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Parent Review - Aug 2018
 
               
 
 
 

Princeton Review Ranks USMA #1 for Most Accessible Professors

  Princeton Review Ranks USMA #1 for Most Accessible Professors
   

West Point has been named #1 for Most Accessible Professors in this year's edition of The Best 384 Colleges by The Princeton Review. The Academy is one of 46 New York institutions that made the Best Colleges list. In fact, the Academy is on many top rankings lists resulting from the survey of 138,000 students from across the country. In addition to having the most accessible professors, other top USMA rankings include: #2 Best Classroom Experience, #3 Best College Library, and #6 Best Science Lab Facilities. Read more.

Acceptance Day for Class of 2022

  Acceptance Day for Class of 2022
   

After successfully completing Cadet Basic Training, the Class of 2022 was officially accepted into the Corps of Cadets during a review on August 18. After a busy Re-Organization week, the class enjoyed some time with family and friends over the weekend before beginning the academic year. On the eve of the March Back from Camp Buckner, the Class of 2022 motto was revealed: For Many Stand the Few. The class crest will be unveiled in March 2019 during Plebe Parent Weekend. Photos.

Bindon ’19 Named First Captain

  Bindon ’19 Named First Captain
   

CDT David Bindon of Canton, MI, has been selected as First Captain of the Corps of Cadets for the 2018-2019 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. He assumed his duties on August 13. Bindon, a Mechanical Engineering major, recently led 1,408 cadets as the Commander of Cadet Field Training II. Full story. March Back video interview.

Class of 2020 Affirms Commitment to Profession of Arms

  Class of 2020 Affirms Commitment to Profession of Arms
   

Members of the Class of 2020 took the Oath of Affirmation on Sunday, August 19, binding them to complete their next two years of study and a minimum of five years of active-duty military service thereafter. LTG(R) James J. Lovelace Jr. ’70 spoke to the new cadet sergeants about this significant milestone. 34 members of the Class of 1970, the cows’ 50-Year Affiliation class, were on hand to present members of the Class of 2020 with a joint class coin symbolizing their new professional bond. Story and photos.

Old Grads, Parents Support USMA 2022 March Back from Camp Buckner

  Old Grads, Parents Support USMA 2022 March Back from Camp Buckner
   

On August 13, 257 Old Grads, representing 46 West Point classes, marched with new cadets of the Class of 2022 in the 12-mile March Back from Cadet Basic Training at Camp Buckner. Sixty-six members of the Class of 1972, their 50-Year Affiliation Class, proudly represented the Proud and True. In addition, the West Point Parents Club of West Point, serving New York and New Jersey, along with the West Point community, gathered on Washington Road to proudly welcome the class as they marched past. “It was a neat experience to support the new cadets in their March Back,” said LTC (R) Duston Saunders ’72. “It’s something we never thought about when we were new cadets marching back from Beast, and suddenly we are 50 years out and looking forward to shadowing and supporting the Class of 2022 for the next four years.” One of the Old Grads who never fails to inspire is LTC (R) Wallace Ward ’58, who has marched in every March Back since grads were allowed to do so 19 years ago. At 86 years old, Ward runs 4-6 miles every day and has completed 10 marathons, leading him to say that this year’s March Back was “pretty easy.” WPAOG Photos. USMA Photos. Full story. Pointer View article.

Congratulations to the Newest Old Grads

  Congratulations to the Newest Old Grads
   

On Friday, August 10th, 12 cadets became second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. After they received their diplomas, the new graduates were presented with 2LT bars by Mr. Dale Hansen ’68, COL (R) Patrick A. Toffler Sr. '68 and Mr. John A. Dodson '68, members of their 50-Year affiliate class. Hats off to the August graduates of the Class of 2018! Well done! Full story.

Class of 2021 Receives Class Colors from USMA 1971

  Class of 2021 Receives Class Colors from USMA 1971
   

On July 28, the Class of 2021 were presented with their class colors during the Cadet Field Training (CFT) graduation ceremony at Camp Buckner. The class flag, mounted on a brass-tipped staff, is a gift from their 50-Year Affiliate Class, the Class of 1971, as part of the WPAOG 50-Year Affiliation Program. Story.

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Save the Date: Family Weekend is October 19-21!

  Save the Date: Family Weekend is October 19-21!
   

Parents, grandparents, and family members are invited to attend Family Weekend to learn more about cadet life and West Point. The weekend will include academic presentations, tours, cadet demonstrations, information on athletics and clubs, the Army vs. Miami (OH) football game, and more! Cadets will escort their families and provide a view of West Point from the cadet perspective unless they have other requirements such as classes or other duties/responsibilities. Please keep an eye out for more details coming in September on the West Point Parents webpage and the WPAOG Parents Resources webpage.

Acceptance Day Cookout Hosted by ODIEO

  Acceptance Day Cookout Hosted by ODIEO
   

After the A Day Parade, the Diversity and Inclusion Office hosted an Acceptance Day Cookout to welcome USMA Class of 2022 plebes and their families, and to highlight diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority. Mr. Terry Allbritton, USMA’s Chief Diversity Officer, welcomed attendees and introduced the new First Captain, David Bindon, who congratulated the new plebes and introduced members of the USMA Leader Team. The Superintendent, Dean, Commandant, and Director of Admissions congratulated the Class of 2022 and addressed the importance of fostering inclusiveness throughout the Academy and the importance of having a diverse Corps, because embracing our differences creates a more creative and innovative environment. After the comments, guests enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies and music while the Leader Team and members of the Admissions Team mingled with families. Full story.

USMA 2021 and 2022 Cross Paths for First Time

  USMA 2021 and 2022 Cross Paths for First Time
   

The Class of 2021 completed Cadet Field Training requirements with a 7.15-mile Run Back from Camp Buckner on July 29, as the Class of 2022 began its final phase of Cadet Basic Training by marching out to Camp Buckner for a two-week field training requirement, and the two classes crossed paths. Several hundred West Point parents gathered at Trophy Point to cheer on the Class of 2021 as they completed their Run Back from Camp Buckner, ending Cadet Field Training for the rising yearlings. The new cadets of USMA 2022 returned to West Point Aug. 13 during a 12-mile road march (March Back)—the culminating event for Cadet BasicTraining. Photos.

Hearst Foundations Support EXCEL Scholars at West Point

  Hearst Foundations Support EXCEL Scholars at West Point
   

This spring, the Hearst Foundations made its first gift to West Point to provide foundational support for the successful Excel Scholars Program (EXCEL). “The EXCEL Program provides a structured empowerment and a confidence-building environment to give cadets support to realize they can make meaningful contributions to West Point and beyond, and are essential members of the team. The program is invaluable -- you have officers who believe in you and have high expectations of you, who tell you that your goals are within reach, and show you how to get there,” said Christian Nattiel ’17, a Rhodes Scholar who was in the first class of EXCEL Scholars at West Point. The Hearst Foundations’ gift will provide catalytic support for enrichment that improves writing, communication skills, technical expertise, research opportunities, and leader development. The generosity of the Hearst Foundations and other donors supporting the Margin of Excellence will allow more cadets to join this select group of scholars and promote diversity among cadet leadership.

Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion

  Achieving Excellence through Diversity & Inclusion
   

Parents are welcome to attend the 16th West Point Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference at West Point, September 5–7. This conference brings together West Point Alumni, members of the Army, USMA Faculty, cadets and distinguished guests for discussions surrounding best practices for moving beyond racial biases, improving retention, building trust, and leading diverse organizations through outreach, partnership, and development. Participants can look forward to an informative and enjoyable few days of learning and networking, plus the exclusive opportunity to hear from influential keynote speakers. Register now.

Beat the Pre-Game Rush with the Fall Gift Shop Catalog

  Beat the Pre-Game Rush with the Fall Gift Shop Catalog
   

The Fall 2018 WPAOG Gift Shop Catalog is loaded with all the apparel, accessories, gifts and household items you need to rock the Black and Gold this season. It features your favorite Gift Shop basics and best sellers, plus many new brands and items, including new ladies’ apparel, t-shirts, wovens, outerwear, and more! Our complete product line is available online at WPAOGGiftShop.com or give us a call and place an order over the phone at 800.426.4725. Go Army, Beat Everyone!

Promote Your Company to Army Fans!

  Promote Your Company to Army Fans!
   

Becoming a sponsor of the WPAOG Army-Navy Tailgate, our largest event of the year, gives your business great promotional opportunities! Use this forum to showcase your product or services to more than 1,000 Army fans. As an added bonus, your sponsorship is viewed as a charitable (tax-deductible) gift. Individual, non-corporate sponsorships are also available! If you are interested in one of our sponsorship packages, please contact us now.

Calling All West Point Authors!

  Calling All West Point Authors!
   

Reserve your space in the Winter 2019 West Point Authors Bookshelf, a special advertising section in West Point magazine showcasing books by West Point affiliated authors. Check out the West Point Bookshelf in the Summer 2018 issue to discover & support books written by fellow members of the Long Gray Line. Learn more about this and other WPAOG advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

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