USMA's Math Dept. awarded by NSBE
By Kathy Eastwood
WEST POINT, N.Y. (April 9, 2013) — Eight members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences from the U.S. Military Academy were honored at the 39th annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers March 30 in Indianapolis, Ind. Attending the 16th Golden Torch Awards ceremony, the West Point educators were awarded the Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year on behalf of the department.
“This is great recognition of the superlative work done by the Department of Mathematical Sciences team to promote diversity in our department and at West Point,” said Lt. Col. Donald Outing, associate professor and director of the Advanced Mathematics Program. “Embracing and valuing diversity takes a total commitment by our whole department; especially the leadership.”
Accepting the award with Outing were Patrice Benson, Michelle Craddock, Lt. Col. Lamar Adams, Kendall Williams, James Gatewood, Candice Price and Lt. Col. Anthony Johnson.
The annual event honors organizations and individuals who exemplify or promote NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to the advancement of the black community. This is the first time NSBE has recognized the academy at this scale.
“The impact that the Math Department, headed by Col. Michael D. Phillips, has on the Corps of Cadets and specifically on the number of African American Cadets to graduate with degrees in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering disciplines is noteworthy,” said Pat Walker Locke, Seeds of Humanity Foundation president and Class of 1980 USMA graduate.
Locke was the recipient of the Golden Torch Legacy Award and said having eight African-American professors with doctorates teaching in the same math department is hardly replicated anywhere in the nation.
Accepting the Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award on behalf of the U.S. Military Academy Department of Mathematical Sciences were (in no particular order) Lt. Col. Donald Outing, Patrice Benson, Michelle Craddock, Lt. Col. Lamar Adams, Kendall Williams, James Gatewood, Candice Price and Lt. Col. Anthony Johnson. Picutred in the center is Class of 2013 Cadet Brandon Whittington, the Corps of Cadets first captain, who was the recipient of the Steve Thorne Leadership Award, presented to him by Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor at the 16th Golden Torch Awards ceremony during the 39th annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers. Courtesy photo
“Math is one of the foundation courses at an engineering school and it is helpful to have a diverse faculty to effectively reach cadets of every background,” she said. Locke also referred to the academy’s Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM which is headed by Outing. “The center responded to the President’s call to increase the number of students nationwide who are interested in STEM and who will eventually select a STEM-based profession,” Locke said. “The center’s STEM workshops for middle schools conducted across the nation reach all types of schools and are especially effective with the students that would not normally have exposure to STEM workshops.”Class of 2013 Cadet and First Captain Brandon Whittington III received the 2nd annual Steve Thorne Leadership Award at the conference presented by Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor. The award recognizes the achievements of STEM majors in the NSBE honoring individuals for making an outstanding impact in the organization, and showing exemplary achievement in their field of study.
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