Page 6, MARCH 2014
VMI Institute Report
For Their Class Rings
The Class of 2015 Ring Figure Committee displays a facsimile check received from the VMI Foundation in January. Presented by Sam
Sorrells, associate director of annual and reunion giving, under the auspices of the Barracks Program, this gift represents $100 given
to each of the 387 cadets toward the purchase of their class rings. Accepting the gift were (from left) Drew Bryan; Brandon Angus;
Andrew Woods; Will Connerley, class vice president; Brandon Lundsford; Anthony Harvey, class president; Andrew Fraizer; Johnny
McDonald, Ring Figure chairman; Austin Capps; Will Luxhoj, class historian; Ricky Siewers; Kyle Volant; Greg Hempt; Nick Maul; and
– Photo by Sam Sorrells courtesy of the VMI Foundation.
Professor’s Book Translated
A Japanese translation of a book by Col. Rose
Mary Sheldon, professor of history, has been
published in Tokyo by Hakusuisha Publishing
Co. The original English version of the book,
Rome’s Wars in Parthia: Blood in the Sand
was published by Vallentine Mitchell in 2010.
The book is about Rome’s many wars with
the Parthian Empire and the role intelligence
played in its successes and failure.
Sustainability Coordinator Profiled
Staff engineer and sustainability coordinator Maj. Jenny deHart was
profiled in the January/February issue of
Facilities Manager Magazine
published by APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities. DeHart was
introduced at the fall board meeting of Southeastern Regional Association
of Physical Plant Administrators and was profiled as an emerging
professional in the magazine’s “Changing Face of Facilities” column.
The profile, which took the form of an interview, noted deHart’s effort
and leadership in procuring and installing a submetering system for
VMI’s electricity, steam, and natural gas to track energy consumption at
the building level, completed last year.
Williams Takes Up SRAPPA Presidency
Col. Jay Williams has been named president of the Southeastern
Regional Association of Physical Plant Administrators. Williams took
up the position after serving as second vice president in 2010-11, as
first vice president in 2011-12, and then as president-elect in
2012-13. Williams was chairman of the 2012 SRAPPA conference,
held at VMI and Washington and Lee University, and has been
nominated for the 2014 APPA Pacesetter Award.
Fujiwara Honored by Trainers’ Association
Lance Fujiwara, VMI director of sports medicine, was named College/
University Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2014 by the Virginia Athletic
Trainers’ Association. Fujiwara received the award in January at the
organization’s annual meeting and symposium in Richmond, Va. Having
come to VMI as an assistant athletic trainer in 1987, Fujiwara has served
as director of sports medicine for more than 25 years.
Miller Center Director Earns Certification
Lt. Col. Elaine Humphrey, director of the Miller Academic Center, has
received the Learning Center Leadership Certification, Level 4, from the
National College Learning Center Association. The certification, which
is the highest level offered by NCLCA and required an external review,
recognizes Humphrey’s expertise in and her commitment to the field
of learning assistance.
Baseball Player Named to Watch List
Third Class Cadet Taylor Edens has been named to the National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Watch List. Edens is
one of four Big South pitchers to land on the 50-player roster, which
lists likely candidates for top relief pitcher in Division I. The recognition
follows a successful 4th Class season, when Edens pitched to a 2.52
ERA in 25 innings.
Winn Named Preseason All-Big South
VMI catcher Matt Winn ’14 has been named to Perfect Game’s Preseason
All-Big South team. Winn comes off a Second Team All-Big South season
in which he hit .333 with a .449 on-base percentage, the fourth-highest
in the conference, and threw out 41.2 percent of runners trying to steal.
He was VMI’s first semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the
top Division I catcher each year.