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    Hamilton Birthday CelebrationThe American Politics Stem in the Department of Social Sciences celebrated Alexander Hamilton's 261st Birthday at Cullum Hall. The guest speaker for the event was renown Hamilton scholar Professor Bradford Wilson of Princeton University. The event also included a cake cutting performed by CDT CPL Alexander Hamilton, a performance of "My Shot" by the Glee Club, and musical entertainment from WKDT. Over 100 cadets attended the event.


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    CDT Briyah Brown '18Firstie Briyah Brown of the Army West Point women's track and field team has earned Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week honors and was named AWPAA athlete of the week. These honors come after Brown's remarkable performance at the Penn 8-Team Select on Saturday, Jan.20, where she claimed first place in both the shot put and weight throw. In the shot put, Brown threw for a distance of 14.68m, which was an ECAC qualifying distance. In the weight throw, she threw for as distance of 18.61m, also an ECAC qualifying distance, and a personal record for the New Rochelle, N.Y., native. This distance also broke the school record of 17.99m set by Heather Lawson at the Army-Navy Star meet in 1999.


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    2016 Howitzer Staff Premiere Print AwardCongratulations to the United States Military Academy 2016 Howitzer Yearbook staff, Anne L. Drew, Evangeline Hager and cadet David Solomon, and Jostens staff who received The Premier Print Award, Award of Recognition. The Premier Print Awards from Printing Industries of America is one of the most prestigious international print competitions.


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    Lacrosse Recognized in USILA Preseason PollThe Army West Point men's lacrosse team received more national recognition Tuesday when it was ranked 16th by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason poll. The Black Knights will face three other teams on the rankings in the 2018 season, all which currently rank in the top-13 to include No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Rutgers, No. 10 Syracuse and No. 13 Loyola. Army welcomes back a wealth of its roster for the 2018 year with returners in key roles. Johnny Surdick who was a 2017 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and All-Patriot League First Team selection will lead the Black Knights' defensive unit. He led the squad with 1.93 caused turnovers per game which ranked him 10th nationally. Surdick also recorded 42 ground balls. Midfielder David Symmes will be back for his firstie season after leading the Black Knights with three game-winning goals. He was second on the team in points with 35. AJ Barreto will be back in goal for the Cadets after starting in all 16 contests in 2017 and garnering a .508 save percentage and an 8.47 goals against average. Read More


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  • 01/24/18--08:01: Army Judo Fairs Well at RMC
  • Congratulations to the West Point Judo team for winning most of their matches over the Royal Military College of Canada last week. In addition to competing, the two teams held workshops with each other to practice skills and build relationships.

    Photo by CDT Andrew Maier


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    Cadets Attend American Physical Society ConferenceCadets Christina Bouvier, Sidney Gonzalez, and Adaya Queen attended the American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in New York City hosted by Columbia University, Barnard College, and City College of New York. CUWiP is composed of a series of simultaneous conferences held nationwide with the intent of encouraging undergraduate women to stay in physics through professional conference attendance. Topics covered at the conference include networking skills, professional speakers and presentations, tangential careers enabled by a degree in physics, and achieving work-life balance. Attendees interacted with others and discuss issues facing engaging women in and retaining them in the physics discipline.


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  • 01/25/18--06:44: First Trivia Night of 2018
  • First Trivia Night of 2018The first History Department Trivia Night of the New Year was held at the First Class Club. Support from the cadets, staff, and faculty was as always top notch. The night was sponsored by the Directorate of Cadet Activities (DCA), the Association of Graduates (WPAOG), and the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (ODIA), to include gift cards to the winners, as well as apparel and other items in the raffle. CPT James Villanueva, MAJ Kyle Hatzinger, and MAJ Greg Hope supplied the questions as twenty-seven teams and well over 125 cadets competed with "Let me show you de wae" eventually declared as the winners, after a sudden death trivia-off was held by COL Ty Seidule to break the deadlock. Come out and see the next Trivia Night February 13 at the First Class Club, 8pm. Staff and faculty are always welcomed to form teams and come compete for bragging rights over their cadets.


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    CDT Madison Hovren '19The Army West Point women's basketball team pieced together a 20-point fourth quarter effort to build a large enough lead and left Cotterell Court with a 62-54 Patriot League victory on Wednesday night. The Black Knights (10-10, 3-6 Patriot League) had three Cadets in double-figures on the offensive end, led by Madison Hovren's 15-point performance on 7-of-11 shooting. The cow paired that with six boards against the Raiders (4-16, 0-9 Patriot League). Aliyah Murray put in 13 points and collected six rebounds, while Janae McNeal added 10 points. Morgann Yancey and Margaret Anne Hubbell provided a spark off the bench, combining to score 18 points. Read More


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    Cadets Attend Systems Thinking SeminarThe seminar served as an introduction to critical thinking for cadets enrolled in their first Department of Systems Engineering course with Professors Derek and Laura Cabrera of Cornell University. The methods communicated in this seminar are unlike any other critical thinking methods taught at USMA. These skills directly tie to what graduates are expected to do; provide potential candidate solutions. The seminar exposed the cadets to a leading meta-cognition expert, Dr. Derek Cabrera discussed Systems Thinking and facilitated a breakout session. The prompt for the breakout session was truly ambiguous: What are the impacts of the refugee crisis to the U.S. Army European Command’s area of responsibility, and what can the U.S. Army do? In addition, the visiting Professors connected current industry practices into their discussions that are asymmetric to most techniques.


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    Conference Presentation at Oxford UniversityMembers of the Department of English and Philosophy attended a conference at Oxford University. LTC Harry Jones, MAJ Scott Parsons, and CDT Maddie Ruppel attended the Virtues in the Public Sphere Conference at Oriel College, Oxford University. The Virtues in the Public Sphere Conference is the sixth annual conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. LTC Harry Jones presented a paper entitled "Public Virtue by Design: Practicing Dialogue through Civic Friendship." Major Parsons presented a paper entitled "The Civil-Military Divide: Moral Exemplars in the Public Sphere."


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    MBA Candidate Cadets Visit BarcelonaAs part of a unique cooperation agreement between IESE Business School and The United States Military Academy at West Point, four cadets visited Barcelona this past summer. The cadets took part in IESE's Young Talent Path, a bootcamp for high-potential MBA candidates, and did volunteer work with young people for a Barcelona (Non-Governmental Organization) NGO. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/Fhl_zQnptX8.


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    CDT Michael Wilson '20After trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Army West Point hockey team rallied from behind with an unassisted shorthanded goal from Michael Wilson to force overtime against Mercyhurst Friday night. Army and Mercyhurst both earned a point for the Atlantic Hockey standings with the tie. Click here to watch the video recap: https://youtu.be/1iTZ15sbTQQ. It was the Black Knights' sixth overtime contest of the season and head coach Brian Riley's 93rd behind the bench. Blake Box Netted Army's first goal of the night and snapped his stick while doing so. It is the firstie captain's second score of the season and eighth of his career. The goal was also Box's second against the Lakers. Read More


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    CDT Emiliano Concha-Toro '20The No. 12 Army West Point rifle team outscored Akron for the fourth consecutive year at Palmyra. Aggregate (4643), The Black Knights tallied an aggregate score of 4632, edging out Akron's score of 4632. Kutz led overall as the highest scoring individual for the match with an aggregate score of 1169. She was followed by fellow plebe, Hanson who scored an aggregate of 1160. Nathan Brewer (1156), Payne Nunn (1154), and Emiliano Concha-Toro (1148) also landed among the top 10 individuals for the match. Smallbore (2311), Kutz led the team in small bore as well with a score of 581, one point ahead of Hanson's 580. Concha-Toro tied for fourth with two Akron shooters, with a score of 574. Brewer followed with a score of 570, while Nunn (568) and Matt Lovre (561) closed out the scoring squad. Read More


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    CDT Dylan Simonsen '21The Army West Point men's tennis team earned their first victory of the season against the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday. The Black Knights earned a complete sweep in doubles play, while four other Black Knights were victorious in singles. Army now improves to 1-4 on the season, while Binghamton falls to 0-2 overall. Michael Nguyen def. Tiago Lourenco - 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 2. Kushnaan Nath def. Gregory Shannon - 0-6, 7-6, 6-7. Myles Conlin def. Tiago Saez - 6-2, 7-6. David Mitchell def. Alex Pena - 6-2, 6-0. Sebastian Quiros def. Dylan Simonsen - 3-6, 2-6. Michael Sienko def. Josh Druger - 7-6, 6-3. Read More


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    CDT Daizjah Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its second consecutive Patriot League victory after defeating Loyola, 62-47, on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Madison Hovren posted a double-double, while leading all scorers in the game with 23 points on 11-of-17 shooting to pair with a team-best 11 rebounds. Janae McNeal also reached double-figures in the scoring column for Army (11-10, 4-6 Patriot League) with 10 points, while Aliyah Murray added eight with 10 rebounds against Loyola (6-15, 4-6 Patriot League). The Black Knights captured their first home Patriot League win of the season. Army halted the Greyhounds three-game winning streak. Hovren moved past Aimee Oertner '16 and Olivia Schretzman '15 for 18th all-time in scoring with 999 career points. It was her 13th double-double of the season and 29th of her career. Her 23 points marked the fifth time this season that she eclipsed 20 points in a game. Seven of Murray's 10 rebounds came from the offensive glass. Read More


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    CDT Trey Chalifoux '20The Army West Point wrestling team earned a second-place finish at the All-Academy Championships, hosted by The Citadel, with 96.5 points on Saturday afternoon. Navy won the team crown for the first time since 2014 with 118 points. The Black Knights posted a combined record of 21-10 with 10 bonus point wins on 6 falls, 3 technical falls and 1 major decisions. Army and Navy also tied for the most wrestlers in the finals with seven apiece. Yearling Trey Chalifoux and rookie Lane Peters provided Army with its two individual champions. Army started fast as a team, picking up falls in its first two matches courtesy of Austin Harry and Trey Chalifoux. Both Harry and Chalifoux earned their first-career pins. Harry added his 40th-career win in the semifinals. Chalifoux became the first Army wrestler since Brian Harvey and Bryce Barnes (2015 and '16) to win back-to-back titles at the All-Academy Championships. Read More


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    CDT Abby Halbrook '19The Army West Point women's track and field team had a solid performance at the Penn State Invite, including a record breaking one-mile from Abby Halbrook. Haley Watson finished in fourth place in the 500m with a time of 1:16.06. Hannah Deines followed in 10th with a time of 1:17.36. Monika Shimko clocked in at 2:17.55 in the 800m which was good for seventh place. Samantha Coletti had a strong showing in the 1000m, taking first place with a season best time of 2:53.73. Following the yearling were Morgan Chewning-Kiluck (2:56.55) in third, and Cassie Mundekis (2:56.81) in fourth. In the mile, Kate Sanborn earned fifth place with a time of 5:03.17. In the mile invite, Abby Halbrook finished in seventh place with a time of 4:47.66. This time was a college-best and broke the Army one-mile record of 4:50.3 set by Catherine Gaffigan against Navy in 1995. Read More


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    CDT Madison Hovren '19Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team became the 18th Cadet in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career. She achieved this milestone after scoring 23 points in the Black Knights' victory over Loyola on Saturday. Hovren's 1,000th point came early in the third quarter against the Greyhounds. She now has 1,010 career points and sits tied for 16th all-time with Pam Pearson '85. The Spokane, Wash., native has excelled on the court during her time at West Point, compiling 598 career rebounds to pair with her 1,010 points. The nine-time Patriot League Player of the Week recipient is a 46-percent shooter and is averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for her career. Hovren and the women's basketball team will return to action on Saturday when they head to the nation's capital to face off against American at 3 p.m.


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    Army FootballThe Army West Point football team earned more recognition for the 2017 season as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference named the Black Knights their Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Team of the Year. the recipients of the 2017 Lambert Meadowlands Awards, to be presented at the 82nd Eastern College Football Awards Banquet in the Toyota Club at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 22. Army West Point will claim the 2017 ECAC Division I Football Subdivision Team of the Year award after finishing the season with 10 wins for only the second time in school history and won eight of their final nine games of the season to reach the milestone. Army also led the nation in rushing offense with 362.3 yards per game and had a total of 4,710 rushing yards in 2017. The Black Knights captured a thrilling 14-13 victory over service-academy rival Navy in the 118th installment of the Army Navy Game, securing the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996. The squad claimed their consecutive bowl championship with a 42-35 victory over San Diego State in the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Read More


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    Cadet Gerald Crawford 1968 - Standing, LeftThe Cadet Amateur Radio Club made HF radio contact with COL (R) Gerald E. Crawford located in South Carolina last Thursday. COL Crawford was the Cadet-in-Charge of the Cadet Amateur Radio Club his firstie year. COL Crawford commissioned into the Signal Corps upon graduation. He served in Vietnam and later served as the battalion commander of the 24th Signal Battalion at Fort Stewart, GA from 1981 to 1984 and retired after serving as the Chief of Staff of 7th Signal Command in 1993. In 1968, then Cadet Crawford helped build the club's Heathkit Amateur Radios. These radios still operate today thanks to restoration work by Mr. Paul Gordon. COL Crawford mentioned in the radio contact that it has been 50 years since he has spoken with anyone over the air affiliated with the Cadet Amateur Radio Club. This radio contact is unique as it shows that West Point alumni can speak and connect with current cadets and faculty using the hobby they explored as a cadet. The club would like to thank COL Crawford for his kind and generous monetary donation to the club this past year.

    Photo: Cadet Gerald Crawford 1968 - Standing, Left


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