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    Electronic Experimenters Club Make a 2-Liter Bottle FlyThe Electronic Experimenters Club (ELEX) strives to expand its members' exposure to electronic devices, circuit design, and practical electronic circuit construction. The Club's activities go beyond those available in the classroom and include building simple electronic kits for beginners to experimenting with more advanced types of electronic design systems for more experienced members. The Club welcomes cadets who are tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, and hobbyists, and it promotes cross-disciplinary opportunities and encourages different majors to learn from each other. Since the projects inherently rely on multiple disciplines, the ELEX club naturally fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between cadets before they complete their capstone projects. Currently, the Club has electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and computer science majors.

    Led by Cadet-in-Charge (CIC) Cadet Samuel Skillman, this small but diligent group has made a variety of devices such as quadcopters, a short wave radio that can pick up stations around the world, an ice chest/ice maker combo, and even a flying two-liter bottle. The cadets use new technology such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi computers to make their devices. This technology allows them to connect sensors, motors, and computers together to make anything they can dream up. If cadets need extra help fabricating a box or troubleshooting a component, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Engineering Support Group provides assistance to the cadets. For instance, to make a special mirror that displays information such as weather and pictures, Cadet Skillman asked the EECS Engineering Support Group to make a frame for him, which enabled his project to produce outstanding results.

    Additionally, the ELEX Club hosts an annual trip to Maker Faire each year with around 25 cadets attending from all engineering disciplines. At the New York City Maker Faire, almost 100,000 fascinating, curious people come together to teach and share new innovations, technology, and ideas. The New York Hall of Science, which hosts the Faire annually, comes alive with everything from quadcopter races to 3D printers. Cadets leave Maker Faire with renewed enthusiasm for making things and inspired with new ideas from other Makers.


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    Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention WorkshopWest Point’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Never Again Initiative, together with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, conducted the first ever Joint Service Academies Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium (JSAMAPS). The purpose of this innovative, student-led symposium, which took place at the USHMM in Washington, DC, and included undergraduates from USMA, USNA, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), and United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), was fourfold. First, the symposium enabled cadets and mid-shipmen to have advanced discussions about the causes, contexts, and consequences of atrocity, atrocity prevention, as well as post-atrocity justice and reconciliation with experts in the field. Second, it allowed cadets and midshipmen the opportunity to present research they conducted on the Holocaust and other genocides. Third, it encouraged the students, who will be among the first tasked with responding to future atrocities as military officers, to draw lessons from the past and learn about recent studies by peers that could lead to creative means of prevention. Fourth, it provided cadets and midshipmen with an unparalleled leadership opportunity. A committee of cadets and midshipmen, including CDT Nette Monaus, CDT Simone Askew, and MID 1/C Teresa Kennedy, guided by CHGS Director Dr. David Frey, served as the Symposium’s leaders. Their outstanding efforts earned them coins from Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, who attended and spoke on the Symposium’s first day.

    The faculty co-organizers, Dr. Frey (USMA), Dr. Richard Ruth (USNA), and Ms. Amanda Rooney Stierli and Ms. Jennifer Ciardelli of the USHMM, gathered renowned Holocaust and genocide scholars from USHMM, individuals engaged in atrocity prevention and response work from the State Department and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and individuals representing non-governmental organizations involved in anti-atrocity work. Together with the student organizers, they were able to create an exceptional learning opportunity for the young men and women who are preparing to become future military leaders and will be the first asked to contend with atrocity and genocide. Through discussions and exhibits, students learned lessons from past atrocities that may enable them to prevent future genocide and atrocities worldwide.


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    WEST POINT, NY - Newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Brooke Hepfer, a four-year member of the Army West Point women's soccer team, received the Lieutenant General Robert F. Foley Award of Honor at the 2016 Awards Convocation the day prior to receiving her diploma on May 21st. The award, established in 2008, was presented by Gen Foley, a Medal of Honor winner, to Cadet Hepfer for overcoming obstacles and difficult circumstances. As a sophomore, Hepfer torn all four ligaments in her knee following a collision in a Patriot League conference game against Boston University. Two years later, she was back on the pitch serving as a tri-captain where she competed in 13 games to include three starts. Read More


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    Take a look back at some of the best moments from the 2015-16 Army Athletics year. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/koUmcHlyRfQ


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    This isn't just any college tour! This week the House of PaNE was thrilled to welcome more than a hundred young future physicists considering West Point for their next level of education. The Summer Leaders' Experience is an immersive opportunity for interested high school juniors to come to West Point to live (sort of) like Cadets for a week, complete with academics, PT, military training, and intramural sports, and we look forward to seeing many of these smart and talented young men and women back here in a year's time as part of the USMA Class of 2021!


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    On the penultimate day of the Cold War Department of History Staff Ride, the Cadets visited the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow, where they discussed the famed officer's role in the American Revolution and his status as a symbol of Polish nationalism. The Kosciuszko Mound Committee extended remarkable hospitality towards the staff ride, as the director personally escorted the cadets and then hosted a luncheon. During lunch, cadets discussed life under communist rule in Poland and what it was like watching it end with both the director and our tour guide.

    In the afternoon, the staff ride traveled to Auschwitz and Birkenau. The visits helped drive home the scale of the Holocaust. Discussion on the sites centered on how the atrocity occurred and how it reshaped international relations in the 20th century through the development of the language of Human Rights in diplomacy and the creation of Israel. Afterwards, the staff ride drove to Warsaw in preparation for our final day on the ground in Europe.


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    Breaking Ground for the New Malek Soccer Stadium at West PointMonday 6-13 we broke ground on the Malek Soccer Stadium at Clinton Field. Fred Malek ’59 and 2014 Distinguished Graduate, supported this project with a generous gift which will greatly impact both Army West Point Athletics and the Academy. The new state-of-the-art home for USMA men’s and women’s soccer will bring much-needed improvements and enhancements to the current soccer stadium. Mr. Malek continues to partner with WPAOG in fundraising efforts for leadership gifts, and we were honored to welcome him and his family back to West Point for this special ceremony.

    From Left to Right: COL(R) Bob McClure ’76, WPAOG President and CEO; LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr. ’75, USMA Superintendent; Fred Malek ’59; Boo Corrigan, Army West Point Athletic Director


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    BG Holland Joins Cadets in the CFT RunbackBrigadier General Diana Holland, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, joined cadets the 7.5-mile a run on Monday 6-13 to bring first iteration of Cadet Field Training to an end. The run route began at Camp Buckner and ended on the Plain at the Academy.

    Photo by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant


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    Cadets White & Moore Earn CLDT DistinctionsCongratulations to DFL (Portuguese) concentrators Henry White and Shawna Moore on earning distinction as Best Firstie and Best Cow in their CLDT (Cadet Leader Development Training) companies last Saturday!

    This is another testament to the high quality of students that choose to enrich their lives by learning a second language.

    CLDT is a three-week long field exercise for firsties a and some cows that tests cadets' abilities to lead their peers during stressful combat training missions.


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    DEP Cadets Visit the Royal Military AcademyDEP cadets participating in the Shakespeare's War Plays AIAD had the privilege of visiting the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The cadets were very gracious to their host, Captain Peter Ward, for allowing them to tour the historic school and speak with RMA cadets and Dr. Morton for giving the cadets an interesting historical brief of their sister Academy.


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    CDT Justin Pagila '17Patriot League schools combined to place 35 student-athletes on the Men's Golf Academic Honor Roll announced on June 21, including three Army West Point golfers in Justin Pagila, Dean Sakata and Nick Turner. Each of the five members of the Men's Golf Academic All-Patriot League Team also made the Honor Roll. Loyola's Connor Flach, the 2016 Corvias Patriot League Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was one of three student-athletes with a 4.00 grade-point average in the spring semester with Colgate's Ian Lynch and Navy's Connor Tallman also hitting the mark. Bucknell's Nick Geissler and Navy's David Won made the Academic Honor Roll for a fourth consecutive season. To be eligible for the Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Read More


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    Hoffman, Morrison Earn Spot on Academic Honor RollMac Hoffman and Luke Morrison represented the Army West Point men's basketball team on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll on Wednesday, as the league announced its 51 men's basketball honorees. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. A rising senior, Hoffman was one of three Patriot League men's basketball players to earn a GPA of 4.0 or higher during the spring, as he finished the semester with a 4.037 GPA as a Systems Engineering major. This year's honor marks Hoffman's second after being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll a year ago. A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Hoffman averaged 1.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest in 2015-16. Read More


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    CDT Destinee Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team landed five players on the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Wednesday. The Women's Basketball Academic Honor Roll includes 76 players from the 10-team conference. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Brianna Johnson led all Patriot League women's basketball players with a 4.070 GPA in the spring and was one of only five players across the league to achieve a GPA of 4.0 or higher. This year's Academic Honor Roll recognition is the fourth of her career and she is one of seven Patriot League women's basketball players to be honored all four seasons. A Life Science major, Johnson served as one of four team captains in 2015-16 and averaged 4.9 points in 27 games. She is set to attend medical school in the fall and will enter the Army's Medical Service Corps. Read More


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    Fourteen Players Qualify for Academic Honor RollA total of 14 members of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team made the Patriot League's 2016 Men's Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll on Thursday. The Black Knights saw Sam Finney as one of six student-athletes to be on the honor roll all four seasons. Other receiving that honor included Bucknell's Shane Fee, Brock Ghelfi, and Zach Henkhaus, and Colgate's Andrew Aicher and Connor Murphy. Following Holy Cross' league high 27 players earning Academic Honor Roll recognition were Colgate and Loyola University Maryland with 26, while Bucknell and Lafayette each had 25. Lehigh had 17 honorees, and was followed by Boston University (15), Army West Point (14), and Navy (11). Read More


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    Women’s Lacrosse Lands 15 on Academic Honor RollFifteen members of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team were named to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday. The Women's Lacrosse Academic Honor Roll includes 175 players for the 10-team conference. To be eligible for the Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 GPA in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Taylor England posted the team's highest GPA during the spring, with a mark of 3.862 as a Chemical Engineering major. A rising junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, England played in seven games during Army's inaugural varsity campaign, with all but one of her appearances coming against Patriot League opposition. Read More


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    Army Lands 16 on Atlantic Hockey All-Academic TeamAtlantic Hockey student-athletes excel both on and off the ice as showcased by the record-setting 209 student-athletes named to the Atlantic Hockey Conference All-Academic Team including 16 Black Knights. Conor Andrle, Blake Box, Cole Bruns, Nick DeCenzo, Parker Gahagen, Tipper Higgins, Luke Jenkins, Joe Kozlak, Ian Mansfield, Brendan McGuire, Ian Murdoch, Ryan Nick, Matt Penta, Tyler Pham, C.J. Reuschlein, Joe Shecter were the Cadets named to the All-Academic team. Receiving Student-Athlete of the Year honors for the second consecutive season are Bryant Christian from American International and Geoff Fortman from Canisius. AIC had a second member named Student-Athlete of the Year in freshman Lucas Bombardier, which matches the two members from Mercyhurst for most in 2015-16. The Lakers are represented by Tyler Enns and Kyle Dutra. Rounding out the Student-Athletes of the Year is Robert Morris Colonial, Alex Dagnal. Read More


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  • 06/28/16--07:34: Class of 2020 R-Day
  • Class of 2020 R-DayMore than 1,300 candidates arrived on June 27, 2016 for R-Day (Reception Day)! Cadet candidates line up and proceed through check-in at Eisenhower Hall with their families. They receive a briefing and then have 60 seconds to say their final goodbyes to loved ones. Read more.


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    CDT Melanie Allen '19Melanie Allen and Haley O'Connor represented the Army West Point women's tennis team on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, as the league announced its 56 women's tennis qualifiers on Tuesday. Allen completed the spring semester of her first year at the Academy with a 3.800 GPA while majoring Applied General Psychology. O'Connor posted a 3.443 GPA as an English major and was one of six Patriot League women's tennis players to land on the Academic Honor Roll all four seasons. Read More


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    CDT David Mitchell '19Nine members of the Patriot League champion Army West Point men's tennis team qualified for the Patriot League Men's Tennis Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Tuesday. Recent graduates Joey Hatala and Harrison McCormick were among the Black Knights' contingent, while McCormick was the only men's tennis player in the league to qualify for the Academic Honor Roll all four seasons. Read More


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  • 06/29/16--06:50: Following in Moms Footsteps
  • Beachler Following in Moms FootstepsFor some student's summer is just getting started, but for one girl, her summer already came to an end. Mary Kate Beachler has reported to West Point for R-Day. But her story is even more unique. Ever since the sixth grade, Mary Kate Beachler has dreamed of attending West Point, just like her mom did 30 years ago. Click here for the video.

    Mary Kate says her inspiration not only came from her mom, but also her desire to reach out to others. "I'm all about giving back, and serving our country is like the biggest way to possibly give back ever to those people. Especially because both my parents are veterans and they were in the army and so I saw how that benefited them throughout their lives and so I want to do that too," Mary Kate said. Story


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