• Esper visits West Point: Secretary of the Army Esper visits his alma mater

    The honorable Mark T. Esper, 23rd secretary of the Army and U.S. Military Academy Class of 1986 graduate, visited West Point Feb. 10 to discuss some of his priorities for the future of the Army including West Point, modernization strategy, readiness, the  Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program before opening the floor to questions.
    While here, Esper participated in a physical training session with cadets, engaged cadets at breakfast, attended a State of the Academy update briefing with Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr, attended the Women’s and Men’s Army-Navy Basketball games, and spoke with both teams courtside.
    Esper said he has been going out to reacquaint himself with the Army and to gauge the readiness of the force and came to West Point to take a first assessment of where the academy is with regard to developing an important cohort of future leaders and described what he thought of USMA’s future Army leaders. Read More

  • West Point honors Henry O. Flipper with annual banquet

    The U.S. Corps of Cadets honored Henry Ossian Flipper at an annual banquet Feb. 8 at Washington Hall to commemorate the life of the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy in 1877.
    The guest speaker for the banquet was retired Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt, USMA Class of 1956.
    During his harrowing experience at the academy, Flipper was ostracized, shunned, endured racist discrimination and was often alone during his career as a cadet.
    Despite suffering through discrimination, Flipper excelled as a cadet, especially in engineering, law, French and Spanish. Flipper went on to become the first African-American officer in the U.S. Army to command African-American troops when he received an appointment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to lead Troop A, 10th Calvary Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Read More

  • Schadlow discusses National Security Strategy with cadets

    Dr. Nadia Schadlow spoke to a packed hall of cadets in Washington Hall Feb. 2. Schadlow was recently nominated to serve as deputy assistant to the President for National Security Strategy on the National Security Council, and was the NSC staffer in charge of writing President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy.
    Schadlow provided a brief overview of the document’s main points, which touched on issues of state sovereignty, “restoring American confidence,” being competitive economically, militarily and diplomatically with our adversaries, cooperating through a process of reciprocity with our allies, and acting as a “catalyst” to “bring nations together.”
    She reinforced the administration’s view that “democracy hinges on the state,” and that while the United States will work through various international institutions, Washington was calling for greater reciprocity. Read More

  • Building healthy relationships

    Cadet members of Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault, Class of 2018 Cadets Theresa Hinman, Robert Mosier and Jayleene Perez, stand with Jaklyn Van Manen (far left), director of program engagement and evaluation for One Love Foundation, and Maj. Samantha Hoxha (far right), education officer, as they pose outside of Nininger Hall holding a One Love sign Monday. The group attended discussions involving healthy relationship behavior and the impact of social media. One Love Foundation provides video discussions and guides to college and high school students.  Photo by Kathy Eastwood/PV Read More

  • The 100th Night Show

    The 100th Night Show—100 nights from graduation, the ghosts of cadets past pay a visit to the worst firstie in the Corps of Cadets. Come see the Class of 2018′s 100th Night Show: “A West Point Carol” at 7:30 p.m. tonight or Saturday to find out if these ghostly visitors have any wisdom to impart. Tickets are available at the Eisenhower Hall Box Office during regular business hours or before either show. Read More

  • Students connect with Spanish Antarctica Base

    The West Point Elementary School was able to connect with the Spanish Antarctica Base (Gabriel de Castilla) Feb. 9. About 200 students and their teachers had the amazing experience of living a small part of the Antarctica exploration in real time. WPES students had the chance to learn some facts from the expedition members about the active volcano where the base is located, their lifestyle in the South Pole as well as some other information regarding the interesting scientific projects they are running. The expedition is mainly gathering information to protect the environment, detect earthquakes and life science research. The students prepared some posters to salute them and many of them were wearing penguin masks.  After a short brief from the base commander, the students had the chance to ask any question they wanted to, including if the penguins were close to the base on that day. Read More

  • BBC Foundation accepting applications for annual academic scholarship program

    Applications are now being accepted for the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program for the 2018-19 academic year. All residents living in Balfour Beatty Communities housing—including spouses and children—who are pursuing a degree are eligible to apply.
    The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes those residents who are students or aspiring students excelling academically and looking to make a difference both in and out of the classroom.
    Scholarship applicants must currently reside in Balfour Beatty Communities housing and plan to attend or already attend an accredited college or university on a full-time basis in the fall of 2018, or be enrolled in a program of study designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.
    The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the post-secondary educational goals of residents who live in a Balfour Beatty community. Read More

  • DOD cites growth in sexual assault reporting, response at West Point

    The Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies released Feb. 7 showed an increase of reports of sexual assault during academic year 2016-17 at the U.S. Military Academy.
    DOD’s annual report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies cited an increase in sexual assault reports at all three of the nation’s service academies, the greatest of which was at West Point, which went from 26 reports in 2015-16, to 50 this last academic year.
    Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. points to the increase as evidence that steps taken by the academy to encourage reporting are working.
    “The modifications that have been made are impactful and the numbers show it,” Caslen said. Read More

  • DFL’s German Forum travels to Manhattan for Quadrille Ball

    The Department of Foreign Languages’ German Forum traveled to Manhattan Feb. 3 to take part in the 2018 Germanistic Society of America (GSA) Quadrille Ball, promoting trans-Atlantic friendship and understanding. The Quadrille Ball takes place annually to benefit the GSA’s scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate student exchanges. This event was a key opportunity for the German Forum and officers of the DFL German section to take part in an important German-American cultural exchange. The connections with leading cultural figures from the New York City area will allow DFL to expand future educational opportunities at USMA. Courtesy Photo Read More

  • Olijnyk research article recently published in journal, PLoS ONE

    Dr. Nicholas Olijnyk, USMA Library’s Liaison to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and lead for digital initiatives, recently published a research article in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS ONE. The article, titled, “Examination of China’s performance and thematic evolution in quantum cryptography research using quantitative and computational techniques,” presents an analysis of China’s research capabilities in the area of quantum cryptography, a game-changing technology for national security. The analysis was performed by plotting research impact measures and utilizing open source research metadata to map the intellectual structure and dynamics of China’s quantum cryptography research efforts over the last 17 years. The findings provide an empirical indication that there has been a major shift in the international quantum cryptography research landscape. Read More

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