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    Led by Amber Clay and Haven Bethune's double-double performances, the Army West Point volleyball team blanked Bucknell Saturday night to win the Black Knights' sixth straight match. Clay had an outstanding showing for the Black Knights with a match-high 13 kills, 15 digs and a .440 hitting percentage. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/uR98BYOfjpU. Bethune totaled 44 assists in the match and 11 digs. She also produced one of Army's four service aces. Vanessa Wesley contributed 11 kills and five block assists, while Allie Strong added eight and Rachel Gearon had seven. Ellie Petersen notched 17 digs in the match. Army led in blocks (6-5), kills (50-36), digs (61-45), assists (48-33) and service aces (4-2). Read More


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  • 10/24/17--12:06: CALDOL Support to CCDP
  • CALDOL Support to CCDPThe Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) provided support to the Cadet Character Development Program (CCDP) in the form of an innovative technique called the Leadership Metaphor Explorer (LME). The LME is an activity designed by the Center for Creative Leadership to explore the dynamics of teamwork, organizational climate, and cohesiveness within a unit. CPT Micah Klein, CALDOL Operations Officer, led a platoon from Company I1 through the LME event. Each cadet selected a card that most closely represented the state of their current team and articulated why they chose that card. After a discussion about implicit biases and how individual egos break down teamwork, cadets selected a new card that represented what kind of leadership they needed to be a high performing team where people feel included. That selection generated further discussion among the platoon about current challenges to unit cohesion within the platoon and company. The cadets walked away with multiple insights about their responsibilities to the company leadership and energized and excited about the way forward.


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    CDT Dominic Franco '20With the score tied 1-1 heading into the last two minutes of play, the Army West Point hockey team netted back-to-back goals to secure a 3-1 win over Robert Morris Saturday night. The Black Knights saw three different goal scorers on the night as a trio of yearlings netted Army's goals. Michael Wilson scored his third of the season and has recorded a goal in all but one contest this season. He was the first to get on the board in the game. Alex Wilkinson netted Army's go-ahead goal late in the third period for his second on the year, and first game-winning goal of his career. Dominic Franco posted the Black Knights' insurance goal with 10 seconds on the clock as he tipped the puck from the far blueline into Robert Morris' empty net. Franco has now recorded a point in three of Army's four games this year as he scored a goal and assisted on the other two tonight. This is the fifth time in Franco's career that he has had a three-point performance. Dalton MacAfee, Tyler Pham, Blake Box and John Zimmerman also aided on tonight's offensive production with one assist apiece. Cole Bruns was solid in net for Army and made 31 saves for a .969 save percentage. Read More


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    Cadet Writing Fellows Present PosterFour Senior Cadet Writing Fellows and Dr. Jason Hoppe presented a poster at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (hosted by Hofstra University). Their poster responded to the conference theme, “Reaching Out,” by outlining specific consulting practices and research projects subsequently developed at the Mounger Writing Center. Each section of the poster in some way linked the Academy’s emphasis on character development to pedagogical commitments to metacognition and reflexivity. In intersecting projects—Empathetic Outlining, Prompting Transfer, Intellectual Freedom, and Stretching, Discomfort, Ethics—the presenters responded synthetically to a number of current questions in writing center studies: how can we consult more effectively with students of diverse backgrounds, on a wide range of hot-button interests? how do we design progressive curricula that empower them to enlist their distinct strengths, from one course to the next? how do we reconcile writing center missions with larger institutional missions, for example in relating writing to ethical development? USMA representatives also attended panels and workshops populated with students and faculty from across the nation.


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    The Army West Point women's rugby team defeated the Navy Midshipmen, 60-7 Sunday afternoon at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Army improved to 3-5-1 overall, while Navy dropped to 4-1 on the season. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/nF1iQXU6m9Q. The Black Knights now lead the series against Navy 4-0. For the fourth consecutive year, Army has posted over 50 points against the Midshipmen. Yearling Gio Ferguson-Lewis documented her first four-try game of the season. Lewis also led the team in total points with 20. Freshman Hailey Hodsden documented her first try of the 15s season. Plebe Eleanor Burnett completed 5 conversions, setting a personal record. Read More


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    “Brainstorming 101” at the Mounger Writing CenterCDT Will Brooks ’19 conducted “Brainstorming 101,” part of the Mounger Writing Center’s Wednesday Night Workshop series. CDT Brooks led twelve cadets, all of whom attended voluntarily, through techniques for writers who get stuck, aren’t sure how to get started, or feel dissatisfied with their arguments. He emphasized hands-on techniques and walked cadets through brainstorming exercises in relation to the recent controversies concerning NFL players and the national anthem. Wednesday Night Workshops are held virtually every Wednesday, 2000-2045, in JH301; most are designed for cadets, but anyone is welcome to attend. A full schedule is available at usma.edu/wpwp.


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    Trailing by seven with 1:31 remaining in the game, the Army West Point football team drove 79 yards down the field to force overtime before earning a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over Temple here Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Army remained unbeaten at home on the season and moved to 6-2 with the win, while the Owls fell to 3-5. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/K8EKALETX98. With the outcome of the game, Army officially accepted a bid into the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which is slated for Dec. 23. Darnell Woolfolk led the Black Knights on the ground with a career day, totaling a personal-best 132 yards on 18 carries to go with three rushing scores. Ahmad Bradshaw followed with 57 yards of his own. The Black Knights had success in the air late in the contest as Kelvin Hopkins Jr. totaled 67 passing yards and the game-tying score. Read More


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  • 10/25/17--09:12: Bowl Tickets On Sale Now
  • The Army West Point football team has accepted a bid to the Armed Forces Bowl, which is scheduled for Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, and tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets at different price levels and locations. Army is once again announcing the Donate to a Cadet program where fans can donate tickets for cadets to attend the game and those tickets are set at $60. The tickets for the game range from $125 to $30. The club seats are set at $125 and the availability of those tickets will be based on giving level. Midfield seats are set at $75, while outer sideline spots are $60. Fans can also purchase upper deck end zone seats at $50 and end zone general admission are $30.

    There are many ways to purchase tickets. Fans can visit ArmyGameday.com/armedforcesbowl, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Army Ticket Office located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Fans can also purchase tickets and request club seats through the Army A Club at 845-938-2322. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through the Army West Point Athletic Association to have a direct impact on our cadet-athletes at West Point. Fans can also access ArmyGameday.com/armedforcesbowl for all bowl information, including seating maps and activities surrounding the game. To receive the best seating available, get your tickets prior to the Nov. 17 priority deadline.


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    Cadets Visit STERIS IsoMedix FacilityMAJ Greg Sablan took 56 cadets from Nuclear Engineering to the STERIS IsoMedix Facility in the nearby Chester, NY area to learn about the radiation applications involved in sterilizing everyday products. Cobalt-60 was received by the facility from Canada as a result of neutron activation and then observed to be loaded into the irradiation bay. Cadets also learned of the political and physical security concerns surrounding the handling of this type of material.


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    Catholic Chapel Choir Performs Musical LiturgyThe Most Holy Trinity Catholic Choir performed the musical liturgy of the Mass at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Cornwall, NY. To express their appreciation, the parish of St. Thomas hosted a brunch after Mass so the parishioners could interact with the cadets and express their appreciation for sharing their talents. This ministry represents Cornwall residents which include many West Point staff and faculty members that do so much to support USMA.


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    Yearling quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was selected as the Army West Point Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week after leading Army on a game-tying scoring drive late in the game against Temple. In his first lengthy time on the field in his career, Hopkins marched the Black Knights 79 yards in 14 plays to tie the Owls with one second remaining in the 31-28 overtime victory against Temple. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/eYrFLob1nJM. Hopkins connected with firstie Jermaine Adams in the corner of the end zone in the final second to complete the comeback. Hopkins was 5-of-11 on the drive threw the air, but finished the drive by completing five of his last eight passes and spotted Adams for his first collegiate touchdown pass. He had a long pass of 21 yards during the drive with a nice toss to Kell Walker to setup a pair of passes to Adams to get in the end zone. Read More


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    Kosciuszko Squadron Travels to Washington DCKosciuszko Squadron Cadets traveled to Washington, DC on an invitation from the Polish Embassy to take part in ceremonies commemorating Kosciuszko’s death two hundred years ago this October. Cadets participated in a 5K run organized by Embassy staff, after which they took in DC cultural sites. That evening, they hosted the Squadron’s founder, LTG(R) Ed Rowny ’41 of Korean, Vietnam and Cold War fame, for dinner, where he answered questions about history, his war experiences, and what he thought the future might hold for them as officers. The next day they visited Arlington Memorial Cemetery; then took pictures in front of the White House as they prepared to take part in the wreath-laying ceremonies at the Kosciuszko monument on Lafayette Square. After cadets Isabela Vargas, Bartlomiej Grzybowski and Joshua Siemaczko assisted with the wreath laying, Squadron Cadets got a chance to interact with leaders of the Polish community, including Ambassador Piotr Wilczek and his embassy staff.


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    Cho Money Cho Problems Wins in Sudden DeathThe second History Department Trivia Night of the year at the First Class Club was sponsored by the Directorate of Cadet Activities, the Association of Graduates, and the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, to include gift cards to the winners, as well as apparel and other items in the raffle. Well over 100 cadets competed, battling over questions supplied by CPT Garner, MAJ Hope, and MAJ Herman. Team “Cho Money Cho Problems” was eventually declared the winner in a sudden death playoff over Keydet Football, a two-cadet team visiting from the Virginia Military Institute. The winning question was “What year did the ‘Class the Stars fell on’ graduate from West Point?” Can you answer this one? If so, join in on November 8, Staff and Faculty are always welcomed to form teams and compete for bragging rights over their cadets. Everyone was very appreciative of the First Class Club staff and sponsors for their excellent support.


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    Women's Handball Action de Grace TournamentThe Army-West Point Women’s Team Handball traveled to Montreal to participate in the Action de Grace (Canadian Thanksgiving) handball tournament hosted by the Montreal Celtique handball club. The Army-West Point Black took 2nd while Gold was right behind them with 3rd place at the tournamen. The tournament had a full weekend schedule with teams using gyms that were built for the Montreal Olympics. Army Black finished with 3 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. Army Gold finished with 2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. Army Black player Morgan Morris ’20 received the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.


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    Radio Club Makes Contact with GuantanamoThe USMA W2KGY Ground Station made HF radio contact with Al Danis KG4HF located in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Using a new digital mode called FT8, W2KGY communicated with KG4HF over 1,485 miles due south of West Point. Even with the dipole antenna pointed 90 degrees away from Cuba, we were still able to communicate due to FT8’s resiliency in making weak signal contacts possible. Amateur Radio operators utilize the WSJT-X software, developed by Dr. Joe Taylor – K1JT an astrophysicist in Princeton University’s Physics Department, to communicate using the FT8 digital mode.


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    Black Knights Welcome Abby to the Volleyball FamilyThe Army West Point volleyball family welcomed its newest member on Tuesday as Abigail Dougherty signed on to be adopted by the Black Knights. Abby is a 17-year old girl who was born with bilateral optic nerve atrophy. She is legally blind and this summer was diagnosed with childhood cancer - Rhabdomyosarcoma and was connected with the Black Knights through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The team welcomed Abby on Tuesday for an official signing in Gillis Field House in front of the team and members of the Army West Point Athletic Staff. Jaclyn Murphy, the founder of FOJ Foundation was represented by her father Dennis and he spoke about the program and also introduced Abby and her family. Abby's mother, Kerry, grandparents and younger sister, Bridget, were all in attendance for the uplifting event. Read More


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    OCF White Sulphur Springs ConferenceThe West Point Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) invited approximately 100 cadets and midshipmen, including members of Navigators and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, to the OCF White Sulphur Springs Conference and Retreat Center in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania. Guest speaker Dr. Jay Seegert (The Starting Point Project) led discussions about what we believe and the scientific evidence behind why we believe it. Cadets and Midshipmen explored their faith and considered their perspective worldviews. It was a tremendous time of fellowship and personal development.


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  • 10/26/17--08:40: Cadets Tour the USS Intrepid
  • Cadets Tour the USS Intrepid22 Cadets enrolled in Mechanical Engineering - Aircraft Performance and Static Stability, toured the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum (aircraft carrier permanently docked at Pier 86 in New York City, has 31 restored aircraft and the Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle) to gain an up-close look at the history of aviation. Cadets chose an aircraft on display at the museum and conducted briefs to the class on the innovations and design characteristics of that aircraft. This trip allowed cadets to see first-hand numerous design features in aviation and gain an understanding of the scale of the aircraft components, as well as interact with several veterans and civilians who chose to follow the group listening to the cadet’s brief on the engineering aspects and history of each aircraft. They were also able to view the permanent space exhibit and a temporary drone exhibit.


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    Skeet & Trap Hosts USMMA Shotgun ClubThe Skeet & Trap team enjoyed hosting the shotgun club from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Range 10. The two teams had a beautiful day for the first meeting between the academies in skeet and trap, and look forward to more shoots together in the future. Team Totals: USMMA 361 - USMA 459.


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    CLS and CME Collaborate on SENSA ProjectThe Departments of Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) and Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) joined forces on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funded neuroscience research project to develop an automated system to extrude biological polymers. Dr. Mitropoulos and Dr. Loverde (CLS) collaborated with Mr. Jeff Butler and Mr. Eric Horne (CME) to develop a device to extrude implantable fibers that aid in nerve regeneration. The device can produce 15-micron diameter fibers (less than half the size of a human hair) at lengths of up to 5 meters. For implantation, overlapping layers of ~50 fibers are sutured and cut to match the size of the nerve defect, where they serve as a conduit to permit regeneration of axons across a gap. The ability to produce conduits that support axon growth beyond 3 cm in length is a fundamental challenge in repair of the nervous system, and is an area of active investigation within CLS.

    The prototype device required mechanical, electrical, and machined components from CME which built a system to precisely control fiber extrusion and collection, which increases the quality, consistency, and yield of biopolymer fibers. In CLS, cadets Kylor Kiesewetter, Ted Lossing, and Isabelle Gates will use the device to produce Type I Collagen fibers which are evaluated in vitro using embryonic chicken neurons.


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