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Col. Tappey H. Jones ’70, professor of chemistry

VMI Chemistry Professor Published in Preeminent Journal

Col. Tappey H. Jones ’70, professor of chemistry at Virginia Military Institute, has had his findings recently been published in Nature: Communications Biology. This article covers findings of years of research, much collaboration with colleagues, and a bit of providence.

Students participate in class activities in the STARTALK Arabic language program at VMI in 2021.

STARTALK Grant Offers Scholarships for Arabic Program

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures has been awarded a competitive $141 thousand grant called STARTALK for the 2023-2024 academic year. The grant is directly funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) and provides scholarships for for six credit hours of Arabic for 15 students.

Lt. Col. Catharine Ingersoll poses with photograph of the two 16th century stained-glass panels

VMI Professor Solves Artwork Mystery

Lt. Col. Catharine Ingersoll, associate professor of art history, was recently instrumental in solving a similar mystery when she was called upon to confirm the identity of two 16th century stained-glass panels discovered in storage at the Reading Public Museum (RPM) in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Brian Donaldson speaks to a student.

VMI Welcomes New Pipe Band Director

The VMI Pipe Band, which serves as musical ambassadors throughout the United States, has recently added Scottish authenticity to its ranks in the form of its new director, Maj. Brian Donaldson.

Col. Spencer Bakich With Good Reason promotional photo

Bakich Part of With Good Reason Segment

Col. Spencer Bakich, professor of international studies at Virginia Military Institute and the director of the national security minor, will discuss U.S. and China tensions on the public radio program With Good Reason.

Portrait of Maj. LaRocca with VMI and With Good Reason Logos

LaRocca Part of With Good Reason Segment

Maj. Michael LaRocca, assistant professor of psychology at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss transformational leaders who have inspired and driven change on the public radio program With Good Reason Sept. 10-16.

Todd Lee Goen, new director and senior international officer in the office of global education

VMI Global Education Director Attains Award

Todd Lee Goen, new director and senior international officer in the office of global education (formerly known as international programs) at Virginia Military Institute, recently won the coveted Lily von Klemperer Award bestowed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Dr. Duncan Richter

EHRS Professor to Publish Anscombe Essays

Dr. Duncan Richter, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies and Charles S. Luck III ’55 Institute Professor, recently finished essays about Elizabeth Anscombe which will be published in two books.

Col. Woodson “Woody” A. Sadler Jr. '66 and wife Lori, during a wheelchair distribution in Ancon, Peru during spring furlough.—Photo by Woody” Sadler

VMI Professor Heads Wheelchair Project

Col. Woodson “Woody” A. Sadler, Jr. '66, VMI adjunct professor of civil & environmental engineering, spent this year's spring furlough giving the “gift of mobility” in Peru.

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.