Students participate in class activities in the STARTALK Arabic language program at VMI in 2021.

STARTALK Grant Offers Scholarships for Arabic Program

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures has been awarded a competitive $141 thousand grant called STARTALK for the 2023-2024 academic year. The grant is directly funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) and provides scholarships for for six credit hours of Arabic for 15 students.

Headshot of Uva de Aragon—Photo by Wenceslao Cruz

VMI Welcomes Guest Lecturer

Virginia Military Institute welcomes guest speaker Dr. Uva de Aragón for a lecture titled, “The Fortune (or Curse) of Being a Writer” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:45 p.m. at Preston Library located at 411 Letcher Avenue on post. It is free and open to the public.

George C. Marshall Statue and foundation logo

Marshall Foundation Welcomes Guest Author

The George C. Marshall Foundation will host author Robert O’Connell for a lecture on his new book, “Team America: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower, and the World They Forged” on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m., at their building located on VMI Parade Avenue on post.

Burton Harris '23 portrait

VMI Cadet Works with Refugees

Harris Burton ’23 uses her fluency with the French language to personally connect with children from a French speaking African nation.

Headshot of Gen. Robert B. Neller with VMI logo and Marshal Hall

Former Marine Corps Commandant to Speak at VMI

Gen. Robert B. Neller, a retired four-star general who served as the 37th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will appear at Virginia Military Institute’s annual Leadership and Ethics Conference as a H.B. Johnson, Class of 1926 Distinguished Lecture Series speaker on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Lt. Col. Catharine Ingersoll poses with photograph of the two 16th century stained-glass panels

VMI Professor Solves Artwork Mystery

Lt. Col. Catharine Ingersoll, associate professor of art history, was recently instrumental in solving a similar mystery when she was called upon to confirm the identity of two 16th century stained-glass panels discovered in storage at the Reading Public Museum (RPM) in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Brian Donaldson speaks to a student.

VMI Welcomes New Pipe Band Director

The VMI Pipe Band, which serves as musical ambassadors throughout the United States, has recently added Scottish authenticity to its ranks in the form of its new director, Maj. Brian Donaldson.

View of the stage in Gillis Theatre

VMI Theatre Presents “The Lighter Side of Military Life”

The show is a revue of military life in sketches that include satire, humor, poetry, drama, and music. This year marks the eighth edition of the show, and features lively moments from the American Revolution through World War II, and offers a variety of tunes that were popular during those times.

Chris Kushner ’24 displays his award-winning poster

VMI Cadet Earns Conference Recognition

Chris Kushner ’24, a biology major and honors student at Virginia Military Institute, took his research and some creativity to a recent virtual conference and came away with deserved recognition from the judges.

Maj. Gen. Marti Bissell poses with alumnae after her speech in Marshall Hall Sept. 9.—Photo courtesy of Micalyn Miller, VMI Alumni Agencies.

A Look Back: 25 Years of Women

The women of VMI were celebrated on post Sept. 8-10, with more than 200 alumnae and their families returning to Lexington. Alumnae panels offered insight on post-graduation paths, highlighting how the VMI experience helped them get to where they are today.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders