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USMA Unveils Grant Statue

  USMA Unveils Grant Statue
   

On April 25, West Point and WPAOG unveiled a new bronze sculpture of General Ulysses S. Grant, Class of 1843. A gift of the Honorable Robert A. McDonald ’75 and his wife, Diane, the 7.5-foot portrait sculpture rests on a 4.5-foot granite pedestal and faces the Plain, roughly halfway between the Thayer and Sedgwick monuments. The Grant Statue is the work of master sculptor Paula Slater and fulfills the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 request to place a statue of Grant at West Point to mark his sesquicentennial as the 18th president of the United States. View photosRead more.

Projects Day 2019 Showcases Cadet Achievement

  Projects Day 2019 Showcases Cadet Achievement
   

At West Point’s annual Projects Day on May 2, more than 800 cadets presented the results of their year-long capstone and independent research projects. Cadets develop projects through their work in Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities, research projects, and other academic pursuits, made possible by private funding. WPAOG’s annual Donor Tribute Day, held in conjunction with Projects Day, demonstrated how the generosity of donors and their commitment to the Margin of Excellence makes a significant difference for the Corps of Cadets. WPAOG was pleased to express our appreciation to our donors and give them an opportunity to see firsthand the impact they have on capstone projects that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and commitment. Thank you to all who support West Point! Full story. Photos.

2019 Entrepreneur Summit

  2019 Entrepreneur Summit
   

On April 10-11, approximately 140 graduates returned to West Point for a networking dinner followed by a full day of panels, pitches, and practical tips at the second WPAOG Entrepreneur Summit. According to Guy Filippelli ’97, Entrepreneur Summit Chair, the attendees of the summit were a mix of aspiring entrepreneurs, experienced CEOs, investors, and service providers, but they all came to be inspired in their business ventures and to form new avenues for partnership and collaboration with other members of the Long Gray Line. Full storyPhotos.

Join Us 5/22 for a Virtual Toast to WPAOG's 150th Anniversary

  Join Us 5/22 for a Virtual Toast Celebrating 150th Anniversary of WPAOG
   

On May 22, the West Point Association of Graduates will be 150 years old! In celebration of this milestone event, there will be a “virtual toast” all day via Facebook. Whether it’s your morning coffee, or around the water cooler at work, a Happy Hour cocktail, or a glass of wine—bring your family and friends into the action—the more the merrier! All alumni and members of the West Point community are encouraged to record live videos of themselves toasting and wishing “Happy Birthday!” Then just visit the event page to upload your video.

All Academy Challenge Starts 5/30

  All Academy Challenge Starts 5/30
   

Only 14 days until the sixth annual All Academy Challenge will begin! Help USMA beat Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine by making a gift between May 30 and June 3. The school with the highest alumni giving participation rate during these 5 days wins, so no matter the size of your gift, or where you choose to designate it, your participation counts toward victory! By giving, you will not only help us win, you’ll also support Margin of Excellence programs at West Point that are critical to the education and development of the Corps of Cadets. Stay tuned for emails and bookmark this page to track our successGO ARMY! BEAT ’em ALL!

Join Us 6/12 For An Exclusive USMA Reception at SAGS

  Join Us 6/12 For An Exclusive USMA Reception at SAGS
   

If you’re planning to attend the Service Academies Global Summit June 11-13 in Annapolis, MD, sign up now for an exclusive gathering for West Point alumni and their guests. Join us Wednesday, June 12 from 6:15-8:15pm at Fado’s Irish Pub. Light food will be provided, as well as two complimentary drink tickets per graduate. If you’re not attending the Global Summit, you can still register to attend. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni in the MD area. Space is limited – so register today! We hope to see you there!

WPAOG Wins Two Stevie Awards

  WPAOG Wins Two Stevie Awards
   
WPAOG won both Gold and Silver Stevie Awards in The 17th Annual American Business Awards. WPAOG won a Gold award in the Mobile Web & App (Social) Category for our Grad Link App and a Silver award for Organization of the Year – Non Profit or Government (Small) category. “We are thrilled to win these prestigious awards which recognize WPAOG’s desire to increase the connection among our alumni body.” said Todd Browne ‘85, WPAOG President and CEO. “Winning two awards is well-deserved recognition for our employees and alumni who work so hard to support West Point and the Long Gray Line.”

Eslinger ’07 Silver Star Upgraded to Distinguished Service Cross

  Eslinger ’07 Silver Star Upgraded to Distinguished Service Cros
   

The Distinguished Service Cross was presented to MAJ Nicholas M. Eslinger ’07 on May 3 by GEN Stephen J. Townsend, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Eslinger was previously awarded the Silver Star as a 2LT for his actions in Samarra Iraq, in October 2008. The Silver Star was recently elevated to the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award for valor. Full story. Eslinger is the 2009 recipient of WPAOG’s Alexander R. Nininger Award.

Has It Been A While?

If you “Like” WPAOG’s Facebook page, but aren’t seeing our content very often – we can chalk that up to the ever-changing landscape of social media and the algorithms driving how our posts show up in your News Feed. Unfortunately, as a nonprofit, our content does not get high priority. So make sure you check our page on a regular basis to make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the great stories we have to share. You can also find us on Twitter @WPAOGand Instagram @WPAOG.

 

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WPAOG Achieves Top Ratings from Charity Watchdogs

  WPAOG Achieves Top Ratings from Charity Watchdogs
   

Once again in 2019, WPAOG has received the highest level ratings from two leading charity watchdog organizations: Charity Navigator (4-star) and Guidestar (Platinum). Charity Navigator is the largest and most-used charity evaluator in America, helping to guide charitable giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of over 9,000 charities and providing data on 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. Maintaining our top level ratings demonstrates WPAOG’s commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

SACC is Coming to Washington, DC

  SACC is Coming to Washington, DC
   

If you are considering a career transition, a new job field, or just exploring your options, don’t miss the Service Academy Career Conference (SACC) on June 13-14 in Washington, DC.

  • 60% of SACC candidates have on-site interviews during conference
  • 75% of SACC candidates have follow up interviews
  • Pre-register by June 3rd to have your one-page resume included in the SACC Candidate Resume Book
  • If you register between June 3rd and June 7th, your resume will NOT be in the printed SACC Candidate Resume Book, but the recruiters WILL have electronic access
  • Register online 24/7
Contact your WPAOG Career Services team for assistance in preparing for this or any SACC.

Grad Link Tutorial - Number Two in the Series

  Grad Link Tutorial - Number Two in the Series
   

Did You Knowthat on Grad Link you can connect your LinkedIn profile, helping fellow grads to find you based on information from your LinkedIn profile? If you didn't originally sign-up with LinkedIn, it isn't too late. Simply go to “Settings” and allow the information to be pulled in. Haven’t joined Grad Link yet?You can find it on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or on the web. Learn more about WPAOG’s Grad Link APP.

Last Chance for DIY Travel Tumbler!

  Last Chance for DIY Travel Tumbler!
   

Time is almost up to get your “Design It Yourself” DIY Travel Tumbler.  Here’s how to order:

Step 1: Choose your design – Athletic Shield (RL702A); Athena Helmet (RL702B); or West Point Crest (RL702C).
Step 2: Choose your back text: GO ARMY; BEAT NAVY; WEST POINT; USMA
OR
Step 3: Design your own personalization (i.e. - J. SMITH; SMITH 1984; B4 - GO BUFFS!). The possibilities are endless!

NOTE: Nicknames and unrecognizable names/phrases cannot be used.
Pre-orders end May 31st, so don’t miss your chance! Order online or by phone today! Questions? Call the WPAOG Gift Shop at 800.426.4725. Tumblers expected to ship in June.

An Exclusive Group Tour – Lisbon to Madrid

  An Exclusive Group Tour – Lisbon to Madrid
   

Travel with WPAOG through Spain and Portugal this summer as you explore palaces, Roman ruins, and gardens. From August 31-September 14, see historic sites such as the Seville Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra and spend the night in historic lodgings. Enjoy the local cuisine while sipping regional wines at dinner. Don’t miss this truly unique experience to travel with your fellow graduates. Space is limited so book today! See more trips or email us for more information.

Update Your Register of Graduates Biography

  Update Your Register of Graduates Biography
   

Our 150th Celebration year is a good time to update your career biography in the Register of Graduates. All graduates are now able to review their biographies and submit updates online! We thank you for your patience as we rebuilt this feature during our recent system upgrades, and we hope that all graduates will help us continue the project initiated by General George W. Cullum, Class of 1833, to chronicle the careers and service to the nation of all West Point graduates.

Support the Winning Spirit!

  Update Your Register of Graduates Biography
   

Would your employer or a member of your extended professional network be interested in sponsoring exciting events like the Army/Navy Pregame Tailgate or the Fall Football Open Houses at West Point? Help us spread the word about our exclusive sponsorship opportunities to reach a premium audience of Army Football fans and West Point graduates! Download sponsorship flyers.

 
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