Tuesday, January 26, 2010

eCYBERMISSION West Point Outreach Trip


The United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, NY may be home to 4,400 cadets and 600 faculty members, but on Tuesday, Jan. 19, they were joined by a member of the eCYBERMISSION staff to encourage those cadets and faculty members to register as a Volunteer (Ambassador or CyberGuide) or Virtual Judge. An Ambassador is an individual who helps the eCYBERMISSION team promote the competition in their community, a CyberGuide assists the student teams through online Discussion Forums and webinars and a Virtual Judge scores and evaluates the Mission Folders to determine our winners.


I started the day in Thayer Hall, an academic building that also houses the Cadet Bookstore.It was in front of the bookstore where our table was set up and where I got to meet a lot of cadets and faculty members who were interested in eCYBERMISSION. Although the cadets adhere to a strict schedule and had limited time to physically register on the spot, we did have one cadet register to be Virtual Judge and a handful more took information with them to hopefully register on their own time.

At lunchtime, we moved the registration table to Grant Hall, the main fast food cafeteria on campus and home to one of the greatest sandwiches every created – The Hellfire. It’s Cajun-roasted roast beef, pepperjack cheese, sweet and hot peppers and chipotle mayonnaise on a toasted roll. But that wasn’t the only reason we set up in Grant Hall! Hundreds of cadets and faculty members passed through for lunch and many stopped by our table. I also saw an employee from the Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC), which is based in Orlando, Florida, who registered as a Virtual Judge when we visited STTC earlier this month!

The rest of the day was spent in the new Jefferson Library, which was just built a couple of years ago.

It was here that two more cadets who were showing their parents around campus signed up to be Virtual Judges and many more took information with them, including a tactical officer who was planning to pass it around to her entire “Tac Team.”

As always, our visit to USMA was a successful one, made all the more so thanks to the help of our point of contact, eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judge Dr. Merrill Blackman. And remember, if you visited our table while we were there and have not yet registered to do so, or if you are just interested in registering in general, you can do so on our web site at www.ecybermission.com until Friday. Feb. 26.

To see more pictures from our West Point road show, and other trips and road shows, please visit our Flickr page.

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