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  • Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Receives Erchul Environmental Leadership Award
    VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Communications Marketing News and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Receives Erchul Environmental Leadership Award Russ Baxter receives the Erchul Award from the Rev Shelton Miles of River Bluff Farms in Long Island Va last year s recipient With them is Col Dave Miller interim director of the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics VMI Photo by Kevin Remington LEXINGTON Va April 8 2014 Russ Baxter Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay has been awarded the 2014 Erchul Environmental Leadership Award at the annual Environment Virginia Symposium The award recognizes a Virginian who has made significant individual efforts to better the environment Nominees are judged on vision expertise commitment integrity communication skills accomplishments and diplomacy As award recipient Baxter has selected the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Education Foundation as the non profit recipient of the 1 500 prize Prior to his current appointment Baxter was the Chesapeake Bay Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality He has also previously served as acting director and chief deputy director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation among other positions During his career Baxter has addressed legislative policy and programmatic issues related to point and nonpoint source pollution control habitat restoration land conservation outdoor recreation fisheries management and land use Baxter holds a master s degree in environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor s degree in government from Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio Now in its 25th year the Environment Virginia Symposium annually brings together more than 600 environmental leaders from the public

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737429053 (2016-02-15)
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  • Governor among 600 to Attend Environment Symposium at VMI
    More than 35 exhibitors will represent state and federal agencies industries and non profit organizations at this year s Environment Virginia Symposium VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV LEXINGTON Va April 4 2014 Approximately 600 environmental leaders from the public and the private sectors will gather at Virginia Military Institute s Center for Leadership and Ethics April 8 10 for the 25th annual Environment Virginia Symposium Collaborative Impact Working Together to Create a Positive Environmental Legacy The Environment Virginia Symposium has been a premier environmental conference in the commonwealth for 25 years said retired Air Force Col David A Miller interim director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics Here at the Center we are proud to lead such a long standing tradition of bringing together diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors to work together on innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe will deliver remarks at the opening session of the symposium Dominion Resources Chairman President and CEO Thomas Farrell will speak at a plenary session on Leadership in a Changing World America s New Energy Opportunity and Janet Ranganathan vice president for science and research at the World Resources Institute will discuss Creating a Sustainable Food Future Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Evan Feinman and directors from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Virginia Marine Resources Commission will also discuss their priorities for the next four years in a plenary panel On April 8 a pre conference awards luncheon will honor the winners of the Governor s Environmental Excellence and the Erchul Environmental Leadership awards and Del William J Howell speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates will offer remarks on A Strong Economy A Healthy Environment Not Mutually Exclusive Goals at a celebratory

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737429032 (2016-02-15)
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  • Virginia Military Institute - State Science Fair
    News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 High School Scientists Compete in Science Fair at VMI Exhibits are on display at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair in VMI s Cameron Hall VMI Photo by H Lockwood McLaughlin LEXINGTON Va April1 2014 More than 250 high school scientists from 78 schools across the commonwealth competed at the 2014 Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair at VMI s Cameron Hall last Saturday This is the second year VMI has hosted the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair noted retired Air Force Col David A Miller interim director of the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics which coordinated the event We are proud to help so many young scientists advance their research We hope many will one day lead our nation not only in science technology engineering and math but in all of the spheres that depend on the knowledge skills and abilities gained and honed in these areas Manotri Chaubal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria won the Governor s Award and Grand Prize presented by Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson for the project Reprogramming Hair Follicle Stem Cells into Cardiomyocytes Second grand prize winner was Julia Hager representing Southwest Virginia s Governor s School in Pulaski for The Removal of Copper Sulfate from Water Using Saccaromyces Cerevisiae Third grand prize winner was Matthew Park of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for Approaching Anti Viral Therapeutics via Sequence Analysis of Nucleoprotein and Glycogen Precursor Proteins of Lassa Virus These projects qualified for entry in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held May 11 16 in Los Angeles Calif The Merck VSSEF

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  • Cadets Visit Battlefields of UK, Belgium During Spring Furlough
    cadets representing all four of VMI s ROTC units spent nine days during last month s spring furlough in Europe studying allied military leadership Maj John Matsui assistant professor of history led the group on an Olmsted Foundation short term cultural immersion program to investigate allied cooperation and conflict from 1815 to 2015 The group visited the United Kingdom and Belgium immersing themselves in the culture and politics of allied military leadership during the Napoleanic wars as well as World War I and World War II In addition to visiting the Belgian battlefields of Waterloo and Ypres cadets Phillip Kroke 14 Elizabeth Pryor 14 Ryan McDaniel 14 Joshua Phillips 14 and Kord Pauley 14 toured the Churchill war rooms the cruiser HMS Belfast and the British Museum in London and met with World War I scholar Hew Strachan at Oxford University In Belgium the group also met with American military personnel at NATO headquarters to observe how allied military leadership functions in the 21st century The trip combined the best qualities of the practical and theoretical study of history and military strategy noted Matsui The battlefield visits to Waterloo and Ypres in Belgium enabled us to get a general s eye view of the terrain that multinational coalitions contested in 1815 and 1915 In contrast our visits to Oxford University and NATO headquarters provided the cadets with the opportunity to pick the brains of scholars and serving officers in the U S Army as to the past and present importance of a proper understanding of strategy as applicable to both politics and warfare added Matsui To prepare for their experiences cadets read chapters on Waterloo and the Somme in John Keegan s The Face of Battle and supplemental literature on the poetry and literature written by officers and inspired by

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737428780 (2016-02-15)
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  • Preparation, Clear Vision Helped Donohue Face Day of Danger
    Boston Marathon bombers last April With only a 2 percent chance of survival and after some 40 minutes without a pulse he survived thanks to the quick actions of many law enforcement emergency and medical personnel This afternoon he addressed the Corps of Cadets as the Corps speaker of the 2014 VMI Leadership Conference The conference took cadets from their classes as they attended speeches and participated in group discussions around post throughout the day The theme of the conference was George Washington The American Cincinnatus Cadets were challenged to consider their personal vision actions and character and how Washington s leadership example is relevant today The VMI experience lends itself to such a challenge as leadership even if I don t point it out explicitly said Donohue He recounted the events leading up to his injury starting from the time he heard news of the first explosion and confirmed fatalities to days later when he and his partner responded to back up officers in a firefight with the suspects He commended the command decisions that law enforcement emergency and medical personnel made on the scene to save his life and noted the efforts of so many from doctors who were at home in bed asleep who came in to operate to the blood donors who ensured availability of the blood products he needed Everything I ve talked about so far has been the easy part I was doing my job I got hurt I went down people took care of me Donohue said For the next two months after the successful surgery he was in the hospital and he continues the rehabilitation process some 10 months later I ve had ups and downs good days and some of the worst days of my life he said Donohue described elements

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  • Behavioral Economist’s Talk on Dishonesty Inspires Lively Discussion
    the truth for all sorts of reasons Ariely noted This is particularly true for students he remarked because their social and professional realms have almost a 100 percent overlap There he said one of the main goals of the social realm being liked is often in direct conflict with one of the main goals of the professional learning realm ensuring fair behavior by all Ariely noted that the kind of trust an honor code strives to build isn t just a feel good emotion Honesty is a social good he explained If we stop trusting each other society deteriorates pretty rapidly With that precept established Ariely then gave several examples in which people were able to cheat and get away with it and did so with abandon In one of those instances people were told they d be paid 1 for each math problem they solved correctly The catch was that the number of problems solved correctly had to be self reported and in the overwhelming majority of instances people said they d solved just a few more problems correctly than they actually did They were therefore able to increase their payback Ariely noted that this experiment has been done with over 40 000 people so far Of that number over 28 000 have cheated at least a little bit and as a group they ve netted a collective total of about 60 000 for their dishonesty The cheating gets even worse he continued when people see someone else cheat In the case of the math problem experiment the researchers changed the parameters of the experiment by giving their subjects an envelope of money up front and telling them they could keep the entire amount of money in the envelope if they solved all of the problems correctly within the allotted time They then hired an acting student to stand up and announce I m done Can I go now well before anyone else had finished When fellow participants saw the acting student leave with a full envelope of money the numbers of people cheating rose sharply This was particularly true he said when the acting student wore a shirt with the name of the school at which the experiment was being conducted If the acting student wore a shirt with the name of a rival school and thus branded himself or herself as a social outsider the amount of cheating dropped drastically Dishonesty is not about being caught said Ariely It s about being socially acceptable In another similar experiment people were told to put coins in a vending machine and get candy Unbeknownst to the participants the machine had been rigged to give them their money back and the candy The researchers had placed a large sign on the machine urging anyone who witnessed the machine malfunctioning to call a telephone number that was prominently displayed Ariely said that no one called that number although several people did call their friends to tell them about the free candy

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  • Leader in Residence Roanoke Entrepreneur Attends Conferences
    Market Give Close Menu Communications Marketing News and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Leader in Residence Roanoke Entrepreneur Attends Conferences Ed Walker LEXINGTON Va Feb 24 2014 Entrepreneur lawyer and educator Ed Walker has been selected as the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics Leader in Residence for the 2013 14 academic year He is on post this week and is attending VMI s Honor Summit and Leadership Conference and will return in March for another week long residence Walker is founder and CEO of Commonwealth Capital Partners LLC CityWorks LLC PlaceMakerNation and several other for profit and non profit organizations As leader in residence he is interacting with the VMI community through formal and informal settings including class visits barracks visits and athletic events We re going to be challenged by Ed Walker noted retired U S Air Force Col David A Miller interim director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics His energy his wisdom and his willingness to connect personally with cadets faculty and staff will be inspiring and thought provoking His style is to encourage others to think and dream big then develop strategies to achieve big In 2002 Walker began redeveloping Kirk Avenue in Roanoke Va In less than a decade he bought and renovated more than a dozen underused historic buildings In 2011 Walker founded CityWorks X po in Roanoke now an annual multi disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference focused on big ideas for better communities Walker s work seeks to strengthen the citizenry and their communities through interdisciplinary collaboration involving social entrepreneurship and investment arts and design food and drink outdoors and recreation new media and knowledge and good government including politics

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737427610 (2016-02-15)
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  • ‘Never Lose Faith in the United States’
    the One Who Never Returned His talk was sponsored by the VMI Leadership Book Program Townley was accompanied by retired Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker an eight year prisoner of war eventually banished to North Vietnam s Alcatraz prison and Michael Denton 81 son of former POW then Navy Cmdr Jeremiah Denton VMI alumnus and retired Air Force Lt Col James Berger 61 also a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam was in the audience Defiant chronicles the stories of 11 American POWs in North Vietnam all at some point imprisoned at an isolated compound that became known as Alcatraz The Alcatraz Eleven endured years of torture starvation and isolation That was probably the worst assignment any POW received Townley told the audience of cadets faculty staff and area residents Yet throughout the almost unimaginable circumstances the men found ways to stay united and support each other They had no choice they had to survive and they had to support each other and that s what they did said Townley While the men were being held their families at home were also coming together in support at first following the government s orders to remain quiet about their loved ones but later rallying for action on behalf of their husbands and fathers They started a nationwide and eventually a worldwide movement to improve the treatment of POWs This was actually one of the greatest women s movements in American history noted Townley It tells an incredible story about how these women mobilized the country on behalf of their husbands Welcomed by a standing ovation Shumaker described his own experiences at Alcatraz including teaching a fellow captive French by tapping out five words a day Shumaker was the second American taken as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam shot down

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