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- 11/09/17--08:32: Tae Kwon Do at the ECTC Tournament at MIT
- 11/09/17--08:55: Cadet Trip to See Blade Runner 2049
- 11/09/17--08:57: Conducting Classroom Research to Improve Teaching
- 11/09/17--09:07: Water Polo at the State Championships
- 11/09/17--10:36: Critical Thinking About Role Playing
- 11/10/17--06:00: Visit to the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco
- 11/10/17--06:15: Cadets Attend NCUSAR
- 11/10/17--06:30: Philosophy Forum Guest Lecture Series
- 11/10/17--06:45: Fly Fishing Visits Esopus River
- 11/10/17--07:15: Class of 2021 Crest Creation in the Works
- 11/10/17--07:30: American Society for Engineering Management Annual Conference
- 11/10/17--07:45: Cadets Tour Indian Point Energy Center
- 11/10/17--08:00: NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference
- 11/10/17--08:15: Dean's Hour Guest Seminar Presentation
- 11/10/17--08:30: Cadet Leader Professional Development Session
- 11/10/17--08:45: Aviation Takes 3rd at NIFA Region VII 1145
- 11/10/17--09:00: Cadet Construction Project Imperium
- 11/10/17--09:16: Equestrian IHSA at Centenary University
- 11/13/17--07:11: Model UN TrojanMUN Conference
- 11/13/17--07:15: Women's Handball at the Michael Lipov Memorial Cup VIII
The Army Taekwondo Team put on an incredible performance this weekend at the first ECTC tournament of the sea-son at MIT. The team medaled in nearly every division. In the men’s black belt division, cadets Matthew Galea, Jordan Nettles, and Zi-wei Peng of the first-string team placed second while cadets David Kim, Hevin Na, and Andrew Buelow followed in third. Cadet Galea’s performance was especially notable, defeating his opponent by mercy rule in the finals match with a 22-2 point gap, the 2 points lost through penalties. In the Women’s division, cadets Taylor Reim, Sophia Andel and Katherine Lauffer took the gold, dethroning the long-standing Cornell team. In the women’s beginner division, cadets Delilah Wood, Madeline Ryu, and Claire Brownfield won third place. In the men’s beginner division, Deil Cho, June Sun Yoo, and Madison Curry of the second-string team won third while Andy Vu, Travis Phelan, and Richard Sung took first. Cadet Deil Cho also placed first in the Men’s beginner forms division. The team has their eyes set on the gold this year.
Cadets in Human Computer Interaction took a trip to see Blade Runner 2049. The themes of this movie center around the boundaries between man and machine; a line that continues to grow increasing blurred as we begin to rely increasingly on technology to manage our lives and jobs. It prompted a discussion about the extent to which we successfully manage to make tradeoffs between the systems and people we rely on, and the extent to which that can be both harmful and beneficial.
The Center for Faculty Excellence held a faculty workshop titled “Conducting Classroom Research to Improve Teaching” in the Haig Room, Jefferson Library. Contributing speakers Dr. Barry and Dr. Carter shared their experiences on how to conduct rigorous classroom research including: Choosing relevant topics; Collecting and analyzing data; IRB approval; Lessons learned; and Publishing findings. The bottom line is that classroom research can be used to develop us as both teachers and scholars.
With a first win against NYU by a score of 13-0 the army team picked up right where they left off and strong early performances from firsties Shelby Lee and Colin Stone. The key player in this game was Jeff Stark who as goalie helped the Army team towards its first shut-out of the season. The speed of the Army water polo team helped lead to some quick goals against Hamilton resulting in a 21-5 win, extending their win streak to 14 wins and 0 losses. The championship game was against Cornell with a final score of 13-8 with a notable performance from firstie Seth Nordell who led the team in scoring with three goals. On to the nationals the coming weekend at Florida State, Go Army!
Information Literacy and Critical Thinking classes hosted Mr. PJ Miller, Broadway Producer, Dr. Daniel Eison and New York Attorney Sam Zeitlin in facilitating a Role Play event titled “The Councils Verdict.” Thirty class of 2021 cadets participated in improvisation and negotiation as they were assigned specific roles in the village and given a challenge to work through. Cadets practiced critical thinking, cultural understanding and empathy in facing a community crisis, selecting leadership in a Southeast Asian village and then deciding whether they would allow foreign military units to build on village land. Much is gained in terms of considering other points of view in making important decisions and that the evening exercise was great fun for the group.
Cadets Alexis Eliopulos, David Jaquish, and Tyler Paget visited the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where they participated in interactions aimed at helping them better understand the long-standing US-Morocco relationship. While in the capital city, they also visited cultural and historic sites, such as Hassan Tower and the Royal Palace. Through their classroom experience and through such cultural excursions, the cadets continue to increase their regional knowledge and gain cross-cultural competency while abroad.
Cadets Saud Bin Saud, Macauley Hoyt, Kai Kizzie, Jacqueline Parga, Anchor Losch, Kendall Woodard, Kasea Losch, and Nicholas Epperson, of the Model Arab League team, attended the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual Policymakers Conference gathers international experts in government, the military, business and academia to discuss, analyze and debate issues of mutual importance to the Arab world and the United States. Cadet Losch was invited by the NCUSAR to speak at the conference about her participation in a Model Arab League competition in Morocco and an NCUSAR-funded Service Academy Fellowship trip to Qatar. The Cadets also met General Joseph L. Votel, the CENTCOM Commander, who gave the keynote address at the two-day conference.
The Philosophy Forum hosted its third lecture in its Guest Lecture Series. The guest was Fordham University Business Ethics Professor, Miguel Alzola. While Professor Alzola’s talk focused on the business workplace, it was very applicable to the Army as his focus was on leader - subordinate relationships. Professor Alzola’s talk was on whether, to what extent, and under what conditions, an authority figure may lose (or retain) his or her standing to blame to his or her subordinates for a workplace wrongdoing.
Three Cadets from the Fly Fishing Club had great weather and water conditions for a trip to Willowemoc Creek near Livingston Manor, NY and the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. They learned and practiced different fly fishing techniques under the guidance of their Officer in Charge (OIC).
The Class of 2021 Ring and Crest Committee participated in a crest design meeting with potential ring production companies. Over the course of two months, the ring company artists will coordinate with class representatives to create their class crest which will be unveiled at Plebe Parent Weekend.
Department of Systems Engineering faculty and cadets participated in the 2017 American Society for Engineering Management annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama, earning several awards, delivering papers and presentations, and competing in the student case study competition. Awards earned included the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership of Undergraduate Education Programs in Engineering Management presented to the USMA DSE Engineering Management program; the Frank Woodbury Special Service Award presented to Dr. Farr; and the William Daughton World Headquarters Service Award presented to LTC Schreiner. Conference attendees from the DSE faculty included LTC Paul Evangelista, LTC Richards, LTC Schreiner, LTC Enos, and CPT Salem. LTC Wong from ACI and CPT Klein from CALDOL also attended. Cadet attendees included Ryan Leemans, Daniel Provaznik, Justin Thomas, and Charles Wagner. All four cadets participated in the student case study competition under the advisement of CPT Salem and LTC Richards, earning recognition as runners-up.
Cadets enrolled in Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering were afforded the opportunity to tour the Indian Point Energy Center, which is home of the first commerical nuclear reactor. Currently, IPEC utilizes two nuclear reactors to produce over 2000 MW of electricity accounting for over 10% of the electricity consumed by New York State.
The competitive bowling team visited The Holiday Bowl at Oakland, NJ for the first of three matches for the NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference. The team competed in six games against the New Jersey Institute of Technology, St. John’s University, Molloy College, SUNY Stony Brook, William Paterson University and Stevens Tech. The team showed a much-improved performance over last year earning 11.5 points. Highlights included a come from behind win against his opponent in the third game by CDT Joseph Tussing ’20 who bowled 3 consecutive strikes in the 10th frame for the win. The high game score for the day went to CDT Alex Albright ’20 who finished the same game with a 189 to conclude a complete sweep of Molloy College team.
COL Benson, along with firties Avery Austin, Nicholas Wilde, and Noah Siegel gave a 55-minute guest presentation to cadets in the Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Differential Equations course during Dean’s Hour recently. The advanced math course generally provides a substantial number of STEM-based majors, and the inclusion of cadets in the briefing gave an opportunity for a near-peer perspective on opportunities that leverage a strong math background. Approximately 250 cadets from the USMA Class of 2021 attended.
COL Trevor Bredenkamp '92 conducted a leader professional development session with Civil and Mechanical Engineering cadets. COL Bredenkamp is currently the Chief of the Programs Division in the Office of Chief of Legislative Liaison. COL Bredenkamp previously served as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army and as the Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. COL Bredenkamp shared his thoughts on leadership and expectations of officers, and then fielded several questions during the rich discussion that ensued during the remainder of the lesson.
The West Point Flying Team took 3rd Place overall team in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region VII competition. USMA took 3rd place overall in the flight events and 1st place overall in the ground events. Some highlights of the team’s success: 1st Place Computer Accuracy: Kurt Klinkmueller, 2nd Place Computer Accuracy: Max Mueller, 3rd Place Aircraft Recognition: Galen Quiros, 1st Place Ground Trainer (Simulator): Kurt Klinkmueller, 2nd Place Navigation: Kurt Klinkmueller, Galen Quiros 4th Place Navigation: Max Mueller & Virginia Brawley, 3rd Place Overall Top Pilot: Kurt Klinkmueller and 4th Place Overall Top Pilot: Max Mueller.
Cadets in Construction Management completed Project Imperium (latin for “control”). Students estimated the cost and duration of a KNEX structure and then entered competitive bids. The teams refined their schedules and plans to build the project and were awarded contracts to proceed. Once construction began, cadets faced grave uncertainty: tornados, gas line leaks, VIP visits and permitting issues slowed their progress. Throughout all of this, construction managers monitored progress using earned value analysis and assessed this data to control the project. After successfully completing the project, teams filed claims against the owner which were heard in mock-court to settle disputes from delays during construction. Team “Spartan Centurion Ranger” composed of CDTs Elizabeth Psiaki, Blake Goddard, Phil White, Cam Opp, and Nathan Lopez emerged victorious.
The Army West Point Equestrian Team represented the Academy proudly at its second IHSA horseshow of the season travelling to Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. The team rode to excellence with seven top-three finishes in multiple categories of competition. Some of the most notable placings were: Madyson Paul ’21 first place walk-trot-canter division; Haley Middleton ’21 and Carolin Ruwe ’18 second in walk-trot-canter divisions; Cira Wolf ’20 and Taqi Iftikhar ’20 second in walk-trot divisions, and Lucy Harrill ’21 and Caneel Dixon ’20 third in their walk-trot divisions. In addition to their individual wins, the team enjoyed participating in the annual team Halloween costume competition. They earned first place for their construction worker costumes, and had a blast providing entertainment for the parents visiting for the weekend.
Nine cadets from the West Point Model United Nations Team traveled to Los Angeles, CA to participate in the University of Southern California's Model UN Conference (TrojanMUN). Attendance represents an effort by the team to reach different areas and extend our history of excellence and competitive edge to the west coast. The committees themselves involved in-depth debate about a wide variety of important international relations and political issues, including several UN assemblies as well as regional bodies. Cadets represented the U.S. in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), working to address the regulation of arms movement in the Middle East and protecting countries from international threats, and represented China in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), advancing discussion on peacekeeper accountability. Engaging and competing with top-tier universities such as UCLA and University of California, Berkeley, the West Point team found great success, with multiple individual awards leading to West Point winning the Secretary-General's award for the Best Small Delegation: first place overall for the entire conference in our division. The following cadets were recognized for their individual performances: CDTs Armstrong '18: Best Delegate in "Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General", Cross '20: Outstanding Delegate in "Ingen Board of Directors", Sidhu '18: Verbal Commendation in "United States National Security Council" and Arnold '21: Verbal Commendation in "Knights of the Round Table".
Army West Point Black traveled to Chicago to compete in the Michael Lipov Memorial Cup VIII. The team played some of the best teams in the nation, including the Olympic national team. They played hard in five games throughout the weekend and secured fourth place in the tournament, just missing third place by four points. Several players from the other teams noted a significant improvement in competitiveness from previous years.