2018-2019

Cadets form up in Cameron Hall.

519 Matriculate in Cameron Hall

For the Institute, Matriculation Day was another step in the long evolution of similar days that have preceded it. For the newest rat class, the day was a memorable first.

A portrait of Thomas S. Baur

TAPS—Col. Thomas S. Baur '75

Col. Thomas S. Baur '75, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology, died in a traffic accident today in Rockbridge County at the age of 64.

A portrait of Presidential Historian Jon Meacham

Presidential Historian, Author to Speak at VMI

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will be the speaker for VMI's academic convocation, to be held Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. in Cameron Hall.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham speaks at Academic Convocation today.

Meacham Highlights Presidential Virtues

Presidential historian Jon Meacham explored characteristics of leadership and followership at VMI’s Academic Convocation today.

Col. Brad Coleman '95 leads cadets through the Marshall Library.

Promotions, Granting of Tenure Announced

Brig. Gen. Robert Moreschi, deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty, has announced the promotion and granting of tenure to VMI faculty members.

Cadets walk to class

VMI Ranked Highly by Major Media Outlets

VMI places highly in U.S. News & World Report and other national rankings of colleges and universities.

An improvised American flag rests in the VMI Museum's Vietnam exhibit.

Heroism, Resilience, and Sacrifice on Display

A new exhibit in the VMI Museum tells the remarkable stories of VMI alumni who fought in Vietnam through the objects they brought out of the jungle.

Secretary of Defense Mattis addresses the Corps of Cadets

Mattis Addresses Corps of Cadets

Secretary of Defense James Mattis detailed the challenges cadets will soon face in a military—and a society—that needs leadership, allies, and modernization.

Jacob Van Dyke ’19 confers with Lt. Col. Spencer Bakich about his thesis for the national security minor.—VMI Photo by Mary Price.

‘They Did Things They Weren’t Expecting to Do’

Cadets enrolled in national security minor pair research and real-world learning, allowing a select number of cadets to take on more challenge than the Institute already offers

Joel Thomas '19

Cadet Essay Published in Literary Magazine

Cadet writer Joel Thomas '19 has had an essay published by the North Carolina Literary Review. His submission won him honorable mention and a $100 prize.

Dr. Youna Jung leads a discussion on Korean currency during lunch in Crozet Hall Sept. 18.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Kimchi, Won, and K-Pop Come to Crozet

Lunchtime language tables in Crozet Hall allow cadets to practice the foreign languages they're learning by conversing with faculty, staff, and fellow cadets.

Alex Dragan '20 accepts the Marine Corps Commandant's Trophy from Maj. Gen.  James

‘An Amazing Representative for VMI’

Alex Dragan '20 won the Marine Corps Commandant's Trophy for his performance at platoon leaders course this summer.

A portrait of Col. James Inman

Inman to Speak at December Graduation

Col. Jamie Inman ’86, VMI's chief of staff, will speak at this year’s December graduation ceremony in Jackson Memorial Hall Wednesday, Dec. 19.

President Barack Obama presents Clint Romesha with the medal of honor.

Two Leadership Sessions Open to VMI Community

Former U.S Secretary of Education William Bennett and Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha will speak in Marshall Hall's Gillis Theatre Monday as part of the VMI Leadership Conference.

Medal of Honor Recipient sits down with cadets over breakfast.

GRIT: Growth, Resilience, Integrity, and Tenacity

GRIT, as defined by VMI’s Center for Leadership and Ethics, is exemplified by growth, resilience, integrity, and tenacity—virtues on display at this year's Leadership Conference.

Milana Hogan speaks to Leadership Conference participants in Gillis Theater.

Inaugural Wortham Speaker Shares Grit Insight

Milana Hogan spoke during the Leadership Conference today in Gillis Theater and was the first speaker in VMI’s Caroline Dawn Wortham ’12 lecture series.

VMI cadets march in the Ranger Challenge competition.

Ranger Teams Rise to the Challenge

VMI fielded two Ranger Challenge teams at Fort Knox Oct. 24-28, finishing in second and third place overall. Their performance represents the best ever result in the military brigade competition.

Members of the Institute Society dine in Marshall Hall Nov. 9.

Cadets Highlight VMI’s Impact

Cadets were on hand last Friday night to offer their appreciation to members of the Institute Society for their contributions to the Institute.

Richard Luck ’12 leads a tour through Luck Industries during the e-Club’s trip to Richmond.—Photo Courtesy of Dr. Dee Mornah.

e-Club Supports Cadet Entrepreneurs

Revitalized this year, the VMI e-Club brings together cadets of all majors who are interested in entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation.

Cadets train on the VMI Parade Ground during fall 2018 field training exercises.

Hoopes Named Nation’s Top Army ROTC Cadet

For the second time in three years, a VMI cadet—Alec Hoopes ’19—has been ranked number one in the nation by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Carolyn Miles speaks with a group of children.

Save the Children CEO to Receive Daniels Award

Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, will receive the Jonathan Daniels Humanitarian Award March 6 in Cameron Hall.

Cadets walk through the snow to class.

VMI Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges

The Institute ranks among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to Money magazine. VMI was the only publicly funded school included among the 10.

'Black Hawk Down' Veteran Talks Leadership

Cadets, VMI employees, and members of the community gathered last night to hear retired Army Maj. Jeffrey Struecker speak about fear, faith, loyalty, and leadership.

John Marsh stands with Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III

Marsh Remembered for Long, Superb Service

John O. Marsh Jr., former Secretary of the Army for eight years in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, died Monday at the age of 92.

Brig. Gen. Mike Bissell '61 speaks during a ceremony honoring VMI alumni who are recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross.—VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington.

TAPS—Brig. Gen. Mike Bissell ’61

The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death Feb. 7 of retired Brig. Gen N. Mike Bissell ’61.

An architectural rendering of Preston Library's common area.

Library Renovation Set to Begin

A floor-by-floor renovation of VMI's Preston Library is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete at a cost of $19.2 million.

Cadets carry Jack Marsh to his final resting place at New Market battlefield.

Marsh Remembered at New Market

VMI cadets performed the ceremonial duties as former Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh Jr. was laid to rest Friday in a ceremony at New Market.

VMI Band Front and Center for Mardi Gras

More than 130 cadets will perform in New Orleans' Endymion parade Saturday as 30,000 watch in person and hundreds of thousands tune in across the country.

Alexander Alvarado speaks to Holden Fellows '20 at the VMI career fair.

Career Fair Offers Something for Every Cadet

This semester’s career and internship fair hosted over 60 employers and offered cadets a broader array of opportunities than ever before.

Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, addresses the Corps of Cadets in Cameron Hall shortly after receiving the Jonathan Myrick Daniels ’61 Humanitarian Award.—VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

‘Speak Up, Step Out’

Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, encouraged the Corps of Cadets to see the world from another's perspective and follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Daniels ’61.

Alejandro Villanueva Speaks in Gillis Theater March 12.

Villanueva Speaks on Honor, Accountability

Decorated veteran and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva spoke yesterday as part of the Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Courageous Leadership series.

Cadets participate in Army Combat Fitness Test field trials.

‘VMI Leads the Way’

VMI’s ROTC unit is the only in the nation to participate in field testing the Army Combat Fitness Test that will soon be required for every U.S. Army soldier.

Lt. Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl lectures in Scott Shipp Hall.

Dimitrova-Grajzl Wins Outstanding Faculty Award

Lt. Col. Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl, associate professor of economics and business, was one of 13 recipients of the 2019 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award.

John O'Donnell presents his research in the Turman Room of Preston Library.

Honors Week Showcases Cadet Research

Nineteen cadets presented their research during Honors Week, with many choosing projects informed by the communities in which they grew up.

Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to participants in this year's Environment Virginia Symposium.

‘The Environment Belongs to All of Us’

Gov. Ralph Northam ’81 stressed his administration’s commitment to stewardship of the commonwealth’s water, air, and land at the Environment Virginia Symposium.

Members of VMI Board of Visitors converse in Preston Library's Turman Room May 5.

VMI Board to Consider Tuition and Fees

The VMI Board of Visitors is expected to take action on tuition and mandatory fees for all in-state and out-of-state students at its May 4 meeting.

'A Soldier and a Global Citizen’

Annika Tice ’19, the first VMI cadet since 2001 to receive a Fulbright award, will use the opportunity to teach English in the Ivory Coast.

The VMI club boxing team poses with their belts.

Boxers Bring Home Championship Belts

Three VMI boxers earned national titles, and seven fighters earned All-America honors in the USIBA national tournament in Syracuse over spring furlough.

Cadets pause with their faculty advisors in San Remo, Italy.

Seventh Year at San Remo Brings Success

Six cadets competed in Italy at the 18th annual International Competition on the Law of Armed Conflict. VMI placed second among 28 teams representing 15 nations.

An architect's rendering shows the new entrance to Scott Shipp Hall.

Scott Shipp Renovation to Kick off This Summer

One of VMI's most heavily used academic buildings is about to undergo a $43.2 million renovation.

The new swimming pool will be large enough to accommodate water polo, swimming, and diving simultaneously.—Image courtesy of Col. Keith Jarvis ‘82.

Aquatics Center Groundbreaking Moves Closer

Construction of VMI's new $41.275 million aquatics center is expected to begin next spring.

The Honorable Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, speaks with a reporter April 11.—VMI Photo by Kelly Nye.

Army Secretary Speaks of Character at VMI

The Honorable Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, visited post April 11.

Adam Josephson '19 receives the Tom Surdyke award from Tom Surdyke's father, Tim Surdyke.—Photo courtesy of the U.S. Military Academy.

Cadet Earns Individual Award at Sandhurst Competition

Adam Josephson '19 was selected as best squad leader at the prestigious event.