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  • Virginia Military Institute - Foreign Language Links
    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 Modern Languages and Cultures Degrees Programs Courses Work for Grade Policy Media Center Graduate School Information Language Links Arabic Links French Links General Language Links German Links Spanish Links ML Advising Faculty Janet Cummings Executive Secretary Modern Languages Cultures P 540 464 7241 F 540 464 7677 Virginia Military Institute 416 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 Contact Modern Languages Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities Modern Languages Cultures Foreign Language Links Foreign Language Links Choose from the languages below for a list of links pertaining to a particular language or for general links General Language Links French Links Spanish Links

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Modern Language Advising
    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 Modern Languages and Cultures Degrees Programs Courses Work for Grade Policy Media Center Graduate School Information Language Links ML Advising Faculty Janet Cummings Executive Secretary Modern Languages Cultures P 540 464 7241 F 540 464 7677 Virginia Military Institute 416 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 Contact Modern Languages Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities Modern Languages Cultures Modern Language Advising Modern Language Advising Cadet Resources at VMI Scott Shipp Hall Language Media Center Preston Library Career Services Carroll 313 Miller Academic Center National Honor Societies Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society Pi Delta Phi French Delta Phi Alpha German Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Graduate Programs Graduate School Information Professional Organizations American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages American Association of Teachers of Arabic Chinese Language Teachers Association CLTA

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Faculty
    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 Modern Languages and Cultures Degrees Programs Courses Work for Grade Policy Media Center Graduate School Information Language Links ML Advising Faculty Janet Cummings Executive Secretary Modern Languages Cultures P 540 464 7241 F 540 464 7677 Virginia Military Institute 416 Scott Shipp Hall Lexington VA 24450 Contact Modern Languages Home Academics Areas of Study Arts Humanities Modern Languages Cultures Faculty Modern Language Cultures Faculty Col Kathleen Bulger Barnett Department Head Professor Ph D University of Kentucky bulger barnettkd vmi edu Col Bulger Barnett s Website Khadija Bentouhami Instructor M A Dujda University bentouhamik vmi edu Maj Abbey Carrico Assistant Professor Ph D Emory University carricoab vmi edu Maj Carrico s Website Col John Cerkey Professor Ph D University of Kansas cerkeyje vmi edu Col Cerkey s Website Col Mary Ann Dellinger Professor Ph D Arizona State University Specialty 20th Century Peninsular Literature and Second Language Acquisition dellingerma vmi edu Col Dellinger s Website Dr Ivelise Faundez Reitsma Instructor Ph D Washington University faundez reitsmai vmi edu Dr Faundez Reitsma s Website Maj Jeff Kendrick Assistant Professor Ph D University of Kansas kendrickjw vmi edu Dr Sabrina Laroussi Assistant Professor Ph D Texas Tech University Specialty Modern Contemporary Peninsular Latin American Literatures laroussiss vmi edu Maj Lunpeng Ma Assistant Professor Ph D Stony Brook University mal vmi edu Mohammed Shihab Instructor M A University of Virginia shihabmy vmi edu Col Donald Sunnen Professor Ph D University of Illinois sunnend vmi edu Col Sunnen

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  • Virginia Military Institute - New Professors Establish VMI Chinese Language Program
    appreciation for the fact that the study of Chinese history and politics is not new to the Institute This is a very good foundation to broaden students knowledge said Xu I sometimes see myself as being added into this intellectual pool Ma added We re creating a Chinese scholar community here With input from China scholars in the various departments plus Ma and Xu a proposal to add an Asian studies minor is also in the works Meanwhile the two new professors come to VMI with differing skill sets but a shared enthusiasm for teaching the language and culture of their native land I m excited about the opportunity to start up a new program said Xu who obtained her bachelor s and master s degrees from Peking University and her doctorate from the University of Chicago Xu specializes in pre modern Chinese literature and cultural history with a special emphasis on traditional Chinese drama A classically trained opera singer Xu gave an evening presentation Chinese Opera and the Chinese Language on Oct 30 as part of her effort to spur an interest in Chinese culture In the spring she s proposing to teach Chinese Strategic Culture a course examining Chinese military tactics through reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu a legendary figure in ancient Chinese military history Ma comes to VMI with specialties in modern Chinese culture new media and film In the spring he is planning to offer a course on Chinese martial arts in film He earned his bachelor s and master s degrees at Shanghai Jiaotong University and his doctorate at Stony Brook University So far Xu and Ma have found that their skill sets mesh well together With complementary backgrounds We can collaborate together and offer more courses for our cadets Ma noted Both Spoken and Written Chinese Present Challenges for Cadets This fall 47 cadets are enrolled in first sections of Chinese 101 ever offered at VMI The cadets came to the class with different backgrounds and chose to study the language for different reasons One factor though seems to unite them a desire to step outside of their linguistic comfort zones and persevere Cadet Robert Elmore 16 chose to study Chinese for two reasons one was the desire to support a new language program at VMI since new programs need enrollment Secondly Elmore plans to commission in the Navy with plans to work in the space industry after serving in the military One of the top world space programs behind NASA is the China National Space Administration so learning some basics in the language couldn t hurt if we re looking at potentially working with them in the future he explained Like many of his fellow students Elmore has found both pronunciation and writing to be a challenge Using inflection in your voice can raise emphasis on a word or be used to ask a question in English he explained However changing the tone of your voice in Chinese can literally

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  • Virginia Military Institute - New French Curriculum Focuses on Culture
    Cultures was undergoing a restructuring with German and Japanese being dropped from the linguistic lineup and Mandarin Chinese added For Col Kathleen Bulger Barnett chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures it was critical that VMI retain instruction in French despite the fact that some other colleges and universities are cutting classes in that language The military needs people who speak French Bulger Barnett commented If we do away with French there goes a strategic language for Europe and North Africa We have to have French Carrico echoed this saying Every continent has French It s very global and very widespread Carrico noted that most of the course changes came not at the 100 to 200 level as those introductory courses are similar at most colleges and universities but at the 300 level where the focus makes a final turn from learning the basics to reading and writing in the language It s not as if the shift to reading and writing in French occurs dramatically overnight Cadets have already been writing at the 200 level said Carrico We ve had them writing at the 100 level It s just expanding it and building on vocabulary and analytical skills Among the new courses designed to help cadets make the transition to a deeper appreciation of French literature and culture is one centered on water and literature L eau Réflexions du présent dans le passé which Carrico is teaching this semester This past spring Kendrick taught a course titled France s Gourmet Culture The course filled to capacity immediately These culturally oriented courses which typically include readings from a variety of texts have replaced genre based courses such as those focusing on poetry or the novel In redesigning the curriculum Carrico and Kendrick are striving to meet the needs

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Internship 'Eye-Opening'
    in Richmond Va where she simultaneously worked at a medical clinic serving low income patients and conducted a Summer Undergraduate Research Institute project Tessa Smith 15 interned at CrossOver Healthcare Ministry where she acted as a translator and receptionist for Hispanic families Her internship was coordinated by the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty which is based at Washington and Lee University Smith was the only VMI cadet selected this summer for one of the prestigious Shepherd internships While she was working at CrossOver Smith completed an online course through the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism designed to help her learn about the practices of curanderos or herbal healers Smith explained that it s common in Latino culture to visit a curandero who is likely to recommend herbs or rituals such as bathing as a first resource when health complaints arise whether they are mental or physical in nature Originally Smith s SURI project goal had included a survey about Latinos use of curanderos which was to be distributed to patients at CrossOver Red tape and regulations sounded the death knell of the survey which was never distributed but Smith was still able to learn quite a bit from the seven week online class It was a really eye opening experience said Smith of her studies She explained that unlike traditional physicians curanderos often employ a spiritual angle to their practice Patients too sometimes approach illness from a mindset that differs dramatically from that of a physician steeped in biochemistry Smith experienced this firsthand over the summer when a woman with epilepsy had a seizure while at the clinic Witnessing this her husband began to exclaim that his wife was cursed This guy was ranting about the evil eye and spirits and such said Smith who explained to the man in Spanish that his wife wasn t cursed she had a disease that could be helped with the proper medication Both Smith s internship and SURI project were designed to help her reach her goal of becoming a physician s assistant With that goal in mind Smith would very much like to see physicians become more aware of the cultural issues that can arise when treating Latino patients My big picture so what goal for the SURI project was to publish something that physicians can look at and be like Hey this is important and better understand where their patients are coming from said Smith A lot of the time doctors are totally dismissive Understanding the patient s culture is going to help you better relate to your patients and better treat them Overseeing Smith s SURI work were Col Kathleen Bulger Barnett professor of modern languages and cultures and Col Wade Bell professor of biology Bulger Barnett said that thanks to this internship Smith would likely be able to add the cultural piece that is sometimes lacking when physicians treat patients from other cultures If she s the one doing a lot of the intake for patients she

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Physics and Astronomy Curricula
    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 Natural Sciences Physics and Astronomy Home Degrees Programs Bachelor of Science Physics Bachelor of Science Nuclear Physics Minor Astronomy Minor Courses Research Facilities Advising Society of Physics Students Faculty Sherry D Byers Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7225 F 540 464 7767 320 Mallory Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Physics vmi edu Home Academics Areas of Study Science Math Physics Astronomy Degrees Programs Degrees Programs The physics curriculum is a flexible curriculum that provides an excellent opportunity for the development of intellectual breadth while also building strong scientific and technical skills Our degree programs offer a generous complement of electives allowing cadets to obtain one or more minors or even to double major in selected cases This flexibility allows each cadet to point the degree along the career path that they wish to pursue Historically physics has been a very marketable degree that graduates

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Research Accordian
    undergraduate level Students who choose to do undergraduate research in the department s thin films lab will have the opportunity to work with an atomic force microscope AFM scanning tunneling microscope STM UV VIS NIR spectrophotometer materials microscope vacuum evaporation system and an array of recently purchased electronic instrumentation Students will have direct hands on experience with the type of equipment they will be working with once they graduate from VMI Microscopy The ability to measure the topology surface characteristics of thin films is very important in understanding the fundamental nature of a particular material and how that material may play a role in the creation of certain thin film devices Optical microscopy is one way of seeing details in the surface of materials Other methods include scanning electron microscopy atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and not all methods are suitable in certain circumstances The department s thin films lab contains a Zeiss Axioskop 2 materials microscope This microscope allows us to visually image films in brightfield darkfield and polarized light from 50x to 1000x With the Total Interference Contrast attachment we are capable of measuring step heights with 20 nm precision The department s thin films lab contains an Atomic Force Microscope AFM capable of imaging the surface of materials from 80 m to less than 1 m with a resolution of less than 2 nanometers at the lower end One nanometer nm is 10 9 meters Atomic force microscopy can be used on all types of solid materials and produces a three dimensional image of the surface The AFM can operate in either contact or intermittent contact mode including phase imaging and can be expanded to include magnetic force microscopy The scanning tunneling microscope STM works by the principle of quantum tunneling and can image the surface of conductors or semiconductors Spectroscopy The department s thin film lab has a Perkin Elmer Lambda 900 UV VIS NIR spectrophotometer with a 150 mm integrating sphere 6 incident specular reflectance attachment and slide holder for transmission measurements The instrument is capable of measuring transmitted and specular reflected light from 175 to 3300 nm Vacuum Evaporator To deposit thin films in a vacuum environment the thin films lab has a Ladd 30000 vacuum evaporator The system uses a diffusion pump with liquid nitrogen and can reach 10 7 Torr 1 Torr 1 mmHg inside a 12 inch diameter bell jar Shielded electrodes allow us to deposit solid material either by tungsten boats or filaments Electrical Characterization To characterize the electrical properties of thin films the lab is equipped with electronic equipment These include such instruments as a source measure unit picoammeter digital multimeters power supplies digital phosphor oscilloscope and RCL meter These are new instruments from Keithly Agilent and Tektronix and are like the ones graduates will find throughout industry or in graduate school Miscellaneous Equipment The lab is outfitted with other equipment typically found in a laboratory setting A fume hood

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