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Jonathan Tumwikirize ’24

From VMI to Pioneering Defense Technologies at DEVCOM: Jonathan Tumwikirize '24

Jonathan Tumwikirize ’24 wanted to gain firsthand experience in a military environment, while also getting his degree. It’s what drew him to Virginia Military Institute and allowed him to explore federal-civilian positions to pursue upon graduation.

The Peay scholars include Justin Peterson ’24, a civil engineering major from Bristow, Virginia; Courtney Novotny ’25, a biology major from Reading, Pennsylvania; Patrick Simmons ’25, an international studies major from Quantico, Virginia; Julia Ward ’26, an electrical and computer engineering major from Frankfort, Illinois; Barrett Callejo ’27, a biology major from Springboro, Ohio; William Cockr

Peay Scholars Celebrated

Brig. Gen. Robert W. Moreschi honored seven exceptional cadets at VMI who are recipients of the prestigious Peay Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to cadets who demonstrate exceptional leadership, academic excellence, athletic commitment, and an interest in national service.

Col. Dan Barr ’74 displays his awards from the United States Powerlifting Coalition.

Barr Sets National Powerlifting Records

Col. Dan Barr ’74 became interested in powerlifting last summer, after watching a young relative compete as a collegiate athlete. “I started probing around and looked at the state records for the bench-press, and I thought, my golly I do that in my workout for repetitions. Maybe I should compete..."

Students from VMI work a computer controlled golf cart on the military school's campus in Lexington, Virginia

Computer-Controlled Golf Cart Designed by Cadets Debuts at VMI

Cadets at Virginia Military Institute recently demonstrated a computer-controlled golf cart to assist those who have trouble with mobility. The idea came about when the VMI Alumni Association got requests for golf cart transportation around post during reunions.  

Student presenting at Honors Week at VMI, a military college in Virginia

VMI Cadet Researches Physical Fitness Motivation

Philip Argauer ’23 conducted a year-long research project on cadet motivation with physical fitness and presented his findings in his senior thesis titled, “Increased Physical Fitness With Volt” during Honors Week, held March 20-28.  

Cadet presenting honors thesis at VMI, a military college in Virginia

Cybersecurity: VMI Honors Cadet Explains How Cyber-Attacks Affect Physical Infrastructure

“You cannot manage what you cannot see,” said Cadet Dominick Lalena '23, to illustrate the necessity of visibility in cybersecurity. “Every time you go online, you enter the cyber realm. For security purposes, an organization should be able to see who enters their cyber space.”

Four cadets who received direct commissions into the U.S. Coast Guard through VMI, a military college, pose in front of barracks.

VMI Makes History with the U.S. Coast Guard: Cadets Receive Direct Commissions

For the first time in history, Virginia Military Institute cadets have received active-duty direct commissions to the USCG by way of the Auxiliary University Programs, and will take their oath of office and receive their first salute at the Joint Commissioning Ceremony in May.

Virginia Military Institute's Spring 2023 Engineering Networking & Internship Fair — an engineering-centered event — was held in Preston Library Feb. 14, 2023.

VMI Holds Engineering-Centered Networking and Internship Fair

Virginia Military Institute's Spring 2023 Engineering Networking & Internship Fair — an engineering-centered event — was held in Preston Library Feb. 14, 2023.

Julia T. Ward ’26, from Frankfort, Illinois

Ward Awarded Coveted Peay Scholarship

Julia T. Ward ’26, new incoming cadet, has been awarded the coveted Peay Merit Scholarship to attend Virginia Military Institute, covering the full cost of tuition, room, board, and fees.

Eric Munro '21 on post

Munro ’21 Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Eric Munro ’21 is one of only 23 U.S. candidates selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar 2022 to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge, where Munro will pursue a Ph.D. in engineering and research the development of next generation miniaturized spectrometers using novel nano materials.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders