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- 12/12/17--11:59: _Cadets Get Publishe...
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- 12/13/17--07:58: _King Leads Men's Ba...
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- 12/13/17--08:24: _Melanie Campbell Pe...
- 12/13/17--08:29: _BG Bonner Professio...
- 12/13/17--08:30: _Bradshaw Inks Athle...
- 12/14/17--09:14: _MAJ LeVay Presents ...
- 12/14/17--09:17: _“Public Speaking 10...
- 12/14/17--09:20: _LTG Caslen Visits H...
- 12/14/17--09:23: _Mikheyev Named Conf...
- 12/14/17--09:26: _Cadets work with Ha...
- 12/14/17--09:27: _Three All-Americans...
- 12/14/17--09:33: _Cyber Policy Team P...
- 12/15/17--07:11: _CBS Sports Net to A...
- 12/15/17--07:13: _“Powerful PowerPoin...
- 12/12/17--11:59: Cadets Get Published in Commonweal Magazine
- 12/12/17--12:15: USMA Band hosts CME's Vibration Engineering Class
- 12/12/17--12:18: USMAPS Grads Meet with Cadet Candidates
- 12/12/17--12:22: Cadets Earn Bronze at iGEM Giant Jamboree
- 12/13/17--07:58: King Leads Men's Basketball at St. Francis Brooklyn
- 12/13/17--08:00: Cadets Visit the US Court of Appeals
- 12/13/17--08:02: Cadets Abroad in Latvia Visit Russia
- 12/13/17--08:04: CPT Ketterlinus Presents Tarof to Cadets
- 12/13/17--08:24: Melanie Campbell Performs at Ike for Cadets
- 12/13/17--08:29: BG Bonner Professional Development with Cadets
- 12/13/17--08:30: Bradshaw Inks Athlete of the Week Accolades
- 12/14/17--09:14: MAJ LeVay Presents at the Historic Nassau Club
- 12/14/17--09:17: “Public Speaking 101” at the Mounger Writing Center
- 12/14/17--09:20: LTG Caslen Visits History Dept Leadership
- 12/14/17--09:23: Mikheyev Named Conference Swimmer of the Week
- 12/14/17--09:26: Cadets work with Habitat for Humanity
- 12/14/17--09:27: Three All-Americans from Women's Rugby
- 12/14/17--09:33: Cyber Policy Team Places First
- 12/15/17--07:11: CBS Sports Net to Air Three Men's Lacrosse Games
- 12/15/17--07:13: “Powerful PowerPoints” at the Mounger Writing Center
Dr. Cassandra Nelson traveled to the University of Dallas to present a paper entitled "Sense and Comprehensibility: Revivifying Literature for First-Year College Students" at the 21st Annual Conference of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Dr. Nelson's paper shared strategies for effectively teaching literature to first-year undergraduates, by encouraging them to read experientially—that is, for discovery and mastery, not skimming for standardized-testable keywords—and by demonstrating how the work of interpretation will benefit them in their future careers. One in-class exercise that Dr. Nelson has successfully used to re-empower fourth-class cadets as readers and thinkers combines Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Filling Station" with ADRP 6-22, Chapter 3, to show the importance of empathy as one of the foundations of Army leader character. Two weeks after the conference, Dr. Nelson published an essay—entitled "'Why, oh Why, the Doily?': Aristotle, Elizabeth Bishop, and the Work of Preservation"—in the Fall Books issue of Commonweal magazine. The essay includes analysis of Bishop's poem by ten cadets who took EN102 last spring: Cadets Davis Benn, Nicole Drago, Nathan Hein, Denali Jackson, Amira Mohamed, Malik Mitchell, Lauren Schultz, and Jackson Szczerbik, they reunited to pick up copies of the magazine and to see their writing in print, some for the first time.
SFC Brandie Lane, a recording engineer for the West Point Band, conducted a vibro-acoustics laboratory experience cadets, linking several theoretical concepts discussed in class with their real-world implementation in acoustics and music performance. They learned how the science of vibration engineering is applied to the art of musical production and recording, as well as techniques for optimizing sound quality. Cadet Bill Waters volunteered to sing Bohemian Rhapsody, and SFC Lane demonstrated how to adjust the sound quality to improve the recording.
Members from the Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP) and USMA cadets who graduated from the USMA Prep School returned to USMAPS to meet with current Cadet Candidates. CEP Director, LTC Darcy Schnack kicked off the event inspiring cadets to make the most out of their year at USMAPS to best prepare for their transition into USMA. Cadets from across all 4 classes lead discussion groups with Cadet Candidates focused on many topics that included: Motivation, Diversity and Minority Affairs, Cadet-Athlete balance and Prior Service discussion groups.
Cadets from the Department of Chemistry and Life Science and Math attended the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Giant Jamboree in Boston, MA. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student team competition in Synthetic Biology. For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. The USMA-West Point team presented their work titled "Detecting chemicals with engineered olfactory receptors through microelectrode array readings" in three different forms; a wiki page, three nights of poster presenting, and a final platform presentation.
The Army West Point men's basketball team got back in the win column here Tuesday night following a 76-60 victory at St. Francis Brooklyn. The Black Knights led wire-to-wire but the Terriers made it a close game on numerous occasions. Army started the contest on a 6-0 run but a little more than six minutes into the game the Cadets held just a slim edge at 10-7. Army then extended its advantage to 24-13 at the 7:59 mark to create a double-digit gap between the teams. St. Francis Brooklyn would not go away though sparking a 9-0 run to pull within 24-22. The Cadets responded with a run of their own to push the lead back to twin figures at 25-41 with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening half. Army then maintained that edge and took a 44-30 lead into the break. St. Francis Brooklyn's score at halftime marked the Black Knights' second-best defensive first half and its best opening period against a Division I opponent. Read More
Cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar visited the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan. The Second Circuit handles all federal appeals arising out of New York, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut and is one level below the U.S. Supreme Court. The cadets were welcomed by Chief Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, who was presented with an Army West Point shirt. The cadets observed several appellate oral arguments in Second Circuit courtroom. Afterwards, the cadets met and had lunch with five US Circuit Court Judges: Peter Hall, Dennis Jacobs, Raymond Lohier, Gerard Lynch and Robert Sack. Lastly, the cadets were escorted on a tour around the 27th floor outdoor walkway of the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, where they observed fabulous views of the city.
Cadets on semester abroad in Latvia were afforded the opportunity to travel to Russia during a short academic recess. Cadets traveled to Saint Petersburg and Moscow over the course of the week to visit historical and cultural sites and to practice the Russian skills they have been honing in the classroom.
CPT Leila Ketterlinus, an Iranian-born native Persian speaker and German Instructor, delivered a presentation to cadets enrolled in third semester German. CPT Ketterlinus presented on the similarities between the German and Persian languages and discussed Tarof, a Middle Eastern form of civility and a cultural behavior that dictates how people should treat each other in every social interaction. Tarof affects all aspects of life, from buying groceries to negotiating a nuclear deal. Cadets learned that Tarof is far more prevalent and complicated than many other decorous manners practiced throughout the world. Cadets practiced some basic Persian phrases and customs as well. This talk was part of a collaborative research project initiated by Dr. Richardson (German Section) on "Enhancing Multilingual and Multicultural Awareness.” CPT Ketterlinus has previously noted that prior exposure to German seems to be beneficial for the pronunciation of Persian. CPT Ketterlinus and Dr. Richardson are planning to present a more detailed report next semester at two conferences.
The Department of Foreign Language (DFL) held its twenty-second Performance Series at Ike Hall. This semester’s recital was titled: “Soirée Magique, a night at the opera.” Featured Mezzo Soprano, Melanie Campbell accompanied at the piano by internationally renowned pianist Albert Stanziano. Miss Campbell sang arias from the classic opera repertoire in German, French, and Italian. She also sang American spiritual classics. More than Eighty Cadets and fifty guests from faculty, staff, and from NYC metropolitan area attended this formal gala. The DFL Performance Series introduces West Point and the neighboring communities to the world of classical music, opera, and ballet by hosting a list of international stars from the most illustrious concert halls and opera houses in the world. DFL has held the series once each semester for more than a decade.
The Department of Chemistry and Life Science hosted a visit by BG James Bonner, Commanding General (CG), 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command. Accompanying BG Bonner was his spouse, Mrs. Debra Bonner; Command Sergeant Major, among others. BG Bonner's visit included engagements with cadets and faculty, and office calls with USMA and Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center (NSERC) leadership. The highlight of his visit was the time spent mentoring cadets. BG Bonner and the 20th CBRNE Command team engaged with First Class Cadets who indicated interest in serving as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Chemical Corps officers. During the evening lecture period, BG Bonner spoke with the cohort of Second Class Cadets. In his discussions with cadets, he shared his experiences and communicated to them the breadth and depth of professional opportunities available to Chemical Corps and EOD officers. Most importantly, he advised cadets to learn about the different career fields and make an educated decision that is right for them.
Firstie quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 94 yards in the Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA and was named Army's Athlete of the Week. Bradshaw cemented the Commander in Chief's trophy victory with a game winning drive in the fourth quarter for the second year in a row. He guided the Black Knights 65 yards on 12 plays and crossed the goal line from 1-yard out to give Army the 14-13 lead with five minutes remaining in the game. Click here for the video interview: https://youtu.be/1Ylv6zSrMVw. He averages 4.5 yards per carry in the game and became the first quarter to earn back-to-back victories over Navy since Ronnie McAda did it in 1995 and 1996. He also lead the Black Knights to its first CIC trophy triumph since 1996. Entering the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Bradshaw is 21 yards shy of breaking the all-time single-season rushing record among the three service academies. He has 1,566 yards heading into the matchup against San Diego State in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 23.
MAJ Jason P. LeVay of the Department of History spoke to The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey. His presentation at the historic Nassau Club at Princeton titled "The Use of Colonial Wars in the Instruction of Unconventional Wars" was received with enthusiasm. The topic covered such items as the value of Military History as a discipline as well as the subfield of irregular, unconventional, asymmetric and revolutionary wars. This audience was particularly interested in the impact of society and culture on the ways and means of armed conflict in 17th and 18th century North America.
Dr. Jason Hoppe (Director, WPWP) led a workshop on basic public speaking issues and strategies as part of the Mounger Writing Center’s Wednesday Night Workshop series. Dr. Hoppe was joined by COL Bret Van Poppel (Deputy Head, CME) and three cadets, all of whom attended voluntarily. The small group allowed for focused conversation on issues of concern to each cadet, and topics included the art of interviewing well, presenting work with visual aids, and interacting with scholars successfully in question-and-answer sessions and capstone defense settings. The MWC holds Wednesday Night Workshops 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.
The Department of History welcomed Superintendent LTG Caslen, to Thayer Hall to receive an update on how the department accomplishes its mission to educate, train, and inspire cadets. During his visit, History Department leadership and selected faculty explained and demonstrated the various ways in which they engage with cadets, both inside and outside the classroom. The Supt had the opportunity to handle many of the various weapons from the West Point Museum that are used in the classroom, as well as trying out the Google Expedition application that provides cadets with a virtual reality experience of visiting a battlefield (Antietam, in this case).
Yearling Peter Mikheyev of the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team was tabbed the CollegeSwimming.com Conference Swimmer of the Week on Monday. Mikheyev scored well for the Black Knights in the Star Meet against Navy last Thursday. He began the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.58. The St. Albans, Vt., native later won the 200 IM after touching the wall at 1:46.40. Both times were personal bests. The men's swimming and diving team will be back in the pool on Jan. 9 when the Black Knights host Lehigh for a Patriot League dual meet slated for 4:30 p.m. at Crandall Pool.
Cadets assisted Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, NY with the completing of the final touches of a home on Carson Street before its dedication. This home was the 92-home completed by the Newburgh Habitat for Humanity Charity. Four faculty members and five cadets participated working on insulation netting, painting, appliance installation, and cleaning.
Three members of the Army West Point women's rugby team earned postseason recognition as National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) 15s All-Americans. Firstie Sydney Dossett, as well as yearlings Sam Sullivan and Gio Ferguson-Lewis were all named first team honorees by the national governing body and coaches. The reigning national champions, Quinnipiac, saw the most players on the list with six, followed by the runner-up Dartmouth, with five. The Black Knights advanced to the NIRA 15s Championship match against Harvard, and finished the fall season with an overall record of 4-7-1. Ferguson-Lewis garnered her second All-American honors, while Dossett and Sullivan were selected for their first career recognitions. Read More
The USMA Cyber Policy Team placed first among all undergraduate teams at the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge hosted by Columbia University in NYC. The Cyber Policy Team’s Black Knights were the only undergraduate team to make it to the final round and placed fourth overall behind teams from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and NYU Law School.
The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network have announced that three Army West Point men's lacrosse games will be featured on the cable sports network in the spring. The first matchup on national television is at Boston University on April 7 at 3:15 pm as part of tripleheader of Patriot League action. The following week, the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse, Army-Navy, takes center stage at Michie Stadium with a noon faceoff on April 14. The final regular season game for the Black Knights on CBS Sports Network will be the final Patriot League matchup of the season at Loyola at 7 p.m. on April 20. The semifinal and championship rounds of the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship will be televised by CBS Sports Network for the 10th-consecutive season. The semifinal round is set for Friday, April 27, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday, April 29. All three games will be hosted by the tournament's top overall seed. The Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship will also be televised live by CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 6 at noon. Read More
Cadet Writing Fellow and Life Science major Peter Zhu '19 led a workshop on designing PowerPoints in support of oral presentations as part of the Mounger Writing Center’s weekly workshop series. Zhu led his audience through an exacting guide to how to form well-designed PowerPoints that support rather than eclipse the presenter him or herself. His advice was often grounded in sociological research, for instance concerning the number of bullet points an audience can usually take in and points about color selection in data visualization strategies.