The Institute Report,April 2013, Page 17
Board President Addresses Conference at VMI
Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, who is president of the VMI Board of
Visitors, was among the 150 speakers and presenters at the 24th annual
Environment Virginia Symposium, “Charting our Future: New Tools for
Complex Challenges,” held April 9-11 by the VMI Center for Leadership
and Ethics. His talk, “Virginia Coastal Communities: A 21st Century
Challenge,” was one of eight plenary addresses. The symposium drew
approximately 670 environment professionals from both the public and
private sectors throughout Virginia and beyond.
Club Soccer Team Makes Charity Finals
VMI’s club soccer team competed in the Adult Open Division in the
second annual Conway Cup Charity Soccer Tournament at Washington
and Lee University earlier this semester. The tournament raises
money for Tony Conway ’01 and his family to help cover medical
costs associated with his ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Led by Spencer
Plante ’13 and Greg Olson ’13, the VMI team won all four games
during the group stage, scoring 17 goals and allowing only three.
This performance allowed a bye into a semi-final match, which the
VMI team won, shutting out the opposing Superbad Blue team. In the
final match, the VMI team struggled at both ends of the pitch and was
defeated by Parkway Brewing.
Cadets March to Honor WWII Soldiers
David Brumett ’15 and Justin Ragsdale ’15 placed ninth and 10th in their
division in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March held last
month at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The cadets
crossed the finish line together with a time of 6 hours, 28 minutes, 31
seconds after completing the 26.2-mile desert course. The event honors
the sacrifices of World War II soldiers captured in the Philippines. The
two cadets competed with 92 others in the ROTC male heavy division,
which required them to carry a rucksack weighing at least 35 pounds.
Out of the entire heavy division field of ROTC, military, and civilians, they
finished 36th and 37th out of 775. The cadets are members of VMI’s
Marathon Club, which funded the trip.
Club Teams Excel
Three VMI club teams have been in the national spotlight this month.
Eight members of the club boxing team competed in national
championships in San Francisco April 13-14. All qualified in regional
matches. That same weekend, 12 members of the powerlifting club
competed in nationals in Killeen, Texas. Also, VMI’s club rugby team
won its first MidAtlantic Rugby Football Union – MARFU – playoff
game 59-0 on April 6 and, in continuing competition, was expected to
History Professor Presents Paper
Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, professor of history, presented a paper March
15 at the Society for Military History’s annual meeting, “War, Society and
Remembrance.” The meeting took place in New Orleans, La. Sheldon’s
paper focused on the assassination of Roman emperors and Roman
Cadet Presents Research
Leah Schubel ’13 was one of 35 students from across the country
presenting research last month at the 20th annual Issues in Political
Economy Conference in Boston, Mass. Schubel’s research, “Going Pro
In Something Other Than Sports,” began as a Summer Undergraduate
Research Initiative project. It uses sophisticated econometric models
to quantify how NCAA athletes’ decisions regarding college major
compare with those of non-athletes. Her mentor was Lt. Col. Sam Allen.
Following her presentation, Schubel received feedback and suggestions
for further research.
Moye and Wood Lead VMI at IC4A/ECAC Meet
Jenna Moye ’13 and Antonio Wood ’13 scored points to lead VMI
track and field at the final indoor meet of its season, the IC4A/ECAC
Championships, which concluded March 3 in Boston, Mass. Moye,
coming off her Big South title in the mile, finished eighth in that event
with a time of 4:57.57. It was the first time she had scored points at the
ECAC Championships. Wood’s sixth-place effort in the IC4A heptathlon
came on the strength of 5,136 points, and although a drop from last
year’s results, was just 82 points off of last year’s school record, recorded
at this meet.
Game Shutout Highlights Keydet Baseball in March
Redshirt 1st Class Cadet T.J. Lighton threw a
complete-game shutout against Virginia Tech
March 26 in Blacksburg. The Keydets won the
game 8-0, capping a streak of six wins in seven
contests, and shut out the Hokies for the first time
since 1962. Lighton earned Big South Pitcher of
the Week, making him the first Keydet to do so
since 2010, while senior outfielder Rob Dickinson
also had a strong week, hitting .500 with 21 total
bases, March 17-24. For that effort, Dickinson picked up Big South and
ECAC Player of the Week honors and earned laurels from
CollegeBaseballInsider.com. During April, the Keydets will host Virginia
Tech April 23 and Liberty University April 26-28, among others, at Gray-
Cadet Nicholas Gore ’13 (right) quietly consults his teammates, Joshua Haley ’13
and Jeremy Methven ’13, during the Virginia Section of the Institute of Traffic
Engineers – VASITE – Traffic Bowl, during which the three cadets competed
against masters and doctoral students from University of Virginia and Virginia
Tech. They were among seven cadets who took advantage of the opportunity to
learn more about careers in transportation engineering by attending the VASITE
meeting March 22 in Charlottesville.
– Photo courtesy of Maj. Wakeel Idewu.