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  • Assistant Professor Receives SCHEV Rising Star Award
    Rising Star Award an honor bestowed on faculty members showing extraordinary promise at the beginning of their academic careers Selection for the Rising Star Award is based on performance in four areas teaching discovery integration of knowledge and service All of the honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony and luncheon to be held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in February 2016 Just prior to that ceremony the honorees will be introduced on the floor of the General Assembly As a teacher David has received stellar evaluations Cadets in his classes have praised him for his willingness to help them find answers without giving too much assistance as well as his deep knowledge of the subject matter and lively engaging manner in the classroom David has also developed a new class in mathematical modeling and is currently working with VMI s Department of Economics and Business to develop a new minor in business analytics At VMI one of David s most well known contributions is the Applied and Industrial Mathematics program which allows cadets to use the skills they ve learned in their applied mathematics classes to solve real life problems for corporations and nonprofit organizations Among the many projects carried out under the aegis of this program have been predicting tire rubber performance using neural networks for the Goodyear Tire Co building software to design search routes for piracy detection for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and using algorithms to find optimal meal delivery routes for the Valley Program for Aging Services Meals on Wheels Program Thanks at least in part to the Applied and Industrial Mathematics Program cadets who ve worked under David have found employment graduate school placement or internships with a number of prestigious companies and institutions among them the Johns Hopkins

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  • Stonewall Jackson House Open During Holidays, Then Winter Closures
    be offered through Dec 31 VMI Photo by Kelly Nye LEXINGTON Va Dec 16 2015 Visitors to Lexington may tour the Stonewall Jackson House during the holiday season when many area museums are closed Weather permitting the house will be open through New Year s Eve except for Christmas Day when it is closed Tours are offered on the hour and half hour from 9 a m to 5 p m Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p m Sunday with the last tour beginning at 4 30 The site will also close at 3 p m on both Christmas Eve and New Year s Eve Throughout the holiday season visitors to the site may glimpse Christmas greens and decorations typical of the mid 19th century and learn about how the Jacksons may have observed the season The museum shop offers books prints and a variety of other items perfect for gifts Selected items will be on sale for 25 percent off during the holiday season The Jackson House will close for the winter at 3 p m New Year s Eve The house will remain closed until March 1 2016 except for three days in January when the site will be open to the general public The house may also be opened with advance reservations for group tours of 10 or more scheduled at least 72 hours in advance On Friday and Saturday Jan 15 and 16 from noon to 5 p m the house will be open for tours on the hour and half hour in observance of Lee Jackson Day The house museum will also be open for its annual celebration of Stonewall Jackson s birthday on Thursday Jan 21 from 10 a m to 4 p m Closing during the season of lightest visitation gives

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  • 17 VMI Powerlifters Qualify for National Championships
    coach four years ago This is the most we ve had qualify in one meet in a while said Henson who noted that 15 lifters advanced to the national tournament at last year s state meet The guys did really well this year They are hard working Whenever we had the gym doors open they were in there To earn a trip to the national tournament lifters had to amass a qualifying cumulative weight total determined for each weight class and spread out among three lifts the bench press the squat and the deadlift It s not easy to qualify for nationals Henson said There are so many powerlifters who don t get to go to nationals It s not something for which you can just walk into the gym train for a few months and then get a qualifying total Eric Johnson 16 the cadet in charge and Salena Chiep 16 the first female assistant cadet in charge for the club were among VMI s first place finishers Johnson had one of the most impressive meets amassing 1 578 pounds in the 205 pound weight class At 114 pounds Chiep lifted a total of 550 pounds Mackenzie Harrmann 16 was among the other 1st Class cadets to turn in a first place effort amassing 765 pounds at 138 Also placing first were Stephen Guse 16 1 056 pounds at 145 Josh Bowen 16 1 369 pounds at 182 and Michael Coppalino 16 1 084 pounds at 163 Competing in her first tournament Mia Cangiano 18 finished with a total of 694 pounds to win the 158 pound weight class Natalie Carroll 17 took first place at 125 with a total of 694 pounds while Wyatt Fagan 18 totaled 1 298 pounds to win at 231 Emma Nobile 17 at

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  • Chief of Staff, Combat Veteran Reflects on Army Career
    VMI prepared to observe Founders Day and Veterans Day earlier this week the Institute Report sat down with Col Jamie Inman 86 to hear about his years of service and his reflections on the meaning of Veterans Day LEXINGTON Va Nov 13 2015 On Wednesday Nov 11 Col Jamie Inman 86 wasn t be leading an honors forum as he does most Wednesdays this semester Instead he was observing Veterans Day and Founders Day reflecting on the service of many and the mission of the Institute As chief of staff Inman is aware of most everything that goes on Chair of the Institute Planning Committee he touches nearly everything that is reviewed or approved by the superintendent Four administrative offices report directly to him And cadets require his official attention when they re having trouble For Inman it feels wonderful to be back at VMI to have this additional opportunity to serve his alma mater after a career of service in the Army That career began soon after graduation when Inman as a lieutenant in the artillery worked with Pershing nuclear missiles in Germany As he moved up the ranks Inman served in a range of positions in the U S Army Cadet Command as part of the military delegation to NATO and deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan In Iraq he was wounded when the enemy detonated a rigged 155 mm howitzer projectile just as his Humvee drove past It occurred the day before Thanksgiving 2005 Inman doesn t recall any fear when he felt the crack like a baseball bat over his ankles What he recalls is his concern for the other soldiers in the Humvee with him Was the young soldier behind the M 240 machine gun in the open cupola OK Was their convoy being overwatched by direct or indirect fire so that more injuries were likely In the damaged vehicle could the four others be gotten to safety The Humvee pulled over a few hundred feet down the road efforts to extricate Inman began a medevac was called in and less than 45 minutes later it was all over He was safe in a Level I military hospital in Logistic Support Area Anaconda outside Balad Iraq Twenty four hours later he was in Germany and the next week back in the United States at Ft Campbell Ky where he received most of his care It was all over so fast evidence of the extraordinary care received by U S soldiers wounded in the field but in a way that was one of the problems Ultimately his wounds led to the amputation of his right foot Inman admits I wish I still had a foot but he adds immediately it can always be worse And what was most difficult for him was leaving his unit I was a battalion commander with 101st Airborne Division I had been with that battalion for 19 months and I was pulled out instantaneously I did not have an

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  • Former NYPD Commission Discusses Urban and National Security
    should have among them justice decisiveness dependability tact loyalty and enthusiasm Leaders are made not born observed Kelly You learn basic tenets in the military and you use them the rest of your life Kelly recalled that as a company grade officer in Vietnam he not only had the opportunity to put his leadership skills to the test but also to learn lessons that would bear fruit down the road at the helm of a police force larger than the FBI He noted that in many ways a crime ridden area is little different from a combat zone When Gray asked Kelly about leadership of one s peers a vital skill for cadets at VMI the former commissioner replied that going back to basics was the way to go Treat people fairly he commented Praise in public criticize in private Kelly did draw a distinction between the military in which commissioned officers start ahead of enlisted personnel and police departments in which everyone starts at the same level You have to make people understand in a nice way that you re the boss he said Problem solving was another central focus of the discussion Asked how he d lowered New York City s crime rate which was once one of the highest in the country Kelly talked about the need to simply have more manpower which in New York City s case amounted to obtaining sufficient funding to hire 5 000 more officers But those officers didn t just sit behind desks or cruise around in patrol cars Community policing in which police officers work with community members to identify and solve problems was key to Kelly s crime fighting strategy At the same time Kelly allowed that many people have a negative view of police and thus don t see them as potential allies What you strive for is mutual respect said Kelly who is now president of the risk management services division for a commercial real estate company with an international presence Mutual problem solving can build that respect On a larger level Kelly had to address the issue of terrorism head on during his tenure as police commissioner We knew we had to do something different in the wake of the terrorist attacks that stunned a nation and left more than 3 000 people dead said Kelly Kelly reached outside of the traditional system to hire individuals who didn t have a police background including a former CIA director and a retired lieutenant general in the Marine Corps In addition Kelly s Real Time Crime Center included listening outposts in 11 foreign countries with personnel specifically trained in counter terrorism operations Kelly noted that as a result of these and other efforts at least 16 terrorist plots have been foiled since Sept 11 2001 Efforts to fight crime are of course fraught with the delicate balance between police acting on a reasonable suspicion that an illegal act has been or will be committed and preserving the civil

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  • VMI Applied Math Ranks Ninth
    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 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 VMI Applied Math Ranks Ninth Lt Col Greg Hartman teaches in VMI s Department of Applied Math VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV LEXINGTON Va Oct 9 2015 VMI s program ranks ninth in a list of top applied mathematics programs released this week by College Factual In the value ranking VMI applied math is fourth with starting salaries for applied math majors listed at 53 000 and mid career salaries at 108 000 VMI s applied math program is the only one in Virginia in the top 10 which includes Brown Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities USA Today notes that VMI s applied math program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach that encourage s students to think about how math can be used to solve problems in

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  • Shepherd Internship Takes Cadet to the Bronx
    live on a small stipend for eight weeks and work within the community Hudson lived on 14 a day in Brooklyn and commuted into the Bronx and mid town Manhattan where he worked with high school students A lot of my kids were refugees a lot of my kids were immigrants and it s pulling them out of a mindset of Well we have it better here than we do in our own country and putting them in the mindset of It doesn t matter where you come from you can still make it into the middle class explained Hudson The students were learning computer programming but Hudson focused on teaching them professional development It was how to professionally network How do you interact in an office environment Things that high schoolers don t necessarily get exposure to in the communities that we were serving Normally cadets must complete the Poverty and Human Capability course offered by Dr Duncan Richter in the Department of English Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies They then apply for the internship interview with faculty then interview with the Consortium But as Maj Dorothy Hayden of VMI career services explained This year we tried something different by opening the internship selection process to cadets who had not taken the course but had an interest in serving in an impoverished community Cadet Hudson was interviewed by a panel of faculty members and was competitively selected for the internship Hudson who is a psychology major got the idea of applying for the internship from his academic adviser Lt Col Keith Kline I love the idea of providing a service to the fellow man like VMI the citizen solider so this was an opportunity to scale that up a thousandfold Hudson said The Shepherd Program is just the beginning for

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  • News and Features
    take place March 7 8 Read More VMI Names Institute Chaplain LEXINGTON Va Jan 21 2016 Col Bob Phillips 87 has been named Institute chaplain Phillips will replace Col James Park who retires at the end of this academic year after 22 years of service to Virginia Military Institute Read More Bringing Toys with a Smile LEXINGTON Va Dec 21 2015 VMI s Student Athlete Advisory Committee recently completed a drive to collect gifts for Toys for Tots the annual charity event created by the United States Marine Corps In all athletes from 12 of VMI s athletic teams collected five large boxes of toys about 75 total Read More Assistant Professor Selected for Rising Star Award LEXINGTON Va Dec 21 2015 Maj John David assistant professor of applied mathematics at Virginia Military Institute has been selected to receive a 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Read More Stonewall Jackson House Open During Holidays Ahead of Winter Closure LEXINGTON Va Dec 16 2015 Visitors to Lexington may tour the Stonewall Jackson House during the holiday season The house will be open through New Year s Eve except for Christmas Day when it is closed The museum will then close for much of January and all of February 2016 reopening on its regular schedule March 1 2016 Read More 17 VMI Powerlifters Qualify for National Championships LEXINGTON Va Nov 25 2015 The VMI Powerlifting Club recently took 27 lifters to the Virginia State Championships in Vienna and 17 of them including 10 state champions returned to Lexington with national qualifying totals Read More Chief of Staff Combat Veteran Reflects on Army Career LEXINGTON Va Nov 13 2015 As VMI prepared to observe Founders Day and Veterans Day earlier this week the Institute Report sat

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