August 2015 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy "In The News"

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

In the News

August 2015

Message from the Superintendent

The 2015-2016 academic year is off to a good start with the plebe class of 2019’s Acceptance Day and their first Command Inspection. In addition to stories about the Academy’s milestone events, this newsletter includes both sad and happy news on two members of our USMMA community.

We lost a treasured and respected member of the Academy, CAPT Elwood Baumgart. At our memorial service he was remembered as a consummate professional and knowledgeable dedicated professor, as well as a sports fan, and as a generous friend and shipmate with a big heart.

On a happier note, we are proud of assistant coach Bill Polian who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Polian was an assistant at the Academy for five years under former Mariner head coach George Paterno during the 1970's.

Your thoughts and comments are important to us.  Please mark your calendar.  We will host our next call-in town hall on Wednesday, 16 September.  Details will be shared via this newsletter distribution list.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Parents Weekend and Secretaries Cup.

Rear Admiral James A. Helis


 Acceptance Day

Class of 2019 Joins the Regiment of Midshipmen and U.S. Navy Reserve on Acceptance Day


USMMA welcomed 243 “plebe candidates” of the Class of 2019 into the Regiment of Midshipmen as they took USMMA’s Corps of Cadets Oath administrated by Rear Adm. James A. Helis, Ph.D., Superintendent of USMMA, during the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade. They were then sworn in as midshipmen in the U.S. Navy Reserve by Rear Adm. Mark R, Whitney, Deputy Commander, Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Naval Sea Systems Command.


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Former Mariner Assistant Bill Polian Inducted Into Pro Football Hall Of Fame


Former USMMA assistant coach Bill Polian was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Polian was an assistant at the Academy for five years under former Mariner head coach George Paterno during the 1970's. During his tenure at USMMA, Polian coached current head coach Mike Toop.


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USMMA Command Inspection


Fingers sweeping for dust. Eyes peering into drawers and closets. Plebes trembling at attention. These were common themes at The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Command Inspection, held on August 15th, in which members of the Regimental staff and guests examined more than 600 barracks rooms with an eye to ensuring the health and welfare of Academy midshipmen.


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 Baumgart memorial

USMMA Community Remembers CAPT Baumgart


Friends, colleagues and midshipmen of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point held a memorial service yesterday, remembering and honoring CAPT Elwood Charles Baumgart, USMS, Professor in the Department of Engineering, who died on July 31.


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 Advisory Board Report

USMMA Advisory Board Presents 2015 Annual Report to Congressional Board of Visitors


The USMMA Advisory Board presented their 2015 Annual Report to the Secretary of Transportation to the Academy’s Congressional Board of Visitors, at the Capital Visitors Center in Washington D.C.


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 Service dogs

Midshipmen Train Service Dogs for the Blind


As Posted by Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen on the Fastlane DOT Blog


Since 2006, Kings Pointers have participated in the foundation’s Guide Dog Raising Program. Each year, two midshipmen are selected to raise loving service dogs to aid visually impaired Americans in their everyday lives.


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