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  • Virginia Military Institute - Mine Safety Invention
    t watch enough television I guess but he s a big deal said Sullivan If you ask the cadets they all know who is because they all watch his show Top Gear Sullivan continued We were thinking about miners and all of a sudden somebody started talking about the seismic communication aspect of the ELF SD Squire explained that the TV show s staff had found out about the ELF through a Web search on seismic signaling At first Squire and Sullivan were asked to travel to Rosamond Calif to demonstrate the ELF SD s usefulness in the staged explosion of an abandoned gold mine They made the trip over Easter weekend and despite several setbacks including the device itself being broken in transit and Squire s laptop computer getting fried by the X ray machine at the airport they were able to demonstrate the ELF SD s ability to send signals through several hundred feet of rock Squire and Sullivan returned to Virginia after the gold mine episode was filmed thinking that they had done their part for Hammond s show Two weeks later they were invited to travel with Hammond and his team to Botswana where they were to demonstrate that the ELF SD could also be used to mimic the ultra low frequency waves that elephants use to communicate with one another Elephants produce such waves in their vocalizations and scientists believe that those waves can then be transmitted through the ground The weeks between receiving the invitation in April and departure in early June were spent packaging the ELF SD for trans Atlantic shipping and finding a company capable of shipping it In the end the producers of the show paid approximately 3 000 in shipping fees for the 140 pound device and for a brief moment upon the device s arrival in South Africa it looked like they might have to pay more Sullivan explained that the ELF SD got hung up in customs with South African officials demanding payment of a fee before it could be released You get the feeling that you re not in Kansas anymore said Sullivan For a moment Sullivan and Squire didn t know what would happen but then a fixer an employee of the wildlife filming company Afriscreen Films simply demanded that the ELF SD be freed and the officials relented immediately The fixers were rugged individuals said Sullivan They re very smart people They know how to get stuff done They have to be When Squire and Sullivan joined the ELF SD in Botswana after a journey that included a 14 ½ hour flight from New York City to Johannesburg they found a luxurious camp in the heart of the African bush one that had already gained fame as a favorite getaway of Princes William and Harry of Great Britain Camp Meno a Kwena which translates into Teeth of the Crocodile boasted tents that were a far cry from those Americans might remember from summer camp these

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Robot Sorter Project
    gearing up for a robotics competition with a machine so skilled it seems to have sprung from the realm of science fiction The cadets all in their 1st Class year are enrolled in Col Dan Barr 74 s systems validation course which serves as the capstone course for electrical engineering majors The group has designed and built and is now fine tuning a cat sized robot that can sort blocks by color and size while operating on a flat black surface slightly larger than a pool table The work of the autonomous logistics robot is meant to simulate activity at a port where cargo is sorted and then loaded for shipment by rail sea or air The group which goes by the team name Blockwork Orange will compete against 50 to 60 teams from other colleges and universities at the I EEE SoutheastCon Hardware Competition to be held April 5 7 in Jacksonville Fla Barr has seen VMI teams consistently place in the top quarter at this competition ever since he took over teaching the class in 2008 The old saying that Rome wasn t built in a day might apply to robots as well Work on the capstone course s requirements actually begins during the second semester of the cadets 2nd Class year In that semester the future engineers enroll in Systems Design No 1 which involves the study of concepts and functions It s a class that involves more thinking than doing They start thinking about it not touching it said Barr They might order some parts over the summer In the first semester of their 1st Class year the cadets enroll in Systems Design No 2 which involves building the robot and the tabletop area in which it will operate plus writing software that will be used to control the robot The class in which the cadets are now enrolled Systems Validation involves testing and fine tuning their creation with the goal of a successful run at the April competition foremost in everyone s mind And while the capstone course is heavy on technical skills the cadets have found that they learn just as much about teamwork as they do about debugging hardware and software The biggest thing I learned from this was dividing and conquering said Cadet Carl Bird who serves as technical lead on the project We have such a great group of gifted people Properly positioning those people so they can excel and use those skills was definitely the biggest thing It s just this lesson that the capstone course and the two preceding it are designed to teach said Barr This sequence of courses prepares the cadets for engineering careers where teamwork on projects having complex requirements is key he said That teamwork is still very much ongoing as the cadets work to fine tune their creation So far members of Blockwork Orange have found that while it s relatively simple to get a robot to sort blocks by color a feat that

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Curricula
    Humanities Engineering Information Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences ROTC Enrichment Institute Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division ERHS Home Degrees Programs Bachelor of Arts Art History Visual Culture Minor Literary Studies Minor Philosophy Minor Rhetoric Writing Minor Art History Visual Culture Concentration Literary Studies Concentration Philosophy Concentration Rhetoric Writing Concentration Courses Honors in English Intro to New Faculty English Advising Creative Arts Contest Departmental Activities Academic Links Faculty Peggy Herring Administrative Assistant English Rhetoric Humanistic Studies P 540 464 7240 F 540 464 7779 227 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 email to english vmi edu Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities ERHS Degrees Programs Degrees Program Degree available in English Bachelor of Arts Rhetoric and Writing Minor Literary Studies Minor

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Honors in English
    hours of academic credit The proposed project and its presentation must receive the approval of the department head and the departmental honors committee Note An honors thesis may build upon a capstone project or another major project e g SURI but must differ significantly from it If a thesis is related to another project it must include a statement describing that relationship Submitting a Thesis Proposal Process and Format Early in the fall of the cadet s junior year the major discusses his or her intentions with his or her academic advisor They identify a prospective honors advisor whom the cadet approaches by late February of the junior year Consulting with the honors advisor the major then prepares a project proposal of 250 500 words for approval by the honors committee and the department head The proposal must include reflection on what the cadet has learned in two plus years of study and explain how that has contributed to the project in mind The project must involve application of the major s academic and or creative gifts to a considerable degree and its topic and thesis must be appropriate for 40 60 pages of development or in cases of mixed media work the equivalent as determined by the honors advisor The proposal will consist of five parts Introduction This provides general information and background on the subject including pertinent scholarly or other perspectives The candidate s prior experience academic or otherwise within the general subject area may be included Proposed Project This defines and details the candidate s specific goal s and focus within the subject area Methodology The candidate explains how the project s goal or goals will be reached and includes a preliminary annotated bibliography and or list of pertinent materials as well as an estimate of possible expenses e g equipment materials travel where needed Significance The candidate indicates the difference that completion and publication whether in hard copy or on web of the project can make in his or her own life and development and in that of his or her peers The candidate indicates its practical academic and personal value as well as its value to the Institute and its larger community to fellow scholars and or creative artists and to a larger audience in general Calendar A schedule organized around preparation completion and presentation designed by major in consultation with advisor is elaborated below Starting on an Honors Project To conceive of a possible thesis topic and proposal the candidate should start thinking and reflecting upon not only what he or she has learned but upon what may remain as a challenging area of focus that would significantly further the cadet s intellectual and or creative capabilities and accomplishments The emphasis is on the major s own vision and initiative and should involve considerations such as those listed below Area s of study or creation the cadet has found particularly intriguing Ways of expanding most rewarding moments of study into a year s intensive

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Intro to New Faculty
    Art History in the Department of English Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies at VMI She earned her B A in Art and Music from Washington College in Chestertown Maryland and her M A and Ph D degrees in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin She also studied art history at the University of St Andrews in Scotland Prior to graduate school Maj Ingersoll worked in administrative roles at the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and at the Maryland Institute College of Art While at the University of Texas she taught Art History in the Department of Art and Art History European Studies in the Department of Germanic Studies and curated exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art In 2011 2012 Maj Ingersoll was the recipient of an Albrecht Dürer Fellowship at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg Germany At the GNM she assisted curators in preparing the exhibition The Early Dürer on display in the museum in the summer of 2012 Major Ingersoll s research interests center on the art and visual culture of Renaissance Germany particularly in the southern regions and the area along the Rhine River Her doctoral dissertation focused on the artist Hans Wertinger and his role as court painter to the Duke of Bavaria in the early sixteenth century She has presented papers at conferences in the United States Canada and the United Kingdom and has published book reviews in the Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art and the Journal of the Northern Renaissance Her article The Patronage of the Annunciation Window at Ingolstadt Minster as a Response to the Protestant Reformation is forthcoming in North Street Review Arts and Visual Culture a journal published by the University of St Andrews Major Ingersoll and her husband Daniel grew up in a small town in rural Maryland and they are thrilled to be living in Lexington after eight years in Austin Just before the start of the fall 2015 term they welcomed their first child a daughter named Eleanor Major Michelle B Iten An Assistant Professor of English Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies Major Michelle Iten teaches courses in civic discourse rhetorical writing and the history and theory of rhetoric She earned her M A and B A in English from St Cloud State University Minnesota where she served as assistant director of the writing center and later as a fulltime instructor teaching courses in research writing creative nonfiction business writing and rhetorical theory After a career in corporate communications and magazine publishing she earned her Ph D in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas Christian University where she held multiple research and teaching fellowships Major Iten specializes in rhetorical democracy and in the theory and teaching of argument Her current research projects focus on disciplinary influences in argument pedagogy and on the rhetorical nature of reflective practices in democratic time Other research and teaching interests include style in argument propaganda theory and criticism rhetorical approaches to political virtues and emotional intelligence in everyday

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  • Virginia Military Institute - English Advising
    Safety Computing Academics Areas of Study Majors Minors Arts Humanities Engineering Information Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences ROTC Enrichment Institute Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division ERHS Home Degrees Programs Courses Honors in English Intro to New Faculty English Advising Creative Arts Contest Departmental Activities Academic Links Faculty Peggy Herring Administrative Assistant English Rhetoric Humanistic Studies P 540 464 7240 F 540 464 7779 227 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 email to english vmi edu Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities ERHS English Advising English Advising Cadet Resources at VMI Preston Library Career Services Departmental Cadet Resources Departmental Course Home Pages The Writing Center Societies Sigma Tau Delta International Honors Society Internships Summer Programs Virginia Program at Oxford Summer in

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  • Virginia Military Institute - English and Fine Arts Departmental Activities
    Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division ERHS Home Degrees Programs Courses Honors in English Intro to New Faculty English Advising Creative Arts Contest Departmental Activities Academic Links Faculty Peggy Herring Administrative Assistant English Rhetoric Humanistic Studies P 540 464 7240 F 540 464 7779 227 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 email to english vmi edu Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities ERHS Departmental Activities Departmental Activities Recent Upcoming Speakers and Events 2015 2016 CONCERTS Garth Newel Piano Quartet Concert March 9 2016 at 1945 2100 Gillis Theater Marshall Hall GUEST SPEAKERS Carolina Wirters at Home by COL Rob McDonald Holly Goddard Jones and Zelda Lockhart November 30 2015 at 100 1215 Turman Room Preston Library Kevin Powers February 3 2015 at 1100 1215 Turman Room Preston Library Eric Johnson March 10 2015 at 1945 2100 Turman Room Preston Library Gordon Marion April 20 2015 at 1945 2100 Turman Room Preston Library EVENTS English major bus trip American Shakespeare Center November 15 2015 On Wednesday October 21 poet Thorpe Moeckel read his work to an audience of VMI cadets and faculty Moeckel is the author of four books of poetry the newest of which is Arcadia Road and a new book of essays Watershed Days He is an associate professor of English at Hollins University and the director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing After the reading he

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Academic Links
    Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Arts Humanities Division ERHS Home Degrees Programs Courses Honors in English Intro to New Faculty English Advising Creative Arts Contest Departmental Activities Academic Links Faculty Peggy Herring Administrative Assistant English Rhetoric Humanistic Studies P 540 464 7240 F 540 464 7779 227 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 email to english vmi edu Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities ERHS Academic Links Academic Links Course Home Pages Web pages for most of the courses taught by the department including resources for research and online course syllabi English Study Guide Citing Electronic Sources A collection of links to websites with guidelines for citing material from the World Wide Web CD ROMs and other electronic sources The emphasis is on MLA format but there is

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