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Winter brings a time of celebration to Upper Quad, whether it’s joining in on the 2016 holiday festivities and fellowship or honoring the work and dedication of the December graduates. The colder weather offers an opportunity to focus on academics and leadership lessons, including some from an admired Virginia Tech professor and experts who reflect on their experiences at leadership conferences around the country. 

Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards, who worked to expose elevated lead levels in the Flint, Michigan, water supply, talks with Citizen-Leader Track cadets about ethics on Jan. 24, asking them, “What price are you willing to pay to defend the public welfare?”

Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards talks with Citizen-Leader Track cadets about ethics.
Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards, who worked to expose elevated lead levels in the Flint, Michigan, water supply, talks with Citizen-Leader Track cadets about ethics on Jan. 24, asking them, “What price are you willing to pay to defend the public welfare?”

Members of the Highty-Tighties don their ugly Christmas sweaters and perform as part of the Winter Lights Festival on Dec. 4 in downtown Blacksburg.

Members of the Highty-Tighties don their ugly Christmas sweaters and perform as part of the Winter Lights Festival.
Members of the Highty-Tighties don their ugly Christmas sweaters and perform as part of the Winter Lights Festival on Dec. 4 in downtown Blacksburg.

In mid-January, Cadets Benjamin Reilly ’18, Mairead Novak ’17, and Abel Solomon ’19, accompanied by Deputy Commandant Capt. James Snyder, participate in the leadership conference hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Cadets shared their experiences and insights from the conference with fellow cadets upon their return.

From left are Cadets Benjamin Reilly ’18, Mairead Novak ’17, and Abel Solomon ’19, and Deputy Commandant Capt. James Snyder.
In mid-January, Cadets Benjamin Reilly ’18, Mairead Novak ’17, and Abel Solomon ’19, accompanied by Deputy Commandant Capt. James Snyder, participate in the leadership conference hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Cadets shared their experiences and insights from the conference with fellow cadets upon their return.

Growley II (call sign “Tank”) and his cadet handlers travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to represent the Corps and Virginia Tech on the field during the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl.

Growley II plays fetch on the field before the start of the Belk Bowl.
Growley II (call sign “Tank”) and his cadet handlers travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to represent the Corps and Virginia Tech on the field during the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl.

Five cadets participate in the Corps’ fall graduation ceremony on Dec. 16. Kirk McConnell ’17, Reed Nagel ’17, Nolan Paduda ’17, David Robison ’17, and Mike Schoka ’17 stand with Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart.

Kirk McConnell ’17, Reed Nagel ’17, Nolan Paduda ’17, David Robison ’17, and Mike Schoka ’17 stand with Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart.
Five cadets participate in the Corps’ fall graduation ceremony on Dec. 16. Kirk McConnell ’17, Reed Nagel ’17, Nolan Paduda ’17, David Robison ’17, and Mike Schoka ’17 stand with Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart.

Friends of the Corps mingle with cadets and staff during the annual holiday Coffee with the Corps event in the Pearson Hall Company Room on Dec. 8.

Friends of the Corps mingle with cadets and staff during the annual holiday Coffee with the Corps event .
Friends of the Corps mingle with cadets and staff during the annual holiday Coffee with the Corps event in the Pearson Hall Company Room on Dec. 8.

Cadets stand at attention during the final morning formation of the fall semester on Dec. 7.

Cadets stand at attention during the final morning formation of the fall semester on Dec. 7.
Cadets stand at attention during the final morning formation of the fall semester on Dec. 7.