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Mrs. Ronda Dove
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

2015 Program -  Schedule

 Download the printed program PDF.

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 Pre-Conference Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshop 
  'Building on Karst' Workshop
   Activities Room, Moody Hall

'Building on Karst' Workshop Description:


Hosted by the Virginia Cave Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, this workshop addresses the unique challenges that consultants, developers, localities, planners, and regulators face when working in karst landscapes. As awareness of the peculiarities and environmental sensitivity of karst landscapes has grown, it has become increasingly important to address karst-specific concerns during land use planning, management and development projects in Western Virginia.

Karst presents unique geotechnical challenges, including risk of sinkhole formation, difficulty in siting septic systems, and the management of stormwater runoff. Water passing through karst supports the base flow of most rivers in Western Virginia, and is tapped by wells and withdrawn from springs for domestic, agricultural, and industrial uses. Protection of both the quantity and quality of karst water is critical for the health of both Virginia’s environment and its economy. Virginia’s karst is biologically rich and characterized by a high degree of endemism, with nearly 200 cave-limited invertebrate species, many known from only a handful of caves. Several of these species are legally protected. In addition, Virginia's caves are home to eight bat species, three of which are federally endangered. The importance of protecting Virginia’s underground bat habitat has increased dramatically in the last few years, due to a disease called White Nose Syndrome that has decimated populations of several species.

Workshop Topics

Specificaspects of working in karst that the workshop will address include:

  • Karst information: obtaining and analyzing karst data
  • Performance of site assessments in karst
  • The legal framework of karst
  • Best practices for development in karst, including stormwater management
  • Case studies

Expert presentations on these topics will be followed by a panel discussion led by the speakers. The goal is a collegial exchange of information that will make it possible for all parties to work more efficiently and effectively to conserve Virginia’s karst resources.

Schedule for Tuesday, March 31 (Marshall Hall - #1 on program map - unless otherwise noted)

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.RegistrationGallery, Marshall Hall
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshop 
  • 'Building on Karst' Workshop
Activities Room
Moody Hall
12:00pm - 12:30 pm     Pre-Conference Workshop LUNCH 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Set-upHall of Valor
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Awards CeremonyGillis Theater
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.ReceptionHall of Valor


Schedule for Wednesday, April 1 (Marshall Hall - #1 on program map - unless otherwise noted)

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Registration (Gallery)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Buffet Breakfast (Hall of Valor)
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.Opening Ceremony (Gillis Theater)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Keynote Address
 (Gillis Theater)
 "Our Global Water Future:  New Solutions for a Thirsty World"
- Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Breakout Session A
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Breakout Session B or Lunch (Lunch in the Hall of Valor - exhibit hall)
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Lunch - Special Presentation by COL Keith Gibson (12:30 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Breakout Session C or Lunch
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.Breakout Session D
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.    Coffee (snacks) / Networking in Exhibit Hall (Hall of Valor)
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.Plenary Speaker - Rob Watson, Father of LEED (Gillis Theater)
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.5-Star Reception by invitation only (VMI Museum, Jackson Memorial Hall)
 Dinner on your own

Schedule for Thursday, April 2 (Marshall Hall - #1 on program map - unless otherwise noted)

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Registration (Gallery)
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.5K Run and 1 Mi.Walk (VMI North Post/Jordan Point Park)
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open (Hall of Valor)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast (in the exhibit hall)
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Breakout Session E
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Breakout Session F
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Environmental Crisis Management Panel: Lynchburg Oil Spill (Gillis Theater)
Michael Gillette, Lynchburg Mayor
James Golden, Deputy Director for Operations, DEQ
Pat Calvert, Upper James Riverkeeper, James River Association
 Brett A. Burdick, Deputy State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

5-Star Reception

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tuesday, April 1st (by invitation only)

5K Run and 1 Mi. Walk - from Jordan's Point

  • Register or sign up at registration
  • Meet Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 am at Jordan's Point Park
  • Donations welcome to support the VMI Keydets without Borders, a cadet engineering service organization.  See them at Booth #314 on the balcony level
  • Thanks to Aramark for supplying light snacks and water during the run/walk.  Event sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry.