Parent Review - Sept. 2016

West Point High on Princeton Review, U.S. News Rankings Lists


For the sixth year in a row, USMA ranks # 1 on the Princeton Review’s list of Most Accessible Professors. “The Princeton Review’s ranking of our faculty accessibility shows our deep commitment at the U.S. Military Academy to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets,” said BG Cindy Jebb ’82, Dean of the Academic Board. West Point also ranked in the Top 10 schools in several categories, including No. 1 for “Students Study the Most.” Other notable rankings include # 2 in “Best College Library,”  # 2 in “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports,” # 3 in “Best Health Services” and # 3 in “Most Active Student Government.” U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings cited USMA # 1 on High School Counselors’ Top Picks list for National Liberal Arts Colleges, #4 in a pair of Engineering program rankings, and #19 on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Branch Week at USMA Educates Cadets on Career Choices


During Branch Week, cadets have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each of the U.S. Army branches to help them make informed decisions during the branch selection process. From Thayer Walk to Quarters 100, static displays were set up to give cadets hands-on experience with vehicles, equipment and machinery related to each branch. Read more. View photos.

Construction Begins on New West Point Visitors Center


On September 9, after 15 years of planning, designing, and fundraising, ground was broken on the new 31,000-square-foot Malek West Point Visitors Center, located next to the West Point Museum. Envisioned as a 21st century “experience hub,” this new gateway to West Point will feature high-tech and interactive exhibits, state-of-the-art theaters, and modern architectural innovations that highlight the U.S. Military Academy as the world’s premier leader development institution. The Visitors Center is named after its lead donor, Fred Malek ’59, a 2014 Distinguished Graduate. Eight USMA Classes —1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, and 2004 — and other donors also supported the project. Full story and photos.

Join Us for Family Weekend October 21-23!


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, information on athletics and clubs, cadet demonstrations, the Army v North Texas football game, and much more! Cadets will escort their families unless they have other requirements such as classes or other duties/responsibilities. They will provide you a view of West Point from the cadet perspective. Visit the West Point Parents webpage for more specifics and a list of Family Weekend FAQs.

Meet the First Captain

  West Point Hugh McConnell

Cadet First Captain Hugh McConnell ’17 was recently named the senior cadet leader for the 4,400-member United States Corps of Cadets. Pointer View recently conducted an interview with him to learn more about his background, as well as his goals and priorities as the First Captain. Announcement of 2017 Cadet Leaders.

Check the WPAOG Online Calendar for Events Near You!

Fall is here and with it comes an increase in all USMA Events. Click here to find out what’s happening in your region or check the schedule of your favorite Army West Point Athletic Team. The online calendar offers a large variety of filters so you can specify event types and event location. There is also a feature which offers you several ways to subscribe to the calendar so you are kept current on new events, and save them to your own calendar! Email us for assistance or questions about the calendar.


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Ring Weekend for USMA 2017


On August 26, the Class of 2017 received their class rings during the annual Ring Ceremony. Within each gold ring, there was a physical connection to previous West Point graduates. Through the WPAOG Ring Memorial Program, each year since 2001, gold from rings that have been worn and donated by past USMA graduates has been melted and mixed into the gold to make the rings for the Academy’s next graduating class. This tradition physically and symbolically links the Long Gray Line with its newest members. Photos. Article: "Ringing in the First of Many Senior Milestones." Article: "A Family Tradition: 50 Years in the Making."

West Point Glee Club, Band Perform At Trinity Church for 9/11 First Responders


A WPIX-TV news video  highlighted the West Point Glee Club and the West Point Band performance at Trinity Church on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The church welcomed everyone for the free concert, “just like it opened its Saint Paul's chapel for first responders and those needing comfort on September 11th and in the darks days and months that followed.”

Thayer Honors Program Fosters Critical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  CDT Lindsay 17 volunteering at the Foundation for Economic Development and Educational Promotion International School in Cape Coast Ghana

The Thayer Honors Program seeks to develop West Point’s highest-performing cadets academically and professionally through interdisciplinary collaboration. Cadets accepted into the program work to publish research, apply critical thinking to solve complex global issues, and serve as ambassadors for West Point in military and professional situations. Learn more.

Parents, Families Join 5K Run at USMA 2017 Ring Weekend


Approximately 650 people (parents, family members, cadets and community members) participated in the inaugural 5K Ring Run on August 27.  A check for over $10,000 was presented to WPAOG President & CEO Todd Browne ’85 on behalf of the Class of 2017 parents. These funds will go to the West Point Parents’ Fund which supports the needs of the Academy and Corps of Cadets. Photos.

Meet Paladin, Army’s Newest Mule Mascot


Army West Point presented Paladin, the newest Army Mule mascot, at the first home football game. Paladin joined Ranger III and Stryker between the first and second quarters in an “A-Day” of his own, taking his place in the long line of Army mascots. Paladin’s “R-Day” was March 31 and you can learn more about him in the Fall issue of West Point magazine.

Staff Rides Develop Cadets at All Levels


The leaders of the Corps of Cadets conducted a Staff Ride to Gettysburg, PA August 19-21 for an opportunity for the first semester cadet leadership to build and strengthen their team. The Civil Rights Staff Ride was also conducted this summer to combine knowledge and empathy and provide a first-hand “life changing” experience to cadets who had just finished their challenging first (plebe) year.