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Dean's Weekly, February 22


EN102 - The Relationship between Poetry and Music:  On Feb. 12, 2013, the Jazz Knights combo gave a lecture to ten sections of EN102 (Literature). The course related poetic forms to music forms and demonstrated how closely tied music is to poetry. (Photos by SFC William Calohan)The Jazz Knights of the West Point Band delivered a lecture to approximately 150 cadets from EN102 (Literature) on the relationship between poetry and music entitled “Form Follows Function.” Throughout the two 55- minute presentations, SSG Mark Tonelli explained how both poets and musicians use particular poetic or musical forms to emphasize or otherwise feature certain themes or ideas within their work. The Jazz Knights’ presentation culminated with a musical arrangement and vocal performance of Robert Frost’s classic poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  Photo by SFC William Calohan.

Soldier Design Competition Initial Design Briefings to RDECOM CSM:Students are competing alongside M.I.T. students in this RDECOM-sponsored competition to develop solutions to satisfy soldier and first-responder equipment needs.CSM Lebert Beharie travelled to West Point to meet with cadets on 12 different design teams representing student design efforts to solve soldier equipment as part of the annual Soldier Design Competition with M.I.T. CSM Beharie, SGM Chris Harris (ARL), and SGM Eric Usbeck (USMA G-3) comprised a senior enlisted panel charged with listening to 8-minute student design presentations and providing important veteran insights to assist the students in adjusting or improving their efforts as they prepare for a semi-finals round to be held 6 March at West Point and the finals round to be held 4 April at M.I.T).

Cadet Creative Writing Forum:  COL (R) Joe Cox, former Academy Professor in DEP, visited West Point on Wednesday, 13 February, and spoke to the Cadet Creative Writing Forum.  Author of The Written Wars: American War Prose through the Civil War and Garden’s Close, his most recent collection of poems, COL (R) Cox presented several of his own poems and commented on his personal reflections of life and war in his works. After his presentation, COL (R) Cox stayed for an informal discussion, which covered several topics including romance, family, the creative process, war, and death.

Course Field Trip – EV487 (Environmental Security):  CDT Steve Sollenberger, Class of 2013 environmental science major, approves a UN exhibit which captures a significant theme of the Environmental Security class.19 cadets enrolled in EV487 Environmental Security participated in a field trip to the US Mission to the United Nations and to the United Nations itself. The cadets were briefed by USUN staff members who work in the Military Affairs branch of the US Mission and by experts from both the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Development Programme. They then toured the UN building viewing both the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting rooms among other highlights. The briefings tied directly to class discussions on how military and NGO organizations can promote stability and security in developing nations and thus limit the global spread of terrorism and the ultimate involvement of the US military.

New Shoulder Insignia - A Historic Occasion:  : Cadet Adam Leemans, the Brigade Energy and Environmental Officer, displays the new shoulder insignia during the February E2O meeting.The new cadet Energy and Environmental shoulder insignia was unveiled at the Energy and Environmental Officer (E2O).  The shoulder insignia is in subdued and dress versions, where the rockers represent the cadet rank, and the three wavy lines beneath the rockers represent a common phenomenon found many places in the environment such as energy and water.

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