/C&ME), Jacob Semerar (Class of 2015, Co C4, D/SE), Jennifer Guzowski (Class of 2015, Co F3, D/SE) and USMA Instructors COL Bret Van Poppel (D/C&ME), MAJ Jose Ramirez (D/SE), and MAJ Scott Katalenich (D/C&ME), travelled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from Sunday, 26 October 2014 to Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Mr. Dan Howett (USMA ’87) and Ms. Julia Kelley of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division coordinated and hosted the trip. Cadets received a number of briefings about general areas of research within ORNL, including Waste-to-Energy Conversion, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Nuclear Power, Solar Power, 3D additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, and others.

The trip also included a conversation about the future of alternative energy with MG (Ret.) John Doesberg, former Commanding General of RDECOM. The cadets and faculty toured the research facilities, learning about some of the active areas of research at ORNL in alternative energy. The group also visited the 3D additive manufacturing laboratory, the Titan supercomputer at the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, and the insulation tents on campus. The ORNL trip supported the Boeing cadet capstone project, an interdisciplinary project team funded by the Boeing Corporation. The cadet project team is charged with developing an advanced tactical energy solution for a forward operating base (FOB) for the deployable force in the year 2040. The Boeing capstone is a service academy design challenge, with USMA competing against cadet teams from USAFA and USNA during the final project briefing to be held during Projects Day.

Omaha Beach NormandySemester Abroad Program (SAP) / Academic trip sections: French: CDT Ian Mauldin, currently on semester abroad at St Cyr, the French Military Academy, visited Normandy and some of the D-Day beaches this past weekend. It was very touching to view the main American cemetery where thousands of U.S. soldiers are still buried today who gave their lives to free France from Nazi rule. Many of the French citizens in the area graciously welcome American visitors and are so grateful for our nation’s sacrifice so many decades ago. It is amazing to consider how France and Germany have transformed since the end of the 2nd World War to enjoy such a strong economic partnership today.

COL Owen CDTs Lee-Bann-Hume-Bryan-Chacko and LTC DacuntoDepartment of Geography and Environmental Engineering 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). On the evening of Saturday, November 1st, five cadets from various engineering programs across the Academy were honored at the 74th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). This event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and celebrated the achievements of over 200 of the top engineering students at universities across the nation. Each student received a $1000 scholarship. Scholarship recipients from USMA (as selected by the MSE Committee) were CDT Seamus Bann (Chemical Engineering), CDT Matthew Bryan (Chemical Engineering), CDT David Chacko (Electrical Engineering), CDT Zach Lee (Mechanical Engineering), and CDT Robby Hume (Civil Engineering).

Garrison and Academic Members of the West Point Energy Council meet with Columbia University studentsWest Point Energy Council Engagement to New York City, regarding Camp Buckner Renovations. On Thursday, 30 Oct 14 members from the Academy faculty and Garrison DPW staffs met with students from Columbia University as part of a midpoint meeting. The Columbia University seniors are majors or minors in sustainable development and are serving as consultants to the West Point Energy Council to evaluate alternate housing options for Camp Buckner. The students are conducting an extensive evaluation of a variety of housing alternatives and will recommend an alternative that best transforms Camp Buckner into a Net Zero Base Camp (Water and Energy). Students are evaluating three barracks options [(1) do nothing, (2) energy retrofit, (3) new structures], and two layout designs [(1) keep barracks layout the same, (2) new energy efficient barracks layout]. Joe Fahey, John Seeley, Caitlyn Flaherty, and George Markt, were the DPW representatives, LTC Mark Smith (GENE), Dr. Russ Lachance (AARS) (by phone), and MAJ Pat Sullivan (MATH) (by phone) participated on the Academic side. The first meeting was held on 12 Sep 14 at Camp Buckner. The final outbrief to the West Point leadership will take place at West Point in December. This effort is part of an initial step in evaluating potential options at Camp Buckner.

EECS Faculty Member Travels With Catholic Choir.Catholic Choir poses with Bishop Cruz Auxiliary Bishop of Newark On 24-26 OCT, LTC Glenn Robertson traveled with the Catholic Choir to Kenilworth, NJ. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a success for West Point outreach.
The 27 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. In conjunction with our trip, the parish hosted a visit from Bishop Cruz, the auxiliary Bishop of Newark.
To express appreciation, the hosts provided transportation and tickets for the cadets to see Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable on Broadway. Now in its 20th 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.

Athletic Director's Update, November 6th