Photo of VMI cadets posing in front of conference at the 2021 SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

“SURFers” Share Research Projects

Maj. Sarah Patterson and Maj. Blain Patterson from the Department of Applied Mathematics had the privilege of accompanying 11 cadets as they presented their research on a variety of topics, ranging from identifying glycans with neural networks to women in counterterrorism.

Cody Talbert ’23 and his date dance in the Hall of Valor during the Ring Figure ball Nov. 19.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Full-Scale Ring Figure Returns

In the final days before Thanksgiving furlough, the Class of 2023 celebrated Ring Figure Nov. 18 and 19. Things seemed mostly back to normal after last year’s Ring Figure was missing some key elements of the celebration like the Ring Figure ball, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeremiah Gaulding ’22 on Post

Internship Helps to Solidify Cadet’s Career Plans

Jeremiah Gaulding ’22 is an electrical and computer engineering major from Newport News, Virginia. After graduation, he plans on commissioning into the Air Force or Space Force. This past summer, he completed an internship at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Emily Hattman ‘22 on Post

The Bonds of Cadetship Formed Early Lead to a Decision to Stay at VMI

When Emily Hattman ‘22 first arrived at VMI, she wasn’t planning on staying long. Matriculation was a “big shock.” Quickly, though, she met a great group of friends, and these relationships encouraged her to stay at VMI.

ODK 2021 Induction Ceremony table with candles and ODK figure.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

More than 50 Inducted into ODK

More than 50 new members of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society, were initiated on the evening of Nov. 9. ODK activities took a halt in the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but the members are thrilled to be back to serving the community.

Gov. Ralph Northam ’81 addresses the VMI Corps of Cadets in Cameron Hall on the evening of Nov. 15.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Northam ’81 Addresses Corps of Cadets

Just between Founders Day and Ring Figure, two signature events at VMI, Gov. Ralph Northam ’81 visited post on the evening of Nov. 15. Northam joined faculty, staff, and the entire Corps of Cadets in Cameron Hall, where he addressed the audience.

Maj Gen Cedric Wins '85 with VMI logo over post photo

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins '85 interview with Ian Shapira, Washington Post - Nov. 15, 2021

Following the speech to the Corps of Cadets by Gov. Ralph Northam '81, Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins '85, VMI superintendent, sat down for an interview with Mr. Ian Shapira from the Washington Post.

The frame of the Chessie Nature Trail footbridge arches almost halfway across South River as of Oct. 14.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

High-Profile Projects Move Forward

Exciting construction projects continue to move forward for VMI, which is certainly no secret to those driving on Route 11 through post. The Corps Physical Training Facility Phase III, the Aquatic Center, is a $44 million project that began in December 2020 with one more year of work scheduled.


VMI Celebrates Founders Day

Virginia Military Institute celebrated the 182nd anniversary of the Institute’s founding on a mild Nov. 11. The day was filled with pageantry, athleticism, and gratitude.

Members of the VMI Cadet Battery fire M2A1 (later M101A1) 105mm howitzers in preparation for Founders Day.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

VMI's Oldest Operating Cadet Organization - The Cadet Battery

The Cadet Battery has existed since 1848, except for a small period between the end of the Civil War and 1875, making it the oldest operating organization at VMI beyond the Corps itself.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders