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    Cadets in Taiwan Travel to BeijingCadets on Semester Abroad Fellowship Program (SAP) in Taiwan continued their travel across Mainland China designed to provide them with broader regional exposure to complement their studies in Taiwan. After spending a week between Wuhan and Kunming, the six Taiwan SAP Cadets traveled to Beijing for five days of exposure to the social, political, and cultural highlights of the Chinese capital. COL Gregory conducted a discussion with them, the goal of the discussion, which focused on U.S.- China relations as well as the use of the Internet in China, was to deepen their regional knowledge while taking advantage of recent faculty travel that provided fresh perspective on key issues.


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    Equestrian IHSA Horse Show in New PaltzThe Army West Point Equestrian Team showed strong at its second IHSA horse show of the season. The team traveled to Lucky C Stables in New Paltz, NY to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region at their intercollegiate horse show hosted by SUNY New Paltz. With twelve top three finishes in multiple categories of competition, the team truly rode with excellence. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Anna Gerald '21 placed third in the open over fences class, Madyson Paul '21 placed second in the Novice over fences class, Joshua Barbella '21 won his advanced walk-trot-canter class, Sydney Campbell '21 placed second in her advanced walk-trot-canter class, Amanda Roper '19 placed third in her advanced walk-trot-canter class, Karissa Stubblefield '22 won her walk-trot-canter division, Cira Wolf '20 placed third in her walk-trot-canter division, Suzanna Del Rio '21 won her walk-trot class, Kirby Horne '22 and Taqi Iftikhar '20 placed second in their respective walk-trot divisions, and Lucy Harrill '21 and Victoria Kearns '22 both placed third in their walk trot divisions. The team shined at the show, and many members achieved new personal bests. This level of success early on is a powerful indicator of the team's competitiveness as they head into the bulk of their season. Good luck here tomorrow against Centenary University.


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    CME’s SquadX Capstone Engages in Design Trust OffsiteCadets Marco Amalfitano, John Kelly, Blake Sandlin, Frank Wu, and Aaron Finch along with LTC Harry Jones and LTC Brian Novoselich conducted a day-long design workshop with Mr. Tom Weis and his Design for Trust and Verification class at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The cadets interacted with RISD students to learn how to incorporate trust into solution design. This interaction created a unique learning experience with creative design, testing, and problem solving from the perspective of industrial design methodologies. RISD students tested trust with their cadet peers by having them execute handcrafted challenges that included verbal and nonverbal trust exercises. The next day, cadets explored the Lapham Building construction site in downtown Providence to increase understanding of wall, ceiling, and floor structures to inform design decisions for their dense-urban micro breaching DARPA project. Mr. Weis provided a teamwork challenge that incorporated breaking the cadets into leadership roles within RISD student groups. Cadets and RISD students out-briefed lessons learned to the group. The final out-brief was attended by Scheri Fultineer, Dean-Division of Architecture and Design, Associate Provost; Daniel Hewett, Executive Director-Research Practice, and Inquiry; and Peter Yeadon, Interim Dept. Head-Industrial Design.


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    Eleven Sports To Broadcast Men's RugbyGlobal sports provider Eleven Sports has teamed up with Army West Point men's rugby for their upcoming matches. This Friday's game versus Notre Dame College, scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, will be shown on Eleven Sports' linear channel, which is available in over 55 million homes. The Oct. 27 match versus Penn State, now slotted for a 12 p.m. start time, will be fully produced by Eleven Sports and also played on their linear channel.

    Eleven Sports USA is available in HD in nationwide satellite/cable systems such as DIrect TV (623), AT&T U-verse (1665) Verizon Fios (597) RCN (571) Atlantic Broadband (501) Hawaiian Telcom (1091) and Google Fiber (251). Additionally, Eleven sports can found on such OTTs as Sony Playstation View and Fubo.TV

    Both games will also still be available online through Knight Vision.


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    LTC Lowrance & Cadets Win 2nd and 3rd Best Paper AwardsCadets Anna DeVries, Benjamin Baumgartner, and William Born presented their academic research papers at the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) in Cambridge, MA. The cadets were mentored by LTC Christopher Lowrance who served as their research advisor on independent studies conducted last spring. The MIT URTC brings together undergraduates around the world to present and discuss solutions to advance technology. As an IEEE official conference, accepted papers are published by IEEE in the Xplore Digital Library. The cadets enjoyed a rich program with keynote speeches and technical flash talks featuring renowned speakers, a student design competition, and networking events. Second Best Paper Award: "Application of Convolutional Neural Network Image Classification for a Path-Following Robot" by CDT William Born and LTC Christopher Lowrance. Third Best Paper Award: "Augmenting Computer Vision with IMU from Mobile Phone for Robust Robot Following of Human Leader" by CDT Benjamin Baumgartner and LTC Christopher Lowrance.


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    Library runs "Amazing USMA Library Race"Library staff members conducted an instruction session for plebes as part of the RS 100 Student Success Course given by the Center for Enhanced Performance. This year, the library premiered a new instructional format for the class: The Amazing USMA Library Race. Teams of cadets competed for prizes by following directions for five different "legs" of a race around the physical and virtual – website & e-resources – of the library, learning about the services and resources available to them for their upcoming assignments. The race included several legs in Jefferson Hall during which the cadets completed "clues" which required them to use the library search engine Scout to find books and scholarly journal articles and visit library services desks to meet staff members who could help them with research and scholarship. One leg required that teams stop at the Mounger Writing Center to get information about using the services offered there. The race concluded in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room in Bartlett Hall North, where staff members displayed and discussed unique historic resources from our collection. The winning teams won prizes of library swag.


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    Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: EMUArmy 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 head back out on the road for a noon contest with Eastern Michigan on Saturday. That game will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden and Ross Tucker on the call.

    (Ref.: Opening Statement)
    "Good afternoon everybody. It sure was a heart-pounding game on Saturday. We were very fortunate to win the game. We had ourselves in decent position going into the fourth quarter, and, frankly, they just outplayed us in the fourth quarter. They had 215 yards to our 12, and that's tough to watch. I feel like we can play better. We have to be able to make some plays. We've made some plays in similar situations this year, we just didn't manage to do that on Saturday.

    "And that credit goes to Miami (OH). Those kids made some plays, and their quarterback is one of the toughest competitors we've faced since I've been here. He had that never say die attitude. Even on that very last play when he was getting sacked, the cannon was going off and a couple of our guys on defense jumped in the air with their hands up, and he managed to flip it out there to the running back who just about scored. Fortunately, we had a few guys who were still playing and went and got him down. I guess they didn't hear the cannon. But what a finish it was. Their linebacker (Brad Koenig) had 23 tackles, he was all over the place. Read More


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    Cadets Present at ICARS in Washington, D.C.Cadets John Herrmann and Alex Sabatino presented their research on “Nonlinear Dimensionality Expansion (NLDE)” at the Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium (ICARS) in Washington, D.C.  recently. This research builds on the efforts of an Individual Research Project started last Spring in EV478 (Military Geospatial Operations) in conjunction with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). They completed their research during an Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) at NGA this summer. LTC Will Wright, COL Chris Oxendine, and Dr. Matt O'Banion presented their research on “GPS Forest Signal Coefficient Absorption Index” at ICARS. Both research projects were funded by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).


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    Men's Team Handball Tour ESPN and Take 2ndThe Men's Team Handball club was invited to tour the ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, CT in route to a tournament in Springfield, MA. During the tour players visited the live sets of ESPN's major programs including Sports Center, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight and Fantasy Football. After the tour, ESPN representatives provided an overview of their company's Heroes Work Here program which seeks to hire military veterans and assist service members with the transition from military to corporate life. This opportunity at ESPN was the perfect team building event to kick off the year. The cadets concluded a successful weekend with an impressive second place finish.


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  • 10/25/18--08:49: Cadets Visit Sleepy Hollow
  • Cadets Visit Sleepy HollowThe Department of History sponsored eight cadets and two faculty members to experience nearby Sleepy Hollow. Cadets immersed themselves in the surroundings of America’s first "Man of Letters" – novelist, historian, and diplomat Washington Irving. Cadets toured Sunnyside, Irving's quaint historic home which features many elements and renovations copied from his European travels. After enjoying the superb cuisine of Tarrytown, they received an outstanding private tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, offered by marketing director Christina Orban-La Salle. During their two-hour walk through the grounds of this historic, yet still active cemetery, cadets visited the graves of Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers, William Rockefeller, and others. They also enjoyed the unique experience of entering the "receiving vault" – a distinctive, but now unused feature of cemeteries in northern climates where frozen winter ground required that bodies be stored until the spring thaw enabled grave-diggers to do their work. Throughout the day enjoying conversations with department faculty about the Army profession.


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    Game Notes: Army Heads Back Out on the RoadArmy travels to Eastern Michigan on Saturday for another contest with a MAC opponent at noon.

    The contest will air live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden and Ross Tucker on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com.

    How to Follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio -  Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army Notes  | Live Stats - EMUEagles.com | Twitter - @ArmyWP_Football


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    Women's Team Handball Travels to MontrealWest Point Women's Team Handball traveled to Montreal, Canada to compete against local Canadian teams; Celtique 1, Celtique 2, and Laval. These teams are very experienced competitors, most having played for years. They all brought different styles of defense and offense that West Point Black and Gold had to assess and adjust to compete against them. Opposing coaches remarked how both West Point teams constantly adjusted to the different styles of play and they were particularly impressed with the team's improvement throughout the tournament. West Point Gold had some amazing shots, scoring 13 points in their final game. West Point Black won second place in the tournament losing to Laval by only 8 points.


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    COL Schools Hosts Chilean Youth Soccer Team STEMThe NSRC’s COL Chad Schools hosted a mini-STEM event for a Chilean Youth Soccer Team in Bartlett Hall Science Center. During the event, the boys were introduced to a Van de Graaff generator, projectile launcher, spinning stool, vacuum chamber with marshmallows, and a Bernoulli's beach ball. COL Schools son’s soccer coach is originally from Chile and helped organize the exchange.


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    CDT Seppi Ortman '22Rookie kicker Seppi Ortman of the Army West Point sprint football team was named the special teams player of the week by the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) on Tuesday.

    Ortman was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals in last week's 62-0 victory over Post University, connecting from 20 and 38 yards. The Lafayette, Calif., native's 38-yard make was his longest of the season. He added a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs against the Eagles.

    The Black Knights will have a week off before hosting Cornell on Nov. 2 for senior night. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Shea Stadium.


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    Cadet Capstone Visits with Putnam BOCESCadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course conducted a site visit to the Putnam/Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Yorktown Heights, NY. The team is performing a logistics improvement study of the Science 21 program, which provides STEM educational resources for grades K - 5 in the Hudson Valley.


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    CDT Cam Thomas '21After impressing many in his first career start, yearling quarterback Cam Thomas was named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

    Thomas ran for a game-high 137 yards on 26 carries and led Army football to an exciting double overtime victory over Miami (OH) last Saturday. The Huntsville, Ala., native broke free for a 52-yard scamper late in the third quarter that set up a key touchdown by the sophomore a few plays later. That marked his second career score.

    He and the rest of the Army team are back in action Saturday when they travel to Eastern Michigan for a noon kick off. That game will be carried live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden and Ross Tucker on the call.


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    COL Musteen Addresses WPS of the PiedmontCOL Jason Musteen addressed the West Point Society of the Piedmont in Greensboro, North Carolina. COL Musteen shared his insights on the origins, progress, and consequences of the First World War to about 200 supporters of West Point from the Tar Heel State. Among those in attendance were West Point graduates from the Classes of 1946 to 2013, including MG(R) George Higgins '72, former commander of the 2nd Infantry Division. Also present was Commander Porter Halyburton (USN Retired), who spent 7 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. COL Musteen provided historical context for the Society's recognition of the centennial of World War I.


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    Model U.N. Regional Conference in BostonTen cadets of the USMA Model United Nations team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the Boston Area Regional Model UN Conference (BarMUN) hosted by Columbia University. This marked the first time that the West Point Model UN team had participated in BarMUN. There were many universities in attendance. Cadets participated in several interesting debate topics. Through participation in this conference, the attending cadets had a unique opportunity to hear from the local charity and non-profit leaders in the Boston community, and to build relationships with the nation's future civilian leadership in social events hosted by the conference. The conference ended with the Model UN team being awarded the second highest-ranking award, Outstanding Small Delegation for their overall success as a team at the conference. This delegation award reflects great effort on the part of the Model UN team given that it was their first time ever competing at this conference, overcoming challenges in research, debate styles, and logistics. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: John Govern '19 - Best Delegate in "Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General" Katarina Christianson '21 - Best Delegate in "CDC on Antibiotic Resistance" George Pavlakis '21 - Verbal Commendation in "1991 Somaliland" Best Delegate Awards are equivalent to first place and Verbal Commendations to fourth place. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Jake Stoffel '19, Justin Jang '20, Nick Cunningham '20, John Lorenz '20, Jason Filios '22, Joel Macklin '19 and Dana Cody '20.


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    Society of American Military Engineers MeetingThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) had their second meeting of the semester and had the pleasure to host MAJ Ruth Mower as a guest lecturer. She discussed her assignment with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) based in New York City as the 553rd Engineer Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced (FEST-A) Commander when she deployed to Europe in 2017 to assist with Operation Atlantic Resolve by conducting infrastructure assessments and initial design, as well as providing other needed technical engineering support. Her comments were well received and helped reinforce the significance and link between an engineering educa-tion and the ability to use these skill sets during an Army career.


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    Cadets Attend the Grace Hopper ConferenceEight cadets from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) attended the 2018 Grace Hopper Conference in Houston, TX. The cadets who attended the conference were: Taylor Bradley, Rachelle David, Chloe Dewees, Mary Pollin, Samantha Rankin, Ashley Rivera, Amanda Roper, and Haley Steele. Dr. Suzanne J. Matthews helped organize the event but could not attend this year owing to a conflict with another conference. Dr. Matthews is also one the co-chairs of the GHC Scholarship Committee, which oversaw the review of nearly 4,000 applications with 500+ reviewers. This year, the committee was able to award over 800 scholarships. This is Dr. Matthews' fifth year as co-chair of the Scholarship committee.

    The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest consortium of women in computing in the world. It is named in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, inventor of the compiler, and an early pioneer in many aspects of computing. This year’s conference had over 20,000 attendees, the largest conference yet. Students at the conference get to learn about the newest technologies, and attend talks given by famous academics, researchers and CEOs.


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