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    Posted April 2, 2013 by
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    NSBE Honors Historic Diversity of West Point’s Math Department

    INDIANAPOLIS — The United States Military Academy was honored last week for an historic accomplishment in diversity. During the 39th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), last week, eight African-American professors of West Point’s Department of Mathematical Sciences received NSBE’s Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year honor on behalf of their department. No other college or university math department in the country has as many African-American professors.

    The eight West Point faculty members, all Ph.D.s, accepted the award during NSBE’s 16th Annual Golden Torch Awards ceremony, which was held in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center last Saturday, March 30. The Golden Torch Awards honor organizations and individuals who exemplify or promote NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to advancement of the black community.

    The Golden Torch Awards were part of NSBE’s 39th Annual Convention, which had more than 9,000 attendees.

    Also during the ceremony, an African-American West Point cadet, James Brandon Whittington III, received NSBE’s Steve Thorne Leadership Award from Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor, dean of the Academic Board at West Point. Whittington is first captain of West Point’s Corps of Cadets for the 2012–2013 academic year — the highest student leadership position at the Academy.
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