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Maj. Gen. Wins '85 at the podium addressing cadets, faculty, and staff at the Fall 2021 VMI Convocation. —VMI Photo by Kelly Nye

Wins Calls for Unity, Resolve, and Honor at Academic Convocation

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins ’85, soon to be inaugurated as Virginia Military Institute’s 15th superintendent, addressed cadets, faculty, and staff gathered in Cameron Hall earlier today for the Institute’s academic convocation, the ceremonial beginning of its 182nd year.

Cole Bordonie ’20 thanks the Baur family for their many contributions to his career path.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Baur Exercise Physiology Lab Dedicated

Family legacies at VMI are not uncommon, but most of them involve graduating from the Institute, passing down the family uniform, or even living in the same barracks room. The Baurs have a more direct legacy- A member of the family has taught a course on exercise physiology since 1989.

Lt. Col. Pennie Ticen to speak on With Good Reason

VMI English Professor to Speak on ‘With Good Reason’

Lt. Col. Pennie Ticen, associate professor of English at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss the sometimes controversial British-American author Salman Rushdie on public radio’s With Good Reason Sept. 4-10, in an episode titled “Reading and Writing Ourselves.”

VMI Logo and Post

Statement on Executive Directive 18 for the VMI Faculty and Staff

Governor Northam’s Executive Directive 18 goes into effect on September 1, 2021. A statement was sent to all VMI faculty and staff by Major General Cedric T. Wins '85, superintendent, explaining vaccination reporting and testing guidelines.

Maj Gen Cedric Wins '85 with VMI logo over post photo

Face Covering Policy Statement for the Corps of Cadets

Communicated by Major General Cedric T. Wins ‘85, superintendent, these instructions support the Institute’s objective to provide an academic year experience as normal as possible given current COVID impacts.

Portrait of new Deputy Director of HR, Maj. Valarie Stores

Lexingtonian Returns Home for Deputy HR Position

“Always, in my mind, I knew I wanted to return to Lexington. I absolutely love it here.” That’s what Maj. Valarie Stores has to say about her move back to Lexington, her home for much of her childhood and a community where her family ties run deep.

Athletic Director Donny White

TAPS—Mr. Donny White '65

The superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Donny White ’65 on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the age of 78 after an extended illness. White served 35 years at VMI, including his final role of director of athletics.

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins ’85, superintendent, presents Col. Janet Holly a chair in recognition of her 37 years of service. She will retire from VMI on Sept. 1. –VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Kindness, Collaboration Highlight Holly’s 37 Years

“What I’ve enjoyed the most is working with the cadets.” That’s what Col. Janet Holly says about her position as a research and instruction librarian—a job she’s held for an incredible 37 years. Come Sept. 1, though, she’ll transition from employee to retiree.

Dr. Vera Heuer and Allie Sassaman '22 discuss Sassaman's research on women in terrorism.—VMI Photo by Eric Moore.

Cadets Return to In-Person Summer Research at VMI

Conducted by the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research, SURI (Summer Undergraduate Research Institute) is a program where the cadet, as the principal investigator, conducts research directly with a faculty mentor.

Gabby Handford '24 and Maj. Molly Kent prepare sections of a rat brain for study under a microscope.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Rat Brains and Betta Fish Support Lab Learning

Maj. Molly Kent’s neuroscience lab is a busy place this summer, with multiple cadets working on multiple projects split over the two summer sessions. But despite their wide-ranging projects, the cadets share a common bond: a desire to learn lab skills and grow as scientists.