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    Choirs Sing at the Diversity Leadership ConferenceSeveral Jewish Chapel Choir Cadets joined members of the Gospel Choir to sing several songs at the West Point Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference dinner held at the Herbert Alumni Center to a gathering of over 90 leaders and where the guest speaker was Mr. Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Famer. CDT Noah Carlen led the Jewish Chapel Choir. All sounded wonderful with a motivational closing song by the Gospel Choir followed by both choirs singing the Alma Mater.


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    After scoring a trio of goals this past week to help the Army West Point men's soccer team go 2-0 and extend its unbeaten streak to four games, yearling Eric Whiteman was tabbed the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Week. This is the first time in Whiteman's career that he received a weekly award from the league. He is the second Cadet this season to reel in a Patriot League weekly honor. In a 3-0 victory over Siena on Tuesday afternoon, Whiteman got Army on the board with his first collegiate goal. The Elgin, Ill., native later added an insurance score in the contest. On Saturday, Army had a 1-0 lead over Mount St. Mary's in the second half before Whiteman got a touch on a ball off a Keenan O'Shea corner and put it into the back of the net for his third tally of the week.

    Whiteman and the Black Knights will return to the pitch tonight night for a 7 p.m. matchup at Fairfield.


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    Cadets Use Game-Based LearningCadets in select sections Regional Studies in World History – Russia, played a matrix game designed to simulate the Mongol Invasion of Kievan Rus in the 13th century. Cadets played as one of five factions (Kiev, Moscow, Novgorod, the Orthodox Church, and the Mongol ("Golden Horde") interacting with one another. Each faction was required to propose an action and the historical basis for its potential success; the other factions then critiqued the proposed move for historical accuracy and logic. The success of the action was adjudicated by a dice roll, adjusted up or down by the cadet arguments. Matrix games are used extensively in senior-level professional military education. The incorporation of a matrix game is part of the History Department's larger emphasis on game-based pedagogies.


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    CDT Emmy Barnhorst '22After being named to the Gators Invitational All-Tournament Team, Emmy Barnhorst earned Rookie of the Week honors from the Patriot League. It is the plebe's second rookie of the week nod this season. Barnhorst was named to the Gators Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.82 kills per set hitting .353. She led the Black Knights with 1.09 blocks per set with two solo blocks and 10 block assists. The Winfield, Ill., native tallied double-digit kills in all three matches including a weekend-high 15 kills versus the No. 11 Florida Gators and a .400 hitting percentage against Jacksonville. Army is back in action at Gillis Field House this weekend when they host Colgate and Holy Cross. The matches will be played on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m.


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    Columbian Cadets Brief USMA Cadets About ESMILThe international cadet presence at USMA provides an unprecedented opportunity to enhance and enrich the Cadet classroom experience. As part of the dynamic relationship between the USMA and the Colombian Escuela Militar de Cadetes (ESMIL), Colombian Cadets Nicholas Castaneda Rivera and Cristina Jojoa Diaz joined CPT George Gurrola's Basic Spanish Course. In Spanish, the Colombian Cadets briefed USMA Cadets about the daily activities at the ESMIL. To enhance the classroom environment, USMA Cadets practiced discussing their daily routine at USMA with the Colombian Cadets while learning about Colombia culture and values.


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    CDTs Sydney Witham '19 and Sydney Cassalia '21The Army West Point women's soccer team picked up a pair of weekly honors as firstie Sydney Witham and yearling Sydney Cassalia were recognized by the Patriot League for their performances. Witham earned her second career weekly honor from the league as she was named the midfielder of the week, while Cassalia garnered her fourth weekly mention with her second straight goalkeeper of the week nod. Witham's first-career goal snapped the team's 485:58 scoreless drought when she bent in a free kick from 20-yards out. The Crown Point, Ind., native recorded the fifth point of her career and led Army to its first Patriot League-opening win since 2014.

    On the other end of the field, Cassalia continues to be a force for the Black Knights in goal as she recorded her fourth consecutive shutout. The Omaha, Neb., native made seven saves as she extended her scoreless streak to 447:37, the longest such streak for an Army goalkeeper since Monica Lee in 2011. It was her sixth clean sheet of the season, tying her total from 2017, and puts her two away from matching Annah Castellini's total of 14 shutouts for fifth all-time. Cassalia has been one of the top goalkeepers in the Patriot League throughout 2018, leading the league in goals-against average (0.40), save percentage (0.929), saves (52) and shutouts (6). Read More


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    Cadets in Immersed in Morocco All ten Cadets on semester abroad in Morocco are in their third week of classes. Six Cadets are living with host families and study with faculty at the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST) School in Rabat, focusing primarily on the Arabic language and regional socio-political courses. Four other Cadets are living in dormitories and study at Al-Akhwayn University in Ifrane, where they study a variety of subjects including Islamic Law and international finance. They have already had several cultural excursions.


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    Sailing Team at the Stamford Vineyards RaceThe Off-Shore team of the USMA Sailing Team competed in the Stamford Vineyards Race. The team raced over 238 miles, from Stamford, CT to the Buzzard's Bay Light and back on the Long Island Sound. After over 50 hours of racing, the team was forced to retire due to weather conditions, as did over 70% of the other 60 teams. Still, the team did exceptionally well, beating upwind for 28 hours, braving the narrow Plum Gut both exiting and entering the Sound, and rounding the Light in expert fashion. Soon the team will compete against Navy for the first time this season at Annapolis and the experience gained in this race will be invaluable to their success this year. Seven members from the Off-Shore Team of the USMA Sailing Team participated in the 2018 Spirit Rider Regatta on Long Island. The regatta is an annual event held in honor of the First Responders and Service Members who have lost their lives on 9/11 and in the War on Terror, including one firefighter related to the regatta organizer. After attending the commencement dinner at the Ocean Club, the cadets competed in a two-hour race on Saturday against Navy and other collegiate off-shore teams. On Sunday, the cadets, along with midshipmen from USNA, acted as the honor guard for a memorial service honoring First Responders and Service Members.


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  • 09/20/18--06:51: SAME Club Meetings Begin
  • SAME Club Meetings Begin The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) had their first meeting. CDT Adrian Barraza (President/CIC) opened the meeting talking about the club and getting input from club members about potential upcoming events. Following an introduction to the club and greeting new members, CPT Nathaniel Sheehan served as a guest lecture and discussed the significance of being a member of SAME, the opportunities afforded to him throughout his career as a result of being a SAME member, and his experience at the Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) in May 2018. His comments were well received and helped reinforce the significance of lifetime membership in SAME.


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    DPE First Monthly Community OutreachThe Department of Physical Education kicked off its first monthly Community Outreach with Ultimate Frisbee. The purpose is to get DPE instructors to reach out to the community and incorporate fitness into the lives of other staff, faculty and family members at USMA. The next two monthly sessions will involve running the Indoor Obstacle Course Test (IOCT) and conquering the rock climbing wall at Arvin.


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    IEEE Power & Energy Society General MeetingDr. Aaron St. Leger attended the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society General Meeting in Portland Oregon. The 2018 IEEE PES General Meeting is organized by the IEEE PES and brings together participants from industry and academia to shape research and development in the field of electric power engineering all over the world. Dr. Aaron St. Leger chaired a student poster contest with 185 participants as well as organized and chaired a student/industry/faculty (SIF) luncheon where prizes for the poster contest were awarded. He also spoke as an invited panelist at the conference on the topic of student programs and activities within the IEEE Power & Energy Society. Lastly, Dr. Aaron St. Leger participated in various committee meetings, including the IEEE PES Student Activities, Power Engineering Education, PES Long Range Planning, and PES Governing Board meetings.


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    CDT James Scroggins '19Army West Point sprint football firstie James Scroggins was recognized by the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) as the defensive player of the week on Tuesday.

    Scroggins was a dominant force for the Black Knights in their 45-7 season-opening victory over Chestnut Hill on Friday evening. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native caused three turnovers with two fumble recoveries and an interception. Scroggins added four tackles as the Black Knights extended their winning streak to nine games, the longest since 2012-14 when the team won 20 consecutive games.

    The Black Knights travel to service-academy rival Navy for the first Star Game of the 2018-19 season on Friday at 7 p.m.


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    Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: OklahomaArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

    The Black Knights begin their three-game road swing this weekend when they travel to fifth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.

    (Ref.: Opening statement)
    "Good afternoon. I am extremely proud of our team and the hard-fought victory that they earned on Saturday. We faced a good Hawai'i team. I was really impressed with their offense. They were a team talked about all around college football -- their quarterback and how well he threw the ball and their two inside receivers were just dynamite. They made some big plays against us and they found some targets that hadn't been as involved, and it became a real battle. Defensively, I don't think people give their guys enough credit because their offense is getting so much publicity, but they're physical on defense. They flew around and their linebacker made a lot of tackles, a lot of plays and blocked a kick. They had a really good football team and we were fortunate to win, I am glad we won. It was a hard-fought victory, I am proud of our team. I think it was the best I've thought about our team this year just in the way we came together, battled and played team football. Read More


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    Cadets in France Begin ClassesCadets in the Semester Abroad Program (SAP) in France have begun classes.


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    CDT Sarah Chamberlin '19The Army West Point women's soccer team captured a come-from-behind victory over Hudson Valley rival Marist, 2-1, on the road Wednesday evening. The win marked head coach Adrian Blewitt's 250th of his 20-year coaching career. After falling behind 1-0, Army received offensive contributions from rookie Trinity Garay (56th minute) and senior Sarah Chamberlin (85th minute) to push past the Red Foxes and improve to 5-1-4 on the year. The fifth win marks the most by an Army team since 2014, while its 10 goals surpassed last season's total of eight.

    Yearling goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia saw her four-game shutout streak come to an end and capped her scoreless streak at 495:17. The Omaha, Neb., native made two saves in the game and en route to her ninth-career victory. Offensively, plebe Kalie Rosenberger led a group of five Cadets who recorded multiple shots with a game-high three attempts at goal. Garay led the way with two shots on goal, including her second score of the season, while Chamberlin added her first-career tally in the contest. Read More


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  • 09/20/18--07:59: The Supt Visits D/CME
  • The Supt Visits D/CMELTG Darryl Williams '83, 60th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy met with members of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (D/CME) including the department head and deputy head, division and program directors, and other senior faculty and staff. COL Meyer provided the Supt an overview of the department's mission and vision, highlighting some of the stellar cadet work from the past year. After the presentation, LTG Williams toured several of the labs and work areas in Mahan Hall, receiving briefs on capabilities of the Biomechanics Lab, Concrete Lab, and the new Capstone Workspace.


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    LTC Korpela Attends LAWS in GenevaThe United Nations convened the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) in Geneva, Switzerland. The convention debated issues with LAWS such as emerging technologies, legal and ethical concerns, and military effects. LTC Christopher Korpela, Director of the Robotics Research Center, was selected to be part of the U.S. Delegation and testified on the military applications panel of LAWS in terms of doctrine, future operational environments, test and evaluation processes, and commander's responsibilities in the employment of weapons systems. The panel on LAWS applications was made up of military and academic experts from around the world. Over 110 countries were present with questions on reliability, proliferation, artificial intelligence, and the role of command authority and control over LAWS. Non-governmental organizations and academic universities also provided interventions on compliance with international humanitarian law and in general seek to preemptively ban these weapons systems.


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    Scoutmasters' Council Cadets Support Scout KnightApproximately 20 Cadets from the Scoutmasters' Council (SMC) supported the Office of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (ODIA) Scout Knight. The event involved about 550 Scouts and leaders from the surrounding area. The SMC Cadets assisted with registration and camp setup, ran various athletic related activities on Friday evening, and then lead PT for the Scouts on Saturday morning. The event was a tremendous success and provided a great outreach opportunity for Cadets and ODIA to the community.


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    Equestrian at the HITS Saugerties SeriesThe Equestrian Team attended the HITS Saugerties Series and the team marched in the arena to present the colors with the 854th Engineer Battalion Reserves. On the last day of riding, world class equestrians competed in hunter and jumper courses for the $500,000 Grand Prix prize. In addition to watching competitors ride, cadets interacted with members of the equestrian collegiate community and former members of the USMA equestrian team.

    The team went to Pine Valley, NY to purchase new gear for the upcoming season. The new team members who were outfitted in the necessary team practice gear for the first time. The staff at Green Valley were wonderful, successfully supplying the members with all necessary items. It was a positive experience for all involved, and it allowed the team to continue fostering positive relationships within the regional equestrian community. Team members look forward to putting their new gear to use in their first show of the season on September 30, 2018 at Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY.


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    USMA Cadets Meet their Roommates at AGMOne of the unique aspects about the Study Abroad Program at the Academia General Militar (AGM) in Zaragoza, Spain, is the opportunity to connect and build relationships with the host sponsor. Last week, USMA Cadets met their roommates and sponsors for the first time.


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