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  • ‘Through Failure, and Through Love, We Grow'
    it is an achievement that cannot be reached alone We must always recognize that success is not exclusively a matter of individual resolve Nevertheless after speakers Dominion Resources CEO Thomas F Farrell II valedictorian Henry W Meredith and class president William H Connerley addressed the 317 graduating cadets a number of individual honors were doled out Robert Hardy Hendren 15 a biology major with minors in Arabic and French was awarded the First Jackson Hope Medal given for highest attainment in scholarship and the accompanying Commander Harry Millard Mason Academic Proficiency Award as well as the Society of Cincinnati Medal for efficiency of service and excellence of character and the Richard J Marshall and Sumter L Lowry Awards that go along with that prize Hendren was named a Distinguished Graduate with Institute Honors and a Distinguished Military Graduate in Army ROTC A native of Kentucky Hendren commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U S Army Wesley Cade Jacobs 15 of North Carolina was the recipient of the Second Jackson Hope Medal and the Col Sterling Murray Heflin 16 Academic Proficiency Award An economics and business major Jacobs was named a Distinguished Graduate with Institute Honors He leaves VMI as a Distinguished Military Graduate and has commissioned into the U S Army as a second lieutenant An additional 17 cadets were tapped as Distinguished Graduates with Institute Honors and 43 more earned Distinguished Graduate recognition But Peay said while the individual effort should be applauded none of the cadets made their way alone Of course Peay referenced the influences of faculty and family and how their support is necessary for the success of any college graduate For graduates of VMI however Brother Rats those who endure and understand the day to day trials that are VMI are essential for making

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  • 'Your Duty Is Leadership'
    will follow you anywhere if they trust you he said You will earn their trust day in and day out by consistently choosing the harder right over the easier wrong For some of the new Army second lieutenants military service has been a lifelong dream and that s especially true of Hardy Hendren 15 a biology major from Goshen Ky who said he d been thinking about becoming a soldier since kindergarten Ultimately it s just who I am said Hendren of his decision to serve I feel like it s a great opportunity to serve both the people under your care and the bigger purpose On May 28 Hendren will report to Ft Benning Ga to begin infantry training After that s completed he ll head to Ft Bragg N C where he ll be a member of the storied 82nd Airborne Division I m really excited and I m definitely looking forward to it said Hendren Commissioning as second lieutenants in the U S Marine Corps were approximately 20 cadets who took the oath of office administered by Lt Gen Ronald L Bailey deputy commandant for plans policies and operations The 38 year Marine Corps veteran humorously reminded those about to commission that they wouldn t remember much about the ceremony then told them to keep in mind three ships leadership ownership and mentorship All three are connected to one s mindset said Bailey Think good thoughts because they become good words and good words become good actions and good actions become good habits and good habits become a part of your character Sharing an attitude of elation just after his insignia was pinned on was Marine Corps 2nd Lt Patrick de la Cruz 15 who d been thinking of the Marine Corps since childhood It s a surreal moment said de la Cruz I ve been waiting a long time for this It feels like a dream De la Cruz s dream began when he was a child in south Florida and heard his father who had immigrated to the United States from the Philippines talk about his service in the Philippine marine corps In his time he interacted with a lot of U S Marines and he always spoke highly of them recalled de la Cruz It s always been the Marines Corps for me Like all newly commissioned Marine Corps second lieutenants de la Cruz will next attend The Basic School at Quantico Va before learning his specialty assignment Just under 30 cadets entered the U S Navy as ensigns taking their oath of office from Rear Adm James W Kilby commander of the Naval Surface Warfighting Development Center in San Diego Calif He began his remarks by sharing a quote from VMI s own Confederate Gen Thomas J Stonewall Jackson A patriot volunteer fighting for his country and his rights makes the most reliable soldier on earth Added Kilby I could not agree more Like Allyn Kilby stressed that those entering the service will

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  • Professor to Discuss Development of Forensic Anthropology
    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 Professor to Discuss War and Forensic Anthropology Lt Col Bradley L Coleman 95 LEXINGTON Va May 14 2015 Virginia Military Institute associate professor Lt Col Bradley L Coleman 95 will be heard on the public radio show With Good Reason the week of May 16 In the episode Bringing Home the War Dead Coleman will talk about how the need to identify the bodies of American soldiers killed in the Korean War led to the development of the field of forensic anthropology Coleman a military historian holds the George J Collins Sr chair in military history and serves as the director of the John Adams 71 Center for Military History Strategic Analysis at VMI Also on the show will be representatives from the Lewis B Puller Jr Veterans Benefits Clinic at the William Mary Law School which aims to expedite claims for veterans benefits and the William Mary Center for Veterans Engagement In addition Debra Lattanzi Shutika of George Mason University and Kerry Kaleba will talk about Arlington National Cemetery The show can be heard in the local area as follows Sunday May 17 at 1 p m on Radio IQ in Charlottesville at 88 5 and Roanoke at 89 7 Wednesday May 20 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 May

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  • VMI in Top 20 for in Brookings Value Rankings
    research projects Hardy Hendren 15 and associate professor of biology Lt Col Paul Moosman demonstrate how bats are photographed to calibrate color measurements VMI File Photo by Kelly Nye LEXINGTON Va May 8 2015 VMI was one of only two Virginia colleges and universities ranked in the top 20 nationwide by the Brookings Institution in a recent report on the value added earnings of midcareer alumni Researchers at Brookings an independent think tank based in Washington D C calculated VMI s value added score at 38 percent That score is based on the difference between actual earnings of alumni working full time with at least 10 years of work experience as self reported to Payscale com and those graduates expected earnings based on demographic information and college major Expected earnings are calculated using data collected from the U S Census Bureau s American Community Survey which samples a random population of U S households each year For VMI self reported median earnings for alumni were 115 000 versus predicted earnings of 78 444 The study s authors note that colleges and universities with a strong emphasis on the STEM fields of science technology engineering and mathematics are among the top performers in the value added category although not all of those schools are STEM specific The only other Virginia school to be ranked in the top 20 was neighboring Washington and Lee University None of the U S service academies were listed in the top 20 VMI also scored highly in three measures of educational quality used by Brookings Out of a perfect score of 100 the Institute received a 99 for earnings value added a 95 for occupational earnings power and an 81 for loan repayment by graduates Occupational earnings power is based on the kinds of occupations graduates

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  • Cormack Renovation Nears CompletionVirginia Military Institute
    the VMI Photo Blog post date May 4 2015 LEXINGTON Va May 5 2015 The completion of renovations to Cormack Hall just weeks away will mark a major milestone in Corps Physical Training Facilities project a 122 million investment in the physical fitness of the Corps of Cadets Construction crews are working seven days a week to have the facility ready by the end of May when the Department of Physical Education and NCAA wrestling will begin moving in Cormack Hall will also serve as VMI s primary weight training facility for cadets and employees as the Cocke Hall weight room will close for renovation once Cormack is ready for use The renovation of Cormack is one of three major construction efforts that make up the CPTF project the others being the renovation of Cocke Hall and the construction of the new Indoor Training Facility Cocke Hall is expected to be ready by the summer of 2016 and the Indoor Training Facility by the fall of 2016 Scaffolding is in place on the south side of Cocke Hall in preparation for exterior repairs and interior work will commence on the 100 level of the building on Saturday Work on the Indoor Training Facility continues apace with reinforced concrete rising ever higher at the construction site located across Diamond Street from Cameron Hall A major operation took place at the site last month as crews installed a vehicular bridge composed of massive precast concrete pieces over Town Branch The indoor training facility s architects HKS and Commonwealth Architects were awarded the Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for the project April 16 by the Richmond chapter of the American Institute of Architects Work is also under way to stabilize the historic Knights of Pythias building moved to its current location on

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  • Honors Week Features Society Inductions
    across all departments and disciplines The following members of the class of 2018 were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma the national freshman honor society Joshua Baey Brandon M Barbery Cameron A Boone Nicholas V Celfo Tze T Chiu Ariana M Claudio Jacob A Cochran Anna K Conover Tyler J DeJoe Jarred C Doran Robert M B Dowling Ryan J Elliott Colin M Emrich Robert L Fitch III Steven M Foster Jr Grant M Fudge Abdias B Girardi Jr Cole A Hedge Andrew R Heinlein Reed H Jones Ethan E Keyser Bethany A King Victor G Kolle Tyler A Krug Michael J Landry II Nicholas C J Lombardi Brian A Macaluso Stafford Robert J Masters Jr Carter T McCausland Nathaniel T Millard Samuel P Moffatt Thomas J Moroney Peter J Muto Paul M Nordvig Edward Olbrych Mikael R Pineda McKenzie M Raber Cody J Rioux Michael S Starin Donovan V Walton Ryan D Wells and Joshua P Willard Listed below are the department specific honor societies that held inductions during honors week Biology Beta Beta Beta Meredith Baldasare 16 Lauren Blixt 15 William Condrey 16 Connor Culley 16 Andrew Day 16 Derek Emerson 16 Armando Herrerra DosReis 16 John McKelvey 16 Sarah Putney 15 Tessa Smith 15 Domenick Stumpo 16 Evan Thompson 16 and Jonathan Winalski 16 Chemistry Gamma Sigma Epsilon Hayden T Alford 16 Ming Chang 16 Brent S Clark 15 Curtis M Few 16 James W Fortner 16 Angelo A Kirchon 16 Teng Yin Lin 16 Ryan D Miccio 16 and Garrett W Warren 16 Also inducted was Maj Daniel P Harrison 05 Engineering Tau Beta Pi Elise C Reed 15 Chung Cheng Hsiao 16 Murphy D Kerner 16 and Stewart C Milne 16 English Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies Sigma Tau Delta Samuel L Burgess 16 Jake G Koch 17 Christine M Knowling 16 Matthew J Lloyd 17 and Hunter A Morgan 16 History Phi Alpha Theta Joseph Amato 16 Austin Bajc 17 Wesley Barta 16 Brian Boyle 15 Andrew D Gazzillo 17 Andrew M Kelly 17 Ryan O Long 15 Jacob Mealick 16 Jeremy W Senn 16 Chris Y Song 17 William B Suess 17 and Rachel C Tanner 17 Mechanical Engineering Pi Tau Sigma Virginia M Bigelow 16 Yi Han Chang 16 Zachary M Heard 16 Chung Cheng Hsiao 16 Colin P I Hughes 16 Murphy D Kerner 16 Stephen J Mascioli 15 Dylan J Miller 15 Stewart C Milne 16 and Dakota G Scott 16 Modern Languages and Cultures Pi Delta Phi French Brian M Boyle 15 Robert H Hendren 15 Connor P Morgan 16 and Michael D Williams 16 Modern Languages and Cultures Delta Phi Alpha German Mark I Armstrong 16 Steven A Bolt 16 Nickolaus D S Cox 16 Ryan P McKenna 16 and Patrick H O Shaughnessy 16 Modern Languages and Cultures Phi Sigma Iota international Killian G Buckley 15 Maxwell H Groene 16 Amy E Hardbower 16 Ryan O Long 15 Kelly R MacKenzie 15 Harper E Niver 15 Taylor D Rafaly

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  • Bay Commission Official Receives Erchul Award
    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 Bay Commission Official Receives Erchul Award Jack Frye receives the Erchul Award from Col David Gray director of VMI s Center for Leadership and Ethics VMI Photo by H Lockwood McLaughlin LEXINGTON Va April 1 2015 The 2015 Environment Virginia Symposium opened yesterday with the presentation of VMI s Erchul Environmental Leadership Award to Jack Frye of Richmond Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission Other awards were also presented during the first day of the conference which drew approximately 600 public and private sector leaders to VMI and this year takes as its theme Making Connections Environmental Quality Health and Prosperity Frye received the Erchul Award in recognition of his lifetime of leadership in the area of environmental causes and issues He has been with the Chesapeake Bay Commission which leads policy development for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 2011 He also worked with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for 30 years serving as director of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation for more than 19 years Recent policy initiatives of the Commission include manure to energy projects the economics of nutrient trading urban fertilizer use and land conservation The award honors the symposium s founder the late Navy Capt Ronald A Erchul who taught geology and civil engineering at VMI for 27 years and who founded the symposium in 1990 Also presented during yesterday s ceremony were the 2015 Governor s Environmental Excellence Awards Gold Medal winners were the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for its Brock Environmental Center the

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  • News and Features
    thousands of dollars but brought historical authenticity back to one of VMI s most well known and heavily trafficked buildings Locksmith Tommy Tomlin and assistant locksmiths Mark Lynn and Kevin Scott crafted new doors for Crozet Hall Read More A Little Bit of Earth LEXINGTON Va Nov 19 2014 Since last summer crews have been hard at work with site preparations for the Corps Physical Training Facility All of the dynamite and digging in the world though can t remove what s precious for one lifelong Lexington resident memories of the little house on Ruff Lane now demolished where she and her twin brother entered the world on Nov 26 1930 Read More Biology Engineering Professors Selected for State Award LEXINGTON Va Dec 11 2014 Col James E Turner 65 and Lt Col Tim O Moore II 97 both VMI alumni have won Outstanding Faculty Awards given annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Read More What a Football Coach Ought to Be LEXINGTON Va Dec 5 2014 John McKenna has long been considered a legend on post at VMI Now he is being immortalized Roland Lazenby 74 recently co wrote a book Best Regrets with veteran sports writer Mike Ashley about the winningest coach in VMI football history Read More Middle School Students Find Math Fun at VMI LEXINGTON Va Nov 24 2014 More than 800 students and educators from around Virginia converged on VMI s Marshall Hall on Tuesday Nov 18 for the third annual AMC8 VMI an event that combines a nationally known math test with talks by VMI faculty and tours of the post Read More Men s Rugby Wins Championship LEXINGTON Va Nov 14 2014 The VMI men s rugby club team was tremendously successful last weekend winning the Cardinals Collegiate Conference

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