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  • Virginia Military Institute - Matriculation Webcast
    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 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 Matriculation Ceremony to Live Stream The ceremony may be viewed in real time at 2 p m Saturday at www vmi edu livestream VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington LEXINGTON Va Aug 19 2015 For the first time VMI will offer a live webcast of the Matriculation Day welcome ceremony a longstanding tradition in which newly matriculated cadets called rats bid their parents farewell and form up as platoons for the very first time on the Cameron Hall floor The ceremony will begin at 2 p m Saturday Aug 22 and may be viewed in real time at www vmi edu livestream During the ceremony the regimental commanding officer and the company cadet captains introduce themselves and Gen J H Binford Peay III 62

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Frontier Litigation
    contracts The article When Good Little Debts Went Bad Civil Litigation on the Virginia Frontier 1745 1755 was published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History Col Tinni Sen Col Turk McCleskey and Col Atin Basuchoudhary teamed up in an unusual collaboration Sen and Basuchoudhary are economists who mostly work on 21st century questions and McCleskey is a colonial American historian The research focused on Augusta County which at that time encompassed much of what is now West Virginia plus western and southwest Virginia The land included Rockbridge County which was formed from Augusta and Botetourt counties in 1778 The essay is based on court records of almost 1 400 lawsuits to recover relatively modest sums Daily life in colonial America generated lots of small debts McCleskey explained People had little cash so they kept running tabs of what they owed each other Often the debts were recorded on nothing more than tiny fragile scraps of paper fortunately many of those scraps survive at the Augusta County courthouse in Staunton Based on the available records the authors found that despite the rough and ready reputation of frontier America colonial Virginians west of the Blue Ridge fairly enforced legitimate credit contracts Parties to lawsuits therefore settled their disputes in court not privately which is an essential process for socio economic stability During the course of the work McCleskey examined 1 378 cases and amassed a database of more than 10 000 observations which Sen and Basuchoudhary analyzed Work on the project began almost 20 years ago with the initial data for the essay collected in part by then cadet Christopher Bowers 97 Few such databases exist for other colonial American locales Economists rarely get a chance to work with original data Sen remarked so this was a

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  • Executive Assistant Named
    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 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 Secretary to BOV Assistant to Superintendent Named Retired Air Force Lt Col Sean Harrington 94 LEXINGTON Va Aug 14 2015 Lt Col Sean Harrington 94 has been named secretary to the Board of Visitors and executive assistant to the superintendent at Virginia Military Institute He began his duties Aug 1 Col Jeff Curtis 79 former executive assistant retired Friday Aug 7 Curtis first came to VMI as chief of staff in July 2009 and became executive assistant in 2013 Harrington retired from the U S Air Force as a force support officer in 2013 During his career he served in a variety of assignments including deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom He also held various command level assignments as well as multiple headquarters Air Staff level assignments at the Pentagon Harrington is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Air Command Staff College and Squadron Officer School He also received a master s degree in international relations from Troy University in 2002 His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal the Air Force Commendation Medal the Air Force Achievement Medal the National Defense Service Medal the Afghanistan Campaign Medal the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the NATO medal Harrington graduated from VMI with a bachelor s degree in

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  • VMI Professor to Discuss Amazon River Fish
    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 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 Professor to Discuss Amazon River Fish Lt Col Pieter deHart LEXINGTON Va Aug 13 2015 Virginia Military Institute associate professor Lt Col Pieter deHart will be heard on the public radio show With Good Reason the week of Aug 15 In the episode It s a Jungle Out There deHart will talk about his efforts to discover which organisms are at the base of the food web in Brazil s Rio Negro where all of the fish in the acidic black water appear to be carnivores DeHart is a field biologist whose primary research interest is trophic ecology the diets of organisms which he studies using stable isotopes Also on the show will be Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University and the University of Mary Washington s Laura Mentore The show can be heard in the local area as follows Sunday Aug 16 at 1 p m on Radio IQ in Charlottesville at 88 5 and Roanoke at 89 7 Wednesday Aug 19 at 3 p m on WMRA in Charlottesville at 103 5 Harrisonburg at 90 7 Lexington at 89 9 and Winchester at 94 5 and Wednesday Aug 19 at 7 30 p m on WVTF in Abingdon at 90 1 Charlottesville at 89 7 Roanoke at 89

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  • Taps – Gen. Sam S. Walker ’45
    that time period Companies G H and I were added to the Corps of Cadets while Walker was superintendent Walker was born July 31 1925 in West Point N Y son of Gen Walton Harris Walker VMI Class of 1907 whose service in World War II earned him the nickname Patton s bulldog The father and son pair were one of only two such pairs in U S Army history in which both held the rank of four star general The young Sam Walker followed his father s path of matriculating at VMI but then accepting a commission at the United States Military Academy from which he graduated in 1946 During his West Point cadetship Walker was a cadet regimental commander and outstanding athlete earning all American honors as a lacrosse player After graduation and commissioning Walker served as a platoon leader of paratroopers in the 11th Airborne Division in Japan Later he led soldiers in combat as a company commander in the Korean War and as a brigade commander in the Vietnam War He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and intrepidity in combat in both conflicts After completing his service in Vietnam Walker was appointed 54th commandant of cadets at West Point in 1969 serving in that position until 1972 Walker went on to command the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany American Forces in Berlin and later upon his promotion to four stars was appointed as commanding general Allied Land Forces Southeast protecting the southern flank of NATO in Turkey He was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for his achievements there as well as the Turkish Armed Forces Medal of Distinguished Service At the time of his retirement from the Army in 1978 he was the youngest four star general on active duty Walker continued his

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  • Getting Her Hands Dirty
    engineering major Partin is interning this summer at the Buena Vista Wastewater Treatment Plant While much of her job has to do with assessing water quality she is also assigned to rake out the bar screen which filters water coming into the plant from municipal sewer lines The most unusual item she s found so far has been a yo yo and she can t figure out how an item that large managed to make its way through the plumbing Other items are much smaller and perhaps more to be expected Pennies and dimes show up a lot she noted Other frequently flushed items include paper towels and jewelry I guess when people run out of toilet paper they use paper towels Partin observed As for the jewelry it s anyone s guess as to whether or not its method of disposal was purposeful Partin thinks not at least in most cases But I m not going to go searching for the owner she commented Once it s gone it s gone Partin came to VMI as a biology major but discovered during her 4th Class year that her true calling was in engineering It didn t hurt that her brother Johnny Partin 14 was also a civil engineering major In the summer of 2014 Allison Partin traveled to Bolivia with the Keydets Without Borders group led by Lt Col Tim Moore II 97 associate professor of civil and environmental engineering There as she helped build latrine shower combinations for villagers who had never before had indoor plumbing Partin felt herself drawn to the environmental side of engineering As the summer of 2015 approached Partin went to Capt John Ned Riester 78 head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and asked about internship possibilities As head of the Maury Service Authority the regional entity in charge of the municipal water supply for the city of Lexington and parts of Rockbridge County Riester has good connections and it wasn t long before Partin had secured her position in Buena Vista When June 1 arrived and Partin showed up for her first day of work she wasn t sure if she d made the right decision She recalled her first thought It smells awful I can t believe I m working here Soon though Partin found herself adjusting to the smell which she said is confined to certain parts of the plant She also found herself enjoying both the work and her co workers Of the latter she noted The people I work with are great They re hilarious We joke about it saying At least we all smell the same Arriving at 6 30 a m each scheduled work day Partin immediately goes to work testing water samples to ensure that pH levels are within the normal range both for water coming in and water going out If it s not in a specific range we really do have a problem that has to be addressed right now she

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  • On Social Media, Movements Start Themselves
    applications like Facebook and Twitter can have with his Summer Undergraduate Research Institute project in VMI s Department of International Studies and Political Science I don t think people understand the strength and the power of these online communities Armentrout said It is something that is only going to get bigger To illustrate his point Armentrout focused on the Occupy movements which sprang from the Occupy Wallstreet phenomenon of 2011 He said he has discovered that over the last four years there have been more than 1 200 protests waving the Occupy banner in more than 100 countries That includes Hong Kong the other major protest he studied where in 2014 thousands of activists gathered to demand voting rights While protests certainly are not new the way these protests developed is The traditional theories will always tell you different resources you need to get people organized and usually that means there was already a core group of activists there said Dr Vera Heuer assistant professor of international studies and Armentrout s adviser on this summer project What Matt has found out with Occupy is that it wasn t a group of activists that said we are going to use the Internet to distribute and diffuse our information It was a group that formed online As he studied Twitter posts or tweets for both the Occupy Wallstreet and the Occupy Central movements Armentrout discovered just such a phenomenon Instead of a group using social media to get its idea to the masses the idea itself attracted thousands if not millions to it and the movement was born The idea existed first The whole movement in a sense derived from a Canadian blog one dude said Armentrout There can be an idea first and people flock to it It seemed that more

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  • Cadet Intern Takes on Trail Safety Issues
    and offering suggestions to make it a safer and more pleasant experience for all of its users The trail is like a seven mile long civil engineering lab Pike said There s so much stuff going on The summer project was not supposed to get as involved as it has Initially Pike was supposed to study only the rock fall problem along the trail but as he began his first surveys he discovered that there were many more issues We knew we wanted to look at rock fall but what I realized when I was out there was there are a lot of different types of hazards he said Not only do you have rock fall but you have erosion and a lot of attractive nuisances things visitors to the trail would be tempted to go and explore And they pose a significant risk Work this summer clearing the brush and a planned replacement of the railing will make Reid s Lock more accessible to hikers VMI Photo by John Robertson IV See more photos on the VMI photo blog While rock fall remains an important part of Pike s work something he will likely look at in more depth as part of an independent research study in the fall these other risks moved to the forefront this summer One of his major undertakings was trying to find a way to make Reid s Lock one of four such structures along the Chessie Trail a safer place The lock once used for barges that cruised the Maury River back in the late 1800s is a 21 foot structure that is accessible from the trail Noted for its historic significance the lock also offers a view of the natural sights along the river Currently however visitors are protected solely by a rusty metal railing We want to replace that said Pike I ve spent a lot of the first part of my internship trying to figure out how to replace that railing make that area accessible enough to people so they can go in and soothe their curiosity but make it safe enough so they aren t going to endanger themselves For his part Pike has been charged with drawing up preliminary sketches for improvements addressing safety issues at the lock His plan includes wooden railings beveled at the bottom to discourage climbing with vinyl chain link fencing between the rails His blueprint recommends a 3 ½ foot height high enough to meet OSHA safety standards but not so high as to discourage sightseers The height allows people to take pictures and gives an unobstructed view to the lock below he said Part of what we wanted to do is let people see these ruins Though Pike is still a student and his designs cannot be used as official plans his ideas can be put forward when the planning goes to a professional And so far Pike s work has impressed his superiors In my opinion he is mature beyond his

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