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Col. Dan Barr ’74 displays his awards from the United States Powerlifting Coalition.

Barr Sets National Powerlifting Records

Col. Dan Barr ’74 became interested in powerlifting last summer, after watching a young relative compete as a collegiate athlete. “I started probing around and looked at the state records for the bench-press, and I thought, my golly I do that in my workout for repetitions. Maybe I should compete..."

VMI Innovation Programming - A group of people work at a table with charts, graphs, and paperwork.

VMI Launches Entrepreneurship Program

The Institute has launched a two-year pilot program called the Summer Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program (SUEP) as a starting point for entrepreneurship education. It has been established for cadets who possess the mindset of an entrepreneur, regardless of academic major.

Students - known as cadets - in VMI's military band march in the Founders Day Parade.

Institute to Host Military School Band & Choir Festival

Virginia Military Institute will host the 46th Military School Band & Choir Festival, Feb. 16 -18. The festival will feature a concert band and a festival choir composed of military high school and college cadets, and a clinic for military high school and college drum majors.

Jack Casey ’19

TAPS — Capt. Jack Casey '19

The Superintendent regrets to inform the VMI community of the death of Capt. Jack Casey ’19 on Feb. 7. Casey was one of five Marines involved in a helicopter crash in California during a training flight.

'Immortal Valor' Author Speaks at VMI for Black History Month

Guest speaker Robert Child, Emmy nominated writer and director, and author of the book, “Immortal Valor: The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II,” will speak at VMI Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:45 p.m. in Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall.

Marc Polymeropoulos, former senior intelligence officer for the CIA, speaking at the CLE series.

Former CIA Officer Brings Principles of Leadership to VMI

Marc Polymeropoulos spoke in Gillis Theater to a crowd of cadets, faculty and staff, and community members, about the nine leadership principles addressed in his book, “Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA.”

Environment Virginia Symposium to be held at VMI

The event, organized and co-hosted by the VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics (CLE), is expected to attract nearly 500 participants from state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and private industry.

Dakota Birdsong ’24, a cadet at Virginia Military Institute, poses with his bagpipe and VMI Pipe Band uniform, which includes a tartan.

Birdsong Excels with Bagpipes

Dakota Birdsong ’24, a modern languages and cultures major, has taken his skills with bagpipes from VMI Spirit Night, to Lexington events, and even to Troy, Ohio, where he is the piper for the American Legion. This March, he will look to add to his collection of medals for his musical skills..

Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins '85, VMI superintendent, with VMI logo over photo of Post.

Personnel Update from the Superintendent

This past weekend, Maj. Gen. Wins '85 informed the Board of Visitors of changes among the senior leadership team. Jim Miller, VMI’s athletic director, and Col. Adrian Bogart, the Institute’s commandant, will both step down effective June 30, 2024.

Lt. Gen. Michael Claesson discusses world security in Gillis Theater.

Swedish Defense Chief Visits VMI

Swedish Armed Forces Chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Michael Claesson, along with several of his staff members, visited Virginia Military Institute recently, during his brief visit to the United States.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders