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    American Society of Civil Engineer National ConventionThe American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2018 National Convention took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Six Cadets, three faculty members from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) attended. The cadets and faculty attended various sessions with motivational speakers and leaders in the field. This included key speakers including leading economist Marci Rossell, MG Jackson from the Corps of Engineers, and leaders in the Civil Engineering world including several ASCE presidents, past and present. Topics for the sessions included History and Heritage, Professional Development, Significant Projects, State of the Industry, Strategic Issues, Emerging Leaders, Anti-Terrorism (AT) Building design, project management, and resilience planning.


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    Crew Head of the Schuylkill RegattaIt was a beautiful day in Philadelphia for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta marking the last fall competition. Army Crew ended the season with a very strong performance against mostly NCAA Division 1 completion. The team also welcomed many alumni for the first ever Army Crew Alumni rows. Men’s novice 4 event finished 8th and 9th out of 16 boats. Men’s championship 4 finished 13th and 15th out of 36 boats. Women’s championship 4 finished 21st out of 41 boats. Men’s novice 8 finished 9th out of 25 boats and beating Coast Guard’s novice men’s crew by approximately 5 seconds. Women’s novice 8 finished 18th out of 31 boats. Men’s club championship 8 finished 4th out of 38 boats and beat Coast Guard’s first and second boats. Women’s club championship 8 finished 22d out of 43 boats. Men’s championship 8 finished 6th out of 12 behind the US National Team (that won silver at worlds this year), University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University, Penn A.C., and Drexel. All of which are either national level teams or NCAA Division 1. Also, for the first time, three alumni boats entered under the Army Rowing Association in the Alumni 4 event (2 men’s and 1 women’s). It was a great opportunity for former rowers to interact with current members of the team. The boats consisted of: Men’s Alumni 4: McClintock ’94 (Stroke), Montanari ’96, Babbitt ’99, Schnack ’96, CDT Appel (coxswain) ’20. Men’s Alumni 4: Beale ’02 (Stroke), Davis ’08, Barker ’87, Linford ’07, CDT McGerty (coxswain) ’20. Women’s Alumni 4: Ostasewski ’08 (Stroke), Miller ’09, Schnack ’96, Jones ’93, CDT Fusselman (coxswain) ’20.


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    Jewish Chapel Choir Concert and Q&AThe Choir's concert and Q&A session was well received by the congregation and Temple Israel, one audience member sent the following text: "Today was the most moving experience at Temple Israel in Long Beach, New York. The Jewish Cadets West Point Choir performed and it was inspiring. Not only did I enjoy their exquisite vocal performance. It was touching that each cadet spoke about their West Point experience with such pride. Each cadet was so eloquent and heartfelt when they answered our questions. I will never forget this experience and would travel to hear them again." Mr. Lou Gross ’54 made time to attend the concert and speak with the cadets, his presence inspired the choir.


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    Wrestling 2017The Army West Point wrestling team completed its second tournament of the season at the Journeyman Collegiate Classic on Sunday. The Black Knights compiled a combined record of 30-16 on the day, including 19 bonus point wins on six falls, five technical falls and eight major decisions. Knox Fuller (149 lbs., C bracket), Noah Stewart (184 lbs., B bracket), Jeremiah Imonode (184 lbs., C bracket) and Rocco Caywood (197 lbs., B bracket) each earned first-place finishes, led by Stewart's 4-0 performance. Noah Stewart opened the tournament with his 20th-career bonus point win with an 11-0 major decision. Rookie Lane Peters earned his first-career pin at 4:49 of his opening bout. Lucas Weiland earned his first-career victory over a ranked opponent with a 10-0 major decision against No. 18 Casey Sparkman. Rocco Caywood and Andrew Mendel posted their 20th-career bonus point wins with technical falls. Jack Wedholm documented his 60th-career win against Cory Damiana with an 11-1 major decision for the 40th bonus point victory of his career. Ben Harvey and Noah Stewart earned their 25th-career victories at the tournament. Knox Fuller earned the first three bonus point victories of his career, including a pin over Jake Keating. Read More


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  • 11/13/17--08:07: SOSH Hosts China Town Hall
  • SOSH Hosts China Town HallThe Department of Social Sciences hosted a China Town Hall in cooperation with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. The Town Hall featured Mr. Ryan Hass, Fellow of the John L. Thornton China Center from The Brookings Institution and a webcast form the Honorable Susan E. Rice. The speakers discussed “The Strategic Implications of China’s Rise” with approximately 100 cadets.


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    Volleyball 2017After celebrating its eight first classmen on senior night, the Army West Point volleyball team swept Lehigh, 3-0, Friday at Gillis Field House. "I am really proud of our team," said head coach Alma Kovaci Lee. "Our seniors played so well and the rest of the team played for them. It was great to see everyone playing as a unit for one another tonight." Carolyn Bockrath led the squad with 13 kills and a .476 hitting percentage. Amber Clay had 11 kills and seven digs, while Vanessa Wesley (6), Allie Strong (5) and Jaden Pickell (3) also aided in Army's offensive production. Haven Bethune tallied 22 assists in the match and Nikki Lum produced 14. Ellie Petersen and Strong each notched 10 digs, while Ana Oglivie had seven. The Cadets held the Mountain Hawks to a .043 hitting percentage in the match while hitting .333 themselves. Read More


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    LTC Armstrong recently attended the 89th Society of Rheology Conference in Denver, CO to present research on rheology and modeling complex material with cadets Tyler Helton and Michael Deegan. Helton and Deegan presented their work on modeling and analyzing the rheology of human blood. Tyler Helton presented a poster entitled: Using LAOS and transient data to “Fingerprint” human blood rheological data. Michael Deegan presented a poster entitled: Comparison of simple rheological models in fitting and predicting steady state and transient blood rheology.


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    With four scorers reaching double-figures, the Army West Point women's basketball team claimed a 73-61 victory over Binghamton to open the 2017-18 campaign on Friday night at Christl Arena. With the win, Army moved to 1-0 to start the season, while Binghamton fell to 0-1. The starting lineup gave the Black Knights a ton of production as the five starters accounted for 60 of the team's 73 points. Click here to watch the recap: https://youtu.be/oMa2PqriLa4. Daizjah Morris led all scorers in the game with 23 points, while her sister and fellow classmate, Destinee finished with 15 points. Libby Tacka and Madison Hovren added 11 points apiece. One of the keys to the Black Knights' win, was their ability to knock down the shot from long range. The Cadets connected on 7-of-11 (63.6%) attempts from beyond-the-arc. As a team, the Black Knights shot 47.4 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bearcats, 44-31. Morris' 23 points was a new career best and just the second time in her career that she eclipsed the 20-point mark. Read More


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    Dr. Mattox Works with NE CadetsDr. John Mattox from the National Defense University conducted an interactive exercise entitled "Making Sense of Deterrence" for forty-one cadets enrolled in the Nuclear Weapon Effects Course. Cadets enrolled in the course represent a cross section of academic majors. During the exercise, the cadets were presented with multiple academic points of view regarding deterrence theory and offered several thought provoking questions regarding deterrence and nuclear weapons which they discussed in small groups. The exercise culminated with a Looney Tunes cartoon starring Sam the Sheep Dog comically thwarting Wiley E. Coyote's attempts to steal sheep along with the real question of "how do you stop the coyote from attempting to steal sheep?" Cadets vigorously offered several amusing solutions, but the main point of "understanding the adversary's mindset is central to deterrence" was well understood. At the end of the exercise, cadets gained a better appreciation of the purpose and strategic importance of our nation's nuclear weapon complex and stockpile.


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    CDT Zach Evancho '18After trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Army West Point hockey team scored two tallies late in the game to power past Niagara, 3-1 on the road. The Black Knights improved to 6-1-0 on the road, which is the most road wins by any team in college hockey. It was Army's third win at Niagara in the series history. The Black Knights continued to its five-game winning streak over the Purple Eagles. Army remains undefeated (6-0) when being outshot by its opponent. Niagara led in shots 29-17 in Friday night's contest. It was the first game in the 2017-18 season that the Black Knights won when their opponent scored the first goal. Cole Bruns made 28 saves in the game for Army. Trevor Fidler netted his first goal of the year and 15th of his career. Zach Evancho scored Army's game-winner in the third period after returning to the Black Knights' lineup from a five-game absence. It was the yearling’s second game winning goal of his career and ninth goal overall. Michael Wilson posted his first empty net goal to mark his seventh of the season. Conor Andrle posted a carreer-high three assists on the night, while Nick DeCenzo and Tyler Pham also aided in tonight's goals. Pham has now notched a point in all, but one of Army's games this season. Read More


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    Cadet Architecture Tour in New York CityCadets in the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum and the Studio Arts Forum traveled to New York City to conduct a walking tour of various architecturally significant buildings. In the past, these Forums mostly have focused on studying paintings and sculptures in museums, so a trip such as this one, which treats the cityscape as a gallery in and of itself, was the next logical step in broadening cadets’ engagement with the arts. The route included stops at some of New York’s most iconic structures, such as the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cadets studied a variety of architectural styles including Art Deco, Classical Revival, Byzantine, and Neo-Gothic.


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    CDT Evin Rude '18A first-place finish in the 400 free relay propelled the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team past undefeated UConn, 154.5-145.5, in a dual meet on Friday night at Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. The Black Knights advanced to 2-1 in dual meets, while the Huskies took their first loss of the season and fell to 3-1. Army took seven events against the Huskies. Evin Rude stepped up for the Black Knights, winning the 200 free (1:39.24), the 50 free (21.00) and the 100 free (45.91) before anchoring the 400 free relay squad that came up in the clutch to seal the victory. Kevin Doo finished with the top times in the 200 fly (1:50.85) and the 100 fly (49.20), while also swimming the first leg of the 400 free relay. Tom Ottman also contributed in scoring by finishing first in the 1000 free (9:29.10) and second in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.33. The Black Knights took the all-time series lead 8-7 over UConn with the win. Diver Hudson Kay placed second in the one-meter (266.54) and three-meter (274.42). Read More


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    Persian Forum Celebrates MehreganThe Persian Forum celebrated Mehregan, an ancient Persian festival. The word “Mehr” in Farsi means kindness. Thus, Mehregan festival is designated to celebrate friendship, affection and love. Cadets celebrated Mehregan festival at Dr. Irani Tehrani’s residence and enjoyed Persian food and conversation.


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    A field goal and blocked punt return for a touchdown was all the difference in the inaugural Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) Championship game as Army captured a 10-0 victory over Penn on Friday evening at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights captured their 35th league title in program history and the 18th perfect season. Army notched eight wins in a season for just the second time in program history, matching the mark set by the 1983 squad. Click here to watch the recap: https://youtu.be/Vfnh3gmMaXY. The Black Knights completed their 18th perfect season in program history. Army earned its eighth victory of the season, tying the program-record set by the 1983 squad. The Black Knights posted their fourth shutout victory of the season. Firstie Jake Marchillo scored his third-career touchdown and first since 2015. Firstie co-captain Curtis Jerzerick posted a game-high nine tackles, including two tackles for loss. James Scroggins tallied five tackles on the night, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of nine yards. Scroggins also blocked a punt in the game that resulted in the contest's only touchdown. Peter Davis booted his seventh field goal of the season. Read More


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    Cadets Abroad Visit the Roof of the WorldCadets Gavin Felch and Evan Terkanian, currently on semester abroad in Tajikistan, conducted an excursion with the American Councils Group to visit Pamir mountain Range. In Farsi, Pamir translates as ‘the Roof of the world,” noting that when you look at the terrain from the ground level, it seems as if the mountains touch the sky. Pamir Highway is the highest mountain route in the world. While on the visit, the cadets gained not only an appreciation for the terrain, but enjoyed the natural hospitality of Pamir people and learned about different dialects spoken in the area.


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  • 11/13/17--08:28: On Point: Beyond the Game
  • On Point: Beyond the GameAthletes have a widespread impact on those they encounter. The importance of sports goes beyond athletic ability. Sports are more about the impact of athletes on one another, and individuals involved with the program. In 50 years when the Army uniforms are off, the memories from interactions with teammates is what will stick out in the athletes' minds, not their success or statistics. The Army West Point Athletic Department has had the opportunity to make a positive impact on many individuals throughout its history. But recent cooperation with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation has enabled kids to cross the line from casual interactions with athletes to something more meaningful and special. Army and the foundation have brought six kids and their families into the athletic program, and that relationship has positively impacted both the child and athletes alike.


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    USMA Hosts Tsinghua University CadetsThe Chinese section hosted a visiting delegation of military Cadets and teachers from Tsinghua University, one of Mainland China’s most prestigious universities. The visit provided an excellent opportunity for cultural and linguistic exchange for West Point cadets as well as Chinese-language faculty.


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    Football 2017After capturing a 21-16 victory over Duke on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium, the Army West Point football team completed its quest to go undefeated at home by finishing 6-0 at West Point. Despite being held scoreless in the second half, the Black Knights held off the Blue Devils and improved to 8-2 overall on the season, while Duke dropped to 4-6. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/z6mV8IkABy8. On the offensive end, Ahmad Bradshaw led the rushing attack with 97 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Andy Davidson followed with 10 rushes for 64 yards. Darnell Woolfolk was the third Army rusher to accumulate double-digit carries and gained 53 yards on 16 attempts with a pair of scores. Read More


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    Creative Writing Forum Visits Sleepy HollowCadets from the Creative Writing Forum took their annual trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY where members of the club and the OIC, CPT Williams, heard the retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Cadets also had the opportunity to walk through “Horseman’s Hollow,” a haunted trail through historic Sleepy Hollow. The trip was an excellent opportunity to see how a work of fiction continues to define the character of an entire village.


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    LTC Eslinger Serves as Judge and Speaker at ABRCMS 2017 LTC Eslinger (D/CLS) was invited to serve as a Judge and Speaker at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2017. This event is one of the largest gatherings of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the four-day conference, over 1,900 students presented posters and oral presentations spanning twelve disciplines. LTC Eslinger, with a doctorate in cancer biology, was selected to evaluate three poster sessions and one oral presentation session where students presented a variety of topics related to molecular work and public health. A secondary goal of ABRCMS is to mentor students with strategies and alternative pathways in STEM. LTC Eslinger spoke to students as part of “STEM Career Choices Gateway to the Future: Conversations with Scientists”. She discussed her personal experiences with government service, undergraduate teaching, military experiences, and service at the Academy. LTC Eslinger and the ABRCMS team from over 350 colleges and universities provided essential mentorship for future STEM professionals.


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