News

  • IDF officers participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel visit to West Point

    Israeli Defense Forces officers salute Col. David “Mickey” Marcus’s tombstone at the West Point Cemetery Monday. This was the last stop during their visit to the U.S. Military Academy during their reverse-encouter tour with Taglit-Birthright Israel, an international nonprofit that provides Jewish students the opportunity to live abroad in Israel and integrate amongst nationals.

    The U.S. Military Academy had the honor and privilege of hosting nine Israeli Defense Forces officers during their first visit to North America Monday with Taglit-Birthright Israel. The visit was facilitated by the United Church of Christ Chaplains at West Point.
    Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery, and it was a day of many new experiences for the IDF officers. Cadets from West Point have visited Israel through Taglit-Birthright Israel’s program, but it was the first time in the nonprofit’s history IDF officers have visited North America in what they call a reverse-encounter.
    Taglit-Birthright Israel is an international nonprofit that started in 1999 and hosts Jewish students from all throughout the world. The goal of the organization is to immerse people into the Israeli culture and way of life while building friendships throughout the world. Read More



Sports

  • Volleyball takes Black Knights Invitational with two wins

    The Army West Point Volleyball team won both of its matches on Saturday to claim a sweep of the Black Knights Invitational at Gillis Field House.
    With wins over Kent State and Bryant, Army (6-3) remains undefeated at home this season with all six of its wins recorded at West Point.
    Senior outside hitter Sydney Morriss was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after recording 33 kills across the team’s three matches.
    Morriss was instrumental in Army’s third set comeback against Binghamton on Friday in which they fought back from a 17-9 deficit.
    Another high note in the tournament was the team’s defensive corps led by junior libero Ana Oglivie and freshman libero Sayler Butters.
    “Those two are one of the most dynamic duos in the country in terms of defense,” head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. Read More



Leisure

  • KACH recognizes volunteers

    On June 21, Keller Army Community Hospital recognized the Red Cross volunteers who provided assistance in six different medical departments and the front desk. The 20 volunteers provided an average of 208 volunteer hours per month, and more than 2,500 hours per year. The citation they received reads: “In recognition of the unwavering contributions you make daily in support of Keller Army Community Hospital and the West Point community. Your continuous support and willingness to devote your time has positively impacted the lives of the staff, America’s service members and their families. Your commitment to the American Red Cross volunteer program displays the true meaning of volunteerism and has been a critical contributing factor to the high level of customer service and clinical support provided by the hospital. Read More



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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