COVID- 19 Update

Dear NYMA Community, Yesterday, a parent informed us that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19. The parent wanted to assure us that she felt confident that it was not contracted on our campus.  Per the parent’s instructions, the cadet departed our campus on leave from NYMA 12

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1968

In our American Politics course, we recently examined the turbulent year of 1968.  My students were aghast to see the events unfold with the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the Tet Offensive, and then the unbelievable political conventions held in Chicago.  “How could

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COVID- 19 Furlough Update

Dear NYMA Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff, and Faculty, We are writing to provide you with an update about the Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, and the Academy’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and community.  The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) is

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Start the Conversation

Teaching the American political system to our NYMA Cadets I am heart warmed by their curiosity and questions. As we have watched Iowa, New Hampshire, the Democratic Debate, and survey Nevada and South Carolina for next week with Super Tuesday looming in the wings, I hope their interest and education

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Be the Salt and the Light

This weekend I went at mass with my family.  The gospel of the mass was from St. Matthew.  “You are the salt of the earth,” he wrote.  I had never thought much about salt.  A common condiment found on every kitchen table.  Father John, our parish priest, however, gave me an understanding of this famous

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Safeguarding our Children

In the middle of the twentieth century the United States faced one of its greatest challenges.  America twenty years earlier had thought it had made the “world safe for democracy” and had failed.  In December of 1941 facing entry into World War sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers all were asked

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“I will defend to the death your right to say it…”

Today with our political debates and the election season at our doorstep, I thought it important to reflect on our First Amendment right of speech.  In 1919 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Charles Schenck.  Schenck had argued that his freedom of speech had been denied.  He was, like many

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