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  • Chairman, President, and CEO of Dominion Resources VMI Graduation Speaker
    anniversary of the Battle of New Market The outcome of that Civil War battle was determined by the heroic charge of VMI cadets across a rain soaked field a story that is dramatized in Farrell s film The film was released theatrically last fall Because of all the activities surrounding the filming of the movie and the participation of many cadets there will be much interest among graduates in hearing what Mr Farrell has to say said Cadet Will Connerley president of the Class of 2015 The story of the New Market cadets is something that becomes a part of every cadet To see that story on the screen has been an amazing experience for all of us The film though is more than a Civil War film it is a timeless story of the exuberance of youth loyalty to comrades and the meaning of honor It is a story that describes VMI cadets of every era Peay said that just as cadets will appreciate Mr Farrell s understanding of the place that the battle holds in the lore of the Institute they will also appreciate his example of service much in the manner of the VMI concept of the citizen soldier He noted that while more than half of VMI s graduates enter the military upon graduation most of those return to civilian life but always remain prepared to serve the nation in times of peril while pursuing advanced studies or striving in careers in all walks of life The citizen soldier is the ideal we inculcate into cadets Peay said For us being a citizen soldier means not only being prepared to take up the sword when needed but also being ready to serve our fellow citizens in whatever manner promotes the betterment of society Mr Farrell s

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  • Management of VMI Bookstore Changes Hands
    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 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 Management of VMI Bookstore Changes Hands Follett Corp is now managing the VMI Bookstore VMI Photo by Kevin Remington LEXINGTON Va March 26 2015 Follett Corp has replaced Barnes Noble as administrator of the VMI Bookstore as of Monday The new administrator was selected through a competitive bidding process It was a keen competition and VMI views Follett s as the best proposal said Col Dave Williams VMI director of auxiliary services Thanks to the new agreement with Follett cadets will have access to several digital learning technologies among them Follett s ByteWave digital reader and access to the e textbook portal eFollett com The company s presence on the VMI post also brings with it Follett s Rent a Text program which can save cadets 50 percent or more off the cost of new textbooks as rental costs can be applied to purchase cost The secret for our success is our partnership with the campus said John Rheault regional manager for Follett Rheault said Follett is very interested in hearing from all members of the VMI community about items they d like to see the bookstore carry Rheault added that bookstore customers may look forward to monthly flash sales on various items with word spread through social media A

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  • Summer Research Projects Announced
    and Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences and Mathematics Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Summer Research Projects Announced During SURI cadets and faculty mentors conduct research in VMI labs and other facilities VMI File Photo by H Lockwood McLaughlin LEXINGTON Va March 19 2015 Virginia Military Institute has announced its cadet faculty mentor pairs for the 2015 session of the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute to be conducted under the auspices of the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research SURI as the program is known allows selected cadets to conduct independent research during the summer months This year 26 cadets will participate in the program which is funded by the Jackson Hope Fund VMI Research Laboratories and project specific external sources In keeping with the spirit of the Jackson Hope Fund the awards are spread across nearly all academic departments and will support faculty in various stages of their careers and students in different years of their cadetships In addition to the awards below V CUR will provide partial support to cadets participating in undergraduate research through their involvement in Applied and Industrial Mathematics the memorandum of understanding between VMI and Virginia Commonwealth University the National Aeronautics and Space Administration the Math Education and Resource Center the biology department s Dr Fred C Swope Summer Scholars Program and the chemistry department s Summer Undergraduate Research Program Selections for these programs will be announced as the semester progresses Participating cadets their faculty mentors and their fields of study are as follows Applied Mathematics Connor Loken Maj John David Biology John Phillips Col Dick Rowe Mitchell Dannon and Angelique Barlow Maj Paul Moosman Jarred Doran and Justin Doran Maj Pieter deHart Luke Johnson and Vania Murcia Col Jim Turner Chemistry Garrett

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  • ‘Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble’
    The award is presented by the VMI Board of Visitors in honor of Daniels valedictorian of the VMI Class of 1961 who was killed while saving the life of African American teenager Ruby Sales during the violent struggle for civil rights in Alabama in 1965 This year marks the 50th anniversary of Daniels death Lewis who has represented Georgia s 5th District in Congress since 1986 was honored with the award because of his commitment to social justice and deep ties to the civil rights movement During his remarks the son of Alabama sharecroppers reminded his audience that the need to get in good trouble necessary trouble had driven him ever since a childhood vision of himself as a preacher had led him to preach to chickens in his family s backyard As a young adult Lewis went out of his way to meet the Rev Martin Luther King Jr whom he described in a later meeting with cadets as an older brother Alongside King and other leaders of the civil rights movement Lewis participated in the Bloody Sunday voting rights march on March 7 1965 during which he and many others were severely injured when Alabama state troopers some on horseback attacked the unarmed protesters with billy clubs and tear gas as they crossed a bridge in Selma Ala I thought I was going to die on that bridge said Lewis who required a hospital stay to recover from the beating he received Lewis also took the opportunity to put the Selma bridge incident in perspective The congressman said that when people tell him that little progress has been made toward racial equality in this country he tells them Come walk in my shoes From someone who grew up preaching to chickens to be able to stand near that bridge and introduce the first African American president to that multitude of people I feel more than lucky I feel blessed But that sense of blessing didn t come without a bitter and heavy cost The blood of Jonathan Daniels helped to bring us to where we are today said Lewis who called Daniels a seminarian at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Mass at the time of his death a beautiful spirit a beautiful soul Lewis likewise reminded his listeners that because of people like Daniels and others who stepped forward to make good and necessary trouble the signs of segregation White and Colored which marked his childhood have long since disappeared from the American landscape Addressing the cadets in the audience Lewis noted Your children my grandchildren will not see those signs The only place you can see them is in a book a museum or a video With his lifelong commitment to optimism Lewis took the opportunity to look ahead and envision a world very much like the one King his late mentor had lived and died for Let s do the best we can to create an America and a world community that s at peace with

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  • Leadership Conference Opens with Talk on Motivation
    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 Leadership Conference Opens with Talk on Motivation Dr E Scott Geller addresses the opening session of the 2015 VMI Leadership Conference VMI Photo by John Robertson IV LEXINGTON Va March 10 2015 This morning s opening ceremony for Honor in Service Leaders Responding to the Needs of our Time the 2015 Leadership Conference provided a thought provoking and enthusiastic start for the event Dr E Scott Geller director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech and president of Make A Difference Geller challenged the audience to re evaluate conventional ideas about effective leadership in his presentation Seven Life Lessons from Psychological Science How to Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Others Help people believe that what they re doing is important when people believe they re competent and doing worthwhile work they re more likely to be self motivated he told the approximately 150 cadets high school students and college students taking part in the two day event Geller emphasized the need to combine the behavioral and humanistic schools of thought to be the most effective leader possible Among the seven life lessons were the importance of positive consequences empathy and observational learning Empowerment activates behavior he noted adding actively caring for people not self actualization is the real pinnacle of an individual s hierarchy of needs What we are highlighting is the fact that service and a servant attitude is a large component within leadership explained Capt Catherine Roy communications and marketing specialist at VMI s Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsor of the conference whose topics include the principles of leadership the

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  • Rep. John Lewis to Receive Humanitarian Award
    schedule of events is as follows 12 15 p m Daniels Award ceremony Cameron Hall 2 p m Documentary film Here Am I Send Me Gillis Theater Marshall Hall 3 15 p m Wreath laying ceremony Daniels Courtyard 4 30 p m VMI Theatre production Jonathan Myric Daniels The Martyr of Lowndes County Gillis Theater LEXINGTON Va March 6 2015 UPDATE The parade of the Corps of Cadets scheduled for 4 35 p m March 11 has been cancelled LEXINGTON Va Feb 26 2015 Virginia Military Institute will offer a live webcast of the presentation Wednesday March 11 of the Jonathan M Daniels 61 Humanitarian Award to Georgia s 5th District Rep John Lewis The congressman who has deep ties to the civil rights movement will be honored in a ceremony scheduled to begin at 12 15 p m in Cameron Hall The ceremony which is open to the public can be viewed in real time at www vmi edu livestream The award is presented by the VMI Board of Visitors in honor of Daniels a native of Keene N H Daniels was valedictorian of the VMI Class of 1961 and as a seminarian at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Mass was killed while saving the life of African American teenager Ruby Sales during the violent struggle for civil rights in Haynesville Ala in 1965 This year marks the 50th anniversary of Daniels death The Daniels award is bestowed upon individuals who have made great personal sacrifices to protect or improve the lives of others Like Daniels Lewis was fully immersed in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s The son of sharecroppers from rural Alabama Lewis first became involved in the civil rights movement by organizing sit ins at lunch counters in Nashville Tenn where he was a student at Fisk University He then joined the Freedom Rides which challenged segregation at bus terminals across the South Later he served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which organized student activism in the civil rights movement In 1965 Lewis was a leader of the Bloody Sunday march organized to call attention to the need for full enfranchisement of African Americans in Alabama He was a principal organizer and a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington best known today as the setting for Martin Luther King Jr s I have a dream speech Thanks to his involvement with these and other struggles for African American equality Lewis was arrested or injured more than 40 times While he was president of the Voter Education Project nearly 4 million minority citizens were registered to vote for the first time Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986 and has served continuously since then He is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party in the House In addition he serves as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee a member of its subcommittee on income security and family support and ranking member of its subcommittee on

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  • 'The Quiet of a Storm Center'
    a man who asked him if he were a Supreme Court justice When Souter answered in the affirmative the man turned to his wife in triumph and exclaimed See I told you it was Justice Stephen Breyer Souter was too polite to correct the couple Totenberg said but when the inquirer asked the justice what he liked best about serving on the Supreme Court the misidentified jurist got the last laugh as he replied Serving with Justice Souter After the laughter of her audience had died down Totenberg dove into the heart of her talk exploring how the court and the society it serves has changed since she first covered its deliberations in 1968 Noting that she d been covering the court long before any of the justices currently serving took their seats Totenberg said that the court s makeup in the late 1960s consisted of one Catholic one Jew seven Protestants one African American and no women Today s court is made up of six Catholics three Jews no Protestants one African American and three women The justices background has changed as well Totenberg said The 1968 court included several justices who d held elective office while today all but Justice Elena Kagan have come up through the federal court system The issues facing the court in the late 1960s were also quite different from those under consideration today Totenberg noted with many cases then related to the politically and culturally polarizing Vietnam War In 1968 the court ruled 7 2 in Tinker v Des Moines Independent Community School District that students have First Amendment rights to free speech while on school property The case had come about after a group of students had decided to wear black armbands to school to show their support for a truce in the war and were subsequently suspended from school In recent years the court has dealt with issues related to the war against terrorism specifically the detention of suspected terrorists by the federal government at Guantanamo Bay Cuba In a 5 4 decision in 2008 the court held that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had the constitutional right to challenge their detention there While the Supreme Court dealt a firm rebuke to the Bush administration about the way it dealt with suspected terrorists detaining them without charge and without a chance to rebut the court left the details of how that decision was to be carried out to the Washington D C federal courts said Totenberg Trial courts have ordered that some Guantanamo prisoners be released she said but higher courts have overturned all of those decisions and the Supreme Court has not questioned those judgments In short I think it is fair to say that the Supreme Court s decisions on this subject have turned out thus far to create a right but not a real remedy for detainees found to be wrongly detained said Totenberg Also on the docket in the late 1960s were many cases having to do with

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Pre-Election Nigeria: A Dialogue
    Nigeria not so much as just Christian Muslim per se but as a few individuals who collude who have economic interests that regardless of whether they are in the south or the north they collude to do whatever is necessary to grab power So a lot of those people who are invoking religion are not very religious themselves They are using that tool to get an advantage Hentz And when we talk about this conflict spreading into Chad into Cameroon into Niger as it is you have to understand that different actors join this conflict for different reasons It s also about knitting together patrimonial networks across borders These transnational criminal networks that are partnering with these transnational terrorist networks These transnational criminal networks and terrorist networks are so intertwined now that it s almost impossible to untangle them People join this insurgency for all kinds of reasons James it s not just religious It could be as simple as if I give this guy a truckload of arms I m going to get a bucket of diamonds in return They re just adapting what they want to do their trading networks their conflicts to age old Trans Sahel trading routes and alliances And it s a very fluid situation Gire In fact some people have used foreign fighters for conflicts within specific regions in Nigeria They essentially brought in fighters from as far afield as Libya involved in this because some of the folks captured could speak no known Nigerian language that anybody was aware of Hentz What we re both painting is a picture of a regional conflict not a Nigerian conflict And recently the United States is celebrating that the Chadian army is willing to contribute to the fight against Boko Haram So on the surface that sounds great just like getting rid of Kaddafi sounded great on the surface The Chadian Army though is largely made up of Zaghawa who are Muslims which means that there could be a contagion effect in Darfur where the Zaghawa are also active We need open that aperture up and open it up and open it up and open it up until we understand the true nature of the playing field here Gire In fact in some ways you can draw parallels with what s going on with ISIL in Syria Remember the Saudis and all these other folks who were tacitly supporting what is now ISIL because it was a Sunni group essentially going after Shiites and so forth Which is why the Chadian situation is dangerous the way you characterize it So at some point this was nice because the Sunni group was subjugating Shiites Guess what It has now morphed out of control And even the former sponsors are now feeling threatened Training the Trainers in Niger Jim I know you just returned from Niger Weren t you working this problem over there from some angle View download video of this section View download transcript of this section Hentz My trip to Niger was to what they call train the trainers Just days after I left Niger they had riots as a response to what France was doing and the cartoons and burnt down some churches and set some hotels on fire I haven t found out if my hotel was set on fire I don t know if I want to know if my hotel was set on fire But Niger is a strong American ally right now But the same substratum exists there as in northern Nigeria These young men that are easily recruited into these sort of extremist movements because their lives just flat out are not very good and they see this as an option maybe the only option It s remarkable how I m there working as a representative of the United States government helping to promote U S Nigerien relations and cooperation specifically in the fight against Islamic terrorism in the Trans Sahel and four days later there s riots in the capital because of their reaction to the political cartoons depicting the prophet in France So it s a tinderbox This part of the world is a tinderbox Reflections on Life in Nigeria James you also have spent a lot time actually in Nigeria and have just returned And you ve spent a lot of time working with developing higher education there and I know you ve noted a real thirst for it There must be some people that go to work every day there that try to live regular lives and all of this is happening around them So do you have things to say about what Nigeria s like now View download video of this section View download transcript of this section Gire You know the interesting thing is that the regular Nigerian is I would imagine one of the most optimistic persons out there They have ambitions for education for raising families for having their children as well as themselves be successful Even in the hotbed areas of Boko Haram a lot of people are still going about their business and trying to make ends meet which is why the forthcoming elections are viewed as being very important Because it is believed that if the insecurity aspect is taken care of and then there is a reduction in corruption particularly in the central government then there is just this potential that will be unleashed out there The president upon responding to aspects of corruption will say something like this Everything is labeled corruption in Nigeria when you build a very good house you re viewed as being corrupt which is surprising because if you re a regular civil servant maybe you earn like 50 000 naira a month which is not that much if you don t have any businesses out there or any other businesses out there or any other sources of income except your salary and so on and all of a sudden you build

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