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  • Never Forget: Honoring the Fallen of 9/11

     A West Point Firefighter rings the bell to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a crash in a small field in Pennsylvania, at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff/USMA PAO

    The West Point community remembered and honored the nearly 3,000 souls who lost their lives on another Tuesday, 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Due to the weather, the West Point community packed Eisenhower Hall for the annual Remembrance Ceremony.
    The event that occurred 17 years ago was the worst terrorist attack, in terms of the death toll in history. Since that day, the words “Never Forget” have become a rallying cry.
    “Sept. 11, 2001 started as just another ordinary Tuesday,” U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said. “News headlines focused on the defense department’s plan to eliminate wasteful spending, the United Nations was certifying the results of East Timor’s first democratic election and Michael Jordan possibly coming out of retirement. Read More



Sports

  • Working toward inclusion, diversity at Leadership Conference

     The U.S. Military Academy at West Point held its 16th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference at the West Point Club Ballroom, Sept. 5-7. Many guest speakers and panelists were invited, including Col. John Baskerville, USMA Class of 1990 (above), and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, to this year's conference, which emphasized building strong, cohesive teams and forum discussions. Photo by Bryan Ilyankoff/USMA PAO

    The U.S. Military Academy’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity and the West Point Association of Graduates hosted the 16th annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference Sept. 5-7. Participants included staff, faculty, alumni and cadets.
    During the conference, some of the topics included sessions on moving beyond the racial divide and the the art of the inclusion.
    Guest speakers included retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a 1975 graduate of West Point and former commanding general, U.S. Army Europe; retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones, president and CEO of the Bones Theory Group, LLC and 9th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve; and Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Famer.
    “The conference went well, it was engaging,” Terry L. Read More



Leisure

Extra!

  • The Dean’s Book Club: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

     Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb hosted her first session of the “Dean’s Book Club” at the West Point Club, Oct. 6. From Oct. 6 -23, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The U.S. Military Academy’s Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb hosted her first session of the “Dean’s Book Club” at the West Point Club, Oct. 6.

    From Oct. 6-23, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The book delves into the impact that Henrietta Lacks’ cells, known around the world as “HeLa cells,” have had in science throughout the last 60-plus years, as well as the ethical and scientific implications of human cell research.

    “The history of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells raises important issues regarding science, ethics, race and class,” Skloot says in the introduction of her book. “I’ve done my best to present them clearly within the narrative of the Lacks story… There is much more to say on all the issues, but that is beyond the scope of this book, so I will leave it for the scholars and experts in the field to address.”

    The Dean’s Book Club consists of three sessions—each of which highlights a different interdisciplinary topic that is discussed in the book. Read More



 

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