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    Cadets Visit the Roosevelt Home in Hyde ParkCadets enrolled in HI358 Strategy, Policy, and Generalship culminated their study of the First World War, Interwar Period, and Second World War with a trip section to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Museum, and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Library staff helped the cadets analyze a number of primary documents from the archive concerning the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. National Park Service staff provided a tour of the home. This visit deepened the cadets’ understanding of the issues faced by America’s political and military leaders in the years leading up to and during the Second World War, and helped to highlight the value of conducting primary source research as well as the challenges associated with doing so.


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    Counter-Culture Staff Ride to NYCThe History Department took a group of cadets on the Counter-Culture Staff Ride to examine the movement in New York City during the 1960s and 70s. Led by CPT Ben Flores, CPT Ben Griffin, and Professor Amanda Boczar, Cadets discussed the Beat Generation in Washington Square Park before moving through Greenwich Village to discuss music and its role in protest. The group then went to the Stonewall Inn to discuss the Gay Rights movement. In the afternoon, the staff ride went to the Museum of Modern Art to see how artists sought to challenge mainstream culture before ending the day at Strawberry Fields in Central Park to talk about the death of John Lennon and the commercialization of counter-culture.


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    Dr. Edwin McGowan Guest Lectures on Migration ArtsDr. Edwin McGowan, Science Director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, spent the day with his brother, Associate Professor Tony McGowan and students in EN433: Senior Seminar--a course this year committed to "Migration Arts." A local expert on biological diversity in the Hudson Valley, Dr. McGowan has for many years been involved in the monitoring of animal and bird populations in our region. The day began in West Point's new Special Collections space in Bartlett Hall's renovated West Point Room. Dr. McGowan spoke on the history of migration in the Hudson Valley, before leading cadets in guided close-reading of the late 19th and early 20th century field notes of Wirt Robinson, a West Point graduate, a Harvard and West Point professor, and a renowned "shotgun ornithologist." The class then moved to the Bear Mountain Trailside Zoo and Museum, where cadets examined the history of human and animal migration in the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, rain washed-out our planned participation in the broad-wing hawk migration count from the top of Bear Mountain.


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    Model UN Forum Competes at Columbia UniversityUSMA Model United Nations Team competed at the Columbia University Model United Nations in New York (CMUNNY) competition. Throughout the weekend, 12 cadets engaged in heated debate ranging from modern day geopolitical issues to historical case studies through thousands of years of history. Further, the team engaged socially and academically with students from top-tier institutions such as Harvard University, Princeton, Columbia, and Brown as well as dozens of other universities. Through their professional behavior and collected debate style, the USMA Model UN Team represented the academy well in the college community and on the circuit. CMUNNY is one of the semester's most competitive conferences. At the end of the weekend, the USMA Model UN team's efforts were rewarded with the Outstanding Small Delegation award, coming in second place overall for the conference at-large above dozens of other schools competing. The following cadets were recognized individually: CDT Jack Bagdadi '17 (Verbal Commendation) CDT Shiv Arya '17 (Honorable Mention) CDT Daniel Hogestyn '17 (Best Delegate) CDT Sneha Singh '17 (Honorable Mention) CDT Jackson Armstrong '18 (Honorable Mention) CDT John Govern '19 (Honorable Mention) CDT Jake Stoffel '19 (Outstanding Delegate) CDT John Lorenz '20 (Honorable Mention) CDT Jack Chu '19 (Best Delegate).


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    Mike Smith Cross Country/Track and Field Director 2016Cross country is a sport that has been around for centuries. It started in the country side of England where young students would try and track older students running through the woods. Cross country at West Point came to be in 1825 with a men's team that would spark a tradition that continues on today. The newest Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Mike Smith arrived on the banks of the Hudson September of 2014 looking to bring back the great tradition of the rich program. "I came to West Point because I was looking for a challenge and to work with people that strive for success," commented Smith. "I have discovered that the kids that come here are looking for something more than college. This is a place where you can be excel in the classroom, as leaders and be very competitive in track and cross country, and I wanted to be a part of that." Read More


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  • 10/17/16--06:23: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    The Army West Point women's soccer team netted two early goals that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory over Loyola here Saturday. Sam Gottlieb scored her second goal of the season and six minutes later Clare Shea netted the eventual game-winner to hand the Black Knights their fourth win of the year. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/FwWkfv3D4n0. Gottlieb finished off a cross from Shea in the 24th minute before Shea found the back of the net herself in the 30th. The Greyhounds made things interesting when they pulled within 2-1 in the 71st minute but strong defense from the Black Knights secured the hosts the victory. Read More


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    CDT Curtis Jerzerick '18The Army West Point sprint football team blanked Post, 64-0, at LaMoy Field on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights improved to 4-1 on the season and in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, while the Eagles fell to 0-4. Army improved to 6-0 all-time against Post. Today's 64-point showing was the most posted in a game since last season's record-setting 86-0 victory over Princeton on Sept. 25. The Black Knights recorded a season-high in passing yards with 321 in the game, led by Keegan West with 256. West's 73-yard touchdown pass to Austin Breed was the longest play of the season for Army. Freshman Jake Gigliotti recorded a touchdown on his first-career reception. Junior Curtis Jerzerick recorded a team-high 11 tackles for the second game this season. Read More


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    Ecology Students Visit the Wolf Conservation CenterEnvironmental Science majors of the Class of 2017 visited the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in New Salem, NY as part of their EV471 Ecology field trip. The WCC was established to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes their mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States. Environmental Science majors were exposed to wolf biology, habitat requirements, and issues for and against the reintroduction of wolves.


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    Alma Kovaci Lee Volleyball CoachAfter a 3-1 win over Lehigh Saturday evening, the Army West Point volleyball team has now won three matches straight to improve to 14-8 overall and 6-2 in the Patriot League. Head coach Alma Kovaci Lee captured the 200th win of her career today and her 14th of the season. She is the only head coach in Army volleyball history that has eclipsed 200 wins other than Bob Gambardella who totaled 325 in his career. Allie Strong led the team for the second night in a row in points with 17.5. She tallied 14 kills, three aces and eight digs. Carolyn Bockrath also chipped in offensively with 14 kills of her own for a .520 hitting percentage. Vanessa Wesley totaled three blocks and 12 kills, while Olivia Fairfield posted 6.5 points off a block assist and six kills. Nikki Lum and Haven Bethune split time in the setters' position. Lum notched 28 assists and Bethune tallied 23. Shannel Chong recorded a season-high 20 digs in the Cadets' 3-1 win. Read More


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    Physics and Nuclear Engineering Rolling Ball SculptureThe Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering unveiled its newest furnishing for the Bartlett Hall Science Center: a 50+ cubic foot rolling ball sculpture. Custom made especially for the Department, the sculpture features various elements designed to highlight the unique contributions of the Department to the Academy and to the Army. It is located inside the central display case near the center stairs of the west entrance.


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    The Army West Point football team got back in the win column Saturday, defeating Lafayette, 62-7. The Black Knights scored early and often, beginning with a 60-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw less than five minutes into the contest. Bradshaw faked a pitch and cut through the Lafayette defense for the long score, bringing the sellout crowd at Michie Stadium to its feet. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/mMwhmH0kHOE. Jordan Asberry and Chris Carter added touchdown runs of 20 and 19 yards, respectively, to push Army's lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter. Bradshaw found Jeff Ejekam for a 7-yard score, for the first touchdown of Ejekam's career, midway through the second quarter. The score capped a fast 5-play, 72-yard drive in just over two minutes, and gave the Black Knights a 28-0 lead. Read More


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    CDT Alex Laval-Leyva ’17, a Philosophy Honors major, made a forthright and well-received presentation on the topic “Internet Access as a Human Right” at the third annual meeting of the Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society. The all-day meeting this year was held at SUNY New Paltz. The Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society brings together faculty and philosophy students from West Point and four other regional institutions: Bard, Marist, SUNY New Paltz, and Vassar. At the morning session, Columbia University Prof. Christia Mercer spoke on the distinct but unrecognized contributions women made to philosophical thought from the 15th to 18th Centuries. During the afternoon session, Philosophy majors from each of the five institutions presented their work for discussion. Five cadets and six Philosophy faculty attended from West Point. The Society will meet at Bard College in 2017, then at Marist the following year, before returning to West Point in 2019 to begin the second cycle.


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    Marathon Competes at 10 Miler in DCThe Army West Point Marathon Team competed in the Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC. Among over 24,000 runners the entire team finished in the top 4% with 9 out of 16 runners breaking 60 minutes. With 79 Military Academy & ROTC teams in attendance the Army West Point Marathon Team took first place by almost 20 minutes and placed 10th out of 452 teams overall. CDT Aaqib Syed ’18 placed 49th with a time of 54:31, CDT Jake Schmitz ’17 placed 51st with a time of 54:35 and CDT Ryan French ’20 placed 2nd in his age group with a time of 57:00. This marks the second consecutive year the Army West Point Marathon Team has won the Military Academy & ROTC division.


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    Mathematical Sciences Hosts Distinguished GuestsThe Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted four distinguished members of the Computational Engineering Mathematics community- Carlos Brebbia (Director, Wessex Institute of Technology, Southampton, England), Jerry Connor (MIT Department of Civil Engineering), Paolo Zannetti (President, EnvirComp, California), Prasada Rao (Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Calif State University, Fullerton). The group was led on a tour of West Point by Dr. Chris Arney and COL Doug McInvale, followed by a display and discussion on the unique military manuscripts and books at the West Point library by Dr. Fred Rickey. Faculty responsible for this successful event included LTC Randy Boucher and COL Jake LaPorte. The distinguished visitors gave talks on CEM from their foundational work in the field motivating approximately 35 cadets and 30 faculty members from across the Academy on working on future projects and collaboration. The event was made possible by the relationship as colleagues of Ted Hromadka. The 2016 Colloquia in Computational Engineering Mathematics supported the educational priorities established in the department’s recent curricular revision.


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    Club Hockey Bounces Back Trouncing RutgersArmy West Point Club Hockey bounced back following a loss that ended its five-game season-opening winning streak, trouncing Rutgers 7-1. Last weekend's series was split, suffering a 6-2 loss to Rowan University after beating Millersville 5-1. Army's record sits at 6-1-0 on the early season positioning the team high in the Southeast Region standings. The Black Knights welcome Rowan to the Hudson Valley for a rematch on October 21. Tune in on the @ArmyClubHockey Twitter feed for game updates or the Periscope live video feed and follow your favorite cadets on the ice.


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    First year Bethany Nunnery of the Army West Point women's cross country team was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Army-Navy Star Meet presented by USAA on Saturday afternoon. Click here for the video: https://youtu.be/72XTdx3UUdo. Nunnery was the overall champion of the meet, completing the course with a time of 22 minutes and 36.30 seconds and was more than 30 seconds ahead of the second place runner. She has been leading the way for the Black Knights all season as the top finisher in three of their four meets. The Kingston, R.I., Native was the first Army runner to take the top overall spot in the race since 2009, and the first Black Knight freshman to place first since 2002. Read More


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    Officers’ Christian Fellowship Fall RetreatOfficers’ Christian Fellowship and Navigators teamed up to take 56 Cadets to the White Sulfur Springs Conference and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania for the annual fall retreat. Amidst the country landscape of fall colors, Cadets focused, with the help of guest speaker Mark Cahill, on becoming present day watchmen by blowing the warning trumpet on what is waiting on the other side of death’s door to ensure all are prepared for eternity. Cadets were emboldened and are ready to share the Good News and power of the Gospel.


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    CDT Olivia Fairfield '17The Army West Point volleyball won its fourth match in a row after defeating Holy Cross, 3-1, Tuesday night to improve to 15-8 on the year and 7-2 in the Patriot League. Three Cadets notched double-double performances in the win. For the third match in a row, Allie Strong led the Black Knights in kills with a career-high 18. The freshman also added 13 digs in the match and two service aces to record her fourth double-double of the season. Olivia Fairfield and Amber Clay also posted double-doubles. Fairfield totaled 14 kills and 14 digs, while Clay had 10 kills and 17 digs for Army. Vanessa Wesley recorded double-digit kills for the 11th time this season with 15. Carolyn Bockrath was also a contributor to the offense with seven kills. Nikki Lum dished out a career-high 35 assists in tonight's match as Haven Bethune tallied 27. Shannel Chong recorded 20 digs tonight and added an assist. Read More


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    Kosciuszko Squadron March in the Pulaski Day ParadeKosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Forum Cadets marched with scores of New York Metropolitan Area cultural, veterans, commercial, religious and social groups during the 79th Pulaski Day Parade. The event commemorates Kazimierz Pulaski, the Polish cavalry officer who trained and led some of America’s first mounted units during the Revolutionary War. Cadets assisted Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski at St. Patrick Cathedral's altar during the Parade Mass. Later, as Parade Breakfast guests of honor, Cadets interacted with leaders of Polonia and the Polish Republic, including Stanley Karczewski, Marshal of the Polish Senate, and Senator Anna Anders whose father, General Wladyslaw Anders, led the Free-Polish Army in WWII. Following the Parade, Cadets enjoyed authentic Polish cuisine at New York’s Kosciuszko Foundation. During the reception, Cadets and student-members of NYC Polish cultural organizations met to plan future events.


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