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VMI Football...Ouch II: A bad day for the Keydets.
VMI no match for ETSU as Bucs
roll over Keydets, 44-8
by REX GREENE
JOHNSON CITY -- The East Tennessee State Buccaneers broke into the win
column Saturday night, beating VMI 44-8 at Memorial Center.
But head coach Paul Hamilton and his team were still looking for more
after the Bucs (1-2 overall, 1-1 in the Southern Conference) snapped a
four-game home losing streak with a statistically dominating
"I still see a football team that is learning, that is growing,''
Hamilton said. "But I see a team that is very determined to become a
good football team.
"There were a lot of guys making outstanding individual plays. I saw
guys playing together as a team, pulling hard for each other. We needed
to win a football game in a dominant way, which we did, but we had
opportunities to be even more dominant.''
The Buccaneers more than doubled the Keydets (1-2, 0-1) in total
yardage, 493 yards to 246, rushing for 272 yards and passing for 221.
Sophomore quarterback Todd Wells led the attack with 98 yards rushing,
including a 65-yard run on the Bucs' second play from scrimmage. Wells
also completed 9-of-14 passes for 133 yards without an interception.
Brandon Walker and Brian Edwards combined for another 145 yards, with
Walker rushing for two scores and Edwards one. Junior Lamar Cooper led
ETSU with 150 yards on six pass receptions, including a 61-yard scoring
toss from backup quarterback Jamey Chadwell with just 4:13 to play.
"We just need to come out and build on this,'' Wells explained. "We
can't just accept this and stop right here. We've got eight more we need
"In the second half we played pretty well. But in the first half we had
just 16 points. We moved up and down the field, but we didn't get it in
the end zone. That's what has hurt us so far this season.''
Edwards followed Wells' long run with a 3-yard touchdown burst on ETSU's
first play, and Walker dashed 31 yards for a 13-0 lead with 8:47 left in
the first quarter.
But three more trips to the Keydets' half of the field netted just three
points the rest of the half, and enabled VMI to gain a measure of
confidence after David Budlong ran 32 yards with a fumble just before
"We had something good happen to us and felt like at halftime we were
really in the game,'' VMI head coach Ted Cain said. "But whenever we did
get anything going, East Tennessee came with a couple of blitz looks,
and we just weren't able to handle that.''
ETSU came back to score on four of six possessions in the second half,
while the defense continued its shutout of the Keydet offense.
Junior linebackers Kevin Peterson and Derek Fudge combined for 19
tackles, including 13 solo stops and seven of the team's 13
tackles-for-loss. Both had two sacks, and Peterson caused one fumble and
"For the most part, the defensive linemen were keeping the (offensive)
linemen off of me, so I felt like it was my place to make the plays when
I had to make them,'' said Peterson, who was credited with 11 stops, 7
"The defense still hasn't played to our potential. But when the
D-linemen keep the linemen off of the linebackers, it's hard to tell
what our linebackers can do.''
The Bucs will not be back at home again for more than a month, traveling
to Western Carolina, The Citadel and Mississippi State before
entertaining Furman for homecoming on Oct. 24.
Hugh Has A New Web Site Address: Those familiar with Hugh Brien '88 know that he maintains a VMI alumni web site. His web site address has changed. The old site was: http://www.erols.com/vmialum. The new site address is:
Check it out.
More Info About the Co-Ed Exchange Students: Just wanted to add some clarification relative to the two Texas A&M co-ed exchange students at VMI this year. I've been informed that they are invited guests and have no official role in the workings of the Corps.
And Speaking of Co-Ed Exchange Students: Seems that there is also a female cadet from Estonia (we've had students from the Estonia national service academy, modeled after VMI in the same way VMI was modeled on the Ecole, for a couple of years). The Estonians wear their uniforms (as a national service university, we get border guards, game wardens, etc., as well as military cadets) and attend classes, but do not live in the barracks or march with the Corps. I don't believe they attend a full semester, either. VMI has also had British and German exchange officers for some time now, as well.
Susan Barr named Assistant Dean of Faculty
Susan Barr has been named assistant dean of faculty at Virginia Military
Institute effective August 15 with promotion to colonel. She had served
as acting assistant dean since August 1997.
Her duties as assistant dean will include service as liaison to faculty
committees, the academic advising program, and faculty development. She
will also serve as manager for policy with regard to the Board of
Visitors and the Academic Board and as coordinator for post-graduate
scholarships and honor societies. Barr will also represent the Institute
as institutional liaison to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on
Higher Education, a 39-member commission charged with the development of
a 25-year blueprint for higher education in the Commonwealth.
Barr holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the
University of Virginia. Her academic specialty focuses on the early
career experiences of new faculty in higher education as well as on the
development of the academic career across the lifespan. Barr also holds
a M.S. and B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia and
Bridgewater College, respectively. She served as director of the faculty
and staff campaign and as development coordinator for the University of
Virginia; as executive assistant to the president, secretary to the
Board of Trustees, registrar, and instructor at Southern Virginia
College; and as academic dean and interim head of school at Stuart Hall
in Staunton, Va.
Barr is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education,
the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association
of University Women, The Council for Advancement and Support of
Education and the Association of College Administration Professionals.
She is also a member of the Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners
VMI and AUI sign agreement
VMI has signed a cooperation agreement with Al Akhawayn University
(AUI). The agreement will allow VMI cadets to study at AUI in Morocco
and also allow for faculty exchanges between the two schools.
The agreement will provide VMI and AUI the opportunity to strengthen
their academic programs and provide a good learning environment for
their students. In signing the agreement, VMI superintendent Major
General Josiah Bunting III commented that "The best and brightest young
people should be educated outside their own culture. This is by far the
best hope of our world for the future."
Col. Peter W. Hoadley, professor of civil engineering at VMI will teach
at AUI this semester while Dr. Abdellah Chekayri from AUI, will serve as
visiting professor of Arabic at VMI this semester.
Pierpaoli appointed as Assistant to the Superintendent
VMI Superintendent Major General Josiah Bunting, III '63 has announced
the appointment of Paul G. Pierpaoli, Jr., as assistant to the
superintendent. He began his duties August 24 and holds the rank of
lieutenant colonel in the Virginia Militia.
Pierpaoli comes to VMI from the University of Arizona where he was a
visiting assistant professor of social sciences. He holds M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees from Ohio State University and is a 1984 graduate of
Pierpaoli is the author of numerous articles and has made many
presentations on World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War. He
has served as assistant editor of Diplomatic History, the journal of the
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and his new book,
Truman and Korea: The Political Culture of the Early Cold War, will be
published by the University of Missouri Press in January.
He will assist the superintendent with special projects and in the
upcoming new capital campaign that will be undertaken by VMI and the VMI
Foundation, Inc. "Paul's skill as a researcher and writer will be of
invaluable assistance as we begin a major new fund raising effort," said
Bunting. Pierpaoli also plans to teach a course in the history
department, beginning second semester.
Previous assignments include: instructor in history at Ohio State
University, from 1991 to 1992; adjunct assistant professor at Ohio
Dominion College, from January to June 1995; and visiting assistant
professor at Hampden-Sydney, from 1995 to 1996.
He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organizations
of American Historians, the Society for Historians of American Foreign
Relations, the Economic and Business Historical Society, Pi Sigma Alpha,
the national political science honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi
Alpha Theta, the national honorary history association.
Melton '67 appointed to Board of Visitors
Three current members also receive reappointments
T. Carter Melton Jr., VMI Class of 1967, has been appointed to the VMI
Board of Visitors for a four-year term by James S. Gilmore III, Governor
of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Governor Gilmore also reappointed three
current members: Rhett Clarkson '61, S. Waite Rawls III '70, and Anne C.
Mr. Clarkson and Mrs. Woodfin begin their second four-year term while
Mr. Rawls, who was appointed last year to fill an unexpired term, begins
his first four-year term.
Mr. Melton has served with the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in
Harrisonburg since 1974. He quickly rose to the position of
administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Rockingham Memorial in 1978
and is currently president of the Hospital, the Hospital Foundation,
Rockingham Health Care and the Valley Wellness Center.
Melton is involved with many other agencies in the valley of Virginia
and throughout the Commonwealth. He is a long-time member and
past-president of the Blue Ridge Hospital Council, chairman of the fund
raising committee for the Medical College of Virginia Foundation Board,
and on the board of directors of the Shenandoah Shared Hospital
Services. He is also on the Virginia Health Cost Review Council of the
Virginia General Assembly, and since 1974, he has served, in various
capacities, with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.
In 1986, he was named Businessman of the Year by the
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and was first runner-up for
Young Administrator of the Year by the American College of Hospital
Administrators in 1981.
A native of Salem, Melton graduated from VMI with a B.A. in history. He
then served on active duty, as an officer in the United States Air
Force, from 1967 to 1972. Following his discharge, he earned his Masters
in hospital administration from the Medical College of Virginia. He
performed a residency with the Hanover Memorial Hospital in Wilmington,
North Carolina before joining the staff at Rockingham Memorial.
As a cadet, he was a sports writer for the Cadet newspaper all four
years, a member of the Hop & Floor Committee, vice-president of the
Corps Building Committee, and played one year on both the basketball and
track teams. He has remained active in alumni affairs serving a four
year term on the Board of Directors of the VMI Alumni Association.
Melton is married to the former Connie Maxine Graham, and they have
three children, Tracy (30), Tad (23), and John (19).
Jenkins named Director of Parent Relations
John W. A. Jenkins, a 1997 graduate of VMI, assumed duties as Director
of Parent Relations for the Virginia Military Institute on June 1.
Jenkins will direct VMI's newly established Office of Parent Giving.
Working closely with the Office of Cadet Affairs and the Parents
Council, Jenkins will coordinate a wide array of activities involving
parents, with an eye toward increasing parental support of VMI in
"Parental support, both moral and financial, is an essential ingredient
of any college experience, particularly at VMI," said VMI Superintendent
Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting III. "John Jenkins brings an understanding of
the important role parents play in a cadet's life."
Jenkins, a native of South Boston, Virginia, attended VMI after
graduating from Halifax High School and attending Hargrave Military
Academy for one year. An international studies major, Jenkins was also
involved in Habitat for Humanity while at VMI and currently is the class
agent for the Class of 1997.
Room Service for Cadet Computing
By the end of September, the wiring of all barracks rooms will be
completed to provide the Local Area Network (LAN) as well as standard
computing services for internet access and e-mail.
Last year these computer services were available in the barracks study
room, in the study carrells in Preston Library, and in academic
buildings. Cadets could take their laptop computers to the barracks
study room and plug in or use desktop computers in the other areas. Now
they can do the same in their rooms.
A $2.4 million revenue bond issue will cover all costs in the project
and allows each cadet cost-free access to internet and e-mail
privileges. With his or her own personal address, the cadets can check
on class schedules, their own grades, demerit status, and numerous other
items of on-post intelligence.
Within the next few years every cadet will be required to have a laptop
computer, with desktop models being banned because of space limitations.
Those with larger units are grandfathered, but any new computers will
have to be of the laptop style.
Hey, that's it for this week!!
Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75
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