2016-2017

Natural History In the Lab

A summer project is organizing, stabilizing, and preserving part of the vast collection of nematodes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Cadets work alongside Bolivian Villagers to construct eco latrines.

Eco Latrine Project Continues in Bolivia

Keydets without Borders travels to Pampoyo, Bolivia, to build eco latrines and solar showers alongside local villagers.

Samantha Alexander sitting at her desk

Alleviating Poverty in the United States

Five cadets complete poverty-focused internships through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.

Rob Havers holding Vol. 7 of the Marshall papers

‘Marshall’s Greatness for All to Understand’

On June 23, the George C. Marshall Foundation celebrated an accomplishment nearly four decades in the making: the publication of the seventh and final volume of "The Papers of George Catlett Marshall."

Marshall Legacy Series Flyers

‘Out of History and into the Modern World’

The recent conclusion of the George C. Marshall papers project after nearly 40 years of work has left the Marshall Foundation at a transitional point, looking to move with confidence into the future while ensuring the past stays relevant.

Image of new cadet company formed up in Cameron Hall

VMI to Live Stream Matriculation Day Ceremony

Virginia Military Institute will again provide a live webcast of the Matriculation Day welcome ceremony this Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at www.vmi.edu/livestream.

Image of a new cadet signing the Matriculation Book

506 Matriculate in Class of 2020

More than 500 new cadets matriculated with the Virginia Military Institute Class of 2020 this morning. At 506 cadets, the class is the third largest entering class.

A group of cadets stand before the Toledo, Spain, skyline.

Cadets Explore History of Spain

Fourteen cadets experienced both a new culture and a new class this summer when they traveled to Madrid, Spain.

Basim Khan and another hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

Honors Cadet in Parks Program

Basim Khan '18 spent part of the summer on the Appalachian Trail with Partners in the Parks.

Maj. Jessica Libertini and Lt. Col. Paul Moosman '98 with Ross Schmeisser '18.

Teach the Math They Need

Ross Schmeisser '18 and Chen Chun-Hao '18 did summer research to develop content for new math courses aimed at 4th Class cadets.

Portrait of Sun Li-jen

Chinese Alumnus, General Featured

“Sun Li-jen: Ever Victorious General of World War II” will open in Gillis Theater Sept. 3.

Portrait of Robert Kaplan

Global Affairs Expert at Convocation

Robert D. Kaplan will speak on the current geopolitical climate Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Cameron Hall.

Cadets perform ROTC maneuvers on the Parade Ground.

VMI Ranked for Social Good

Virginia Military Institute is ranked 51st among national liberal arts colleges, and number one within that category for ROTC participation, in rankings released this week by Washington Monthly magazine.

Image of Brian Crockett at podium

VMI Foundation CEO to Retire

Brian Scott Crockett, CEO of the VMI Foundation, will retire Dec. 31.

Cadets and faculty listen to Robert Kaplan

‘Reading History, Reading Geography’

Robert D. Kaplan surveyed the current geopolitical landscape, detailing the ways that geography and history help define the fate of nations, in today's academic convocation.

Animated characters wearing red, white and blue hats.

Who’s That Marching Off to Boot Camp?

A summer research project by Andrew Kelly '17 explores the role of Walt Disney Studios in creating World War II propaganda.

Cadets walk from barracks to class at VMI.

VMI Ranks High in U.S. News

VMI ranked third in the "Great Schools, Great Price" category and fourth among public liberal arts colleges in rankings released today.

Image of Nigerian army chief of staff talking with Gen. Peay in his office

Nigerian Army Officer to Speak

Lt. Gen. Ty Buratai will speak tonight in Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall beginning at 7:45.

A cadet holds a cell phone displaying the Reach Out app.

App Dispenses Important Information

The Reach Out app is meant to assist victims of sexual misconduct by enabling them to access help from their phones.

Maj. Amy Givler assists two cadets with a Wikisticks activity.

Math Major Numbers Up

The numbers don't lie. Over the past 10 years, the Department of Applied Mathematics has seen a surge in cadet interest.

Several pages from the diabetes article are shown here.

Predicting Diabetes

Two faculty members and a recent graduate have published their research about the use of mathematical models to predict diabetes diagnosis.

A large crowd cheers on the Keydets during a home football game.

Toward a Safer Game Day

VMI's Emergency Operations Center is ready to swing into action if needed at each home football game.

Col. Keith Gibson stands next to the painting

19th Century Painting on Display

"Attack on the Huguenots" was painted by William D. Washington, a member of the VMI faculty in the 19th century.

Col. Mike Krakow instructs his karate class.

New Karate Class

Physical education elective offers the chance to learn self-defense moves and boost fitness.

The cover of the Quality Enhancement Plan shows cadets marching across the Parade Ground.

Math That Matters

Math that Matters: Math for the Modern World, the title of VMI’s proposed Quality Enhancement Plan, aims to introduce cadets majoring in the humanities and other programs to mathematical thinking.

Sgt. 1st Class Carmelo Echevarria gives instructions before the night ambush begins.

Night Ambush

Cadets try out patrol and ambush tactics taught by the commandant’s staff, complementing training provided by the ROTC units.

A view of the Chessie Trail

‘It’s a Big Deal’

Staff of VMI’s Physical Plant have been working hard to get the Chessie Trail in perfect condition in advance of the 2016 Chessie Trail Half Marathon and 5K Oct. 15.

The VMI men's soccer team practices at North Post.

‘It’s a Matter of When’

Men's soccer coach sees hard work, improvement every day.

Cadets walk across the VMI Parade Ground at daybreak.

VMI Alumni Top Earners

Virginia Military Institute graduates have the highest median earnings eight years after graduation among graduates of more than 30 of the state’s four-year colleges and universities.

Former White House Chief of Staff to Receive Byrd Award

Former White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III will receive the Harry F. Byrd Jr. ’35 Public Service Award Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. in Cameron Hall. Baker, 86, carries the distinction of having served in the administrations of three U.S. presidents.

The ‘Transformative Power’ of Math and Science

Keynote speaker Christine McKinley opened the fifth annual STEM Education Conference this morning, telling the story of how the study of engineering and science changed her life.

Image of Tim Chartier at podium

‘Making the Magical Logical’

Tim Chartier, professor of mathematics and computer science at Davidson College, addressed the approximately 300 participants in “Math: The Roots of STEM,” this year’s STEM education conference.

Col. Greg Topasna talks astronomy with science fair participants.

‘Everybody Can Be a Scientist’

VMI professors were among those offering hands-on activities for the estimated 400 young people attending Sunday's Science Fest and Maker Faire in downtown Lexington.

image of James Baker at podium

Know What to Do and Do It

Former White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III discussed the meaning of leadership after receiving the Byrd Public Service Award this morning in Cameron Hall.

Image of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster speaking

Strategy Essential in Post-Cold War Geopolitics

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster spoke at VMI about the importance of strategy in the training of future military leaders on the second day of VMI's Leadership and Ethics Conference.

Parade Live Stream Still Viewable

The Founders Day Parade featuring a 17-gun salute honoring VMI’s founders and the nation’s veterans is viewable at www.vmi.edu/livestream.

Alumni Agencies to Restructure Leadership

A restructuring of the agencies' professional leadership will commence next year.

Cormack, Cocke Halls Rededicated

Two buildings vital to the support of fitness and athletics, Cormack Hall and Cocke Hall, were rededicated after major renovations.

Eight Inductees for Sports Hall of Fame

Seven former athletes and one alumnus who distinguished himself in sports journalism will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 11 at a banquet in Marshall Hall.

Among the features of the Corps Physical Training Facility are a 200-meter hydraulic track, overhead obstacles, a rock wall, a warmup track, and spectator seating. – VMI Photo by John Robertson IV.

CPTF Offers Myriad Training Opportunities for Corps, Track Team

VMI’s newest building, the Corps Physical Training Facility, is now home to the Keydet track team, with full Corps use to follow in 2017.

Members of VMI’s club boxing team trade blows Nov. 11 in a ring set up in New Barracks Courtyard surrounded by cadets cheering from the courtyard and the stoops. – VMI Photo by Stephen Hanes.

Battle of the Barracks a Hit with the Corps

Over the Veterans Day weekend, the VMI boxing team's inaugural Battle of the Barracks drew a huge crowd to the courtyard of New Barracks.

Emma Nobile ’17 works with Col. Merce Brooke IV ’94 on her project to develop an off-axis integrated cavity output spectrometer. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

‘You Just Have to Keep Going’

Emma Nobile ’17 is the first female cadet in recent memory to be selected for the Navy's nuclear reactors program.

Sebastian Chavez ’17 describes the milkshake business to Maj. Dee Mornah’s entrepreneurship class as his business partner, Anthony Izzo ’17, looks on. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Two Hours of Business on $5 Investment

Cadets in Maj. Dekuwmini Mornah's entrepreneurship class found themselves having to think creatively after being asked to start and run a business for two hours on only $5.

Response to Concerns About Behavioral Health Programs

The Virginia Military Institute is committed to the well-being of all VMI cadets, faculty, staff and our employees while adhering to the requirements of our rigorous, tough, Spartan environment.

The VMI Regimental Band and Pipe Band march in the Rose Parade Jan. 1, 2016. – Photo courtesy of Col. Ned Riester.

Brodie To Be Heard on Public Radio

Col. John Brodie, director of the VMI Regimental Band and Pipe Band, will be heard on the public radio show With Good Reason from Dec. 24 to 30.

Richard Dow '18 crosses the stage today in the graduation ceremony held in Jackson Memorial Hall. Visit flickr.com/vmiphotos to see more images from December graduation. – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

41 Cross the Stage in Jackson Memorial Hall 

Among the 41 cadets to graduate today was Richard Dow '18, who received the Marine Corps Commandant’s Trophy as the top-ranked officer candidate in his class.

Cadets march in the 2013 inaugural parade.

Corps to March in Presidential Inaugural

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected the VMI Corps of Cadets to march in the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

Visitors gather in the Hall of Valor for the 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet.

Jan. 27 Deadline for Sports Hall of Fame Tickets

The VMI Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet will be held in Marshall Hall Feb. 11 starting at 6 p.m.

A view of the Jordan Point entrance to Virginia Military Institute

Instructions for Return from Furlough

Events in downtown Lexington are expected to complicate traffic patterns Jan. 15, especially in the afternoon. It is recommended that the Jordan's Point entrance be used to access post.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Return

The cadet battery, absent since June, is back in place on the Parade Ground and features custom aluminum carriages that are expected to last for centuries to come.

Cadets practice marching on the Parade Ground Jan. 18 to prepare for the presidential inaugural parade.

Watch Live as the Corps Marches in the Inaugural

The VMI Corps of Cadets will be the last and largest unit in the parade honoring the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and is expected to pass the reviewing stand around 5 p.m.

A portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg to Speak at VMI Feb. 1

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will participate in a public on-stage interview in Cameron Hall on Feb. 1.

Cadets march in the 2017 presidential inaugural parade.

VMI Marches in Presidential Inaugural Parade

The Corps of Cadets' participation in the parade was broadcast across the nation Friday, and it marks the 15th time the VMI Corps of Cadets has participated in a presidential inaugural parade.

A portrait of Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley.

Army Chief of Staff to Speak at VMI

General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, will speak to the Corps of Cadets in Cameron Hall Feb. 8.

Dallas Clark ’99 speaks to friends from across post after receiving the Meritorious Service Medal in October. – VMI File Photo by Stephen Hanes.

Clark to Head Finance, Administration, and Support

Col. Dallas Clark '99 has been named director of finance, administration, and support for Virginia Military Institute. He will assume his duties in mid-February.

Members of VMI’s club boxing team trade blows Nov. 11 in a ring set up in New Barracks Courtyard surrounded by cadets cheering from the courtyard and the stoops. – VMI Photo by Stephen Hanes.

VMI to Host Collegiate Boxing Nationals

Tickets are on sale for the 2017 USIBA Boxing Nationals, to be held March 23-25 in Virginia Military Institute’s newly-renovated Cocke Hall.

Gen. Mark Milley Speaks in Cameron Hall today.  – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

'Connect the Dots'

Gen. Mark Milley, Army’s chief of staff, addressed cadets, faculty, staff, and community members about the lessons of history and coming shifts in how armed conflict is conducted.

Maj. Matt Jarman demonstrates a defensive move during his modern warriorship class. – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Modern Warriorship

A new course in the psychology department emphasizes mental toughness in addition to physical fitness.

Conquest Visiting Chair Claudia Smigrod shows cadets Angelique Barlow ’17 and Albert Wu ’17 how to print a positive image from a negative using an enlarger in the Preston Library darkroom. – Photo courtesy of Albert Wu ’17.

Cadets Learn to 'See in Different Ways'

Two new photography courses being taught in the ERHS department this spring are exposing cadets to one of the youngest of the visual arts.

Army ROTC staff leads cadets on a march down the Chessie Trail during fall FTX. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

VMI Among MacArthur Award Winners

For the third time in the past four years, the U.S. Army Cadet Command has named VMI among the eight winners of the MacArthur Award for the 2015-16 academic year.

A portrait of Thomas Watjen '76

Tom Watjen '76 to Speak on Leadership

Thomas Watjen, VMI Class of 1976, will present a lecture, “Leadership in a Dynamic and Changing World,” in Virginia Military Institute’s Gillis Theater at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.

A photograph of Don Wilkinson.

Foundation Notes Campaign Progress, Close Date

An Uncommon Purpose: A Glorious Past, A Brilliant Future: The Campaign for VMI will draw to a close June 30, having raised $311 million in gifts and commitments,.

Author and veteran Daniel Rodriguez speaks in Gillis Theater last night. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Rodriguez Speaks on Life after War

Veteran and author Daniel Rodriguez spoke on overcoming adversity to find success playing football at Clemson University and graduating with honors.

A headshot of Christopher Fettweis

Political Science Professor to Speak on Unipolarity

Dr. Christopher J. Fettweis, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University, will speak March 8 at 7:45 p.m.

Edward Matheny receives an award at the 2016 staff breakfast.

TAPS – Lt. Edward Matheny

VMI Police Lieutenant Edward Matheny, a 37-year employee of the Institute and an active member of the community, died Saturday, March 4, at the age of 56.

A photograph of Eliot Cohen.

Cohen to Speak on Military Strategy

Eliot Cohen, a Johns Hopkins University professor who has served as counselor of the U.S. Department of State will speak tonight in Marshall Hall’s Gillis Theater.

A portrait of Steve Maconi.

VMI Alumni Agencies Name New CEO

After an exhaustive search, the presidents of the VMI Alumni Association, the VMI Foundation, and the VMI Keydet Club announced the hiring of a new CEO to lead the combined VMI Alumni Agencies.

Sarah Hoover ’13, representing Norfolk Southern Corporation at the career fair, speaks with Allison Partin ‘17. – VMI Photos by Kelly Nye.

Career Ambassadors Guide Cadet Connections

Cadet career ambassadors play a vital role in helping their fellow cadets make a smooth transition to post-graduation employment.

Justin Rose ’17, Devon Kirk ’17, and David LaFuze ’18 work with Col. Stan Smith in the lab. – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

‘Putting Together the Puzzle’

A group of cadets working in the chemistry lab have found compounds effective against leishmaniasis, a parasite-borne disease common in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

National Society of Black Engineers cadets visit Central Elementary School.

‘Open up New Bridges’

Four cadets in VMI's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers recently attended a conference that allowed them to meet minorities with successful careers in both the military and the private sector.

Maj. Jennifer Gerow and Lt. Col. Spencer Bakich confer with Col. Mohamed Eltoweissy on the cybersecurity minor. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Cybersecurity Minor to Launch in the Fall

VMI's new cybersecurity minor, a collaborative effort involving six departments, will be open to any cadet in any major.

VMI’s All-Americans Box in Cocke Hall

The USIBA national championships are currently underway at Virginia Military Institute, with semifinals set for tonight at 6 p.m. in Cocke Hall.

Nathan Miller stands with  the championship belt after winning his bout against University of Michigan’s Mike Henry during the final day of the USIBA National Championships March 23.

Six Keydet Boxers Win Individual Titles

Six VMI boxers won individual titles and the men’s club battled to a second-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championships.

A headshot of Dr. Ron Petitte.

Professor to Speak on Human Trafficking

Dr. Ron Petitte ’65 will present the talk, “Countering Human Trafficking,” on Thursday, March 30, at 7:45 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library.

Gen. John Jumper attends the Institute Society dinner last November.

Gen. Jumper to Speak at VMI Graduation

Retired Gen. John P. Jumper ’66, President of the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors and former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, will speak at graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 to be held May 16 in Cameron Hall.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a podium.

‘We’re Leaning In’

Gov. Terry McAuliffe showcased the state’s progress on environmental issues during the Environment Virginia Symposium held in Marshall Hall today.

Cadets walk to class

VMI Ranked Among Top Public Colleges

Virginia Military Institute is ranked 45th out of nearly 500 four-year public colleges and universities nationwide in a report released this week by Business First magazine.

Chase Antony ’18 accepts his award for 3rd place at the Model UN conference at the U.S. Military Academy. – VMI Photo courtesy of Ryan Nagatoshi ’18.

Model UN Makes an Impression

Two cadets recently received awards at the United States Military Academy's Model UN conference, an impressive accomplishment considering that Model UN is a relatively new activity at VMI.

Spencer Jefferson ’17 and Philip Jewett ’17 fit the prosthetic leg they constructed as part of their capstone project onto a volunteer subject. – VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Research Aims to Provide Affordable Prosthetics

A project underway in the mechanical engineering lab at VMI may someday help amputees in developing countries.

A cadet reads to elementary school students.

Cadets Serve the Community

During the first weekend of April, hundreds of Virginia Military Institute cadets fanned out to over a dozen local sites and worked hard for their community.