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Col. Pongracz Sennyey

New Library Director Emphasizes Innovation, Collaboration

On Sept. 16, Col. Pongrácz Sennyey began his new job as director of Preston Library. “When I saw the job ad for VMI, and it emphasized innovation and collaboration, it piqued my attention,” Sennyey explained. “I know for a fact that innovation cannot happen without collaboration.”

Col. M. Houston Johnson V, professor of history, speaks to William Rich ’23 during the Constitution Day event held in Marshall Hall Sept. 20.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

Constitution Day Event: A Review of the Historic and the Complex

On Monday, Sept. 20, the history department, in conjunction with the English department, sponsored a Constitution Day event supporting VMI’s emerging Constitutional history program. Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, is observed on post and

Lt. Col. Pennie Ticen to speak on With Good Reason

VMI English Professor to Speak on ‘With Good Reason’

Lt. Col. Pennie Ticen, associate professor of English at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss the sometimes controversial British-American author Salman Rushdie on public radio’s With Good Reason Sept. 4-10, in an episode titled “Reading and Writing Ourselves.”

Gabby Handford '24 and Maj. Molly Kent prepare sections of a rat brain for study under a microscope.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Rat Brains and Betta Fish Support Lab Learning

Maj. Molly Kent’s neuroscience lab is a busy place this summer, with multiple cadets working on multiple projects split over the two summer sessions. But despite their wide-ranging projects, the cadets share a common bond: a desire to learn lab skills and grow as scientists.

Lt. Col. Patrick Rhamey on With Good Reason

VMI Professor Lt. Col. Rhamey to Speak on ‘With Good Reason’

Lt. Col. Patrick Rhamey, associate professor of international studies and political science at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss U.S.—China relations on public radio’s With Good Reason July 31-Aug. 6 in an episode titled “Entangling Alliances.”

Col. Marcelo Goncalez, a member of VMI's Commandant's staff holds his credentials for the Tokyo Olympics.

From Brazil to Lexington to Tokyo: Commandant’s Staff Member Heads to Third Olympic Games

Col. Marcelo Goncalez has a well-worn passport and a track record of travel to a multitude of international competitions. At the end of this month, he will travel to Tokyo, Japan, as a technical delegate for modern pentathlon, a lesser-known Olympic sport that is a personal passion.

Promo photo of Maj. Tim Passmore for episode of With Good Reason

Passmore to Speak on With Good Reason

Maj. Tim Passmore, assistant professor of international studies at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss how the changing composition of United Nations peacekeeping forces may signal a larger shift on public radio’s With Good Reason April 24-29, in an episode titled “Protecting Human Rights.”

Promo photo of Lt. Col. Abbey Carrico for episode of With Good Reason

Modern Languages Professor to Speak on ‘With Good Reason’

Lt. Col. Abbey Carrico, associate professor of modern languages and cultures (French) at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss how fictional representations of water help us make sense of life and death on public radio’s With Good Reason April 3-9, in an episode titled “The Waters.”

Maj. Dan Baur on With Good Reason

PE Professor to Speak on With Good Reason

Maj. Dan Baur, assistant professor of physical education at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss the use of hydrogel technology by elite athletes on the public radio program With Good Reason March 20-26.

Portrait of Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl with text stating she is to be featured on With Good Reason Jan. 23-29

VMI Professor to Discuss Redlining on With Good Reason

Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl, professor of economics and business at Virginia Military Institute, will discuss access to consumer credit for those living on or near American Indian reservations in the United States on the public radio program With Good Reason Jan. 23-29.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders