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Blake Smith ’23 is congratulated as he is named first captain and regimental commander (RCO), the highest-ranking position a cadet can earn.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Rank Announcements at VMI

Virginia Military Institute recently announced ranks for the 183rd Regiment for the 2022-23 academic year.

Chief Warrant Officer Phyllis J. Wilson shows Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham the “Color of Freedom” exhibit in Preston Library during an opening reception April 15.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

VMI Hosts Military Women’s Memorial Exhibition

VMI exhibit “Color of Freedom: Honoring the Diversity of America’s Servicewomen” on display in the Preston Library main lobby April 15 to May 17.

VMI Cadets construct a steel bridge under a time limit in the Corps Physical Training Facility.—VMI Photos by Col. Charles “Chuck” Newhouse

VMI Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Hosts ASCE Conference

VMI’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted students from eleven institutions April 7-9 for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2022 Virginias' Symposium.

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.

The VMI Pipe Band performs in the Tartan Day Parade in front of Radio City Music Hall.—VMI Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Suzanne Rubenstein

VMI Pipe Band Marches in NYC Tartan Day Parade

More than 40 pipers and drummers in the VMI Pipe Band represented the colors of the Institute as they marched in the Tartan Day Parade in New York City on April 9.

Christopher M. Hulburt ’22 defends his thesis of the significant contributions by enslaved African-Americans and free people of color.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Honors Week Held at VMI

This year's Honors Week showcased research and scholarship across all disciplines by 34 cadets who presented their research to the wider VMI community. The annual event also saw a large number of cadets inducted into academic honor societies.

A metal sculpture of a turtle, created by Col. Jay Sullivan and several mechanical engineering cadets, is on display, raising awareness of oceanic plastics pollution, outside of Marshall Hall during the 32nd annual Environment Virginia Symposium.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Environment Virginia Returns Live to VMI

The 32nd annual Environment Virginia Symposium, organized and co-hosted by the VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics (CLE), was held in person at VMI on March 29-31 and attracted nearly 400 attendees from state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, higher education and the private sector.

Bettina Ring accepts the 2022 Captain Ron Erchul Environmental Leadership Award from Col. Dave Gray, director for the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics on March 31 in Marshall Hall.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Bettina Ring Named Erchul Environmental Leader for 2022

Bettina Ring, chief sustainability and diversity officer for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, recognized as a Virginian who has made significant individual efforts to improve the environment.

Harriet “Hetty” Graham Jackson, Anna Jackson’s attendant, The Norfolk Virginian, 1904

Jackson House Museum Offers New Tour

The Jackson House Museum is now offering a tour titled “The Enslaved Experience,” which explores the Jackson House through the unique perspective and histories of the seven individuals enslaved by Thomas Jackson during his years in Lexington.

Olmsted cadets and faculty pose during their adventures on the Olmsted trip during this year's spring furlough.—Photo courtesy of Col. Houston Johnson

Olmsted Trip Offers New Perspectives to Cadets

Fourteen 1st Class cadets got a taste of life in southeast Europe as they traveled to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina over spring furlough. The trip was sponsored by the Olmsted Foundation, an organization that provides cultural immersion opportunities for cadets planning careers in the military.