News Article | May 11, 2017
KALAMAZOO, MI, May 11, 2017-- For their final concert of the 2016-2017 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni for Maestro Raymond Harvey's last performance as Music Director. Maestro Harvey brings an international cast of opera stars to the stage for the first KSO performance of this masterwork since 1980. In Don Giovanni, Mozart brings the escapades of Don Juan, a fictional libertine, to life. Blending comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural, Don Giovanni has become one of the most performed operas of all time.For more than 35 years, Raymond Harvey has made a significant impact as an American conductor of great skill and insight. Born in New York City, he studied piano and conducting, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in choral conducting from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and then studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music, earning Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.This season Maestro Harvey celebrates 18 years as Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the top post at the Fresno Philharmonic (California), Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts), and El Paso Opera (Texas).Maestro Harvey has appeared as guest conductor with many of America's leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Detroit, New Orleans and Minnesota, as well as the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts and the Boston Pops. He has also had engagements with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy, the Pusan Symphony of South Korea, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. He regularly performs as a pianist, both in chamber music and as pianist/conductor in works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff.In addition to his commitment to Kalamazoo, Dr. Harvey has been named an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, where he serves as Music Director of the Moores School of Music opera department. His operatic repertoire is extensive, including favorites such as Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, and Aida; as well as the more rarely performed The Consul, The Rape of Lucretia, and Samson and Delilah.The Kalamazoo community continues to embrace Raymond Harvey through appreciation of his compelling performances and engaging lectures.Buck Ross holds the Edythe Bates Old Chair in Opera at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he is the director of the Moores Opera Center. Mr. Ross founded the Opera Center in 1985 and has led it to national prominence as one of the largest university opera production programs in the country. He has staged productions for the Houston Grand Opera, Nevada Opera, Kentucky Opera, El Paso Opera, Houston Symphony, and Augusta Opera among others. For many years he was director of dramatic studies for the Houston Opera Studio and co-director of the apprentice program for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Particularly noted for his work in contemporary opera, he is the first person to direct all the completed operas of Daniel Catan including Florencia en el Amazonas, Salsipuedes, Il Postino, and Rappaccini's Daughter. He has directed productions of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, David Carlson's Anna Karenina, William Bolcom's A Wedding, Jonathan Dove's Flight, Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath, Daron Hagen's Amelia, Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, Thomas Pasatieri's Frau Margot, Dominick Argento's Miss Havisham's Fire and Casanova's Homecoming and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree. His productions are frequently award winners in the National Opera Association's annual opera production competition, last year winning first place for Rappaccini's Daughter and second place for Frau Margot.For composer Robert Nelson he is the librettist for an opera adaptation of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View released on DVD on the Newport Classic label. His singing translation of Orpheus in the Underworld has had over 22 productions. Currently he also teaches in Italy in the program Lingua e Canto. He holds degrees in music and theatre from Bucknell University and an MFA in stage direction from the University of Minnesota.Being touted as one of the next great American Verdi baritones, Opera News describes Mark Walters as "a force to be reckoned with." He is lauded for his performances throughout the United States in the title role of Rigoletto, Germont in La traviata, and Renato in Un ballo in maschera. For his performance in La forza del destino, "The Chicago Sun Times" commended his "vocal fury." Walters is now foraying into richer, more dramatic roles including: Die fliegende Hollander, Jochanaan in Salome, and Iago in Otello. He also recently debuted the role of Scarpia in Tosca as well as Pizarro in Fidelio and continues to perform Rigoletto and Germont in La traviata.This season Walters sings the role of Peter in Hansel und Gretel with Seattle Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Tampa, the title role in a concert version of Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony, and in the 10th Anniversary Gala with Opera Louisiane. In concert, he will sing Handel's Messiah with Augustana College, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Traverse City Symphony, and a concert of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Vaughn Williams Serenade with Springfield Symphony. Recent engagements include a company debut as Scarpia in Tosca with Minnesota Opera and a return for their world premi-ere of The Shining as Mark Torrance; the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the title role in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera.Walters' oratorio work includes his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff's Carmina Burana and Faure's Requiem conducted by John Rutter; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony; Verdi's Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony; the Brahms Requiem with Arizona Music Festival and Handel's Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Handel Oratorio Society. As a featured soloist, Mr. Walters has sung in the Milnes Voice Gala Honors James Morris, in the Baritones on the Bayou with Opera Louisiane, as Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society, and in a Gala concert for the Canterbury Festival, UK.Aaron Sorensen is a rare young bass known not only for his powerful and rich sound, but also his commanding stage presence. In recent seasons, Sorensen returned to Gotham Chamber Opera for productions of Comedy on the Bridge and Alexandre bis; debuted with Huntsville Symphony as Judge Barnett/Officer Jimmy in the world premi-ere of Gregory Vajda's Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Childress; sang Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail at Peabody Opera Theatre and with Houston Symphony Orchestra; debuted with Nashville Opera as the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance; and Neptune/Antinoo in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with West Edge Opera. This season he appears at Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and sings Leporello in Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony.Recently, Mr. Sorensen debuted with Fort Worth Opera as Benoit/Alcindoro in La boh-eme and returned as the French General in Kevin Puts' Silent Night; made a debut with Gotham Chamber Opera for their productions of Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse, Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, Hindemith's Hin und Zuruck, and Milhaud's L'enl-evement d'Europe; performed the role of Angelotti in Tosca with Austin Lyric Opera; sang in the National Symphony's concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier under Christoph Eschenbach; and appeared as Colline in La boh-eme at Bar Harbor Music Festival and Opera Theatre of Connecticut.In prior seasons, Mr. Sorensen appeared with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang the roles of Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Father Trulove in Stravinky's The Rake's Progress, and subsequently returned as Don Prudenzio in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims and Pistola in Falstaff. He also performed in multiple seasons with The Glimmerglass Opera Festival where he portrayed such roles as Zuniga in Carmen and Angelotti in Tosca. Also a favorite with Des Moines Metro Opera, he joined the company in recent seasons for their productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Zauberflote, Tosca, and The Rake's Progress.Tenor Charles Reid has been welcomed on many of the world's opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera (nine seasons), San Francisco Opera, Theater an der Wien, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Hagen (first-ever Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen), as well as the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, Glimmerglass and Central City. Operas-in-concert include Wagner's Das Rheingold with Jaap von Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (acclaimed recording released on Naxos) and Der Rosenkavalier with Philippe Jordan and the Opera National de Paris.With nearly forty works in his active concert repertoire, Mr. Reid's recent engagements include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic led by Jaap van Zweden, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in chamber arrangement with Matthias Goerne at the Schubertiada a Vilabertran (Spain) under conductor Josep Pons, and with conductor Jo Ann Falletta and mezzo-soprano Susan Platts at the Virginia Arts Festival (Naxos recording); and in full-orchestra version with Leon Botstein conducting The Orchestra Now at New York's Bard College. He also sang his first Britten War Requiem, with Maestra Jane Glover at the Berkshire International Festival.Mr. Reid's diverse 2016-17 season offers includes Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic/Andrew Constantine, Verdi's Requiem with the Virginia Symphony/JoAnn Falletta, Mozart's Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with the Kalamazoo Symphony/Raymond Harvey, Handel's Messiah with Columbia Pro Cantare/Frances Dawson, and a recital of American Art Song at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Past seasons have brought concerts with the with Orchestre National de Lyon, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lisbon's Gulbenkian Orchestra, Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony, Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart" Festival Orchestra, the Nashville, Allentown, Madison and Harrisburg Symphonies, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics and the U.S. Naval Academy.Mr. Reid's prestigious awards include the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition. He is Producer and Host of This Opera Life Podcast, and Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Voice at Michigan's Andrews University.American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her "big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura," and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Ms. Pier received a BM and MM in voice at Indiana University where she studied with Virginia Zeani. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Catawba College, and a Guest Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.Ms. Pier's recent engagements included Senta in Der fliegende Hollander with Virginia Opera, Poulenc's Gloria and Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and Faure's Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony. In addition, she has performed Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Symphony; Handel's Messiah with the Indianapolis and Winston-Salem Symphonies; Verdi's Requiem with the Charlottesville Symphony, among many others.A 2003 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recent opera engagements for Ms. Pier include the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, and Eugene Opera; Micaela in Carmen and Pamina in Die Zauberflote with Florida Grand Opera; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Eugene Opera; and Micaela with the Princeton Festival.She has also performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Roberto Abbado, recitals under the auspices of the George London Foundation, and concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Italy and at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York. She appears as a soloist on a recording of Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, with David Hill and the BBC Singers on the Naxos label.Ms. Pier is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the George London Foundation Award, Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, two Charles A. Lynam Awards, and two Palm Beach Opera Competition Awards.Praised by the Houston Chronicle for her "warm supple soprano" and by "The New York Times" for her "radiant" and "handsomely resonant voice," soprano Nicole Heaston has appeared with opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, and many more.Heaston's recent engagements include Alice Ford in Falstaff at Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, La contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Den Norske Opera and Utah Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflote at Houston Grand Opera, the title role in Alcina at Royal Danish Opera, and was the featured vocal soloist in the Houston Ballet's staging of Stravinsky's Les Noces.Heaston has established a long-standing relationship with Houston Grand Opera, beginning as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Her debut with the company was in the title role of Romeo et Juliette, and she has since been heard as Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Zerlina in Die Zauberflote. Heaston also created the title role in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Jackie O, subsequently recording the opera for the Argo label.Equally active as a concert and recital soloist, Heaston has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra for the Kennedy Center's 11th annual gala. She has performed Handel's Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor Michigan. Ms. Heaston was heard in Bach's B Minor Mass with Boston Baroque, which was recorded for the Teldec label and nominated for a Grammy Award. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in recital at Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Heaston completed her Master's Degree in Voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and received her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Akron. Her various awards and prizes include the Shoshana Foundation Grant, Robert Weede Corbett Award, Opera Guild of Dayton Competition, Opera/Columbus Competition, San Antonio Opera Guild Competition, Metropolitan Opera Regional Audition-Encouragement Award, and Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Award Competition.Sydney E. Anderson, a Houston-based soprano, makes her Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra debut this season. An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Anderson has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as a featured soloist on their 2015 donor concert series, and with Opera Saratoga for their 2015-2016 Saratoga Sings! recital series. Other recent soloist appearances include Mozart's Requiem and Christopher Theofanidis's The Here and Now (Woolsey Hall), the title role in Handel's Esther (Manchester Symphony Orchestra), the Evangelist in Schutz's Johannes Passion, and many J. S. Bach cantatas, with Bach Society Houston under the baton of Rick Erickson.In 2016, Ms. Anderson celebrated her main stage debut with Houston Grand Opera as Arminy in Carousel, directed by Rob Ashford and conducted by Richard Bado, and participated in the company's Opera to Go! program, as the Princess in Mary Carol Warwick's The Princess and the Pea. Other recent opera roles include Manon in Manon, Lisette in La Rondine, Adina in L'eslisir d'amore and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffman with the Moores Opera Center, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and Tallulah in the New England Premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca with Hartt Opera Theatre. In 2015, she participated in Opera Saratoga's young artist program, where she covered the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Virgil in the World Premiere of The Long Walk by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann, and received third place in the company's young artist competition. Other awards include the Karl Amelang Memorial Award in the 2016 Houston Saengerbund German Singing Competition, winner of The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston's 2015 vocal scholarship competition, and the Encouragement Award in Connecticut Concert Opera's 2014 American Opera Idol.Ms. Anderson holds a double Bachelors Degree from The Hartt School of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education, and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Moores School of Music, where she first had the honor of working with Maestro Raymond Harvey and Director Buck Ross.Bass Evan Boyer received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he performed Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Prince Gremin in Eugene Oengin. Mr. Boyer is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was heard as Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Conte Rodolfo in La sonnambula, Leporello in Don Giovanni, among many others. He attended the Chautauqua Institution in 2002 and 2003, where he appeared as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea.Mr. Boyer's 2014-15 season began with a role and company debut at Seattle Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni. He performed Mozart's Requiem with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, followed by Handel's Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony. In the summer of 2015, he joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Ramfis in Aida and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly and appeared with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem in the Bravo! Vail Festival.Mr. Boyer was recently a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. During his three-season tenure there, from 2010-2013, he was involved in seventeen productions. He performed the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, the King of Egypt in Aida, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Zuniga in Carmen, among many others. He covered in eleven productions, including Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.In 2013, after his time at the Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Boyer made his debut with Canadian Opera Company as the First Soldier in Salome, followed by performances as the Second Commissaire in Dialogues des Carmelites. Other performances in 2012 included a debut with The Cleveland Orchestra as the First Nazarene and First Soldier in concert performances of Salome at Severance Hall and again at Carnegie Hall.He was a 2009 National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditionss. He is the Grand Prize winner in Men's Voice of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation. Additional grants and awards have been received from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation, the American Opera Society, and the Louisville Bach Society.Don GiovanniRaymond Harvey, Conductor; Buck Ross, Stage DirectorGuest Artists: Mark Walters, Aaron Sorenson, Charles Reid, Christina Pier, Nicole Heaston, Sydney Anderson, and Evan BoyerFor their final concert of the 2016-2017 season, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart's masterpiece, Don Giovanni for Maestro Raymond Harvey's last performance as Music Director. Maestro Harvey brings an international cast of opera stars to the stage for the first KSO performance of this masterwork since 1980. In Don Giovanni, Mozart brings the escapades of Don Juan, a fictional libertine, to life. Blending comedy, melodrama, and the supernatural, Don Giovanni has become one of the most performed operas of all time.Tickets: $60 - $24Student & Veteran discounts available.$5 Student Rush tickets, and $10 Harvey's Hideaway seating available at the box office the night of the concert.For tickets, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com , call the KSO Box Office at (269) 349-7759 or call Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300.Visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com for up-to-date information, details and schedules. Prices, artists, dates, time and program are subject to change without notice.The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support. For more information, visit www.kalamazoosymphony.com Founded in 1921, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is Southwest Michigan's premier musical organization, providing musical enrichment to over 80,000 adults and youth per year. The third-largest professional orchestra in the state, the KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to found its innovative Artist-in-Residence program.
News Article | May 10, 2017
There were empty cans of Mountain Dew and Monster Energy everywhere. Despite the pile of energy drinks, there was a surprising calm in the room as I stood by two dozen cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point. They were tasked with building a server and protecting it from breaches by the National Security Agency for a full week. With a lifetime of research -- watching movies about cyberwarfare -- I figured I was all set for this assignment. But there was no dramatic music, no people running around and yelling about "cyber nukes" -- whatever those are. It looked like a normal office, like the one I'm sitting in as I write this. There wasn't even a sweeping camera shot of all the action. Instead, four groups of cadets sat around rows of laptops at the ready. There was the Web Services team, to make sure their websites were up and running; the Web and Forums team, which moderates what goes on in their servers; the Network Monitoring team, which stands guard; and the Strike Team, which takes action to combat breaches. The pace picked up a bit as the NSA sent over a task: creating a password restriction in the next two hours. But even then, there was no dramatic rush or screens filled with flowing rivers of green code. The most noteworthy part of the attack? URLs like "pooploopery.com" and "canadabrokeit.com." Those names sound goofy, but the military is taking its cyberdefense capabilities seriously. This exercise, which is held annually at West Point, is part of an increased focus in military academies to train experts against attacks in the future. After all, cyberwarfare is an increasing concern on and off the battlefield, and the US has already gotten a glimpse of what attacks could look like in the future. The 2016 presidential election was heavily influenced by Russian hackers, while Chinese hackers stole 22 million social security numbers from a federal database in 2015 and North Korean hackers were blamed for a massive breach at Sony the year before. With experts predicting threats like bombings caused by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, it's become more important to train future officers to defend online. "It's certainly a great emphasis. We see the rise of the cyber branch with the United States Army," Major Michael Petullo, an assistant professor at West Point's military academy said. "Individual privacy and freedom is all pending these days on cyber." That mentality extends beyond the Army's own troops. Last month, the US Air Force issued its "Hack the Air Force" challenge to security specialists around the world, offering hefty rewards to anyone who can break into its public websites. It's a follow-up to challenges like "Hack the Army" and "Hack the Pentagon," in which bug bounty hunters cashed in on $75,000 by identifying the Pentagon's vulnerabilities. It only took five minutes for the first bounty to come during the Army challenge. Since 2000, the NSA has been testing cadets at military schools by "hacking" servers in their classrooms for an entire week. In April, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Marine Academy, the Military Academy and the Royal Military College of Canada joined in the Cyber Defense Exercise, looking to see who could best fend off the NSA's cyberattacks. As part of the challenge, NSA hackers make up the "Red Cell" and teams from each academy make up "Blue Cells." The NSA is allowed to attack at all times, while the cyberdefense teams are restricted from doing anything between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. To make things even harder, there's the Gray Cell, bots meant to emulate careless users who hackers typically target. In one Gray Cell scenario, an important politician would come into an Army base with a laptop that potentially has a virus on it. The cadets have to clean off the device and remove any malware before the Gray Cell connects onto the servers. Do you think that's far-fetched? Vice President Mike Pence and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta probably don't. "The threat is real and gets more and more advanced every day. It evolves very rapidly," NSA Red Cell lead Curtis Williams said. The cadets have to prevent the NSA from stealing password tokens, protect their servers from shutdown and block out intruders. The NSA's break-in is inevitable, so the competition becomes about who can defend their servers the longest. "They end up getting in, but they get into everyone's," said Mitch DeRidder, captain of the Army's Blue Cell. "They're closing in as time goes on." After DeRidder assigned the duties for the NSA's password challenge, the room fell quiet again. Attacks still flowed in from the NSA, but they were easy to spot because of their goofy names. The cadets were supposed to monitor for these fake names and block them. Sometimes, it wasn't as obvious as a pooploopery. One ping had come in from lyft.cpm, a rip-off of the popular ride-sharing app. "They're hoping that we make typos," said Conner Wissman, on the Army's Service team. "They're trying to throw us off because every second of blocking these count." The team members' eyes glazed over while watching scores of URLs coming into the servers, a boring but necessary task. "There's nothing I can do, I kind of just sit here and watch," Wissman said. On the Web and Forums team, one cadet folded paper into a small boat. Another cadet, manning the servers, took the boat apart and made a paper hat. By the end of the week, the Navy had won the exercise, but the cadets at West Point weren't defeated. In their loss, they'll be able to learn what went wrong and how to improve for when the nation's cybersecurity is at stake. For future exercises, the NSA wants the academies to be able to collaborate. It also expects to add additional challenges like protecting other connected devices -- think smart appliances and light bulbs. The cadets already see the value in these challenges. "Cyber is one of the biggest national security threats," DeRidder said. "Having trained NSA personnel attacking us, that definitely helped prepare us for the future." It's Complicated: This is dating in the age of apps. Having fun yet? These stories get to the heart of the matter. Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech's role in providing new kinds of accessibility.
News Article | May 19, 2017
TARRYTOWN, NY, May 19, 2017-- Robert Mogabgab Berryman has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.With nearly two and a half decades of practiced industry experience, Mr. Berryman is uniquely qualified to oversee a wide range of tasks. He has been the owner and principal engineer for Berryman Engineering, PLLC and a senior engineer with LGI Forensic Engineering, P.C. since 2013. He owned and operated Berryman Nuclear Consulting, LLC from 2010 to 2013. Before entering the field in a professional capacity, he graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in systems engineering. After graduating, he started a five-year stint with the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer. During that time, he graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power School. After completing his time on active duty, he worked as a freelance pilot and flight instructor in Groton, Connecticut and was subsequently and aircraft systems instructor and commercial pilot. He was then a systems engineer for CAE Marine Systems from 2001 to 2002. Just prior to obtaining the first of his most current roles, Mr. Berryman worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2002 to 2010 as a reactor inspector, resident inspector and senior reactor inspector. He was recalled to active duty for a year with the United States Navy from 2005 to 2006. While serving in the Navy Reserve concurrent with his civilian career, he graduated from both the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, and Joint Forces Staff College. More recently, he earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgia State University College of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (completion expected August 2017).Mr. Berryman is a registered professional engineer, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and Certified Forensic Consultant/Forensic Professional Engineer. He affiliates himself with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, National Association of Fire Investigators, and National Fire Protection Association in order to remain abreast of changes in the industry. Throughout his career, he has been awarded many times for his work. While serving in the United States Navy both on active duty and as a reservist, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (3). He officially retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander (O-5) after completing twenty total years of service. He was also a recipient of the Admiral McKee Award for Superior Performance in the Areas of Submarine Design and Safety while at U.S. Navy Submarine School and the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law while at the Georgia State University College of Law. He was recognized as a finalist for Scientific Employee of the Year by the Atlanta Federal Executive Board in 2007. Additionally, he has been featured in Who's Who in America eight times, Who's Who in Science and Engineering in their 11th edition and Who's Who in the World seven times. Looking ahead, Mr. Berryman intends to experience the continued growth and success of his career.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946
News Article | May 16, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--McNair announced today the expansion of its Intellectual Property practice group with the addition of three former Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough patent attorneys as shareholders in its Charlotte office. Chad Thorson, John Johnson and Nathaniel Quirk bring with them years of experience managing patent portfolios for global corporations and hands-on knowledge of the primary high-tech engineering areas – electrical, mechanical, software, and chemistry and material sciences. Three former staffers with whom the group has worked for years have also joined McNair. “Having all spent time in industry, Chad, John and Nate bring with them a level of familiarity with their clients’ business that not only makes them more efficient, it also makes them true business partners,” said David Tigges, McNair’s managing shareholder and chief executive officer. “They significantly expand our IP capabilities and continue the growth of our Charlotte office. McNair will now have more than a dozen IP lawyers, and we are committed to expanding to become the Southeast’s go-to IP boutique within a mid-size firm.” “Joining McNair gives us the flexibility to adapt to each individual client’s needs as the firm understands the pressure that in-house counsel face to balance efficiency and high-quality legal work,” Thorson said. “We are thrilled to join the firm and help lead the expansion of its IP group in the Southeast.” Thorson’s practice focuses on patent procurement and validity and infringement issues in the mechanical, electrical, software and nuclear engineering technology sectors, both in the United States and globally. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a submarine officer in the Navy before receiving his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Johnson’s practice focuses on intellectual property, including patents and technology law issues in the medical device, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. A former process engineer and chemist, Johnson has experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical patent prosecution group of an AmLaw 50 firm. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and his J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law. Quirk’s practice focuses on intellectual property procurement and enforcement matters, patent and trademark licensing and portfolio management, as well as transactional matters. A licensed engineer, Quirk previously served as the chief IP counsel for a global technology company. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida College of Engineering and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Since former South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair founded it in 1971, McNair Law Firm has served clients at the intersection of business and government. The firm has grown to 100 professionals in offices throughout the Carolinas and continues to meet the changing needs of its clients, helping them address the challenges and opportunities of every economic cycle. McNair clients are companies and organizations in the manufacturing, banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, technology, construction, and real estate industries as well as government entities, non-profit organizations, and individuals. For more information about McNair, visit www.mcnair.net.
News Article | May 4, 2017
-- Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, a San Diego-based wealth advisory firm managing over $3 billion for more than 1,000 clients, is proud to announce thathas been promoted to Portfolio Manager. In his new role, Mark will serve as a primary point of contact for clients.Mark joined Dowling & Yahnke in 2015 as a Portfolio Management Associate. Mark has developed extensive knowledge and leadership in the key aspects of investment management, financial planning, and client servicing. Additionally, Mark embodies the Firm's ongoing dedication to superior academic and industry expertise having earned a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certificate. Mark plays an integral role in the Firm's Investment Committee, Client Service Committee, Culture Committee, and business technology systems research."From day one, Mark has exuded energy, passion, and positivity, and has worked tirelessly to attain the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to provide our clients with the service they deserve and expect," said Will Beamer, President and Chief Investment Officer. "Mark's clear demonstration of excellence makes this promotion well deserved."Prior to joining the Firm, Mark served nearly eleven years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, deploying six times and traveling extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Mark is currently working towards an MBA degree from the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego. Presently in the Navy Reserve, Mark is a Lieutenant Commander and serves as the Executive Officer of the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Readiness Headquarters in Coronado, CA. Mark was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He lived overseas and on both coasts for a number of years before settling in Carlsbad with his wife and three daughters.Since 1991, Dowling & Yahnke has provided customized solutions in investment management, retirement planning, and charitable giving. As a fiduciary, fee-only adviser, Dowling & Yahnke places clients' interests first, giving them peace of mind in a complex financial world. For more information, visit www.dywealth.com
News Article | May 1, 2017
Previously, Admiral McGinn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, overseeing the development of future Navy capabilities, and previously commanded the United States Third Fleet. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. Admiral McGinn is a former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he led efforts to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Admiral McGinn is also a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, the Bipartisan Center Energy Board, the past Co-Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and has been an International Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Admiral McGinn holds a BS in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College. He also participated in the National Security Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. McGinn stated, "I am honored to join the board of this dynamic and innovative company. HALO's world-class maritime security solutions represent the very best in technology and customer focused engineering." Eric Johnson, HALO's CEO praised the addition. "Admiral McGinn brings a wealth of leadership and technical acumen to our Board and to the company. I look forward to working with him as we build on our successes and expand the company globally." ABOUT HALO MARITIME DEFENSE SYSTEMS HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HALO) offers unique maritime sea barrier solutions to secure critical assets vulnerable to water-based attacks. In a security-conscious world, both government assets (Naval bases, ships and facilities) and commercial and private assets (ports, terminals, nuclear power plants, and oil & gas rigs) have a real, immediate, and critical need for high levels of protection. HALO Maritime Defense Systems' next generation patented maritime security products offer unique solutions to difficult marine security scenarios. Installed systems demonstrate increased protection against threats, in a smaller footprint with lower competitive lifecycle costs. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dennis-mcginn-joins-the-board-of-halo-maritime-defense-systems-300448935.html