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Programming Planned for New Leadership Center By Wendy Lovell While Lt. Col. Dale Brown and VMI Leadership Conference designed his crew are finalizing construction to draw students and faculty to the of VMI’s new, $21 million Center Institute to explore themes relating for Leadership and Ethics, another to ethical leadership. The conference team is making plans for how the theme for 2010 will be “Developing building will be used to advance Leaders of Character: America’s the understanding, practice, and Military Colleges Reflect on Theory integration of leadership and and Practice.” character development at the Another initiative, the LeaderInstitute. in-Residence Program, will bring “Although a top-flight facility a current or former leader in and conferencing center capability government, the military or business are necessary to the success of the to spend several weeks at the Institute, center, its distinguishing element interacting with cadets and faculty in must be a leadership and ethics a variety of formal and informal program of the highest quality,” settings and making one address said Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, A worker prepares the floor in the foyer of the Center for to the VMI community on a topic Leadership and Ethics. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington. acting director of the center. related to ethical leadership. “Few institutions so self In addition, the center will lead consciously devise and integrate a four-year set of intellectual, military, the Institute’s effort to develop and field a new four-year Cadet Character physical, and moral-ethical experiences so precisely aimed at developing Please see page 13 specific attributes and characteristics in their graduates,” he added. “The center not only gives us the opportunity to advance this mission, but also to share insights gleaned from VMI’s programs with a broader national audience.” To that end, the Institute has developed a series of programs that initially will focus primarily on the internal audience. Brower’s hope is to begin activities within a few months of the center’s completion in December prior to the official dedication in April, followed by expanded programming in the fall. “Leadership and character development are conjoined; they are By Wendy Lovell inseparable,” he said. “To maximize the development of these While summer seems long gone for most cadets on Post, it is fresh qualities in our cadets, the center’s staff will coordinate the integration, in the minds of 11 science and security minors who are drawing on their internship experiences in Washington, D.C., last summer to synchronization, and assessment of the Institute’s comprehensive set of complete their capstone research papers. leadership and character development programs. We recognize many of Both the research paper and the internship are requirements of these lessons occur in informal situations; therefore, we not only want to the science and security minor and, some cadets say, an invaluable support the cadets but better equip our faculty and staff to enhance these part of their academic experience at the Institute. experiences.” Please see page 2 Brower added that early priorities for programs include an annual
Science and Security Internships Basis for Capstone Projects
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Science and Security Internships Continued from page 1 Burnett credits his students with “Summer internships are hands making a good impression on down the most constructive way to their summer employers and well spend your time,” said Cadet Ava representing VMI in Washington. Schultz, an international studies major In addition to the students who from Valencia, Calif. “Internships are interned at ANSER, cadets had jobs far superior to schooling in regards to with the undersecretary of defense preparing for a career. They’re also a for policy at the Pentagon, National great opportunity to discover what Defense University and the Defense you actually do and don’t like through Intelligence Agency. One cadet even practical application.” worked for both the Department of Schultz was one of seven cadets Homeland Security and the FBI. who interned at Analytic Services Inc., Now that they’ve returned to Post, or ANSER, a non-profit institute that these cadets are researching and provides analysis and studies in the writing their capstone papers based areas of national security, homeland security, and public safety. Col. R.E. Burnett, visiting professor of International Studies, in part on their summer experiences. Schultz’s summer experience focused confers with Cadet Ava Schultz, who completed an internship Burnett said the practical experience on developing a strategy to combat last summer as part of VMI’s Science and Security program. – learned in the workplace now comes full circle back to the academic weapons of mass destruction. VMI Photo by Kevin Remington. arena, where his students are While Schultz credits her internship with giving her a better understanding of how the private sector supports expected to turn out a product that is worthy of selection at an academic the work of the government, she appreciated her time in the classroom. conference. While the cadets in what Col. R.E. Burnett refers to as the Science and “They’re doing some of the best research on Post,” said Burnett. “My Security Summer Institute take part in full-time internships during the day, hope is that they will be selected to present at conferences such as NCUR, they spend three nights each week in a class taught by Burnett and Dr. Robert BIG SUR or VMI’s URI. The ultimate result of their work would be academic Pringle on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Pringle, a retired Soviet/Russian analyst, publication.” will teach in the international studies and science and security programs in Following graduation in May, Schultz will commission in the Marine Corps, and she said her summer experience, especially the course she the spring as holder of the Edwin P. Conquest ’14 Chair. “This is quite a rigorous program that has an overall mission of took from Burnett and Pringle, will support her career goals. Also, the producing graduates prepared for a variety of careers in the fields of Washington experience has given her knowledge of a wide variety of career science and security,” said Burnett. “Most of our students commission, opportunities that await her in the future. and many of those will eventually work for the government as contractors, “My advice to other cadets regarding an internship is to make as many consultants or in think tanks. Another goal is to assist with permanent job contacts as possible,” she said. “Make a good impression and continue to nurture the relationships you cultivate at your place of work.” placements, and thanks to the internships, that is happening.”
TAPS - Lt. Col. David E. Hess Jr. Dies Lt. Col. David E. Hess Jr., head of media services for Preston Library, was found dead in his home in Buena Vista on Oct. 21 after he failed to report to work. Hess, 40, joined VMI in 1998, and was responsible for assisting faculty and staff in the use of instructional technology for teaching. He was awarded the VMI Award for Distinguished Service in 2004. After earning a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in library media from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, he earned a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked at that university prior to joining VMI. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was stationed in Landstuhl, Germany, during Operation Desert Storm. Hess is survived by his parents, David and Gloria Hess Sr. of Burlington, Wis.; his sister, Gretchen, and her husband; and two nieces. A memorial service was held at Jackson Memorial Hall on Oct. 28.
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Reunion Fund Presentation VMI’s Class of 1983 presents the proceeds of its 25th Reunion Fund, more than $4 million, to the superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62 (far right), and Richmond P. Lykins ’73, president of the VMI Alumni Association (far left), during the Reunion Parade on Sept. 20. Presenting the facsimile check were Jim Outland (left), chairman of the class’s 25th Reunion Fund Committee, and Teddy Gottwald, class president. The fund will accept further gifts and commitments until Dec. 31. – Photo courtesy of Kathryn Wise, VMI Alumni Association.
Foundation Executive Vice President Announces Retirement By Scott Belliveau ’83, VMI Alumni Association James L. Adams ’71 announced in September his retirement as the executive vice president of the VMI Foundation, effective June 30, 2009. Dr. Adams became the Foundation’s executive vice president, responsible for day-to-day operations including fundraising and endowment management, in the summer of 1998. Adding the four years he spent working as the public relations director for VMI from 1977 through 1981, Adams will have devoted 15 years of his professional life to VMI and its advancement. During Adams’ tenure, the VMI Foundation raised more than $280 million in gifts and commitments to the Foundation and VMI Development Board, including more than $22 million in unrestricted annual gifts to the Foundation Fund. The Foundation also provided VMI almost $195 million in support, including more than $41 million in scholarship aid to cadets. In the past five years, the Foundation also has emphasized increasing the numbers of alumni who make gifts or commitments to VMI, and its efforts have enjoyed success with annual alumni participation increasing 29 percent at a time when, nationwide, alumni giving has endured a downward trend. In budget year 2008, alumni participation stood at 35.7 percent. “For many years now, private financial support has been absolutely critical to VMI and its Corps of Cadets,” said Walter C. Perrin II ’62, president of the VMI Foundation. “Since 1998, Jim Adams has structured an impressive team of development professionals who have worked tirelessly to engage the VMI family in order to increase the support its members provide to VMI, and the record of fund-raising success enjoyed by the Foundation demonstrates that the VMI family has responded magnificently. “Thanks to Jim’s leadership, the VMI Foundation has admirably fulfilled its motto, ‘Excellence in Service,’” added Perrin. Reflecting on his time at the helm of the VMI Foundation, Adams described it as “a privilege.”
He continued, “The vast majority of alumni dream of doing something positive for VMI, of giving back something of what the Institute has given them. I have been blessed to have had my dream fulfilled by leading the VMI Foundation and increasing its capacity to support the Institute of today and tomorrow during these past 11 years.” In October, Perrin announced the formation of a search committee that will work with the selected search firm in finding Adams’ successor. VMI Foundation trustee Hugh M. Fain III ’80 will be its chairman; joining Fain on the committee are Foundation trustees retired U.S. Army Gen. David M. Maddox ’60, Kent R. Carrington ’76, and William H. Keech ’61; members of the Board of Visitors James E. Rogers ’67 and Mike W. Maxwell ’87; the VMI Keydet Club’s second vice president, U. “Buzz” Birzenieks ’64; and former president of the VMI Alumni Association C. Douglas Marechal ’62. Serving as nonvoting ex-officio members of the committee are Perrin; Robert Copty ’70, the Foundation’s vice president, fundraising; and Walton M. Jeffress, Jr. ’68, the Foundation’s vice president, administration. The search firm selected to assist the search committee in the initial screening of candidates is Boardwalk Consulting, based in Atlanta, Ga. Information on the position can be found at the firm’s Web site, www. boardwalkconsulting.com. “Throughout VMI’s history, private financial support has seen VMI through some tough economic times. The continuing strength of the VMI Foundation, therefore, is of paramount importance to VMI today and in the future,” said Perrin. “Certainly, then,” he added, “the new executive vice president of the Foundation must be a world-class fundraiser who also is deeply familiar with investments. He or she also must firmly support VMI’s unique culture and mission and be resolutely dedicated to ensuring that the Institute retains its singular place in American higher education. I am sure that we will find such a candidate and, thus, ensure the VMI Foundation builds upon its current strengths as it strives to serve VMI.”
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2010 Ring Honors Memories of Breakout, VMI Values By Bob Holland
Cadets Yu-Wei Chang (left) and Sean McCoy, members of the design team for the Class of 2010 ring, stand with the traditional paintings of the ring they helped create in barracks. – VMI Photo by Cadet Matthew Graham ’10.
The ring that members of the Class of 2010 will receive proudly during Ring Figure this month is the product of almost two years of careful planning and deliberation by the members of the class. Every class has its own memories of overcoming adversity, and sometimes symbols of those challenges appear on the ring. For the Class of 2010, that meant an image of howitzers – a reminder of their daunting Rat Breakout obstacle – found its way onto the winning design. When the Class of 2010 ring-design team formed near the end of the 4th Class year, it set a goal of combining elements of past ring designs and patterns with this class’s unique experiences during Rat Line and its cadetship to date. In so doing, they first studied their dykes’ ring and drew inspiration from many of its details. Then, all team members visited the VMI Museum where they received a briefing from Col. Keith Gibson ’77, the executive director, on the how class rings have varied and evolved in their designs down through the years. After evaluating some classic VMI designs together with this class’s own highlights, the team produced three designs, each with an Institute and a Class side, and put them to a vote of the entire class. Communicating the Class of 2010’s own story symbolically on the class side of the ring was the most challenging task, noted Cadet Matthew Graham ’10, the ring presentation cadet in charge. Among the final selections were “the howitzers that we had to pull up from Jordan’s Point to the parade deck in order to finish Breakout” and an image of Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, representing “the link to our class through some of the dyke line traditions and the values he represented as a soldier. “The most important aspect is ‘MIZPAH’ at the bottom. It was the only inscription on the first VMI ring and also is prominently featured on our dykes’ ring.” It is taken from the Book of Genesis 31:49: “... Mizpah, [watchtower], for he said ‘may the Lord watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight.’”
The design of the class side of the Class of 2010 ring nods to tradition in its image of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson while depicting one of the howitzers the class hauled to the Parade Ground as part of Breakout. – Photo courtesy of the VMI Museum.
On the Institute side of the ring, the cadets “tried to emulate the old Institute sides that up until about the mid-1990s were the same going back to the 1920s,” noted Graham. “This is where the large VMI crest and old-style VMI spider [the image of the letters VMI intertwined] come from,” he said. With the rest of the Institute side, the design team intended to communicate “the values and traditions that really have shaped both our class and VMI throughout history. The Ense Et Arato is Latin for Sword and Plow – the motto of the Roman citizen-soldier, which we at VMI follow in the tradition of.” Other than graduation, no milestone is more significant in the life of a VMI cadet than receiving the class ring in the 2nd Class year. That will occur for the Class of 2010 at a formal ring presentation the afternoon of Nov. 21, followed that evening by the Ring Figure Ball, during which each cadet walks through traditional saber and ring arches and an escort then places the class ring on his or her ring finger.
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Karen Bill ’07, the first alumna to teach a course at VMI, addresses the cadets in her CE 412, environmental engineering chemistry, class. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
Alumna Fills in for VMI Research Mentor By Wendy Lovell Karen Bill is not your average college faculty member. In fact, she’s the only VMI instructor who used to play soccer with one of her students, and the environmental engineering chemistry class she’s teaching this fall is one she took herself two years ago. A 2007 graduate of VMI, Bill has returned to Post to teach a course for Lt. Col. Charles Bott who is on a faculty development leave; in some respects, she never left. Bott tapped Bill for a program that allows VMI alumni to apply for graduate studies in Virginia Tech’s civil and environmental engineering department and work with him at VMI on their master’s thesis research projects. Funding for Bill’s stipends and tuition is provided from research contracts. Bill began her project the summer after she graduated from the Institute and plans to defend her research next March. “Karen was a great student: intelligent, organized, diligent, and always pleasant and helpful,” said Bott. “We have been working closely together on projects for about four
years, and she is the clear leader of my research group, managing affairs in the laboratory and training other students. Karen will be an exceptional practicing engineer, and she is clearly on track to become an important leader in our field.” Bill has been evaluating alternative external carbon sources that could be used in place of methanol for attached growth postdenitrification processes on behalf of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. These and similar processes are being considered by Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C., and other wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are facing more stringent effluent nitrogen limitations. “The program has been a great way for me to advance my education, and teaching on Post has been a good opportunity for me to see if teaching might be in my future,” said Bill. “At first it seemed a little weird to teach among my former professors, but they’ve really been very welcoming.”
According to Col. R. Wane Schneiter, professor and head of the civil and environmental engineering department, Bill is the first woman to teach a VMI civil engineering class and the first alumna to teach at the Institute. He said he’s quite pleased with the job she’s doing and is glad to have her continue the pioneering tradition by sharing her expertise with students in his department. Bill is teaching CE 412, environmental engineering chemistry, a senior-level lecture course. While her lack of teaching experience made her initially apprehensive, Bill said she’s enjoying the challenge and the opportunity to use material she learned at Virginia Tech to add her own flair to the course. “I think in some respects it’s easier for my students to ask questions because they can relate to me in a different way than a professor,” said Bill. “All in all it’s been a great experience. However, had I known two years ago that I would be teaching this course, I would have taken better notes.”
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Cadets Fan Out to Help Communities in Fall FTX By Bob Holland collected about five large garbage VMI cadets handled everything bags of trash from the streets. While from a Civil War-era cannon at New we focused on the large items, we Market to discarded cigarette butts paid close attention to picking up as in downtown Lexington during the many cigarette butts as possible. This Oct. 17-19 field training exercises. proved to be harder than it sounded, Whether their work was uplifting and the cadets estimated we picked or down-stooping, the cadets up several hundred between the earned high praise for helping area groups. communities. “Additionally, several members In the interest of balance, of the community stopped us the administration moved all throughout the morning to thank us community-service activities to Fall for the work we were doing and to FTX this year, leaving the longer comment on how the streets were Spring FTX for concentration on noticeably cleaner. In the end, people military training. definitely noticed. Even W&L alums A group of 16 cadets traveled to back visiting thanked us for cleaning New Market intent on doing whatever up around the fraternity-house areas was needed for maintenance of the in Red Square. This service definitely battlefield park that is hallowed helped put a friendly and helpful face ground for the Institute. on VMI that the community could “The New Market staff members recognize.” were very kind and helpful and Among many other activities was allowed us the great opportunity to much maintenance work, scheduled drive ATVs, be in charge of ourselves, and unscheduled, at Maury River and use our critical thinking skills Senior Center on Magnolia Avenue in in order to get the tasks completed Buena Vista. Jeri Schaff, the center’s quickly and correctly,” said Cadet director, was impressed that the C. Andrew Rice ’09, the cadet in Cadet Jacob Cox holds a ladder as Cadet David Adams scrapes cadets didn’t simply do what they charge. old paint from the Maury River Senior Center. – VMI Photo by had agreed to do, but met needs they Among the tasks were to move a Lt. Col. Stewart MacInnis. saw in the process. For example, in valuable cannon plus limber from the lower part of the battlefield to an upper slope overlooking the painting a back wall, they discovered clogged drainpipes and fixed that Bushong farmhouse house. The cadet detail also dismantled a rotting problem. “They were a fantastic group,” Schaff said of the 18-cadet group led split-rail fence and properly disposed of all debris. “The project as a whole went very well, and I think that all the cadets by Cadet John Richardson ’08. participating got a sense that this was our battlefield,” said Rice. “The Another 28 cadets helped with the annual Hospice Hustle, a 5K run New Market staff was pleased at our efforts, and we learned many and walk that raises money for Rockbridge Area Hospice. There were things about New Market that we didn’t know, such as how the actual more than 80 runners, including 16 cadets, and 135 walkers. battle was much bigger than the park. The park was just the bloodiest “Also, cadets helped clean up afterward,” said Cadet Sean Thompson’08, CIC. “This was great because it helped the hospice out part.” Meanwhile back in Lexington, a dozen cadets fanned out through in order for them to get out in a timely fashion. It also gave them more four zones of downtown to help the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber time for talking to reporters and other people in the community about of Commerce with annual cleanup. Cadet Bryceon Venteicher-Shulman what the hospice does in the community.” ’09, the CIC, reported these results: Cadets were painting, cleaning, trail-clearing, landscaping, gardening, “The work itself, while menial, actually turned out to be extremely and building in nearly two dozen other community projects during Fall worthwhile. After dividing up into groups of three and four, we FTX.
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VMI Tests Pandemic Flu Procedures By Lori Stevens Between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, the entire Corps of Cadets reported to Cameron Hall to take part in an exercise to test VMI’s pandemic flu plan. On Oct. 30, the final day of the exercise, the entire Physical Plant staff, which numbering nearly 100, has the largest employee base on Post, also reported to Cameron Hall to test the Institute’s ability to prepare employees for a pandemic. The exercise was a success in showing that the Institute could process the members of the VMI community, said Col. James N. Joyner Jr. ‘67, director of Auxiliary Services. Another measure of success was that in the first two days of the exercise, twice as many cadets had been vaccinated as are historically vaccinated in advance of flu season. Every year VMI purchases about 800 doses and offers the vaccine to the Corps, faculty and staff as a preventive measure. “This year we decided to use the annual distribution of the flu vaccine to test our procedures for administering the inoculation during a time of medical emergency,” Joyner said. “We registered everyone as if we were administering the drugs during a pandemic,” added Joyner. Although the entire Corps was required to register, cadets were not required to receive the vaccine. Some cadets chose to make the wait to register worthwhile, however, and received the vaccination. After being registered, staff too could opt out of being vaccinated. After the exercise, the remaining vaccine was made available to all faculty and
Theresa Luder with the VMI Infirmary administers a flu vaccination to Cadet Josh Lynch ’12. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
Cadet Chris Johnston ’09 fills out forms during a test last month of VMI’s pandemic flu plan. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington. staff members on a first-come, first-served basis. “We chose Cameron Hall because it has the refrigeration capability for the vaccine,” explained Joyner. “It also has restroom facilities and is large enough to handle crowds. In the case of such an event we would need plenty of room to operate.” “We kept track of all registrants,” continued Joyner. “Employees presented their VMI ID card, and cadets reported their unit. Everyone was briefed on the drug and its possible side effects and filled out a consent form, as well as a form for local health authorities.” The VMI medical staff, headed by Dr. David Copeland, was assisted by those cadets who are trained as EMTs as well as local volunteers. VMI coordinated the exercise with the Virginia Department of Health, which also participated. “We have an agreement with the local community that we will provide treatment and drugs for the VMI family in the time of a medical emergency,” said Joyner. This includes the Corps and all Post employees and their dependents, as well as the VMI Foundation, the VMI Alumni Association, the Marshall Foundation, and long-term contract providers Aramark and Barnes & Noble.
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Institute Society Provides $1.8 Million to VMI By Scott Belliveau ’83, VMI Foundation Members of The Institute Society in budget year 2008 provided VMI more than $1.8 million of what the Institute’s academic and co-curricular programs always need: unrestricted money. Created in 1973, The Institute Society is made up of alumni and friends of VMI who are leaders in providing unrestricted private support to VMI through the VMI Foundation’s Foundation Fund. “For decades now, private financial support has been a critical component of VMI’s finances,” said Jim Adams ’71, executive vice president of the VMI Foundation. “This year, for example, private money will make up more than 30 percent of VMI’s operating budget. With current economic conditions threatening the revenues of the commonwealth, it is almost certain that the importance of private financial support will only increase.” “Of course, all gifts and commitments to VMI are most welcome. Unrestricted money, such as that raised through the Foundation Fund, however, is especially appreciated because it gives VMI the ability to take advantage of opportunities to improve the education of the Corps of Cadets and to give vital support to important programs,” continued Adams. Alumni and friends of VMI become members of The Institute Society by donating at least $1,500 to the Foundation Fund; younger alumni – those whose classes have not yet celebrated their 15th reunions – qualify at lower giving levels.
Annually, for the past 3 1/2 decades, members of The Institute Society have given the majority of donations to the Foundation Fund. In budget year 2008, the 906 members of the Society continued this legacy of generosity; their gifts to the Foundation Fund totaled $1,873,554, or 67.4 percent, of the record-setting $2,780,291 given to the Foundation Fund. Furthermore, members of the Society gave a grand total of almost $17.9 million to VMI during 2008. “The leaders in support of VMI who make up The Institute Society are highly regarded by everyone on Post and, indeed, within the entire VMI family. For VMI to thrive, however, it will need more unrestricted financial support, and, for that to happen, more people need to enter the ranks of the Society,” said Adams. “So I ask all members of the VMI family to think about how important VMI is to the commonwealth and the nation and take stock of their personal financial situations. If they have the ability to give $1,500 a year, $125 a month, to VMI, I hope they will make the commitment to the Foundation Fund and become members of The Institute Society.” For more information on The Institute Society – including how younger alumni can become members at lower giving thresholds – contact John Wranek ’85 at the VMI Foundation or visit the VMI Alumni Agencies’ Web site at www.vmialumni.org; information on The Institute Society is under the VMI Foundation heading.
VMI Educates Cadets About Copyright Infringement By Lori Stevens Association of America agents pose You might be infringing on as people looking for music. copyright without even knowing Hopkins has received several it. letters from RIAA requesting action “Perhaps you buy music on iTunes on particular instances of copyright or rip a compact disk onto your infringement, noting the user’s computer. Then, if you subscribe IP address. The letters include to a file-sharing service like Napster this sentence: “Under the Digital or Morpheus and allow access Millennium Copyright Act, if you to your files – sharing music or ignore this notice, your institution videos that you have paid for – that may also be liable for any resulting becomes distributing,” explained infringement.” Col. Thomas Hopkins, director of VMI has taken several steps to information technology. ensure that cadets understand what Cadets might be distributing, copyright infringement means. In and not even realize it, with peerto-peer – P2P – communication. Cadet Carter Kunz ’10 uses Ruckus to listen to music legally as a recent presentation to the Honor Court, Hopkins put illegal file sharing File-sharing sites index who has he studies at Preston Library. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington. into an interesting perspective: most what and store this information in people who do it would never walk into a music store and steal a compact databases. The sites also know who has high-speed Internet service. College students typically have very high-speed service, so they tend to disk. be targeted for file sharing. That’s because large music and video files can “Many people think these musicians are all millionaires and can afford be downloaded more rapidly with high-speed service. The file-sharing to lose a few royalties. The point is, they own this material, and they don’t site queues up a request and, when the student’s computer is on, it hooks want to give it away. Taking it for free without the owner’s permission or not paying the owner his due royalty is in violation of copyright law,” up and downloads the requested item. To catch people who are infringing on copyright, Recording Industry Please see page 11
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Institute Honors Cadets Present Research, Win Recognition Four cadets representing VMI’s Institute Honors Program presented their research at the annual joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South and American Culture Association in the South last month in Louisville, Ky. Presenting papers written originally for a seminar entitled “Shakespeare’s Leaders” taught last spring by Col. Emily Miller were cadets Alex Brush ’09, an international studies and modern languages and cultures major; Chris Dommert ’10, a civil and environmental engineering major; and Alex Snyder ’09, a chemistry major. Their presentations were part of “Current Perspectives from a College Classroom on Mercy and Justice in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure,” a session organized by Miller, which included her thoughts on teaching Shakespeare. Miller is the Navas-Read Institute Professor and head of the department of English and fine arts. Participating in the recent joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association English major Cadet Even Rogers ’10 received the 2008 Roger in the South and American Culture Association in the South were (from Rollin Memorial Prize for the best graduate or undergraduate left) cadets Alex Brush, Alex Snyder, Chris Dommert, and Even Rogers. – student essay on a topic in American Studies for his presentation, Photo courtesy of Col. Emily Miller “Open Eyes, Flexible Minds: The Convergence of Progressivism the Institute Honors program is all about.” and Modernism in the Founding of Black Mountain College.” This presentation was an excerpt from a longer essay Rogers wrote during Founded in 1971, PCAS/ACAS is the oldest and largest of four regional SURI 2008 under the mentorship of Col. Rob McDonald, associate dean associations devoted to the study of popular and American culture, and it includes members from all disciplines in the humanities and social for academic affairs and professor of English. Rogers’ essay was unanimously chosen by the three readers who sciences. reviewed the nominations, and it was the first undergraduate submission Studies in American Culture (SiAC), one of two nationally circulated journals published by PCAS/ACAS, is sponsored in part by VMI’s Institute to win the award in recent memory. “I think people from other schools are surprised to go to a session and Writing Program and edited by McDonald. Col. William Badgett and Col. find a chemistry or civil engineering undergraduate in gray blouse talking Christina McDonald serve on the journal’s editorial board, and Lt. Cmdr. with such insight about Shakespeare – or an English major talking about Alexis Hart, who teaches courses in technical writing, provides layout and John Dewey and American progressivism,” said McDonald, who directs design assistance. the Institute Honors program. “But as I have seen repeatedly, that surprise The Fall 2008 issue of SiAC contains book reviews by Cadet Greg Lippiatt soon turns to amazement. Seeing these cadets perform so superbly at an ’08, Col. Jim Hentz, Col. John Leland, Col. David Rachels and Mary Moodyinterdisciplinary conference like PCAS/ACAS is a reminder to me of what Northen Visiting Professor Louis Blair.
Preparing for the Dedication Cadets Kevin Pelletier ’09 (right), officer of the guard, and Arthur Harrington and Ryan Holliday, rat sentinels, rehearse part of the posting of the guard ceremony in front of the soon-to-be-occupied Third Barracks. The new building offers rooms for a larger, 1,500-member Corps of Cadets, the book store and Cadet Commons. The visitor’s center and a pizza oven, Quiznos sub shop and Java City specialty coffee vendor are also housed in the new building. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
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Spirit of VMI Award Former VMI Board of Visitors president G. Gilmer Minor III ’63 (center) received the VMI Keydet Club’s highest honor, the Spirit of VMI Award, during halftime at the VMI vs. Chowan football game Sept. 20. The award recognizes outstanding support of VMI’s intercollegiate athletic programs. Flanking Minor are his wife, Charlotte, and William H. Stephens Jr. ’73, president of the Keydet Club. – Photo courtesy of the VMI Keydet Club.
Post Briefs VMI Hosts ACAS The Virginia Military Institute was host for the U.S. Army Conference on Applied Statistics Oct. 22-24. The conference focused on the presentation and discussion of theoretical and applied papers related to the use of probability and statistics in solving defense problems and brought together academic, industry and defense scientists. Remarks were made by Col. William J. Stockwell, acting deputy superintendent for academics and acting dean of the faculty, and Col. Lee Dewald, head of mathematics and computer science department. At the conference banquet, Ed Dooley Jr., special assistant to the superintendent, gave the keynote speech entitled “A College for the Future: General Francis H. Smith and the Creation of the Virginia Military Institute.” Bott Honored as Outstanding Young Professional The Water Environment Federation recognized Lt. Col. Charles Bott, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, with the Outstanding Young Water Environmental Professional Award. The award was presented during ceremonies at WEFTEC08, WEF’s 81st annual technical exhibition and conference in Chicago, Oct.18-22. WEF is a notfor-profit technical and educational organization with 35,000 individual members and 81 affiliated member associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. Spilman Symposium Brings Writing Teachers to Post Educators from the South and mid-Atlantic states gathered at VMI on Oct. 18 for the 12th Spilman Symposium. The focus of the event was “Reading to Write: What, When, Where and Why?” and featured speakers included David Joliffe of the University of Arkansas, Eli Goldblatt of Temple University and Deborah Holdstein of Columbia College Chicago. Sponsored by the Institute Writing Program, the symposium is designed as a think tank for faculty who are interested in the teaching of writing across the curriculum.
Crockett Presents at Conference Lt. Col. Anna Crockett, associate director for Miller Learning Programs, made two presentations to the College Reading and Learning Association’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 21 to 23. Her presentations were “Executive Function Processes: Promoting Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom and in Academic Support Programs” and “Executive Function Processes and Self-Regulation: Research-based Applications to Learning, Teaching, and Mentoring.” Cadet Qualifies for World Triathlon Championship Cadet Ira Gallagher ’09 finished third in his division, men age 20-24, at the USA Triathlon long course national championships Oct. 18 in Boulder City, Nev. This placing qualified Gallagher, the only cadet competing in the race, for a place on Team USA at the 2009 long course triathlon world championship to be held in Perth, Australia. Gallagher placed 10th in his age division in the world championship this past August in Almere, Holland. Long course triathlon consists of a 4-kilometer swim, 120-kilometer bike race, and a 30-kilometer run. Sheldon to Discuss New Book at Spy Musuem Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, professor and head of the Department of History, will give a talk at the International Spy Museum Nov. 17 to discuss a recent book she co-authored, Operation Messiah: St. Paul, Roman Intelligence and the Birth of Christianity. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in Washington, D.C. Sheldon draws on the biography and letters from the Apostle Paul to give a new perspective on the dramatic and turbulent early days of Christianity. For additional program and ticket information, call the museum toll free at (866) 779-6873.
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Persistence Paid Off in ‘Real World Writing’ Internship By Bob Holland
Cadet Bridger Hodsden ’09 landed a two-month internship that figures to pay him lifetime benefits. Because of initial obstacles, it didn’t turn out to be the wealth-management internship he had sought. Instead, with a creative twist, it became something perhaps even more useful for an English major: “real-world” writing at a wealth management firm – UBS in Virginia Beach. “I did tons of Excel sheets, PowerPoints, and letters to clients,” said Hodsden. “I suppose you could call it a technical writing internship, for that is what I mostly did. I also made an oral presentation weekly to the office discussing current market news – specific companies and their stock, etc. “The value of experience was vast. You can always think you know something, or can do something, but until you do it, you have no idea. That is what I discovered.” Landing the internship took effort. The company did not routinely take on interns, so Hodsden had to sell the idea. Then because of the economic Bridger Hodsden (fourth from left), an English major, was among cadets sharing downturn, the firm decided it would have to be their internship experiences with 16 other cadets who attended an internship forum a non-paying internship. Hodsden wasn’t able to sponsored in October by Career Services. Also presenting were (from left) Rammy secure academic credit for a business internship, so Barbari, International Studies/FBI Internship; Brian Steel, Economics and Business/ he turned to the English Department, “and they were KBR; Hamid Abdurrahim, Electrical Engineering/SAIC; and Tom Duncan, History/ more than willing to help me out with everything.” internship in Banff, Canada. Lt. Cmdr. Alexis Hart, assistant professor of English, served as his internship adviser. After graduation, “the field of work may not be the same, not because “The working world expects students to graduate from college with I do not like the work, but I just believe different avenues may be better, book smarts, but also with occupational experiences under their belt. considering the current crisis. But what I learned at UBS will greatly Internships are one of the best ways to develop their occupational skills. help me in any avenue of life because financial knowledge is very It also makes them more competitive in the job market.” Chase said recent research shows that three-fourths of post-college important.” In October, Hodsden shared his experiences in one of the internship hires have had at least one internship during their college years. forums sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Internship “Persistence” is the message Hodsden wishes to relay to fellow cadets. Advisory Committee each fall. The hope is that the forum’s question-and- “If you really want to do something, you will do it. If you do not really answer session featuring cadets from several majors will encourage other want it, you will always talk about it. Persistence can get you anything you cadets to pursue internships for the following summer, noted Lt. Col. Dave need or want. “No matter what field the internship is in – get one,” advised Hodsden. Chase, associate director of career services. “We also like to show that some internships are not directly related “If it helps your resume a little, fine. The main focus is to experience to your major area and can be quite helpful in developing skills and different things and have knowledge beyond the classroom before you graduate.” experiences to serve cadets in their occupational choices,” said Chase.
VMI Educates Cadets Continued from page 8 to download music, videos, and television shows that VMI provides to the reiterated Hopkins. VMI has also distributed to the Corps a DVD produced by RIAA explaining Corps. Second Class Cadet Carter Kunz thinks Ruckus is great. “You can copyright infringement and its consequences. “We want to make sure our cadets understand the dangers and pitfalls download an album onto your computer in 30 seconds flat. “When I first started using it during STP before my Rat year there were of illegal file sharing,” Hopkins explained. The DVD is also available on the VMI Web site for viewing or downloading complaints that there wasn’t enough country music. But now that Ruckus (it is not copyright protected): a link for RIAA in the Cadet Computing drop has gotten more popular there is a great selection,” continued Kunz. “Best of all, it is totally legal and safe; you don’t have to worry about down bar on the Information Technology home page offers the video. In the same dropdown bar, another link leads to Ruckus, a legal way Trojans or spyware. I enjoy it a lot. It is a great concept.”
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Pugil sticks was among the activities for 4th Class cadets during last month’s Rat Challenge. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
Parents Council Hears Reports on State of the Institute By Bob Holland The Activities Committee is reviewing the Despite the “rough economic times,” format of the pre-Matriculation social for 82 parents traveled considerable distances incoming families with an eye to possible to hear reports on the state of the Institute improvements. Recommendations are during the October Parents Council business expected at the February meeting. meeting, reported council co-President Ric The Recruiting Committee reported that Tharp. the Parents Council has begun making The meeting, which took place during presentations at open houses for prospective Parents Weekend, was one of two scheduled cadets and their parents. In addition, the during the academic year. The next will be council is giving receptions for the parents Feb. 21. on Friday evening when their sons or Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III ’62, VMI daughters are starting an overnight visit in superintendent, reported on the implications the Barracks. of fiscal year 2009 spending reductions The Development Committee noted the for state institutions that had just been developing relationship with the VMI Friends announced by Gov. Tim Kaine as necessary and Family Association and the importance belt-tightening in order to keep the state of contributing to its success. government’s budget in balance. The VMI Parents also heard a presentation from parents discussed ways private giving could Lt. Col. Mollie Messimer in which she made help VMI maintain essential programs. A parent watches for his cadet during the clear that the Miller Academic Center is Other senior staff members took questions Parents Weekend parade. – VMI Photo by Maj. available to help cadets of all class years with from parents about VMI policies and Kate Crossman. any tutoring, counseling or other assistance operations. they may need. The message being sent is Standing committees, which are at the heart of Parents Council mission of providing a link between families that “it is okay to ask for help when you need it,” said Cherry Tharp, co-president of the Parents Council. and the Institute, reported on their initiatives.
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Programming Planned for New Leadership Center Continued from page 1
Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, acting director, stands in the soon-to-be completed banquet room that will be one of the venues for programming at the Center for Leadership and Ethics. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
Education Program which will include monthly, cadet-led group meetings to discuss and reflect upon honor and respect issues with the support of faculty and staff advisers and mentors. Finally, “Friday Night at the Movies,” a biweekly film program, will provide insights into leadership and ethics through films such as “Lord of the Flies,” “Breaker Morant,” and “Dead Poets Society,” which will be supplemented by pre- and post-film discussions. “As excitement surrounding completion of the center builds, so does anticipation for the rich programs the Institute will offer through its programming,” said Brower. “Once funding becomes available to fully staff the center, programming opportunities will grow, but in the meantime, I am excited about what we can offer our cadets, as well as the broader community. “VMI has a rich tradition of leadership,” concluded Brower, “and the new center will allow us to expand upon that tradition and enhance the good work we are doing on Post and beyond.”
Faculty, Staff Positions Available The Institute is looking for highly qualified candidates to fill a number of faculty and staff positions, and the searches for all open positions are usually very competitive. Among currently open jobs are teaching faculty positions in civil engineering, physical education, biology, economics and business (marketing), modern languages and cultures (Arabic), philosophy, international studies, and mathematics.
Also open are wage and classified staff positions, as well as positions for administrative and professional faculty. The Office of Human Resources advertises most position vacancies on the VMI Web site. The vacancy announcements detail the requirements and application procedures. Click on the “Employment” tab on the VMI home page or key www.vmi.edu/jobs.
Naval ROTC FTX Tracks ‘Person of Interest’ By Lt. Jared Smith, Naval ROTC Navy and Marine Corps cadets joined forces for the fall 2008 FTX. Events began after supper on Friday when 356 cadets grabbed their packs and hiked from the parade deck to “Topside Field,” the area adjacent to the football practice field. Camp was set up quickly, as only about an hour of daylight remained. Maj. Frank Diorio, the unit’s Marine officer instructor, briefed the battalion about the events and scenario that would be played out over the weekend. The battalion, he said, would be playing the part of a special purpose amphibious ready group that over the next two days would be learning the skills and gathering the intelligence needed to track down a “person of interest” who had reportedly been sighted in the area. The first piece of the puzzle came around 9 p.m. on Friday. Each platoon was given a riddle to solve. The solution of the riddle directed the platoon to the location of an “informant” who had information to share. Each platoon was able to find the informant and gather the intelligence. After returning to the camp site, they retired for the night. On Saturday morning the cadets enjoyed an MRE – meal, ready to eat – breakfast before starting the training day. The platoon spent the day moving through seven training modules all over Post. These training modules included instruction on land navigation, squad tactics, ship driving, aircraft capabilities, operations orders, intelligence collection, and wilderness survival.
Shortly after the cadets’ return to camp, the platoon leaders were given an operations order about the competition that would start the next morning. This gave the platoons an opportunity to prepare for the next day’s events. On Sunday morning the cadets got up early. Platoon competition started at 6:30 a.m. and ended around 2 p.m. at Jordan’s Point. In that time, platoons covered 12 miles of ground and completed an aircraft load plan, a ship driving competition, and a variety of obstacle courses and technical events. Along the way, the platoons gathered intelligence which eventually led them to McKethan Park. There they competed in paintball games and were finally able to track down their person of interest. Afterward they returned to Jordan’s Point for a cookout. After the cook-out, the battalion gathered to celebrate the Navy’s 233rd birthday. Midshipman Robert Allen narrated a brief history of the U.S. Navy and delivered the birthday message from the chief of naval operations. Cmdr. Mark Martin, the Naval ROTC unit’s executive officer, was the oldest sailor present while Midshipman 4th Class Isaac Sireci was the youngest sailor present. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the two cut the cake together and enjoyed the first two pieces. This simple tradition symbolizes the passing on of the proud Navy heritage from generation to generation.
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VMI Army ROTC Completes Successful Fall FTX By 2nd Lt. Jonathan Roland ’08, Army ROTC Development and Assessment Course. VMI’s Army ROTC fall field training This group marched back and forth exercise Oct. 17-19 ranged from from McKethan Park and the VMI basic military skills to advanced Post with fully loaded rucksacks and logistical training on VMI’s Post and M16A2 rifles and was required to at McKethan Park. master night and day land navigation, Third and 4th Class cadets basic rifle marksmanship, VMI’s Field were instructed on basic soldier Leader’s Reaction Course, and patrol battlefield skills by 1st Class cadets base operations. in a round-robin, classlike setting. Essentially serving as the lifeblood They were exposed to individual of the FTX, 1st Class cadets ran every movement techniques, grenade aspect of the weekend. Controlling throwing, mine emplacement, communications, supply, intelligence, and first aid and were required to and the conduct of the training, they establish and maintain a bivouac were preparing themselves for future site. duties. “Being that this was the first “The MS IVs were new to this kind time the Army Rats were exposed nd Two 2 Class Army ROTC cadets evaluate each other’s M16A2 rifle of a task,” said Maj. David Martin. to this stuff, I would definitely say “They had little knowledge of how to that they learned a lot about basic shot groupings during Fall FTX. – Photo courtesy of Army ROTC. plan and execute an operation of this soldiering and are very excited about the prospect of serving in the Army,” said Capt. Eric R. East ’99, size and magnitude. Yet, over the course of two months, they learned a Military Science 100 branch chief. “They especially liked the Claymore great deal about all of the elements that make a successful operation and mine and grenade classes.” Capt. Scott C. Loria, the Military Science 200 were able to conduct one with minimal help from the cadre.” “We met all of our planned goals,” added Martin, “and because of branch chief, also took part. Second Class cadets focused on squad-level leadership and more advanced this success and momentum, the spring FTX should prove to be even military skills in preparation for next summer’s Army ROTC Leadership better.”
Cadet Wrestler Ranked 15th By Christian Hoffman, VMI Sports Information VMI standout Josh Wine has been ranked 15th in the heavyweight division of the preseason InterMat/National Wrestling Coaches Association/ National Wrestling Media Association individual rankings. Wine is the highest-ranked sophomore in this year’s preseason rankings. Wine, who is currently a defensive tackle for the VMI football team, won the 2007-08 Southern Conference Heavyweight Championship, thanks to an undefeated run at the SoCon meet. In doing so, he became the first Keydet freshman to earn that honor since 1996. The Fredericksburg, Va., native then prevailed in his first match at last year’s NCAA national championships before falling to eventual national champion Dustin Fox of Northwestern University. Wine held an early lead in the match with Fox, but was unable to hold the advantage. The then-freshman was eliminated in his next match by a nationally ranked opponent. For his efforts, Wine was named to last season’s Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie First Team and was the first VMI wrestler to receive that honor. He went 9-4 in his freshman campaign, including four pins and a 4-1 mark in dual matches. The VMI wrestling team begins its 2008-09 campaign Sunday, Nov. 9, at the King College Open in Bristol, Tenn.
VMI wrestler Josh Wine was recently ranked 15 th in the heavyweight division of the pre-season InterMat/NWCA/NWMA individual rankings. – Photo courtesy of VMI Sports Information.
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Air Force FTX an Enjoyable Learning Experience By Cadet Celine Ziobro ’09, Air Force ROTC Another notch was added to Air Force ROTC Detachment 880’s belt with the successful execution and completion of this year’s field training exercise Oct. 17-19. To develop the essential leadership skills needed as an Air Force officers, commissioning 1st and 2nd class cadets planned, organized, and executed the FTX events, which gave all Air Force ROTC cadets opportunities to develop a base for good “followership” traits by experiencing new things, learning new skills, building confidence, and working with others as a team. The weekend kicked off on Friday, Oct. 17, with Warrior Day. Cadets were broken up into flights and competed against each other in activities such as dodge ball, relay events, and push-up and 6-inch raise competition. Bravo flight came out on top, followed closely by Echo and Alpha Air Force ROTC cadets used paintball guns to add realism to training during Fall FTX. flights. Afterwards, a detachment picnic brought – Photo courtesy of Air Force ROTC. cadets together to have fun and share the day’s experiences. Later that night, Air Force officers from Langley Air Force Base nuclear, and explosive training presented by the Langley civil engineering participated in a Career Night. The career fields presented included judge squadron’s readiness flight. This two-day training program gave cadets advocate, civil engineering, finance, logistics readiness, communications, the opportunity to practice operating in protective gear in a contaminated and force support. environment. Saturday began with the highly anticipated paintball battle. Cadets The training ended with a gas mask confidence-building activity in which were briefed on safety precautions and procedures and were also taught the cadets were placed in a tent with tear gas and then asked to remove small unit tactics and self-aid buddy care. This event put cadet teams into their mask. This allowed them to see how well the masks worked. different scenarios such as “ambush,” “capture the flag,” and “downed Finally, on Sunday, upper-class cadets used team-building skills in trap pilot” in order to see how well cadets would respond, work together, and and skeet shooting at McKethan Park. apply the skills and tactics they had learned. Overall, Fall FTX was a great success, learning experience, and enjoyable The 3rd Class cadets participated in chemical, biological, radiological, weekend for the cadets and personnel of Detachment 880.
Halloween at Preston The staff of Preston Library got into the spirit of Halloween with a seasonal display working its way up the steps of the library. – VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
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Women’s Soccer Turns Heads By Christian Hoffman, VMI Sports Information
The VMI women’s soccer team has had a breakthrough season in 2008. – Photo courtesy of VMI Sports Information. Coming into the 2008 season, Bryan Williams, VMI head women’s soccer to its unprecedented success, including a best-ever 1.15 goals-againstcoach, held out optimism for his team that this could be a breakthrough average and the first three shutouts against Big South opponents in school season for the Keydets. history. “This year certainly has the potential to be special as we continue to Junior All-Conference standout Audrey Falconi has played a key role on make strides as a program,” said Williams before the season began. “The the back line, while freshman Olivia Moore has jump-started the Keydet potential that this team has with the returning upperclassmen combining offense. The Powhatan native leads the Big South with 11 goals and 24 with a very strong freshman class is exciting to see.” points and has twice this season scored three goals in a single match. But VMI had gone 2-29 over its first four seasons in the Big South With first-ever wins against in-state foes Liberty and Richmond already Conference and was voted 10th of the 10 teams in the league’s preseason to their credit, the Keydets have also avenged 2007 losses against High polls. Point, University of North Carolina-Asheville, and Campbell. The rapid Chalk one up for the Keydet skipper. improvement has turned heads and has made this year’s Keydets a force Entering the final week of the regular season, Williams’ troops sat in to be reckoned with within both the conference and the region. third place at 4-2-1 in the Big South standings, still holding an outside A season ago, the Keydets made their maiden voyage to the Big South chance at claiming at least a co-regular season championship. Tournament, dropping a closely contested 1-0 match to top-seeded Coastal On top of that, by the last week in October, the Keydets had gone 8-8- Carolina. 1 overall this season, already besting the school records for wins and This season, the team is surely better suited for a run at its first Big shutouts with at least three more matches remaining. South Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Senior co-captains Celine Ziobro and Megan Strand have led the team Who would have thought? Well, maybe Bryan Williams. Virginia military institute communications & marketing office Lexington, VA 24450-0304
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