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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.

Six VMI cadets traveled to Italy to participate in a  Law of Armed Conflict Competition.

Cadets Win Record Number of Awards at International Law Competition in Italy

VMI was one of 25 military academies from around the world who participated in the annual Competition on the Law of Armed Conflict in Sanremo, Italy. This year, VMI walked away with five awards, which was the most received by any academy at the competition.

Honors student Gabriele Woodward ’24 stands at a laptop in front of a screen presenting her research at VMI, a military college in Virginia.

Woodward Examines Press Freedom and Terrorism

Freedom of the press in the United States is legally protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Media freedom is protected in most sovereign nations around the world, but is there a security price to pay for the liberties media enjoy?

Kaiden Minter ’26, an international studies major, is spending spring semester studying with the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Study Abroad: Minter Studies in Serbia

Kaiden Minter ’26, an international studies major, is spending spring semester studying with the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Behind the Balance: Audrey Davis ’25 — Keydet Soccer

When the days are long and tiring — both exhausting mentally and physically — Audrey Davis '24 said she can’t give up. Cadet-athletes at VMI not only have their responsibilities with their selected sport but cadet duties on top of that.

Professor Ryan Holston speaking at Roanoke College

VMI Professor Discusses His Book on Podcasts

Col. Ryan R. Holston, professor of political theory in the Department of International Studies and Political Science, was recently featured on the “Hermitix” podcast and “The Sower,” a podcast of The Ciceronian Society, in which he discusses his recently published book.

SURI: Unlocking the Links Between Spanish Poetry and Culture

Caitria Catania ’24 has been studying Spanish for eight years, but after taking a Spanish literature class with Col. John Cerkey this past spring, her love of analyzing Spanish poets grew.

In the Diplomatic World for the Summer: Andrew Weston ’24

Andrew Weston ’24 said he was inspired to dive into the diplomatic world thanks to his father. He also credits his interest in history and international studies to him. It also wasn’t until he had participated in Model United Nations that he found an interest in learning and debating.

Doug Humphries in front of American flag, TAPS announcement.

TAPS – Col. Doug Humphries

The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Col. Paul Douglas “Doug” Humphries, adjunct professor in the Department of International Studies and Political Science, July 13 after a battle with cancer.

Preparing for life in and after the military: Katie Lloyd ’23

Katie Lloyd ’23, an international studies major from Caroline County, Virginia, commissioning into active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps was always the plan. But her time at VMI was crucial for expanding knowledge and skills and finding her specific area of interest. 

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders