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In the News

Step into cadet life and explore various extracurricular activities that are offered at VMI. See how cadets, faculty advisors and coaches, and post itself, reflect the ever-changing landscape of athletics, academics, community service, and interests beyond the classroom, going the extra mile.


Water polo co-captain talks about balancing student life, academics, cadet responsibilities, and being a D-1 athlete.

Behind the Balance: Courtney Novotny ’25 — Keydet Women's Water Polo

Courtney Novotny ’25 starts out each week with a plan. Every Sunday she goes over what needs to be done for the coming week. It’s the only way she can stay organized and on target for all her goals, especially since she’s one of the co-captains of the water polo team, handling her classes and more.

The four-day America East Conference Championship was held at Goodall Pool in VMI's Aquatic Center Feb. 14-17.

Keydets Swim and Dive Break Multitude of Records

The VMI Swim and Dive athletes broke 26 program — team, rat, and personal — records during the championship, closing out the 2023-24 season.

Wrestler and student talks about balancing cadet life, academics, and being a D-1 athlete.

Behind the Balance: Tyler Mousaw ’24 — Keydet Wrestling

The cadet regimen has worked out for Tyler Mousaw '24. Plus, being a D1 athlete on VMI’s wrestling team has enabled him to find ways to balance everything.

The Extra Mile: Arnold Air Society

By joining VMI’s Det 880 Arnold Air Society John P. Jumper Squadron, Nathan “Skye” Van Ness ’25 leadership skills have increased tenfold. The Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a service organization through the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) that centers on professionalism, honor, and community service.

Virginia Military Institute’s Trap and Skeet Club practices at Mckethan Park.

The Extra Mile: Trap and Skeet Club

Lucas Wood ’24 grew up hunting and target shooting, but it wasn’t until he became friends with Virginia Military Institute’s Trap and Skeet Club cadet in charge that he shot a clay.

Two of VMI's own were recognized as members of the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team for the 2023-24 academic year.

All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team Announced

Two of VMI's own were recognized as members of the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team for the 2023-24 academic year. The All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team recognizes those who have demonstrated service to their schools and made contributions to campus life and community.

VMI Community Theatre allows students and community members to participate in productions.

Auditions to be held for VMI Community Theatre

Cadets and community members may audition any of the four evenings. There are a variety of adult male and female roles to fill for actors.

Katie Grochalski, part of the VMI Rifle team.

Behind the Balance: Katie Grochalski ’24 — Keydet Rifle

Katie Grochalski ’24 found that rifle served as her own personal time, something that she could devote only to herself. The solid black powder, the popping of rifles, it had a calming effect on her, so much so that she could even fall asleep at the range.  

Andrew Granger '24 is a thrower on Virginia Military Institute's Track and Field Team

Behind the Balance: Andrew Granger ’24 — Keydet Track and Field

If anyone knows balance, it’s Andrew Granger ’24. Not just with academics and cadet life, but within his event for track and field.  

VMI debate at the Center for Leadership and Ethics and in partnership with the Building BRIDGES club.

VMI Leads the Way in Civil Discourse in Higher Education

At VMI, the debates are organized through a partnership with the CLE and the Building BRIDGES club. Four cadets who went through an application process and subsequent training to become student debate fellows in the program, are joined by three faculty fellows in planning the debates.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders