The Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported military college in Lexington, Virginia, the oldest such institution in the United States. Unlike any other senior military college in the United States, and in keeping with its founding principles, VMI enrolls only military cadets and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively. VMI offers cadets strict military discipline combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the science, and the liberal arts.While VMI has been called the "West Point of the South", it differs from the federal service academies in several respects. For example, the living conditions at VMI are far more austere than at the service academies. Also, while all cadets must participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps , they are afforded the flexibility of pursuing civilian endeavors or accepting a commission in any of the active or reserve components of any of the US military branches upon graduation. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 18, 2017
-- Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Lowenstein to the Executive Council of the Design-Build Institute of America, Hampton Road's Chapter. DBIA's mission is to achieve and maintain recognition as the industry center of expertise for design-build practice and lead the expansion of design-build utilization across all industries and markets; pursuing that mission in a manner that is inclusive of all project participants in integrated services delivery.The firm is also pleased to announce Neil's re-election as Virginia State Bar Council (VSB) representative for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a three-year term. The VSB Council has general charge of the administration of the affairs of the Virginia State Bar, through elected members within each judicial circuit throughout the Commonwealth, elected by the vote of the active members licensed to practice law in the circuit. Neil was previously chosen by special election.Neil is a partner that has been with Vandeventer Black since 1989 and, currently, chairs the firm's Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group. He regularly handles construction related matters, from design through construction, and for the many participants including design professionals, owners, managers, contractors, trade specialist, suppliers, sureties, and end-users. He is a regular lecturer and author involving construction-related matters.Neil received his undergraduate degree from the Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. His legal honors include having been named a Virginia "Super Lawyer," one of Virginia's "Legal Elite," and one of the "Top Attorneys in Hampton Roads." He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Please visit his blog for developments, news, and notes regarding the construction industry at http://virginiaconstructionlawnewsandnotes.blogspot.com/ For further information, please call Jenniffer Serrano at 757-446-8519, or write to JSerrano@vanblacklaw.com. Also, you may visit www.vanblk.com and follow us on LinkedIn.com/VandeventerBlackLLP.Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. Headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.
News Article | May 1, 2017
The Robert E. Lee Hotel announced today that online-only reservations for May 2018 Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee graduation weekends will open at 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2017.
News Article | May 1, 2017
The Sheridan Livery Inn announced today that online-only reservations for May 2018 Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee graduation weekends will open at 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2017.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its list of Virginia’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the four-year schools that were analyzed, 40 made the list, with University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University and Hampton University ranked as the top five. Of the 23 two-year schools that were also included, Tidewater Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “Virginia’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, which is great news for career-minded students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes employment and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, opportunities for financial aid and such additional statistics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Averett University Bluefield College Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Eastern Mennonite University Emory & Henry College Ferrum College George Mason University Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University Hollins University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Shenandoah University Southern Virginia University Sweet Briar College The University of Virginia's College at Wise University of Mary Washington University of Richmond University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan College Washington and Lee University Best Two-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | July 13, 2017
WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region signed a multi-year agreement with the Virginia Military Institute (“VMI”) to provide 1.5 Gigabit of Dedicated Internet to its campus, located in Lexington Virginia. Lumos Networks also will provide VMI with a 1 Gigabit Dedicated Internet connection at the Rockbridge Area Network Authority (RANA) Data Center. Lumos Networks previously announced RANA as a new Data Center connected to their network (Lumos Connects to Rockbridge Area Network Authority (“RANA”) Data Center in Lexington, VA). Colonel Thomas Hopkins, Director of Information Technology at VMI said, “The highly secure fiber bandwidth solution that Lumos Networks provides will continue to grow with us as our demand grows. We are pleased with the performance and servicing of our network by Lumos Networks.” “We are pleased to announce our partnership with VMI and are honored to provide secure and advanced connectivity to such a prominent higher education university right in the heart of our nearly 11,000 mile fiber network,” said Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks, “Higher education is a key industry vertical within our Enterprise segment.” “We appreciate the trust and confidence that the Virginia Military Institute has placed in us to provide this service,” said Joseph McCourt, Chief Revenue Officer for Lumos Networks. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to add additional services, locations and increased bandwidth over time.” Founded in 1839 and located in Lexington, Virginia, Virginia Military Institute is the nation’s first state-supported military college. U.S. News & World Report has ranked VMI among the nation’s top undergraduate public liberal arts colleges since 2001. VMI’s engineering program is traditionally ranked in the Top 25 amongst all engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Lumos Networks is a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving Carrier, Enterprise and Data Center customers, offering end-to-end connectivity in 26 markets in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. With a fiber network of 10,907 fiber route miles and 503,616 total fiber strand miles, Lumos Networks connects 1,306 unique Fiber to the Cell sites, 1,663 total FTTC connections, 2,125 on-net buildings and over 3,400 total on-net locations. The Company also connects 43 total data centers, including five data centers acquired from DC74, two acquired from Clarity Communications and seven company owned co-location facilities. In 2016, Lumos Networks generated over $123 million in Data revenue over our fiber network. 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News Article | December 21, 2016
Beynon's Engineering and Sports Surfacing Technology on Display at the Keydets Indoor Training Facility The Virginia Military Institute indoor fieldhouse has joined the ranks of the elite facilities in the country to feature a hydraulically banked track system. The specialized Beynon surface is at the center of the new 205,000 square foot athletic and military training facility. The hydraulically banked track and field system includes a retractable steel frame with a custom-built control system; all designed and built in the United States by Beynon Sports of Hunt Valley, Maryland. The completed facility known as the Corps Physical Training Facility, showcases Beynon’s Rise-N-Run Hydraulic system, which allows athletes to raise and lower the track surface to specific angles of embankment to counteract centrifugal force caused by their circular motion and achieve unparalleled racing times. “To have Beynon’s hydraulic track at the center of one of the nation’s most acclaimed military training institutions is an honor,” said John Beynon, President of Beynon Sports. “The finished project at VMI exceeded everyone’s expectations. We commend the Virginia Military Academy - they have built an amazing athletic complex to train the fine men and women who protect our country.” After hosting the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships several times, VMI has established itself as a gathering place for regional track competition. With the addition of Beynon’s indoor hydraulic track, the Keydets are sure to draw more attention than ever before. “And the facility is all inclusive, which is probably the greatest excitement for our team,” Webb said. “Time is of the greatest demand at VMI, and training on a Beynon track; throwing, and jumping in an outstanding facility, and being able to have their locker rooms, weight room and athletic training room in the same building is a great benefit for our teams.”
News Article | December 7, 2016
WealthVest is pleased to announce the addition of Addison Hagan to our team. Mr. Hagan is a Regional Director for Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Mr. Hagan comes to WealthVest with 19 years of industry experience and a long track record of supporting the efforts of his advisors. His experience includes distribution and private wealth management. Most recently Mr. Hagan was with TCW where he was a Vice President in the Wealth Advisor Group. Previously, he provided distribution for Stadion Money Management, Transamerica and Putnam Investments. Mr. Hagan has also spent time in private wealth management with Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, and U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Having worked on both sides of the desk, he knows well the rewards—and challenges—advisors encounter every day. Mr. Hagan earned his degree in Business and Economics from The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and is proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. He possesses his FINRA Series 7, 65, 63 and 6 as well as the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate from the CAIA Association. WealthVest is a financial services distribution firm specializing in high-quality fixed and indexed insurance and retirement savings products from top carriers. WealthVest designs, markets, and distributes these essential products throughout the nation. WealthVest’s focus is on creating product with the highest consumer value. WealthVest was founded in 2009 by former CEO of American Skandia, Wade Dokken, and former CEO of Hartford Life Limited, Europe, Lincoln Collins. From the beginning, the company has provided financial professionals with exceptional field and phone support, effective sales training materials, thorough coaching, and the highest quality product. The company possesses four sales teams: two field wholesaling teams dedicated to banks and broker-dealers, a field team dedicated to independent agents, and a Bozeman-based sales team focused on all agents and advisors. WealthVest has relationships with over 130 banks and broker-dealers around the United States, more than 100 committed professionals on their team, and over $1 billion in sales to date.
Zhao D.,Texas A&M University |
Timmons D.J.,Virginia Military Institute |
Yuan D.,Texas A&M University |
Zhou H.-C.,Texas A&M University
Accounts of Chemical Research | Year: 2011
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) - highly crystalline hybrid materials that combine metal ions with rigid organic ligands - have emerged as an important class of porous materials. The organic ligands add flexibility and diversity to the chemical structures and functions of these materials. In this Account, we summarize our laboratorys experience in tuning the topology and functionality of MOFs by ligand design.These investigations have led to new materials with interesting properties. By using a ligand that can adopt different symmetry conformations through free internal bond rotation, we have obtained two MOFs that are supramolecular stereoisomers of each other at different reaction temperatures. In another case, where the dimerized ligands function as a D 3-Piedfort unit spacer, we achieve chiral (10,3)-a networks.In the design of MOF-based materials for hydrogen and methane storage, we focused on increasing the gas affinity of frameworks by using ligands with different geometries to control the pore size and effectively introduce unsaturated metal centers (UMCs) into the framework. Framework interpenetration in PCN-6 (PCN stands for porous coordination network) can lead to higher hydrogen uptake. Because of the proper alignment of the UMCs, PCN-12 holds the record for uptake of hydrogen at 77 K/760 Torr. In the case of methane storage, PCN-14 with anthracene-derived ligand achieves breakthrough storage capacity, at a level 28% higher than the U.S. Department of Energy target.Selective gas adsorption requires a pore size comparable to that of the target gas molecules; therefore, we use bulky ligands and network interpenetration to reduce the pore size. In addition, with the help of an amphiphilic ligand, we were able to use temperature to continuously change pore size in a 2D layer MOF. Adding charge to an organic ligand can also stabilize frameworks. By ionizing the amine group within mesoMOF-1, the resulting electronic repulsion keeps the network from collapsing, giving rise to the first case of mesoporous MOF that demonstrates the type IV isotherm. We use dendritic hexacarboxylate ligands to synthesize an isoreticular series of MOFs with (3,24)-connected network topology. The cuboctahedral cages serve as building blocks that narrow the opening of the mesocavities into microwindows and stabilize these MOFs. The resulting materials have exceptionally high surface areas and hydrogen uptake capacities.Despite the many achievements in MOF development, there is still ample opportunity for further exploration. We will be continuing our efforts and look forward to contributing to this blossoming field in the next decade. © 2010 American Chemical Society.