At the start of each academic year, the students and faculty of VES sign their names to the Honor Code—a more than 100-year-old tradition established by VES students to create a community of trust, integrity and fairness. The 300+ signatures below affirm our commitment to those standards. We sign and we work to live each day within that code.
During our annual Honor and Integrity Week, speakers share their own life experiences to illustrate what honor really is and how each day we must make the right decisions, when they are easy and when it’s hard. This week the VES community benefited from conversations with current Honor Committee chair Lily Hurt ’19; alumnus and esteemed biomedical engineer Dr. Bob Galloway ’73; and University of Lynchburg Head Lacrosse Coach Stephen Koudelka.
Lily challenged her peers not to simply meet the bare minimum: it’s easy to live “not dishonorably,” but what distinguishes the honorable is the proactive dedication to all of the small moments that make up our lives. Dr. Galloway spoke of his work in the biomedical engineering field. He emphasized the importance of working with integrity, as his research hinges on the lives of others and real-life consequences hung in the balance. Dr. Galloway also noted that the person you must be most honest with is always yourself. The week concluded with Coach Koudelka, who affirmed that it is the small moments we must take ownership of. Beyond signing our name to the Honor Code, we must “sign our names to everything we do.”