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    Vietnamese-American Forum Visits Vu ’85The Vietnamese-American Cadets Association traveled to the home of Mr. Peter Vu ’85. This trip was in response to Mr. Vu’s invitation to the club for a barbeque at his home. Mr. Vu prepared traditional Asian dishes, such as kalbi beef short ribs and Thai chicken green curry, as well as typical barbeque fare. The relaxed setting allowed the cadets to socialize with each other and enabled the 4th Class cadets, many who were meeting each other for the first or second time, to get to know each other better. This contributed to building up the foundation of the club and the Vietnamese-American community at West Point. Over the course of the day, Mr. Vu shared his many interests that he has acquired in civilian life, including cooking, photography, and the game of chess. He also provided mentorship to the cadets by sharing his experiences as the first Vietnamese-American graduate of West Point and his time as an officer. His story served to inspire all of the Vietnamese-American cadets that were fortunate enough to share the day with him. Upon returning to West Point, the cadets were glad to have been able to interact with and learn from Mr. Vu. In follow-up communications with Mr. Vu, he also expressed his appreciation for cadets wanting to visit him and allowing him to continue to serve cadets and West Point. At least once a semester, Mr. Vu and VACA has maintained their relationship by either Mr. Vu visiting West Point or the club visiting his home. This trip was the latest in a series of interactions between Mr. Vu and Vietnamese-American cadets that began two years ago and the latest effort by VACA to build relationships with the Vietnamese-American graduates of West Point.


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    Army West Point senior defender Christian Clark was one of 11 men's soccer players named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, the conference announced Wednesday. The year marks the second time Clark has been included on the Academic All-Patriot League squad, after earning mention as a junior. To qualify for Academic All-Patriot League, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. The player must also be a starter or regular contributor to his team's success. Also a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll qualifier, Clark is a Physics major at the Academy and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.894. Earlier this week, he was chosen to the All-Patriot League third team for the second season in a row after playing and starting in 13 matches for the Black Knights and finishing with two goals and an assist. Read More


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    Korean-American Relations Trip to Englewood Cliffs24 Cadets got to dine at a Korean restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The cadets were able to enjoy the famed food offered by the restaurant as well as the Korean culture from the atmosphere, staff, and cuisine. Some of the more experienced club members were able to teach the newer members more about the club, and we were able to continue to build civil-military relations with that Korean community in New Jersey. After dinner, the cadets stopped by H-Mart, a Korean market, where cadets were able to explore more Korean food, Korean snacks, and the cultural atmosphere in the market.


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    Strings Ensemble Visits Lincoln CenterThe Cadet Strings Ensemble took a trip to Lincoln Center which was a very successful trip. The trip benefited their club by allowing them to see the pinnacle of artistry and technique in the world. This trip was planned and executed by 95% of the Cadet Club leadership, which is a huge improvement from the past. They are very appreciative of the support of their club and this excellent opportunity.


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    Civil & Military Engineering Visits CPV Valley EnergyMembers of the Civil & Military Engineering Club visited the CPV Valley Energy construction site in Middletown, NY. This was a follow up event to the ASCE Business Dinner. The cadets on the trip were: Metz, Austin, Parmer, Wiener, Belardo-Flowers, Chung, Cox, and Doyle; with the OIC Mr. Rahul Verma. Cadets had the opportunity to interact with professional engineers and observe construction that spanned several classroom topics- steel, concrete, hydrology, geotechnical, and construction management.


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  • 11/14/16--10:58: Athletic Director's Update
  • Click the Cover to read the entire update.

    Athletic Director's Update


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    Women's Boxing Out-Fights Air ForceThe Army West Point Women's Boxing team won the annual competition against Air Force as part of the Beat Air Force weekend. Fighters Briana Dorsey ’19, Kayla Matute ’19, Janel Tracy ’20, and Julianna Fustolo ’20 all won their bouts and brought home the victory for Army with a 4-3 record (4 wins & 3 losses).


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    Marathon at First Ever TCS NYC MarathonThe Army West Point Marathon Team competed in their first ever TCS NYC Marathon. With over 52,000 runners, the team had some phenomenal finishes including CDT Aaqib Syed ’18 who placed 85th overall with a 2:37:57 and CDT Morgan Chewning-Kulick ’17 who ran 2:44:51 to come in 186th (still top 0.4%!). 14 cadets on the team qualified for the Boston Marathon to include first time marathoners CDT Nicole Carter ’17, CDT Dan Whitefield ’19, and CDT Ryan French ’20.


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  • 11/14/16--11:03: Army Hangs with No. 5 Oregon
  • The Army West Point men's basketball team put up a fight Friday night in its season opener at No. 5 Oregon. The Ducks created a 49-31 lead at the break, but the Black Knights slowly started to chip away at the deficit. Army ultimately outscored its nationally ranked opponent 46-42 in the second 20 minutes but weren't able to complete the full comeback, dropping a 91-77 decision. Head coach Jimmy Allen's squad pulled within nine on two occasions through the second period thanks in part to a solid half from Kennedy Edwards. The senior finished with a team-best 17 points after having only tallied two in the opening period of play. First-year Matthew Wilson was the other Black Knight to post double digits, earning 10 points in the game. Read More


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    CIA Students Meet the Cadet in the Red Sash10 chefs and three faculty members from the Culinary Institute of America visited West Point as part of the USMA-Culinary Institute of America (CIA) exchange program. As soon as the chefs stepped off their bus, they were greeted by the Cadet in the Red Sash, who proceeded to lead a Mini-R-Day to introduce the chefs to an important part of the cadet experience. For the rest of the day, they had an introduction to weapons, ate lunch in the Mess Hall, took a tour of the kitchen, observed the IOCT, and did some light PT. They also participated in a roundtable with cadets discussing the differences and similarities in their liberal arts education and training for a profession. The exchange is in its fourth year and is an integral part of West Point outreach to the local community and as a civil-military opportunity. Cadets also visited the CIA and became chefs for a day!


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    The Army West Point women's basketball team kicked off its season with a 68-47 defeat of LIU Brooklyn on Saturday evening at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Army opens 1-0 for the second year in a row, while LIU Brooklyn starts the season 0-1. Sophomore Madison Hovren led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, while classmate Jess Lewis also reached double figures, with a career-best 12 points. Hovren also paced the Black Knights with six rebounds, while junior Aliyah Murray also pulled down six boards to go with her nine points off the bench. Aja Boyd led LIU Brooklyn with nine points and seven rebounds. The Cadets limited the Blackbirds to 10 or fewer points in the first three quarters, including a game-low eight points by the hosts during the third period. Army improves 5-1 all-time versus LIU Brooklyn. The Black Knights move to 19-21 in season openers and 5-6 in season openers under 11th-year head coach Dave Magarity. Army forced 32 turnovers. The Cadets totaled 20 steals for the first time since registering 22 against Merchant Marine on Nov. 30, 2006. Hovren scored 22 points for her first-career 20-point game. Lewis reached a career high with 12 points. Read More


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    Cadet Trip to the Tuck School of BusinessCadets from BS&L’s Management major and their Instructor, CPT Borland, visited The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College to engage with graduate students, USMA Alumni, and the Tuck Veteran’s Group from 19-20 October. Cadets got to attend graduate level courses and discuss future career opportunities with both active and reserve service members. Furthermore, they gained a better understanding of the relevance their management education has towards their future roles as commissioned leaders of character. BS&L has an ongoing relationship with Tuck (one of the country’s best business schools) and annually a few cadets will spend their summer AIAD as part of an ongoing informal engagement between BS&L and Dartmouth College.


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    For the second straight year, the Army West Point volleyball team captured 20 regular season wins after sweeping Bucknell 3-0 on Saturday for Senior Day. Army improved to 20-10 overall and 12-4 in the Patriot League with tonight's win to secure the third seed in the tournament standings. Allie Strong led the Black Knights offensively with 12 kills and also tallied eight digs. Carolyn Bockrath also notched double-digit kills with 10, while Olivia Fairfield and Sydney Morriss trailed with seven apiece and Amber Clay had six. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/4eUcFONZKeo. Clay and Shannel Chong both posted 12 digs and Nikki Lum recorded 11. Lum centered Army's offense with 27 assists and was helped by Haven Bethune who tallied 11. The first set was a little too close for comfort for the Black Knights as Bucknell trailed by just two points before Army would go on a 9-4 run to finish the set at 25-18. The Cadets held Bucknell to a .205 hitting percentage and allowed them just one block. Read More


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    Engineering Students work on Pollepel IslandCivil and Mechanical Engineering students emplaced footings for Bannerman Bridge on Pollepel Island. Civil engineering majors emplaced six concrete footings, as part of their capstone design project. The project involves three teams that will each design a pedestrian bridge to span a 40-foot-wide ravine near the Bannerman residence on Pollepel Island. The teams developed and emplaced common footings for the bridge, and will brief their design options to the Bannerman Castle Trust, and organization that manages restoration efforts on the island, in early December. The Bannerman Castle Trust will select the design they like the best, and then all three teams will come together to build it during the spring of 2017.


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    The Army West Point women's rugby team started quick and defeated Norwich, 46-7, in the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) quarterfinals Saturday morning at the Anderson Rugby Complex. The Black Knights improve to 5-4 on the season, while Norwich ends its 2016-17 campaign at 3-6. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/t02cW3djXmY. Army improves to 3-2 against Norwich as a varsity program. The Black Knights defense has allowed two tries in their last three matches. Sophomore wing Jill Bottarini scored her first-career try to open the scoring. Fellow sophomore Zye Crittington recorded multiple tries for the third time this season. Freshman Sally Varner has scored in back-to-back contests. Read More


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    CLD STEM encourages STEM through RoboticsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM traveled to Atlanta, GA and Spartanburg, SC to conduct a mobile STEM workshop using VEX Robotics for LEADS and Spartanburg/Union Alumni Society, respectively. Both workshops targeted students from surrounding schools and neighborhoods garnering support and participation from over 50 middle schoolers. The students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education, and how USMA, the Nation’s first school of engineering, teaches those skills to cadets. CDT’s Ni Daniel Zheng, Derrick Engram and Nikiay Comer spent the remainder of the morning assisting the students in building their “unmanned ground vehicles.” The afternoon witnessed the students attempting a scenario where they employed their unmanned ground vehicles” to deliver supplies to victims of a natural disaster. Small prizes being awarded to the most exceptional students.


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    The Army West Point hockey team completed its weekend sweep of Canisius Saturday night with a 5-2 victory at Tate Rink. The Black Knights have now denied the Golden Griffins a win in the team's last four meetings. Army improved to 6-3-1 overall with tonight's win and are now 6-2-0 in Atlantic Hockey and have secured the top spot for the fifth consecutive week. The Black Knights hold a 6-2-1 lead over the Griffins in the last nine meetings. This weekend's 2-0 mark is the first time that Army has swept a weekend series since facing Niagara on the road last January. Five goals are the most that the Black Knights have netted this season and most since March 4 when they blanked AIC 5-0 in the AHA Opening Round. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/ZTRK_fd8Gto. Dominic Franco and his linemates of Michael Wilson and Tipper Higgins had another impressive night for the Cadets as they tallied six points to tack on to last night's seven. Franco netted the first goal of the night for Army and was assisted by Wilson and Higgins. Conor Andrle got in on the scoring action for the Black Knights and netted the team's second goal of the evening with help from Wilson and Mike Preston. Higgins scored a goal for the second night in a row as well after successful passes from Preston and Franco. Dalton MacAfee netted his second of the year and the team's fourth of the night. He was assisted by Garrett Peterson who recorded his first point of the season and by Trevor Fidler. Taylor Maruya closed-out Army's five-goal night with the helpers from Zach Evancho and Brendan Soucie. Parker Gahagen improves to 6-2-1 this season after stopping 32 shots. Read More


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    ASCE Luncheon with Prominent Forensic EngineersThe civil engineering club hosted a luncheon with forensic engineers Jaret Lynch and John Cocca from Wiss, Janey, Elstner & Associates. The speakers provided a brief introduction to forensic engineering and then provided several recent case-studies. The case studies included identified issues both during construction and building occupancy, and in several cases resulted in a collapse. They discussed their investigations and ultimately what caused each problem, and then they discussed how to repair the problems if applicable. Approximately 45 cadets and faculty attended this event.


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    CME Cadets and Faculty Present at ARL Technical SymposiumMultiple members of the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering showcased posters and delivered 20 minute presentations at the annual Army Research Lab (ARL) – USMA Technical Symposium (AUTS) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The following were presentators. Contaminant Dispersion by CDT Byers ’17, CDT Divito ’17, CDT White ’17, and LTC Benson. Pilot Testing on the Physiological and Biomechanical Effects of Varied Trunk-Pelvic Load Distribution by CDT Sroka ’19. Simulating Rubber Under Impact: Pseudo-Elastic Model vs. Viscoelastic UMAT by Dr. Freidenberg and Dr. Wei Lee. Ultra-High Performance Concrete Pore Reduction through Pressurization by CDT Oyedeji ’18, Mr. Kilczewski, Dr. Conley, and Dr. Pittari III. Ballistic Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) by CDT Moran ’17 and Dr. Randow. Borne Loading Redistribution by CDT Vest ’17 and Dr. Boynton. Analysis of Bone Patellar Tendon Bone Graft Fixation for ACL Reconstruction using Porcine Model by CDT O’Conor ’17, CDT Ortega ’17, CDT Paneral ’17, Dr. Antosh, and LTC Posner.


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    STEM Majors Analyze the Rio Green PoolCadets in MA205, the multivariable calculus course required by STEM majors under the recent curriculum change, spent the last week analyzing a real world scenario. Do you remember the swimming pool that turned green at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? MA205 students assumed the role of analysts tasked to model the problem and apply a calculus-based solution to address that very issue (out of control algae growth). The junior analysts were then asked to present their findings and recommendations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC); played by members of the USCC tactical team, club OICs/ORs, and ODIA coaching staff; on how to proceed. Ironically, the real challenge for the cadets was not the calculus but having to communicate the complex mathematical approach in terms easily digestible by the non-technical audience - the IOC. Over the course of three days 320 MA205 students conducted 120 briefs to select audiences consisting of dozens of tactical officers and NCOs and members of the coaching staffs from at least eight different sports and clubs. These non-faculty volunteers, representing over 90 mock IOC members distributed across all briefings, were critical in providing realism to the scenario and developmental feedback to the cadets.


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