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    Cadets Given Entrepreneurship CoachingCadets in the Entrepreneurship class went to Bunker Labs (a business start-up incubator), where the cadets were sent to obtain some excellent coaching in preparation for their competition in April.


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    CDT Maddie Burns '20The Army West Point women's lacrosse team earned its program-record sixth win of the season in the final non-league contest of the 2018 season with a 13-11 victory at Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday afternoon. The two sides traded goals early being knotted at two apiece 4:16 into the contest. From there, the Black Knights went on a 5-1 run to jump out to a 7-3 lead with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Rachel Hornick opened the scoring on that run with an unassisted tally at the 23:21 mark before a Manuela Cortes free position strike put the Black Knights up by two, 4-2. VCU cut the lead to one and looked to be poised to tie the game once again, but a trio of goals by Hornick, Jackie Brattan and Cortes in a matter of 55 seconds put the Cadets ahead comfortably, 7-3. The Rams added one more just inside of the two-minute mark to trail at halftime, 7-4. Army started fast in the second half with two goals in the first 1:18 of the final stanza, including a man-up score by Amy Johnston 30 seconds into the period. VCU stormed back, however, netting four goals over a period of 12 minutes to cut the Cadets' lead to just one, 9-8. Read More


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    Cadets Attend ESS Conference in BaltimoreLTC Hajjar, CPT(P) Dawson, CPT(P) Absalon, CDTs Riley Nolan, Care Kehn, Nette Monaus, and Jack Lowe attended the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Conference in Baltimore. Faculty and cadets presented research as part of the wider conference and as part of the Military Mini-Conference embedded in ESS. Faculty members also presided over panels. The cadets presentations were titled: "Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Cadet Performance at West Point" (Nolan); "Is Bourdieu Still Relevant: How Feelings of Belonging Impact Success at the United States Military Academy?" (Monaus, Kehn), and "Using Intersectionality to Examine Race and Class" (Lowe).


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    CDT Jacob Ericksen '21The Army West Point Men's Rugby team earned their first victory of the Cal Invitational on Saturday afternoon with a 44-10 win over Claremont at Witter Field. The Black Knights now improve to 8-2 overall in 15s play, while Claremont drops to 7-1 on the season. This marks the sixth time Army has posted over 50 points in a single game during the 15s season. Cow Tony Smith and yearling Brendan Cunningham both notched their first career tries in 15s play. Andrew Finken posted ten points on two tries, setting a new personal best. Yearling John Royston added two conversions, which were his firsts of the year. Read More


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    Undergraduate Student Leadership ConferenceCadets Leeanna Mitchell, Henri Noel, Parker Petersen, and Kristin Putz, from Behavioral Sciences & Leadership (BS&L), along with faculty member CPT John Borland, took part in the Hatton W. Summers Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference at the University of Texas in Austin. The conference host is former BS&L Department Head, BG(R) Howard Prince II. The purpose of the conference was to develop the leadership potential of current students in higher education. The conference sought to accomplish this purpose by reaching the following intermediate goals: To inspire young men and women to seek or accept leadership responsibilities as part of their contribution to their society. To Increase awareness of current and emerging leadership challenges in a variety of settings to Develop a network of students to support future collaboration among these emerging leaders.


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    CDT Michael Nguyen '18The Army West Point men's tennis team extended their winning streak to three matches Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over service-academy rival Air Force. Army now improves to 7-8 on the season, while the Falcons drop to 9-6 overall. Firsties Michael Nguyen and Gregory Shannon started the momentum for the Black Knights with a 7-6 victory over Air Force's Isaac Perez and Patrick Sklenka. The pair of Myles Conlin and Dylan Simonsen later clinched the doubles point for Army, with a victory over Tadhg Collins and Mack Galvin. The Cadets were also successful in singles play, taking three out of six matches. Read More


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    West Point Neurosurgery Lab ExerciseCadets and faculty from the Anatomy course engaged in realistic neurovascular surgical training and simulations. Dr. Rocco Armonda ’86 Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery at MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital worked with a team of representatives from BrainLab and Penumbra, companies specializing in the development and manufacturing of equipment for brain surgery and simulations, to provide the cadets training on the newest equipment and procedures involving brain surgery. COL(R) Edward Falta '86, MD, a surgeon at Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH) and USMA instructor, coordinated the training in anticipation of the Anatomy trip section.


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    CDT Michael Nguyen '18Firstie Michael Nguyen of the Army West Point Men's Tennis team was named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after an impressive showing against service-academy rival Air Force this weekend. The San Jose, Calif., native defeated Patrick Skelenka in a convincing two sets, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Nguyen and partner Gregory Shannon defeated Isaac Perez and Patrick Skelenka, 7-6. With these victories, Nguyen improves to 3-0 all-time in singles and doubles play in the first flight against the Falcons. This is the second recognition for the firstie this spring season, after being named Patriot League Player of the Week in February.


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    Arabic Forum Annual Cultural DinnerTen Cadets from the Arabic Forum and the Officer in Charge (OIC), CPT Moez Guenaien, dined at Marrakech Restaurant in Parsippany, NJ, as part of the club's annual cultural dinner. Cadets enjoyed authentic Moroccan cuisine in a seven-course meal that concluded with Moroccan mint tea and baklawa (a sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey). Throughout this cultural dinner, cadets ordered their meal in Arabic and honed their language skills through interaction with the Moroccan waiters.


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    Shakespeare Teleconference with UTCadets from Dr. Seth Herbst's and Dr. Cordelia Zukerman's classes participated in a combined Shakespeare seminar by video teleconferencing with students in Professor John Rumrich's Shakespeare class at the University of Texas, Austin. The West Point Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) and UT Department of English students collaboratively performed scenes from Measure for Measure and had an invigorating discussion about unanswered questions in the play and its resonance in the "me too" moment. With support from the International Office at The University of Texas at Austin, Professor Rumrich's Monday evening seminar is participating in an exciting global classroom initiative with China's Zhejiang University.


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    CDTs Courtney Springman '21 and Ally Snelling '21Plebes Courtney Springman and Ally Snelling of the Army West Point softball team received Patriot League weekly honors on Monday morning. This marks the first weekly award for both cadet-athletes. Springman was tabbed the league's pitcher of the week, while Snelling picked up rookie of the week recognition. "We have a very young team on the field right now and both Courtney and Ally have been put into big roles as plebes," head coach Michelle DePolo said. Springman turned in four solid starts inside the circle for the Black Knights during the first weekend of the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla. In 25 innings of work, she posted a 1.80 earned run average and struck out 20 batters, while allowing two or fewer runs in each outing. At the plate, Snelling compiled a .467 average, .533 slugging and .467 on-base percentage over the weekend. She tallied seven hits in 15 at-bats with two runs scored and an extra-base hit. The Las Vegas, Nev., native had a pair of multi-hit games against Loyola Chicago and Bethune-Cookman. Her double against the Wildcats was the first of her collegiate career and she is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, the longest by any Cadet this season. Read More


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    Philosophy Forum Discussion of Reasonable Force in PolicingLTC Josh Carlisle presented a talk titled, “Hoodies and Handguns: How Reasonable is ‘Reasonable Force?'” to the Philosophy Forum. LTC Carlisle examined the meaning and significance of the notion of reasonable force as it is used in judicial rulings on police violence and in law enforcement training. LTC Carlisle discussed a number of concerns with this notion and the role it plays in assessments of appropriate conduct by police officers. LTC Carlisle also argued that using criminal courts to effect changes in police behavior may not be as effective as civil trials and direct public pressure on District Attorneys. The talk was followed by a lively discussion with cadets and faculty. The Philosophy Forum seeks to foster philosophical reflection on important issues among the Corps of Cadets.


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    Cadets Tour Mercedes Benz Stadium in AtlantaFive civil engineering cadets, one systems engineering cadet and one Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) faculty member were given a tour of the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta by the general manager of the Stadium. The stadium is one of only two LEED Platinum (highest sustainability rating) stadiums in America and uses innovated techniques, not only in construction but in operation as well. The tour, both while empty and during an event, aided the cadets in their capstone on the improvements and redesign of Michie Stadium. While in Atlanta, they also toured the Engineering Labs in Georgia Tech and met future West Point instructors.


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    Women's Rugby Trains with USA National 7s TeamThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team is spending part of their spring break in sunny California, training alongside members of the USA National 7s team, and their coaching staff. The Cadets are receiving instructions from some of the best players in the country, and are participating in intensive workouts in the National team's renowned Chula Vista facilities. The Cadets will continue their training regimen through the next two days. This experience is crucial for the development of these athletes, preparing them for their season opener on Saturday, March 24 against Harvard at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Last season, Army advanced to the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) Championship match, before falling to the Crimson.


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    Project Management Professional Review CourseOver the past two months faculty from the Departments of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE) and Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) led a Project Management Professional (PMP) review course for the Staff, Faculty, and Community members from across West Point. The 15-lesson course met every Tuesday and Thursday with the objective to set the conditions for successful acquisition of the PMP credential. A total of 24 individuals from nine organizations/departments attended the lessons. LTC Ben Wallen (GENE) served as the lead instructor and review course coordinator with support from LTC Aaron Hill (CME) who served as the assistant lead instructor and review course facilitator. During eight of the fifteen lessons, participants in the course helped to lead discussions regarding various chapters of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), 5th Edition. By the end of the course, participants had reviewed all chapters within the PMBOK, answered over 700 questions, and received numerous tools and recommendations on how to study for and pass the 4-hour, 200-question exam in order to obtain PMP certification. Sponsorship of this course comes from the New York Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).


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  • 03/13/18--12:06: New Field Methods Lab
  • New Field Methods LabPhysical Geology cadets ventured outside for a field methods lab. The lab introduced cadets to the Brunton Compass, which has a few additional features not available on a standard military issue compass. In the lab, cadets adjusted the compass for the local magnetic declination, learned how to measure the "strike" of a planar feature (essentially it's azimuth as the plane intersects with the horizon), and the "dip" (the angle that the plane makes with the horizontal). As they measured strike and dip on features around the cadet area, they also answered questions about rock types and rock mechanics. Several cadets enjoyed using the geology pun "It's gneiss, don't take it for granite!"


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    Director Pompeo '86 Visits Scholarship CadetsCIA Director Michael Pompeo '86 visited with Scholarship Cadets to discuss generating change in a large bureaucracy. Director Pompeo provided context of different organizations that he led through change and discussed the importance of young thought leaders finding their way in the Army. Director Pompeo also visited the Combating Terrorism Center to receive a briefing on the Center's recent research, he also guest lectured in a class taught by the CTC's Africa expert Dr. Jason Warner.


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    Cadets Attend Athena Film FestivalThirteen Cadets attended the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City. The festival featured a series of educational and informative workshops and panels, as well as a host of "inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders." The evening featured a packed screening of the Centerpiece film, Mankiller, a documentary on Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The film was followed by a conversation with director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and journalist and activist Gloria Steinem.


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    CDT Michael Nguyen '18Firstie Michael Nguyen of the Army West Point Men's Tennis team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week, after leading the Cadets to their third straight victory over Air Force. The San Jose, Calif., native defeated Patrick Skelenka in a convincing two sets, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Nguyen and partner Gregory Shannon defeated Isaac Perez and Patrick Skelenka, 7-6. With these victories, Nguyen improves to 3-0 all-time in singles and doubles play in the first flight against the Falcons. This is the second league recognition for the firsite this spring season, after being named Patriot League Player of the Week in February. Nguyen was also tabbed AWPAA's Athlete of the Week, announced yesterday. Read More


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    Presentation of “Officially Indian” to USMA LibraryMr. Martin Earring, (Mnicoujou/Oglala Lakota) Special Assistant, Executive Office - Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, provided the book "Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States" to the USMA Library. The book was given to the USMA Native American Heritage Forum for the USMA Library during its visit to the National Museum of the American Indian. This book documents the exhibit currently in the museum about Native American symbols that are part of American culture. LTC Jared Ware, OIC for the Native American Heritage Forum, presented the book to Christopher Barth, Librarian and Associate Dean, for inclusion in the library collection.


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