Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 15 Oct 2021 17:28:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Business – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 My Ring Story: a lifelong dream https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-a-lifelong-dream/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:28:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27710 picture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpegpicture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpeg"I have honestly envisioned this moment all my life."]]> picture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpegpicture-with-the-cadets-from-left-to-right-is-Avery-Canady-me-Porter-Beal-Tim-Toomer-Marie-Le-Gallo-Blake-Durden-Evan-Lambrecht-George-Mock-and-Colby-Bennett.-scaled.jpeg

Meet Jacob Lane Rush, Class of 2022

Photo above from left to right: Avery Canady, Jacob, Porter Beal, Tim Toomer, Marie Le Gallo, Blake Durden, Evan Lambrecht, George Mock and Colby Bennett.

MSG Jacob Lane Rush is from Concord, North Carolina, is majoring in Business Administration. and has earned gold stars for academic achievement. After graduation he plans to attend law school to eventually become a corporate attorney.

Q. What quote is engraved inside your ring and what is its significance?

A. Inside my ring I have the Bible verse Colossians 3:23 which says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” This is a hugely significant verse to me because I believe that everything we do must be done to the best of our ability to glorify God, and my Citadel experience was no different.

Q. Did you ever envision the day you’d earn your ring?

A. I have honestly envisioned this moment all my life. I have dreamt about earning the ring since I was very young, and it has always been a goal of mine.

Q. Who inspired you to begin/continue your journey here at The Citadel?

A. I would definitely say that my parents were a huge inspiration to me. They were the ones that introduced me to the school from a very young age, and they always said I had what it took to make it at The Citadel. My mom was especially inspirational. She always told me that she thought I was “born to go to The Citadel,” and that simple statement carried me through many ups and downs during my experience.

“This is my family on my first Parents Weekend, Oct 4, 2019. From left to right you’ll see my brother, Jackson, mom, Tamara and dad, Jeff.”

Q. What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to this time in your college career?

A. The song that runs through my head the most often is Country Roads by John Denver. Not only does this song make me think about my late grandfather, who serves as an inspiration and role model, but it also makes me think about the journey that I’ve been on.

Q. What are three things The Citadel taught you that you wouldn’t have learned at another college?

A. One of the main things that I have learned is how much I have to be thankful for. Knob year was a huge eye opener about how lucky I am, and it has seriously changed my views when I return home. Additionally, I’ve learned that you always have a little more to give than what your mind tells you. More times than I can count I have been in situations here when I thought I was was giving 100 percent, but then when needing to dig even deeper, The Citadel taught me how to summon the energy I needed to get through the challenge. Finally, and most importantly, The Citadel taught me how to let go and trust God in my life. It goes without saying that every day is filled with challenges, and I learned that I couldn’t deal with all these on my own and that I needed to tell my troubles to God and he would get me through them.

Q. What will you miss most about your time here?

A. I am already beginning to realize that what I will miss the most is the friendships. It hit me recently that while we will be lifelong friends, in a few short months, we will never be able to joke around on the galleries or go to mess together again. There will be no more marching in parades or staying up all night to clean for an inspection. I think I will miss that more than anything in the world.

About The Citadel Class of 2022 Ring Stories

Left to right: MSG Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO, and MAJ Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 1. The stories presented here are the result of the leadership of Regimental Public Affairs officer, Major Samantha Walton, and Regimental Public Affairs Non Commissioned Officer, Cadet Olivia Hime. Both women will also receive their rings and will graduate in May.

Walton, who is from Macon, Georgia, attends The Citadel on an U.S. Army scholarship and will accept a commission to become an officer upon graduating. She is majoring in Political Science and holds the Charles Foster Scholarship.

Hime, who is from Holly Springs, North Carolina, is a junior and a member of The Citadel Honors Program. She is majoring in Biology, has repeatedly earned gold stars and President’s List positions for academic excellence. Hime will graduate in May, a year early, and plans to attend medical school to become a physician.

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My Ring Story: setting the example https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-setting-the-example/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 16:22:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27327 Cadet Chia-Feng Chiang is a Finance major from Changhua, Taiwan. A member of the Summerall Guards, he has earned gold stars multiple semesters.]]>

Meet Cadet Chia-Feng Chiang, Class of 2022

Cadet Chia-Feng Chiang is a Finance major from Changhua, Taiwan. Chiang is a member of the Summerall Guards; he has earned gold stars, and been named to the President’s List, for multiple semesters.

Q. What quote is engraved inside your ring, and what is its significance?

A. “Embrace the suck, keep your head up.”

There has been no easy day since I came to The Citadel. I want to remind myself, that no matter how hard life will be, to remember the days I gave my all to make myself and my family proud.

Q. Who inspired you to begin or continue your journey here at The Citadel?

A. My parents both work in a welding factory, and they have worked there for almost half of their lives. Watching them work day and night, and even on the weekends, to make sure their children get a good education really motivates me to put my best effort into studying.

Chiang, front right, at a family reunion with grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and siblings

Q. In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

A. The Citadel gives me lots of opportunities to prove myself and let me understand that nothing is impossible.

I had never thought of becoming a rank-holder when I was a knob, because I was afraid that the language barrier would be the biggest problem for me. However, throughout my four-year cadet career at The Citadel, I have experienced multiple leadership positions.

Most importantly, I was able to go through the rigorous training and competitive process among other excellent classmates, and I was selected to become a member of the most prestigious club at The Citadel, the Summerall Guards.

I am grateful for all the opportunities that The Citadel has given me to grow and shape me into a leader.

Taiwanese cadets at The Citadel

Q. When you get the opportunity to look down at your ring, what memories will you remember about your experience?

A. One of the memories will likely be of the time I was preparing for international cadet selection. Since the international cadet program is a government-sponsored unit, I had to go through multiple tests and training in order to qualify as a candidate before coming to The Citadel. Apart from the requirements to become a candidate, I also had to perform cadet duties as a freshman in the Taiwanese Army Academy.

Whenever I look down at the ring on my hand, at some point in the future, it will certainly remind me of the countless efforts and commitments that helped me become one of the members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Chiang, right, and his brother when after reaching the summit of Hehuan Mountain in Taiwan

Q. How will you bring a new meaning to the ring?

A. I will bring a new meaning to the ring by being a good officer in the Taiwanese Army.

I will utilize the leadership skills that I learn at The Citadel to lead the Taiwanese soldiers with humility and develop them into becoming principled leaders.

About The Citadel Class of 2022 Ring Stories

Left to right: MSG Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO, and MAJ Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, Class of 2022.

The Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony is Friday, Oct. 1. The stories presented here are the result of the leadership of Regimental Public Affairs officer, Major Samantha Walton, and Regimental Public Affairs Non Commissioned Officer, Cadet Olivia Hime. Both women will also receive their rings and will graduate in May.

Walton, who is from Macon, Georgia, attends The Citadel on an U.S. Army scholarship and will accept a commission to become an officer upon graduating. She is majoring in Political Science.

Hime, who is from Holly Springs, North Carolina, is a junior and a member of The Citadel Honors Program. She is majoring in Biology, has repeatedly earned gold stars and President’s List positions for academic excellence. Hime will graduate in May, a year early, and plans to attend medical school to become a physician.

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New cadets added to Distinguished Scholars Program, inaugural class readying to graduate https://today.citadel.edu/new-cadets-added-to-distinguished-scholars-program-inaugural-class-readying-to-graduate/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:52:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26156 Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall"Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program."]]> Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall

Photo above: Three new members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program, Cadets Joseph Stilwell, Mary Coast Watson and Joshua Howell, pose for a portrait in front of Bond Hall on The Citadel campus.

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program is proud to announce its third group of cadets.

Nine additional cadets are now in the program. All but one will graduate in 2024. The eight sophomores and one junior were recently selected following their successful applications and interviews.

The new Distinguished Scholars are:

Leo Ernesto Bachir Eckhardt
Major: Intelligence and Security Studies; Social Studies Education; Criminal Justice.
Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Joshua Howell
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Thomas Grealy (Marine scholarship)
Major: Finance
Hometown: South Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Milling
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Riley Neiders (Air Force scholarship, Rifle Team)
Majors: Political Science and Business Management
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Rohan Shah (Basketball team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Burr Ridge, Illinois

Ben Stemmet (Wrestling team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois

Joseph Stilwell (Army scholarship)
Major: English
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Mary Coastal Watkins
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program began in 2019 to provide preparation for select cadets that should improve their chances for acceptance to elite graduate schools or selection for the highest level of scholarships.

“The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program attracts strikingly motivated students who already have a highly developed sense of personal mission and purpose,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., a professor of management and leadership at The Citadel who created the program. 

More about The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program

There are 20 cadets in the program with the three cohorts of scholars. Four cadets from the inaugural group are preparing to graduate in May 2022.

“Our scholars are pursuing multiple majors and minors, some hold rank and added responsibility in the Corps, some are planning to commission into the armed forces, while others have a passion driving their ambition to seek greater challenges,” Walker added. “All are benefiting from our training them to be leaders in their field and giving them an edge to compete for life-changing, graduate-level educational opportunities.”

Walker explained that the scholars are inspired and encouraged to “up their game” and set their ambitions high. “By their senior year, they will have their sights set on applying for the most important and most highly sought after scholarships, like the Rhodes or Fulbright,” he said.

The scholars sign a contract agreeing to maintain a 3.75 GPA, are assigned faculty mentors and take one-on-one tutorials. The main structural element of the program are the tutorials in classical disciplines including Economics, English and Political Science. A new fourth class focuses on self-assessment and personal development to help scholars create compelling personal narratives that will make their applications stand out. In the tutorials, scholars read leading works and meet one-on-one with professors to discuss and interpret, then write and defend, persuasive papers. 

“To compete successfully, our scholars must possess spotless academic transcripts, demonstrate leadership, research and innovation in their field, civic awareness and social responsibility, and valuable skills gained through internships, service and employment experiences,” said Walker. “Our scholars have full access to five professors and 20 advisory board members to help them find the intersection of their interests, their passions and their skills.”

For more information about the program please email earl.walker@citadel.edu, or vperez@citadel.edu. The office phone number is (843) 953-9507. 

Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program. 

Dr. Earl Walker, program founder
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Stantec Hires Veteran Coastal Engineer to Bolster Coastal and Marine Practice https://today.citadel.edu/stantec-hires-veteran-coastal-engineer-to-bolster-coastal-and-marine-practice/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 19:31:16 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26100 Chris Mack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Citadel and has more than 30 years of engineering, management, and leadership experience]]>

Note: Chris Mack earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Citadel in 2018.

As seen in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

Leading global design firm Stantec has strengthened its ability to deliver coastal, marine, and resiliency solutions with the addition of Chris Mack, PE, MBA, PMP, D.CE. Mack will serve as a principal, regional director, and coastal engineering leader for a variety of services offered by Stantec’s Coastal and Marine practice. Based out of the Charleston, South Carolina office, Mack will support private and public clients, both locally and worldwide.

Mack brings more than 30 years of engineering, management, and leadership experience, including 13 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He is an expert in hydrology, hydraulics, coastal engineering, GIS, floodplain management, risk analysis, numerical modeling, software engineering, construction, design-bid-build, and program and project management. In leadership roles, Mack has served as a lead coastal engineering technical professional, a coastal planning and engineering team manager, and as a data science technical team manager.

“As we continue to aggressively expand our services in coastal and marine environments, we’re confident that Chris’ extensive knowledge and experience will support our mission and reinforce the high-quality services we provide our clients,” said Dom Kempson, vice president, and Water Sector lead for Environmental Services at Stantec. “We’re excited to welcome him to our team.”

In this role, Mack will advance Stantec’s Coastal and Marine practice, including its people, technologies, and clients, with an emphasis on natural hazards and risks, numerical modeling (e.g., storm surge and erosion), coastal zone management, coastal engineering, environmental restoration, climate change, and resiliency.

Most recently, he served as a senior coastal engineering advisor on the USACE’s Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Project in Galveston, Texas, led coastal and data management teams for the Texas General Land Office’s regional flood risk and mitigation studies, and oversaw coastal engineering teams who developed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s coastal modeling, analyses, and flood hazard mapping for the Southeast coast of the United States from Cape Lookout, North Carolina to the Florida Keys.

Mack has also served as a coastal lead on multiple port and marine, navigation, and dredging projects for state port agencies, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. His recent resiliency projects include the Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Daytona Beach. Mack has also supported South Carolina clients with coastal engineering, numerical modeling, and resiliency projects, including the SC Department of Natural Resources, the SC Department of Transportation, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control – Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the City of Charleston.

Mack earned a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel, a Master of Science in computer science from the College of Charleston and The Citadel. He earned a Master of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in coastal engineering and modeling and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources from North Carolina State University. He has given numerous presentations for multiple conferences and professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, South Carolina Beach Advocates, Association of Floodplain Management, North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers, and the South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation.

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Citadel hosts emergency response training event in college’s new Bastin Hall https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-hosts-emergency-response-training-event-in-colleges-new-bastin-hall/ Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:43:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25427 The two-day event was organized and directed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Charleston. ]]>

More than 60 agencies represented during U.S. Coast Guard led exercise

Emergency response and crisis management professionals from agencies across the state gathered recently on The Citadel campus for a mass training exercise.

The two-day event was organized and directed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Charleston. The central gathering space for the exercise was hosted by The Citadel’s Baker School of Business in its new home, Bastin Hall.

The details of the mock emergency scenario, and corresponding drills and responses, are protected to preserve their integrity. However, event organizers permitted these photographs to demonstrate to the community the breadth of the event which involved five-dozen federal, U.S. Coast Guard, state, county and local agencies and authorities, and numerous non-government organizations and businesses.

Some of the participating entities included Navy Criminal Investigative Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the National Park Service, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Charleston County Emergency Management agencies, South Carolina Ports Authority, and the Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments.

“The Baker School of Business was honored to be a resource for this important U.S. Coast Guard training exercise by providing Bastin Hall as the central hub for for the event participants,” said David Desplaces, Ph.D., professor of Management and Entrepreneurship for The Citadel, and the Baker School of Business liaison for the training event.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston training exercise at The Citadel, July 20 – 21, 2021.

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MUSC, Citadel collaborate on health innovation initiative https://today.citadel.edu/musc-citadel-collaborate-to-health-innovation-initiative/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25205 The program will create a core team that will develop innovative products focused on improving the health of state residents.]]>

Photo: The lobby of Bastin Hall, the home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Teri Griffis

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Surgery Human-Centered Design Program and The Citadel Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Innovation Lab will collaborate on a joint effort.

The program will create a core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students who will develop innovative products focused on improving the health of state residents, MUSC said in a news release.

Both programs similarly promote innovative thinking. The BSB Innovation Lab focuses on teaching students the value of ground-breaking thinking and offers then the chance and guidance to invent and helm business ideas, build out a business plan and pitch ideas to investors.

MUSC’s HCD program was founded to develop original ways to solve unmet surgical and medical needs. The program is led by Joshua Kim and was established under the leadership of chief of surgical oncology Dr. David Mahvi and vice chair of research Michael Yost, Ph.D.

The two programs were brought together in March 2020 when the country faced protective mask shortages, particularly N-95 versions, as the pandemic picked up pace.

During that time, Kim’s team of biomedical engineers and medical professionals developed plans for 3D-printed masks. The BSB Innovation Lab then collaborated with MUSC to print more than 500 masks to help to resolve the region’s shortage.

“Through this new partnership, we can seamlessly innovate a design, develop a business plan and produce products that improve patient care,” said Mahvi.

By coming together, the partnership promotes collaboration, academic growth and learning opportunities students may not have experienced in their respective schools. Residents and medical students are immersed in business training and entrepreneurship skills, while business students are exposed to the health care system.

By working together, Capt. James Bezjian, director of the Innovation Lab and an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business, said the schools are able to work on projects that have “life-changing” capabilities.

“The relationship the BSB Innovation Lab built with MUSC during the height of the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to partner and continue working toward improving the lives of medical professionals and the patients they take care of,” Bezjian said.

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When provincial and state populations exceed 9.5 million, government spending and taxes tend to increase; implications for Ontario, California and New York https://today.citadel.edu/when-provincial-and-state-populations-exceed-9-5-million-government-spending-and-taxes-tend-to-increase-implications-for-ontario-california-and-new-york/ Fri, 09 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25192 The researcher, Russell Sobel, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.]]>

Note: Russell Sobel, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

As seen in Yahoo Finance

Provinces and states such as Ontario, California and New York whose populations have grown beyond 9.5 million people tend to have higher levels of government spending, higher taxes and less flexible labour markets, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Government spending and taxes, and labour market flexibility, or what has been referred to as economic freedom is linked high levels of prosperity, economic growth and overall well-being,” said Professor Russell Sobel, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of The Determinants of Subnational Economic Freedom.

The study, which analyzes 158 states and provinces in seven countries, uses data from the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of North America report (and other reports modelled after it) to determine the optimal population size for states and provinces (subnational jurisdictions) to maximize economic freedom.

The study finds that subnational economic freedom for states and provinces, including in Canada and the U.S., are negatively related with population at levels above a size of roughly 9.5 million people. Economic freedom rises with population initially, attains a maximum (roughly 9.5 million), then begins to decline as population grows larger.

“Simply put, being too large is a disadvantage in terms of achieving high levels of economic freedom,” said Sobel.

“This has implications for states and provinces whose populations already exceed 9.5 million as well as those subnational jurisdictions experiencing population growth in terms of their ability to maintain reasonable levels of government spending and taxes.”

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Congratulations to The Citadel’s 2021 veteran student graduates https://today.citadel.edu/congratulations-to-the-citadels-2021-veteran-student-graduates/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 10:00:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24843 First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America. The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who]]>

First, to all of The Citadel’s veteran students, thank you for your service to the United States of America.

The college would also like to congratulate our veteran students who graduated as part of The Citadel Class of 2021.

Veteran students at The Citadel (named one of the Top Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report, and other ranking sources), can study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, either on campus, or online depending on the degree.

The veteran student Class of 2021 graduates studied in the programs and settings that best fit their career goals and personal needs, including as cadet veterans, day veterans attending with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, evening undergraduate veterans, graduate school veterans, or as active duty students.

The Citadel Class of 2021 veteran students are as follows (day program):

Ian Earl Adams
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Joseph Peter Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Katelyn Marie Arnold
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Wayland Ray Baker
Master of Business Administration

Curtis Michael Baynes
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Matthew Stephen Bonham
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Steven Buckwalter
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Corey Matthew Byrd
Master of Business Administration

Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Stephanie Rose Clinevell
Master of Business Administration

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science Project Management

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science Project Management

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science Project Management

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science Project Management

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Evening program graduates

Christian Edward Cochran
Master of Business Administration

Brittney Marie Deckard
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Joseph Raymond Demelis
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Nicholas Erickson
Master of Business Administration

Margaret Chandler Fowler
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jose Daniel Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Luis Humberto Garcia
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Jamar Haggwood
Master of Business Administration

Alden Moinet Hathaway III
Master of Business Administration

Carlo Michael Hodil
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Timothy Douglas Jones
Master of Business Administration

Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina
Master of Science

Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Andrew Robert Nyser
Master of Science

Dennis Brian O’Connor
Master of Science

William Bradley Pond
Master of Business Administration

Matthew Edward Rushing
Master of Science

John Paul Semones
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Michael Sharpe
Master of Business Administration

Trevor Raymond Speelman
Master of Business Administration

Jonathan Meyer Workman
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Support for veterans studying with The Citadel

Veteran Student Success Center

The Citadel proudly offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their education in an environment that understands and appreciates military service. There is a special building on campus dedicated to veteran students for their use only. Read more here about the Veteran Student Success Center , how to apply to The Citadel and how to get assistance with your G.I. Bill funding.

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

The Citadel Student Veterans Association Chapter is a direct portal from the U.S. Armed Forces to the proud and respected traditions of the higher education our country is known for. It is run by the college’s veteran students with the help of The Citadel’s Veterans Services Coordinator.

“At The Citadel we find the likeminded brotherhood that drew us each to our respective branches of service.” 

The Citadel Student Veterans Association

For more information, please email citadelveterans@citadel.edu.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship Program

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020
The Baker Veteran Fellowship Awards Ceremony and Veteran Student Gold Star Certificate Presentations take place at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The Tommy Baker Veteran Fellowship is a unique and rewarding experience for veteran students intended to help meet the immediate set of needs of veteran students at The Citadel, while positioning the fellows for future success. With the support from Tommy Baker, (namesake for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business), selected Citadel veterans studying in all areas are given a significant advantage over students at other institutions.

The program includes 10 fellowships each academic year and includes a $5,000 stipend for tuition and educational expenses and an individualized internship experience overseen by The Citadel Career Services division, which offers academic credit as well as a customized educational experience. One component of the internship experience is a research project, where students complete an assessment of an organizational issue with recommended strategies and solutions.  To learn more, or to apply, please visit this webpage.

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Great careers, graduate college and more; it’s straight to business for members of the Class of 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/great-careers-graduate-college-and-more-its-straight-to-business-for-members-of-the-class-of-2021/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24582 This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.]]>

There are thousands of ways a graduate can use a business degree to help improve their local and global communities.

Now, thanks to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, there are hundreds of leaders in the field doing just that.

This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.

Business degrees are some of the most popular at The Citadel, offering graduates flexible career paths through the three departments and associated pathways: Accounting and FinanceManagement and Entrepreneurship; and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

The Class of 2021 also has the unique distinction of being the first to graduate after the opening of Bastin Hall, the new home for the BSB.

Take a look at just some of the outstanding outcomes achieved by members of this year’s graduating class:

Cadet Patrick Kress, earning the rewards of his investment
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

(left to right) Grandmother Marjorie Smith, father Adrian Kress (’89), Patrick Kress (’21) and grandfather James Dawson Smith Jr. (’59)

In keeping with his business mindset, Patrick Kress’s decision to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets came down to two things: investment and inheritance.

Kress comes from a long line of alumni. His father, Adrian Kress, ’89, grandfather, James Dawson Smith Jr., ’59, and great grandfather, James Dawson Smith Sr., ’34, are all members of the Long Gray Line.

“Besides my family legacy, I knew that I would grow more at The Citadel and that it would be a good long-term investment,” said Kress. “Looking back and visiting my friends at other colleges, I never doubted my decision. I also know now how much more I have achieved due to attending a place that pushes you to be your best.”

Kress, who served as the Fifth Battalion Commander his senior year, now serves as a marketing representative at Federated Insurance, one of the country’s largest mutual insurance companies. In his new role, he will help clients with property, casualty and life insurance — all while working to grow his territory by adding quality customers.

“Challenging yourself will only help your future self, doing things that are comfortable will only make you stagnant,” said Kress.

Cadet Brett Martin, interning and getting ready to master finance
Bachelor of Science in Finance, minor in Economics

Brett Martin just outside of Lesesne Gateway on The Citadel campus.

Brett Martin was in high school when he first felt pulled to The Citadel. That’s where his mentor, an alumnus, helped him see the benefits of an education from the Military College of South Carolina — especially how the challenging environment provided more than just a degree.

“The Citadel doesn’t just give you a handful of useful tools — it transforms you, and alumni become the embodiment of what makes the institution what it is,” said Martin. “The Citadel does not make superstars, it makes men and women who are willing and able to do one more than everyone else and, overtime, consistency exponentially grows success.”

For Martin, the transformation meant realizing that his passion was not to work in law but, instead, finance. Now, having earned four year’s worth of skills, both in and out of The Citadel classrooms, Martin has been accepted into Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, a consistently top-ranked business school in the nation.

Throughout the summer, he will intern as a high Yield Summer Analyst with Barings Global Investment Management in Charlotte, NC.

“The Citadel provides a unique college experience that holds value within every future career path,” said Martin. “A strong foundation of discipline, time management and leadership are great prerequisites for success and can place you ahead of your peers within the job market.”

Ashley Bowers, in the business of keeping women healthy
Master of Business Administration

Ashley Bowers on The Citadel campus

Ashley Bowers wanted her MBA to help keep women in her community healthy.

Bowers is the practice administrator at The Breast Place, a local, Charleston company that provides for women facing life’s challenges. As administrator, she manages the company’s financials, as well as human resources, marketing, compliance, credentialing and day-to-day operations; another goal Bowers has is to bring in more providers and create a bigger team.

“I specifically decided to get my MBA to help me run this practice more efficiently so that we are able to provide a better and more cost-effective service to our patients. A medical practice is very much a business — we are not owned by a corporation that sets our budgets, pays for our overhead or handles our HR policies, so gaining this knowledge has really helped me and this company perform better.”

A large factor in helping Bowers, a working mom, get her education and help improve The Breast Place was the option to earn her degree online.

“Having the ability to attend classes online while still having a local presence if I ever needed to reach out for help was great,” she said. “The flexibility of the online platform gave me the opportunity to still run my business, care for my family and expand my education at the same time.”

Since becoming administrator, she says the practice moved to a larger office, added an aesthetic line of service,. upgraded their electronic medical records system, changed protocols for scheduling patient appointments and surgeries, hired two additional midlevel providers and more.

To learn more about the programs offered through the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, click here or email bsb@citadel.edu.

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MUSC, The Citadel’s Innovation Lab strengthen collaboration https://today.citadel.edu/musc-the-citadels-innovation-lab-strengthen-collaboration/ Tue, 08 Jun 2021 16:45:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24672 A core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students will develop innovative products focused on improving health in South Carolina.]]>

Photo: 3D-printed pieces of the protective masks made for MUSC, by faculty and staff at The Citadel, to address the mask shortage in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As seen in the Moultrie News

The MUSC Department of Surgery Human-Centered Design Program and The Citadel Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business Innovation Lab recently announced a partnership that will promote the enrichment of both program’s innovation, teaching and learning missions.

Through a memorandum of agreement, the two programs will work together to form a core team of medical students, residents and Citadel cadets and students to develop innovative products focused on increasing the health of South Carolinians.

The MUSC residents and students will collaborate with the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab cadets and students to work toward patentable or registerable projects.

The HCD program, led by Joshua Kim, was established under the leadership of chief of Surgical Oncology David Mahvi, M.D., and vice chair of Research Michael Yost, Ph.D., to cultivate innovative approaches to solve unmet surgical and medical needs.

The BSB Innovation Lab has a similar mission – it is dedicated to teaching students the value of innovative thinking along with offering the opportunity to pioneer innovations and business ideas, learn how to build out a business plan and pitch their ideas to investors.

In March of 2020, with the threat of a shortage of protective masks looming as the coronavirus pandemic grew, MUSC’s Kim innovated with a team of biomedical engineers and medical professionals to develop plans for 3D-printed masks. Once the design was available, the BSB Innovation Lab collaborated with MUSC and printed more than 500 masks to help to resolve the N-95 mask shortage in the region.

“The relationship the BSB Innovation Lab built with MUSC during the height of the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to partner and continue working toward improving the lives of medical professionals and the patients they take care of,” said Capt. James Bezjian, Ph.D., director of the Innovation Lab and an assistant professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business. “By working with the MUSC Human Centered Design team, we are able to assist with projects that have life-changing capability.”

Kim will work with design teams of surgeons, residents, engineers and business development trainees based on design initiatives presented by surgeons and residents. “Through this new partnership, we can seamlessly innovate a design, develop a business plan and produce products that improve patient care,” said Mahvi.

The collaboration also provides an opportunity for academic growth. Residents and medical students gain knowledge and experience in business and entrepreneurship skills, and business students are exposed to new product ideas in the health care arena.

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