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2013 Margins of Excellence Needs List

Overview

As part of its five-year strategic plan, the Academy has created a new Needs List, outlining its top ten Margins of Excellence needs for the coming year.  Each item on the list will help the Academy achieve the goals defined its Strategic Plan, from providing Cutting-Edge Programs and developing Sound Leadership to creating a Dynamic Campus Culture.

Academics

Visiting Chair in Marine Engineering                               
$150,000-200,000 annually

The Academy is committed to developing applications for clean, renewable, non-fossil fuel energy systems for the marine and transportation industry.  The Endowed Chair in Marine Engineering would be responsible for the following:  management of the Solar Hydrogen Home; USMMA Energy Benchmarking; oversight of the Kings Point Conservation and Efficiency Improvement Campaign; and research in areas including development of co-generation projects to offset electric costs, maritime fuel-cells for the handling of “in-port” electrical loads for reducing vessel emissions, and design and development of “green” shipping containers.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation.

Visiting Chair in Marine Transportation
$150,000-200,000 annually

The Academy expects its Midshipmen to be the future leaders of the U.S. maritime industry.  An Endowed Chair in Marine Transportation who is an expert in multiple facets of the maritime industry and has significant industry leadership experience will mentor Midshipmen to achieve this goal.  This Chair will also help build the Academy’s reputation as a world leader in maritime education.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation.

Dynamic Positioning Training Simulator                         
$230,000

Many of today’s offshore industry vessels are fitted with Dynamic Positioning (DP) equipment that requires certification to operate.  Graduates of the Academy can fulfill their obligation to the government by sailing on these vessels and have been encouraged to do so.  This donation would provide for the purchase, installation and maintenance of a Dynamic Positioning Training Simulator, including 5 student workstations, thus providing the Academy with the tools needed to train its Midshipmen on this equipment.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation.

Arts and World Affairs Program            
$25,000 annually

The Academy is committed to graduating Midshipmen who are well-rounded and appreciate the different cultures of the world in which they live and work.  This program would allow Midshipmen to attend cultural events in New York City, such as shows and museum and historical events.  It would also permit the Academy to bring live performances and presentations to the Academy grounds for the benefit of all Midshipmen.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation and the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders.

Midshipmen Life

Visiting Chair for Leadership Development                              
$150,000-200,000 annually       

The Regimental program at the Academy is designed to train future leaders.  The addition of an Endowed Chair for Leadership Development to the Regimental staff will enhance this training by providing a dedicated professional whose primary focus is to design and implement a leadership development program that accounts for the unique challenges and curriculum at the Academy.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation and the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders.

Enhanced Alcohol and Drug Education Program
$35,000 annually

One of the Academy’s top priorities is to be the most proactive higher education institution in the U.S. with regard to addressing the risks of alcohol and drug use among 18-25 year olds.  Colleges and Universities across the country use different ways to address the risks of drug and alcohol abuse on campus in this demographic.  The Academy seeks to be a leader in identifying preeminent methods to address alcohol and drug abuse among college-age students.  This program will supplement and enhance the Academy’s ongoing efforts to create a cutting-edge preventative education program.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation, the Sound Leadership Strategic Goal to strengthen leadership, organizational capacity and governance of the Academy at all levels and the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders.

Upgrade to Ackerman Hall Audio-Visual System            
$200,000

Ackerman Auditorium is the Academy’s only large facility that seats the entire Regiment, faculty and staff at one time for lectures, performances and ceremonies.  The Auditorium’s current audio-visual system is in need of an upgrade.  This donation would allow for such upgrade, resulting in a state-of-the-art facility that better supports the training and education of the Academy’s Midshipmen, faculty and staff.

This Need meets the First-Class Infrastructure Strategic Goal to modernize the infrastructure and strengthen administrative services to support outstanding scholarship and the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders.

Replacement of East and West Floating Docks            
$200,000

The wooden floating docks at the south end of Hague Basin are exposed to frequent high winds and seas, and are nearing the end of their life-cycle.  Replacement with modern concrete floating docks would dampen the wave action and provide a safer platform for the mooring and operations of all Academy training vessels, both power and sail.  Thus, all Midshipmen would benefit from the replacement of the docks.

This Need meets the First-Class Infrastructure Strategic Goal to modernize the infrastructure and strengthen administrative services to support outstanding scholarship.

Athletics

Field Turf Surface and Lights for Lower Roosevelt Field
$6,000,000

All Midshipmen at the Academy will benefit from improvements to Lower Roosevelt Field, which is used for physical education classes, intramural and club sports, team practices, Physical Readiness Tests (PRTs) and other fitness activities.  It is also the competition site for six teams (baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and rugby).  Improvements to the field turf surface (estimated cost: $4,000,000) would improve field safety by eliminating divots, uneven or soggy terrain, lips, etc., associated with natural grass fields.  The addition of field lighting (estimated cost: $2,000,000) would extend the use of the field by allowing practices and competitions to occur at night.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation, the Sound Leadership Strategic Goal to strengthen leadership, organizational capacity and governance of the Academy at all levels, the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders and the First-Class Infrastructure Strategic Goal to modernize the infrastructure and strengthen administrative services to support outstanding scholarship.

O’Hara Hall Wooden Gymnasium Floor and Bleacher System                      
$750,000

The O’Hara Hall Gymnasium sees heavy use by Midshipmen for Varsity, club and intramural athletics.  The Gymnasium is also used for physical education classes, recreational purposes, Beat Retreats, Sea Fairs and Coast Guard licensing exams.  Replacement of the floor and bleacher system would provide a safer environment for these activities as there have been significant improvements in the design of materials used since the floor and bleachers were originally installed.  It would also improve morale for all who use it and serve as a point of pride for the Academy.

This Need meets the Cutting-Edge Programs Strategic Goal to deliver integrated and innovative academic, professional and regimental programs to prepare Midshipmen for leadership and service to the nation, the Sound Leadership Strategic Goal to strengthen leadership, organizational capacity and governance of the Academy at all levels, the Dynamic Campus Culture Strategic Goal to create a vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture to attract and educate best-in-class maritime leaders and the First-Class Infrastructure Strategic Goal to modernize the infrastructure and strengthen administrative services to support outstanding scholarship.

Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013