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    Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Int'l Annual MeetingMAJ Rowan, Engineering Psychology cadets Baity, Monroe, Carletti-Silva, and Pritts, attended the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The group participated in sessions dealing with advances in ergonomics, user experience, and human systems integration issues in government systems. Additionally, the Cadets were able to meet with project sponsors on their upcoming capstone projects to make final coordination before their research efforts got underway. Dr. Ericka Rovira, Engineering Psychology Program Director, proudly represented the program at the conference and served as a panelist during the discussion panel entitled: The HFES Diversity Task Force: Advancing the HFES Vision of Inclusion.


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    Cadets Volunteer at a Cornwall Food Bank11 Cadets and 1 OIC from the Cadet Community on Civil Military Opns volunteered at the Food bank of the Hudson Valley in Cornwall, NY. Here they sorted and boxed over 4,000LBS of nonperishables for food insecure populations in six Hudson Valley counties. This was a way to allow cadets to engage in community service projects that support the surrounding area of West Point.


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    Triathlon Earns NECTC Conference ChampionshipTriathlon The Army West Point Triathlon Team competed in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC) Championship race during the Westchester Triathlon event in Rye, New York. This event marked the culmination of a season consisting of seven conference races held in various locations throughout the northeast. The Westchester Triathlon was an Olympic distance race consisting of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run. Jacob Slife ’18 was the first triathlete to finish the race in a field of over 1,000 athletes which consisted of both age group competitors and collegiate triathletes. Teresa Groton ’18 led most of the race for the collegiate females and finished second while Megan Jarrell ’19 finished fifth. The team also took first place in both the male and female collegiate team categories and first place overall as a combined team. The conference also presented awards for the 2016 season which included points scored from five of the seven NECTC races. The Army team earned yet another male and female team combined NECTC conference championship. The males finished first and the females finished second in their separate categories. Now the team will shift gears to focus on the Half Ironman distance as they strive to win another Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Championship in Austin, Texas on 30 October.


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    Spanish Language & Culture Forum Visits La NacionalThe Spanish Language & Culture Forum, along with members of the Latin Dance Club, traveled to Manhattan to attend a cultural event. The event included a flamenco show and traditional Spanish “tapas” cuisine. The location, La Nacional, is the Spanish Benevolent Society’s venue and is the oldest Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. The venue hosts weekly events called Alegrias, presenting traditional flamenco from Andalucia, theater, lectures, performances, paintings, and photo exhibitions on different cultural programs about Spain. These events facilitate cross cultural competency and language learning by means of exposure to target language and culture.


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    Bryn, Harmon Named CEP Scholars of the MonthThe Center for Enhanced Performance at West Point has started a Corps Squad Scholar of the Month award and September's honorees were Clay Harmon and Megan Bryn. Each month, the Center for Enhanced Performance will highlight the top male and female corps squad athletes at West Point. The Corps Squad (Athletics) Scholar of the Month award recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Harmon volunteered to serve as co-CIC (cadet in charge) for the new Team Academic Mentor (TAM) program, whereby upper-class cadets serve as academic mentors for one or two plebes on the team to enable transition to collegiate academics. "Clay has been a great leader for our team- in and out of the pool," said head coach Mickey Wender. "His exceptional work ethic combined with his commitment to excellence in all he does makes him an invaluable asset to the program. Read More


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    Civil & Military Engineering Visits State-of-the-Art HospitalThe Civil Engineering club visited Turner Construction’s site for the Kimmel Pavilion at NYU. The state-of-the-art hospital will be the largest and most sophisticated hospital in lower Manhattan when it opens in the fall of 2017. Scott Hoyle, the project executive, led the tour, and he was joined by five other members of the Turner team. They first gave the cadets a brief about the construction of the Kimmel Pavilion. In addition to the typical complexity of a modern hospital project, the Kimmel Pavilion is designed to withstand a dis-aster equivalent to Hurricane Sandy. To achieve this resiliency, they are installing three different flood prevention systems and moving all essential building systems above flood levels. The team also discussed their reliance on BIM (Building Information Modeling) to help with the de-sign and planning to de-conflict the complex construction process. Then, the cadets toured the active-project site, starting with the top floor and working their way down. The tour showed the building at different steps of the construction process. 19 cadets and one member of the faculty attended the event.


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    Junior forward Conor Andrle of the Army West Point hockey team has been tabbed the Army Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week. He was also named the Atlantic Hockey Offensive Player of the Week. The St. Louis Park, Minn., native notched two goals in the Black Knights' season-opening tie at Colgate, both on the power play. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/gjO5renpLno. The Raiders jumped ahead with a 2-0 lead during the second period, but Andrle found the back of the net to cut Colgate's lead to one with assists from Ryan Nick and Clint Carlisle. With three minutes remaining in the game, the junior posted the tying score with help from Tyler Pham to force overtime. Parker Gahagen also picked up weekly league honors as he was named the Goalie of the Week for making 28 saves and recording a .933 saves percentage. Read More


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    Cadets Complete French Mountain SchoolSix cadets successfully completed the French Mountain School in Mondane, France and earned the French Military Mountaineering Badge. Cadets spent two weeks in the French Alps learning about terrain, climbing equipment and techniques, mountain hazards, and first aid. Their physical and mental toughness was put to the test with several ruck marches at high altitude, rappelling, rock climbing, and traversing a glacier. One highlight was climbing to the top of Mont Froid over craters from the 1940 Italian invasion of France and the 1945 operation to recapture the peak. The climb highlighted the history of the region and of the Chausser Alpins.


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    Freshman Rex Epps scored his sixth goal of the year early in the first half to help give the Army West Point men's soccer team a 1-0 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at Clinton Field. Army improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the Patriot League after the win, while Holy Cross drops to 5-6-0 and 1-2-0. Click here for the recap: https://youtu.be/qGq_4or3HCc. Epps' goal came in the seventh minute and classmate Keenan O'Shea was credited with his first assist of the year. O'Shea played a ball down to Epps out of the midfield before Epps dribbled past a defender and beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Bobby Hurstak on the right side. Read More


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    Law Enforcement Tactics Train at RCPA13 cadets attended training at the Rockland County Police Academy. The director of the academy, Mr. Steve Heubeck, talked with the cadets and then led them in training in several areas. The Milo machine (similar to the EST, a computer based weapons simulator) was used to simulate law enforcement scenarios and focuses on the use of deadly force in those scenarios. They also conducted scenario training in a training residence with blank rounds. This was a great opportunity for the cadets to get an aspect of law enforcement training using resources not available here at USMA, or even with the local Military Police Company.


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    Obstacle Course Team Hosts CrossFit in New WindsorWPOCT hosted an annual adventure race for CrossFit New Windsor. The event included a half mile run through the Marne Obstacle Course, a 6-mile bike ride, and a one mile run up the ski slope and back. The race was a huge success. There were no injuries and there are already future plans for Cadet involvement in next year's race.


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    Pipes & Drums at the NH Highland GamesUSCC Pipes & Drums competed in the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort against other Grade V bagpipe bands in the Eastern United States Pipe Bands Association (EUSPBA). The band placed third out of fifteen bands, which is the best EUSPBA showing for the band in at least five years. Furthermore, the band was earned the Best Dress and Deportment Award across 25 other groups participating in the massed bands performances, which earned the club $450. Additionally, on Sunday CDT Nathan Roden placed first in two solo piping competitions, besting 24 and 27 other pipers in the Grade IV category. The band's performance was a great step in the right direction towards defeating our Navy archrivals in December and improving their abilities together and individually over time. A job well done!


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    Orienteering at the North American Orienteering ChampionshipsIn even-numbered years, the North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) are alternately hosted between Canada and the United States. The NAOC is the largest orienteering meet in the western hemisphere. The Army West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Hanover, NH to compete with the world’s best orienteers, including France’s Thierry Gueorgiou, the 13-time world orienteering champion. The event consisted of three individual world-ranking events (WRE) and finished with a Sprint Relay. The first day, the team competed in a Middle Course situated on a ski slope. Cadets ran courses ranging from 3.7 to 5.5 km. CDT David Sayles ’20 took 2nd place and CDT Charlie Fredrickson ’19 took 5th in the 3.7 km Orange Middle. On the second day the team took on the infamous Long on Burnt Mountain. These courses ranged from 3.8 to 13.7 km. This proved to be a technically and physically challenging course, but CDT David Sayles was able to snag 2nd place once again. On Sunday, the team participated in the final WRE race, a sprint course on the Dartmouth campus. The fast pace and arena finish created an exciting environment for competitors and spectators alike. CDT Gino Saponari ’20 took 1st in the 2.2 km Orange Sprint, with a total time of 11:24. This meet concluded the team’s last major meet for the fall season.


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    SCI Thermoregulation Capston Team VA MeetingThe Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Thermoregulation capstone team conducted an initial meeting with collaborators at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in New York City. The purpose of this meeting was to interact with research collaborators and individuals with SCI to establish pertinent design criteria and layout the structure of the project. Cadets William Bowers, Daniel O’Conor and Nicholas Paneral spoke with Dr. James Post, Dr. Jesse Lieberman (telecon), Dr. Anne Spurgeon, and Ms. Tishina Tittley about the effects SCI has on the human body’s ability to regulate temperature in various environments. The goal of this capstone project is to develop a device that senses body temperature and is able to safely apply energy to automatically regulate body temperature. Drs. James Post and Jesse Lieberman are both tetraplegic physicians, who provided invaluable insight on the impact of regulating body temperature on day-to-day life.


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    West Point Goes ProThe United States Military Academy at West Point is the greatest leadership laboratory in the world and has taught some of the most influential leaders of our time. Due to that history and tradition, it attracts teams from the sports world, including the National Hockey League. Highlighting the most recent trek to West Point is Saturday's exhibition contest featuring the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils. For the Panthers, it will be their fourth visit to the academy since coming in 2007. The Devils were one of the first two professional teams to train at West Point as they came with the Buffalo Sabres in 1985. "For it to be out there that the NHL thinks highly enough of West Point to be able to host a game here, it is great for the academy," said 13-year head coach Brian Riley. "They wouldn't consider doing it here if there weren't great facilities, or if there wouldn't be a great atmosphere at the game, so I think it goes a long ways towards helping us promote the sport. For our fans and West Point Community, it is not an everyday opportunity where you can see an NHL game. To have the game here is a truly neat experience for the entire military installation." Read More


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  • 10/11/16--07:37: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    CLD STEM Inspiring Through RoboticsCadets and Faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM executed STEM programming during the Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM workshop in Carson, CA. The day began with a brief mini-lesson on the importance of STEM and how USMA, as the nation’s first school of engineering, shaped the advancement of the field. After the mini-lesson, the students spent the remainder of the morning constructing their own “portable unmanned ground vehicles” using Lego Mindstorms. During the afternoon session, the students were given a brief introduction to the use of computer programming to solve problems. The students were then given a scenario in which their “unmanned ground vehicles” had to transport supplies to earthquake victims using a predefined route too dangerous for troops. At the end of the day students had a better understanding of problem solving and an increased interest in pursuing STEM. Small prizes were also awarded to the team best able to navigate the route. The Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM also traveled to Los Angeles California to conduct a Mobile STEM Workshop for the Public Housing Authority of Los Angeles. In all, 26 middle school students from the local housing project were present for the Lego Mindstorms workshop. The students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education, then they had the opportunity to construct their own robot. Following lunch, the students learned some basic fundamentals of programming, which they then applied to programming their robots to negotiate a maze.


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    Cadets Tour USS Intrepid Museum24 Cadets enrolled in ME 481 (Aircraft Performance and Static Stability) toured the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum on 30 September 2016 to gain an up-close look at the history of aviation. Cadets chose an aircraft on display at the museum and conducted briefs to the class on the innovations and design characteristics of that aircraft. This trip allowed cadets to see first-hand numerous design features in aviation and gain an understanding of the scale of the aircraft components, as well as interact with a number of veterans and civilians who chose to follow the group listening to the Cadets brief on the engineering aspects and history of each aircraft. The USS Intrepid Museum is an aircraft carrier permanently docked at Pier 86 in New York City and has 31 restored aircraft and the Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle.


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    USMA Water Polo The Army Water Polo team, with great support from the DPE Competitive Sports office, the USMA Swimming and Diving Team, DMI, and DCA, hosted the Crossover Tournament in both Crandall and the Intramural Pools. A dozen teams from across New York competed over the weekend. The Army team emerged undefeated, besting four opponents by an average of 10 goals per game in their best start in six years. After a competition at Villanova University, the team will travel as the top seed to the University of Buffalo for the NY Divisional Championships where the winner will continue on to the National Championships in November.


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    CLD STEM & National Society of Black Engineers Showcase STEM to NYC StudentsCadets from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) along with faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD STEM) hosted students from Exemus College Prep Academy and Bronx Center for Science and Math. Their day began with a panel discussion with NSBE cadet leadership on their experiences as a cadet and the importance of pursuing further education in a STEM discipline. Following the discussion the students participated in an interactive workshop on the importance of developing renewable energy technologies. During the workshop the cadets demonstrated to the students how blade design impacts the output of wind turbines. The students then assembled their own wind turbines and conducted experiments varying the pitch of the blades to alter the power output. The workshop closed with the students participating in a competition where they designed their own blades from different materials such as plastic, Styrofoam, and cardstock to determine which team could generate the most energy from their turbine.


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