Photo by Liz Kirchner
Leeann Jones, Virginia Tech senior and a cadet second lieutenant and Eric Chomicki, a VT junior and cadet staff sergeant at the Blacksburg Town and Gown meeting. Both are working to increase the positive relationships between cadets and the town.

Liz Kirchner


Following the autumn town and gown meeting in the paneling and wainscoting of the Alexander Black House, Cadet Second Lieutenant Leanne Jones and Cadet Staff Sergeant Eric Chomicki, in impeccable cadet uniforms and epaulets talked about the corps’ plans to create and strengthen relationships between the cadets on the Virginia Tech campus and Blacksburg businesses and institutions like the Alexander Black House.

Jones, 21, the community liaison officer overseeing a staff of roughly a dozen cadets is spearheading this effort.

The corps has just recently created a liaison between the cadets and the community, Blacksburg and any organizations that might need help.

The Corps of Cadets’ mission of fostering moral and ethical leaders employs community service. During the 2017-2018 academic year, cadets tallied 12,000 hours of community service.

“We already have a liaison with the university, and the corps works with organizations on campus, but the intent of the community liaison is to go beyond that. Obviously, these types of meetings are right where we belong. Between the community and the campus,” Jones said.

She sees a strong relationship…

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