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Christopher M. Hulburt ’22, valedictorian of the Class of 2022 at Virginia Military Institute, speaking during commencement,.

Valedictorian Hulburt Addresses Graduates

Christopher M. Hulburt ’22, valedictorian of the Class of 2022 at Virginia Military Institute, spoke during commencement, of what brought his fellow cadets and himself to VMI, and what kept them at VMI, and the importance of attributes like honor, duty, excellence, and integrity.

Air Force ROTC cadets during 2022 spring field training exercises 70 feet in the air in the Corps Physical Training Facility

Cadets Conquer Challenges During 2022 Spring Field Training Exercises

Cadets conquered many challenges on and off post during 2022 spring field training exercises (FTX).

VMI cadet drives vehicle built for Baja SAE competition.

Cadets Harness Skills and Academics for Competition

A team of 26 mechanical engineering cadets bring their skills to the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) vehicle design competition at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Portrait photo of Alex Rodriguez '22 in class dyke

Cadet Utilizes Career Services for Success

“As VMI cadets, we are sought after for our leadership, discipline, and integrity. These are qualities that are simply not reliably found at other schools.”

Team portrait of 2021-22 VMI club rugby team.

Club Rugby Seeks National Title

The VMI men’s club rugby team has dominated their conference this season, going 6-2 in the fall and 4-0 in the spring. Now they have their sights set on a national championship.

Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

Expert Discusses Essential Role for Nuclear Energy

Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., recently visited the Department of Mechanical Engineering and underscored the essential role for nuclear energy.

Cadets and instructors at firing range

Cadets Work Towards Proficiency

Since November, several cadets have been working toward the German Armed Forced Proficiency Badge (GAFPB), a decoration which requires the completion of six physical and military events.

VMI and Citadel Army ROTC cadets group photo

Cadets Partner with Citadel for Military Skills Competition

Eight cadets from VMI, two from each class, traveled to Charleston and competed against the Citadel’s team. A series of challenging events and exercises, the competition was designed to foster camaraderie and showcase the best of each institution.

VMI Combat Shooting Team takes aim at targets.

Combat Shooting Club Team Makes Strong Showing

The VMI combat shooting club team represented the Institute at the annual Relentless Warrior Competition hosted by the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire on April 9. At the event, the team competed against federal and senior military colleges in a six-stage combat shooting challenge.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter on parade ground

First Coast Guard Detachment FTX Kicks Off in Style

VMI’s Coast Guard detachment kicked off their first ever spring field training exercises with the arrival of a U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter to post.

Glee Cub members in Puerto Rico Spring 2022

Glee Club Takes Their Craft Abroad

The VMI Glee Club represented the arts for the Institute and enjoyed beautiful weather in Puerto Rico over spring furlough. The group escaped a Virginia snowstorm when they departed from Roanoke Saturday, March 12, and within a day they were at the beach of Luquillo, Puerto Rico.

Kirsten Engel ’22, Glen Lash ’22, and Ryan Carpino ’23 at the U.S. Air Force Academy with backdrop of mountains

Cadets Participate in U.S. Air Force Academy Symposium

Three VMI cadets recently attended the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2022 National Character and Leadership Symposium in Colorado. The conference’s theme this year was “Ethics and Respect for Human Dignity,” and the event featured several keynote speakers and sessions.

Portrait of S.A. Cobsy over photo of Marshall Hall at night

Bestselling Writer S.A. Cosby to Visit Post for Reading and Q&A

Cadets across post will have an opportunity to visit with award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer S.A. Cosby, from Southeastern Virginia. The visit was arranged by LTC Mary Stewart Atwell, an associate professor in the department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies.

Members of the VMI Club Pistol Team at the range

Club Pistol Team Carries on a Long Tradition

An Olympic sport, VMI has competed in pistol shooting in different forms since 1932. The current iteration of the team was formed in 2011 and is coached by Reece McCormick. Cadets fire two main types of pistols: air-powered pistols firing a .117 caliber pellet and .22 caliber pistols.

Julian Kim ’24

Support System at VMI Key to Cadet Success

As he looks ahead to completing his time at VMI, Kim hopes future cadets remember to focus on what is important and “find that balance between academics, physical fitness, and free time.”

Noah Goldsmith ’22 presenting research completed with John Barker ’22

Cadets Present Research to ACM International Conference on Advanced Information Science and System

Noah Goldsmith ’22 recently presented research completed with John Barker ’23 in the ACM International Conference on Advanced Information Science and System (AISS 2021) hosted in Sanya, China, guided by Dr. Youna Jung, associate professor of computer information sciences.

Cadets taking Civil Engineering 121  practice flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) used in surveying and mapping.

Civil Engineering in the Field

Cadets taking Civil Engineering 121, Surveying, took a field trip to McKethan Park before Thanksgiving furlough to practice flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) used in surveying and mapping.

Leon Thomas '22

Rigors of VMI Education Prepare Cadets for Commissioning

“There's so much knowledge here,” Leon Thomas '22 commented. “There's all this different military experience from different branches that you really would never have seen in many other places.”

Jack McCown '24 and family of alumni from Fall 2021

Photo from Alumni Reunion Reflects Family Legacy

Every picture tells a story, and this picture from an alumni reunion this fall depicts the VMI legacy of the McCown family. Originally from Lexington, Virginia, members of the McCown family have attended VMI since the 1920s.

Claire Lee '22

Parade Offers Insight and Encouragement to Attend

Her senior year of high school, Claire Lee '22 attended an open house to see what post was like, and as she put it, “The parade really got me. I fell in love with the whole system of VMI: the brotherhood, the discipline people are required to learn, the structure."

Mitchell Masterson '21 and his mentor, Maj. Jochen S. Arndt

Cadet Presents Research at Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship

Mitchell Masterson '21 and his mentor, Maj. Jochen S. Arndt, travelled recently to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship, where Masterson presented his work on "Reporting on Civil War: How Newspapers Explained Township Violence in South Africa, 1990-1994."

William Wallace ’22, Dane Hamilton ’22, and Kelly Rollison ’22 greet prospective cadets and their families in Lejeune Hall during Open House Oct. 15.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Overnight Visits Return to Open Houses

As the world adapts to an environment of managing COVID-19 risk, VMI admissions staff have been able to bring back a staple of pre-pandemic life—overnight visits by prospective cadets—but with safeguards in place.

Tanner Mallari ’22

CIS Major Presents at International Conference

Tanner Mallari ’22, a computer and information sciences major, recently presented at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE 2021).

Members of VMI Running Club posing with awards.

Recent Success for Members of Running Club

Cadets part of the running club at VMI have found much success at recent races in southwest Virginia. Club members ran in both the Chessie Nature Trail races and Harvest Hustle races, with many cadets running personal best times.

Members of the Mateja family pose at their tailgating tent during the 2021 Family Weekend on post. —VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin

Family Weekend Returns in Full Force

Maybe it was because Family Weekend was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Family Weekend festivities on post held Oct. 8-10 seemed livelier than ever.

Kasey Meredith ’22 and Kathryn Christmas, Citadel regimental commander, exchange momento covers at the Citadel.—VMI Photo by Eric Moore.

Leading Side-By-Side

Many ceremonious events at VMI have a face and a voice. They’re often that of Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins ’85, superintendent, or Kasey Meredith ’22, this year’s regimental commander. The VMI community has become familiar with Meredith from events like Matriculation Day and parades.

Cadets Michael Hoffmann ’22 and Christopher Soo ’22—VMI Photo by Eric Moore

Among the Top Cadets in the Nation

Cadets Michael Hoffmann ’22 and Christopher Soo ’22 have been recognized by Army ROTC Cadet Command as top cadets in the nation, with Hoffmann ranking No. 5 and Soo No. 7.

Col. M. Houston Johnson V, professor of history, speaks to William Rich ’23 during the Constitution Day event held in Marshall Hall Sept. 20.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Constitution Day Event: A Review of the Historic and the Complex

On Monday, Sept. 20, the history department, in conjunction with the English department, sponsored a Constitution Day event supporting VMI’s emerging Constitutional history program. Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, is observed on post and

Cadets select toppings for their nachos at Foster Stadium

Food Service Changes Focus on Convenience

As with everything else at VMI this fall, food service has undergone numerous changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Savanah Diamond ’22, one of VMI’s many cadet EMTs, applies sunscreen to a rat during Matriculation Week.—VMI Photo by Mary Price.

‘It’s a People Game’: Cadet EMTs, Now Approaching Record Number, Help Those in Need

Easily recognizable in their navy blue shirts, VMI’s cadet emergency medical technicians (EMTs) seem to be everywhere at certain times of the year. During Matriculation Week, some of them are working almost 18 hours a day as the new cadets and their cadre train in the August heat.

Todd Pegg gives the oath at a ceremony

Pegg Named Commander of National Guard Unit

This year, Lt. Col. Todd Pegg '92 added a new level of responsibility to his already full plate when he assumed duties as commander of the Virginia National Guard’s 329th regional support group.

A picture of Even Rogers and Sydney Linden

A moment of leadership leads to a spark

The United States Space Force Captain Even Rogers ’10 typically flies from Colorado to Arizona when visiting his family, but the small plane he has was in the shop. Isn’t that how all stories of fate begin?

Thomas Muldowney '21 is shown in front of his laptop computer.

Determining What Helps Migrants Integrate

This summer, Thomas Muldowney ’21 is working on a research project that involves a lot of number crunching— finding out which policies benefit people.

Josie Freeman '23 works on her laptop computer

SURI Project Seeks Motivation for Memes

“Memes are just an interesting concept.” That’s what Josie Freeman ’23 has to say about her Summer Undergraduate Research Institute project, “Motivation for Memes.”

Participants from Career Services Webinars. From top left: LTC Ammad Sheikh, Director of Career Services, Tyler Lighton '15, Reunion Giving Officer at VMI Alumni Agencies, MAJ Sara Blake, Assistant Director of Career Services, Jamaal Walton ’07, Associate AD for External Operations at College of Charleston Athletics Department

Webinars Show the Way: Class of 2020 Has Job Search Assistance Available

As graduation loomed for the Class of 2020, and the U.S. unemployment rate rose, the VMI Alumni Agencies and the Office of Career Services began to work together to bolster new graduates’ chances of job-hunting success.

The tick rover is shown with new wings

Tick Rover Goes Global

The tick rover, a longtime project for Col. Jim Squire, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has won a national award. Additionally, the VMI team beat out teams from several nationally recognized research universities and is headed to the international stage.

A large crane is shown in front of construction to Scott Shipp Hall

New Projects Highlight Summer Construction Schedule

This summer, work will begin on three construction projects, while work continues or nears completion on a multitude of others.

Four cadets hold up a VMI flag in Lithuania

A Global Connection

This spring, 35 cadets were on study-abroad programs when the pandemic hit. By March 23, all had safely returned to the United States. At first, it wasn’t clear that they were going to have to leave their host country—and many didn’t want to leave until they absolutely had to.

Tinni Sen took a screenshot of her asynchronous class on Zoom

‘Focus on What is Best for Cadets’: Faculty Adapt to Distance Learning Environment

For the first time in history, VMI started holding online classes by the end of Spring Furlough. Leading the charge was Brig. Gen. Bob Moreschi, dean of faculty, and the entire faculty and staff at VMI.

Boxing, Swimming Classes Adapt to Online Environment

When VMI transitioned to a distance learning environment, physical education faculty had to grapple with a massive challenge: how to teach classes such as swimming and boxing.

Four graphs display the supply of toilet paper over time

Toilet Paper Shortage Illustrates Economic Theory

The toilet paper shortage engendered by the coronavirus pandemic provided one VMI economics professor with a real-world example of a supply chain issue that’s affected nearly every American.

A female cadet talks with a representative from the Peace Corps during a career fair

How to Kick-Start Your Career This Summer

It may feel strange job or internship searching during this “coronavirus economy," however the VMI Office of Career Services has some ideas for a productive summer.

An exterior view of the old VMI hospital in 1890

Epidemics and the Corps of Cadets

This will be the longest the Corps has been away from Lexington since the Civil War, according to Col. Keith Gibson, director of VMI Museums. Gibson recalled VMI's history with epidemics starting with typhoid fever in 1845

The Keydet Invitational competes in the Corps Physical Training Facility

Busiest Winter to Date in the CPTF

For the third year in a row, the Corps Physical Training Facility serves as the site for the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 29-Mar. 1 in Lexington.

A picture of Col. Howard Sanborn

Fulbright Offers Firsthand Glimpse at Struggle for Democracy

When Col. Howard Sanborn received the notice in the spring that he’d been selected for a Fulbright award allowing him to teach in Hong Kong for the fall 2019 semester, he knew that rumblings of civil unrest were beginning, but that didn't stop him.

A compilation picture of David Souliotis, Preston Duff, and Mark Reilly

‘Leave a Mark on Your Alma Mater’: Alumni Construction Professionals See a New Side of VMI

This academic year, construction equipment and noise seem to be everywhere on post, as renovations continue to both Preston Library and Scott Shipp Hall. Many of those working on these projects, of course, were unacquainted with VMI before their work brought them here.

Lt. Col. Ammad Sheikh, director of Career Services, speaks with career fair attendees

‘A 40-Year Marathon’: Career Services Director Emphasizes a Life Plan

Lt. Col. Ammad Sheikh, who’s now in his second year as director of career services, has a different goal: helping all cadets develop a life plan that will sustain them not only economically but mentally and emotionally throughout their working life.