Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:22:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Citadel Intelligence and Security Studies veteran student awarded Rangel Graduate Fellowship for foreign service https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-intelligence-and-security-studies-veteran-student-awarded-rangel-graduate-fellowship-for-foreign-service/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:20:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20594 Ashley Towers served America for eight years in the Army National Guard’s military police force. Now she will serve the nation again, this time in foreign service through the U.S.]]>

Ashley Towers served America for eight years in the Army National Guard’s military police force. Now she will serve the nation again, this time in foreign service through the U.S. Department of State.

Towers is among a group of 45 individuals recently awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship through a highly competitive, nationwide process. The program prepares “outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy,” according to the Rangel website.

“As a veteran student and campus leader, Ashley Towers exemplifies the very best in Citadel academics and leadership and is truly deserving of a prestigious Rangel Graduate Fellowship,” said Larry Valero, Ph.D. head of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies for The Citadel.

Ashley Towers, seen far right, photographed with some of the members of The Citadel Veteran Student Veteran Association in front of the Howitzer cannons on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Towers currently serves as president for the The Citadel Graduate College’s Student Veteran Association.

Towers and her class of Fellows will be supported through through two years of graduate study at universities of distinction, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. The program awards the fellowships annually.

“When I first began looking at the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, I was immediately drawn to the opportunity of such amazing funding for graduate school, and the excitement of a career with the U.S. Foreign Service that involves travel all over the world and learning new languages,” Towers said. “But when I dug deeper into what being a Foreign Service Officer entails, I realized that it would mean much more to me – it would mean serving a greater purpose in another, very different capacity than my time spent in the military, and finding camaraderie in sharing a very important mission. To represent and promote U.S. interests and policy abroad is a great responsibility, and I am honored and grateful for the opportunity.”

The Fellowship is administered by Howard University and provides each recipient with $42,000 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.

Additionally, Towers will have a personally assigned foreign service officer mentor. She will also participate in two summer internships including working on international issues for members of Congress in Washington, D.C. and working in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate assisted with up to $20,000 for internship related expenses.

Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements and all security screenings will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service. 

About The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

Intelligence and Securities Studies is one of the most popular and fastest growing academic areas of interest at The Citadel. The Citadel has trained provided highly skilled intelligence and security military officers and civilian leaders for more than 100 years.

The Citadel offers Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies, a non-cadet degree completion program, and a minor. Additionally, The Citadel Graduate College offers a Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies or a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis.

In the fall of 2020 there were approximately 375 undergraduate majors, 20 minors, and 85 graduate students.

For more information on the programs, please email intell@citadel.edu.

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The Citadel ranks as best online college in the state https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-ranks-as-best-online-college-in-the-state/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:32:12 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18267 The Citadel is ranked number one for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina]]>

Note: The Citadel is ranked #1 for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. To see the colleges’ scores, click here.

As seen on College Consensus

Online degrees in South Carolina provide an accessible education for residents at multiple levels of education at an affordable cost. From online technical colleges in South Carolina to advanced degrees, these distance learning programs provide a variety of careers to choose from. While anyone seeking higher education in the state can benefit from South Carolina online colleges, working adults, nontraditional students, and rural residents are a perfect fit for one of these programs. 

Many online programs are tailored to meet the schedules of working adults, understanding that traditional Monday-Friday class times just aren’t a fit with most full-time employment. Non-traditional students such as those pursuing a career change, or parents with young children at home can also benefit from these flexible schedules. Finally, rural residents are able to stay near friends and family while studying online. With few physical colleges in most small-town areas, online schools offer quality education without needing to move.

Ranking the Best Online Colleges in South Carolina

How does College Consensus decide the best online colleges in South Carolina? It starts with the Consensus Score, which combines reputable rankings and legitimate student reviews into a single score. We then research Consensus-ranked institutions to find those offering at least 3 online undergraduate programs. Only accredited institutions are considered. Schools are ranked below by their Consensus Score.

If you’re interested in traditional campus-based schools, check out our ranking of the Best Colleges in South Carolina.  You can also find out more about college financial aid with our list of the Top South Carolina Scholarships.

What Kinds of Degrees are Available Online?

Online degrees in South Carolina come in a wide variety from certificates to Associate’s and including South Carolina online Masters programs. The specific type of degree depends on the college offerings as well as the choice of study. Certificate programs may not count as a traditional degree, but many of these programs are short at only a few weeks or a few months and can have a significant return on investment. Associates programs are typically 2-year degrees, while Bachelor’s programs offer a 4-year degree. Master’s programs are most commonly 2-3 years schooling after a Bachelor’s, such as a South Carolina online MBA. A few Ph.D. programs are also available online, although this selection is more limited for your South Carolina online degree.

How Can I Save Money?

Online degree programs in South Carolina can provide a lower cost to students than regional public institutions or community colleges. It would be a poor description to say that the education quality is cheap, but the tuition and schooling costs definitely feel like cheap online colleges in South Carolina when it comes to your budget. Just think of some of the simple ways you save money — like not paying the cost of car and gas for commute, not including dorm living and food costs. Tuition for in-state college is only 40% of the cost of a 4-year degree and only 20% of the total cost of a 2-year degree for traditional attendance. That means online students have the opportunity to gain savings in 60-80% of the costs on-campus students must spend, while still gaining the benefit of online tuition in many places.

Online students are often also working students, hoping to not sacrifice income to further their education. Many jobs will also provide an employer reimbursement program for tuition expenses. This may be especially true if you are considering a program such as those offered at online technical colleges in South Carolina, where your degree may be directly applicable to your current career, for example as a dental assistant, transcriptionist, or electrical apprentice.

Are there Public Online Colleges?

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of for-profit colleges in the news. While it’s true that many for-profit universities offer online degrees with a bad reputation, fortunately, there are also many public online programs. Public programs are often part of not-for-profit school systems and have strong reputations. As technology has evolved, so too has most school offerings so that now many of the brick and mortar schools have additional online programs. U.S. News and World Report list many reputable online programs nationwide. The key is to look for accredited online colleges in South Carolina. Accreditation means that a school has met specific quality criteria including academic standards and adequate training in your field. This guarantee of quality is also a good indicator that employers will value your degree once completed.

Specifically, in South Carolina, there are some great online accredited schools. With many programs geared towards South Carolina tech work like Samsung, many of these online programs can yield a degree in a high-paying career such as software development. Check out programs at the University of South Carolina, where you might major in elementary education or get your online masters in information technology. Consider Charleston Southern University for a certification in supply chain management and enjoy online career counseling services via Skype. While there are many to choose from, another great choice for South Carolina locals in Limestone College. Get an associate’s degree in business administration and enjoy a vibrant online job board to help better position you for post-school success.

South Carolina offers a large number of affordable online degree programs for residents. Gain the benefits of your local community with a nationally accredited degree. Continue your career growth no matter what stage of life with one of these quality programs.

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The Lowcountry Graduate Center, co-founded by The Citadel, moves locations https://today.citadel.edu/the-lowcountry-graduate-center-co-founded-by-the-citadel-moves-locations/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:00:07 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18020 The Lowcountry Graduate Center was founded by institutions including The Citadel, the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.]]>

The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) is a state-funded organization that was founded by top-rated institutions including The Citadel, the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.

With plans to expand its utilization, The Citadel currently offers Project Management classes at the LGC, along with a few other Engineering courses.

“The Citadel’s graduate programs have been a presence in the Lowcountry Graduate Center since its inception,” said Kelly Brennan, Ph.D., The Citadel’s associate provost of enrollment management. “We are excited to continue to partner with the Lowcountry Graduate Center to bring educational opportunities to our community members in North Charleston. Building upon our online graduate programs, we are looking forward to expanding in-person course offerings that meet the needs of the community.”

LGC Moving to Trident Tech Thornley Campus

As the center of gravity – and employment in particular – moves north up the I-26 corridor in the Lowcountry, so does the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC). This summer, the LGC will move its operations to Trident Technical College’s Thornley Campus on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

Now more convenient than ever, and with extended hours for programs and services, the Lowcountry Graduate Center is even better positioned to provide graduate education. Working professionals throughout the Lowcountry can cultivate new skill sets and grow their careers at the LGC.

Joining the high school-through-graduate education pipeline at Trident Tech, the LGC will remain an independent organization. It will continue to provide in-person and hybrid graduate level programs of study and courses in fully digital classrooms with robust support services and free parking. Some will culminate in degrees while others generate an academic certificate with credits towards a future degree. Still others may simply represent a certificate of completion and accomplishment at a graduate level.

The new location in Building 920, the Center for Economic Development, allows the Lowcountry Graduate Center to extend its program and service hours to weekends, complementing the evening classes and services previously offered. Among the resources in that building are computer labs; high speed internet access; the College Center conference space; and Relish, the fine dining restaurant of Trident Tech’s Culinary Institute of Charleston. LGC students will have routine access to common shared areas such as to student break rooms, beyond the dedicated space for their classrooms in Building 920.

“As major manufacturing companies like Volvo and their suppliers locate at the northern edge of the Lowcountry, the need increases for a central location like Trident Tech, which sits between two I-26 exits and in proximity to Airport Road from Boeing,” said Dr. Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “Given the LGC’s longstanding involvement in the Metro Charleston Chamber’s Career Academies for the area’s high school students, I am delighted to be a new extension of Dr. Mary Thornley’s vision for education and career development in support of the Lowcountry’s growing and increasingly sophisticated workforce,” added Muller.

Added Trident Tech Vice President for Academic Affairs Cathy Almquist. “At Trident Tech, part of our mission is to enable members of our community to pursue higher education. We are delighted to host the Lowcountry Graduate Center as they help members of our community fulfill the goal of completing a graduate program.”

Recognizing that an educated populace is a key to economic growth and well-being, the LGC works with trusted advisors – business leaders, major employers, and academic institutions – throughout the Lowcountry to identify graduate studies, certificates, and degrees that will help meet workforce needs in the region.

About the Lowcountry Graduate Center

Funded annually by the State, the Lowcountry Graduate Center was created in 2001 as a consortium of the College of Charleston, The Citadel, and the Medical University of South Carolina. These founding institutions, along with the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University, now offer a variety of graduate degrees and certificates at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. Conveniently located in North Charleston, the mission of the Lowcountry Graduate Center is to increase access to higher education by professionals in the workforce, support the region’s employers, and meet the economic, business development, and social needs of the Lowcountry. For more information, visit https://www.lowcountrygradcenter.org

About Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College is a public, two-year, multi-campus community college that provides quality education and promotes economic development in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. TTC is a member of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education system that includes 16 technical colleges in South Carolina.

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Unfit to Serve https://today.citadel.edu/scholarships-graduate-program-tactical-performance-resiliency/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:36:45 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17173 Tactical Performance and ResiliencyTactical Performance and ResiliencyFull and partial scholarships are now available to support graduate students wishing to enroll in The Citadel's tactical performance and resiliency program.]]> Tactical Performance and ResiliencyTactical Performance and Resiliency

Many U.S citizens who want to join the military are turned away because they’re not physically fit. Others are turned away because they’re not mentally fit. The two go hand in hand, according to Dr. Dan Bornstein, a professor of exercise science in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Bornstein, who launched the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CPR3) at The Citadel, states “we are at a crisis in this country where nearly seventy-five percent of Americans of military age are ineligible to serve in the military, and the largest reason is that they’re either too fat, too unfit or both.” 

In addition, the U.S. Army is preparing to ramp up its physical fitness standards with its new Army Combat Fitness test, which may make it even harder to find qualified recruits. According to a study led by Bornstein in collaboration with the U.S. Army Public Health Center and the American Heart Association, this will become exponentially hard in the south which delivers the highest number of recruits to the military yet has a higher percentage of obesity and is collectively more unfit than the rest of the country.

Dr. Bornstein has strong convictions regarding physical and mental fitness and the dual role they play in our national security. “Part of the reason I came to The Citadel is that it’s a military college. I felt that by being here, where leadership is central to the mission of the college, I would have the opportunity to collaborate with others in demonstrating the importance of physical, mental and psychological fitness. These issues are critical not only for the health of our population, but also for the safety and security of our state and nation.”

Bornstein has had his own personal experiences early in life to draw upon and has since conducted an abundance of research over the years to get him where he is today, which is the authority for addressing fitness-related problems at each phase of the military pipeline from recruitment to basic training to active duty to veteran status. Bornstein has worked with the U.S. Army Public Health Center to help identify the problems of low fitness on military readiness, but he has also worked to help solve the problem by working with commandant’s office at The Citadel, as well as the department of athletics to create a physical readiness officer program that enables cadets to assist other cadets in improving the physical training program. He’s also conducted several research studies in collaboration with the psychology department regarding the linkage between mental and psychological fitness and physiology.

“We have an obligation to graduate men and women who have the drive to maintain not only their own fitness and health, but that of their families, co-workers and communities.  We are poised to help lead the way in solving some of the most pressing fitness, health and security issues of our time.  If The Citadel’s not going to lead the way in improving the fitness of tomorrow’s leaders as well as today’s military personnel, veterans and first responders, then who will?”

Bornstein is committed to helping The Citadel become the solution to the problem.  One way he is doing this is by developing academic programs that prepare individuals to become leaders in ensuring the fitness of tactical athletes. Tactical athletes include first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, as well as military personnel. Fitness for tactical athletes is a lot more than physical fitness, it’s also psychological. And unlike sport athletes who train for wins and losses on the field or court, tactical athletes train for life or death.

These academic programs were developed in response to the public and private sectors experiencing a rapidly growing demand for properly-educated tactical fitness professionals–from military service members, as well as first responders who’ve had a taste of military culture–to train other military service members, firefighters, law enforcement officers and veterans on how to become and stay ready to serve their communities and nation.

One of these programs is a Master of Science in Health, Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Tactical Performance and Resiliency. This on campus program is conferred by the Department of Health and Human Performance and delivers the ideal educational platform for qualified candidates looking to gain hands-on experience training a tactical unit. Students will learn advanced methods for developing and delivering holistic fitness programs to improve the performance and resiliency of warfighters, firefighters, and crime fighters, while understanding the physical and psychological underpinnings of performance.

Students in this program will complete over 300 hours of hands-on, face-to-face coaching of tactical teams under the guidance of faculty and staff. And they will receive critical feedback on their abilities to develop, execute, and evaluate programs for tactical athletes. Though graduate students are not cadets and do not live a military lifestyle, they get a chance to immerse themselves in a military culture that will translate into working more effectively in other military or paramilitary settings.

Students will learn from the best and complete their education with a preparedness to apply, design and deliver optimum tactical training programs while gaining a competitive edge in advancing their careers.

Full and partial scholarships are now available to support graduate students wishing to earn their degree in tactical performance and resiliency. Scholarship applications are due no later than July 31, 2020.

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Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap https://today.citadel.edu/closing-the-cybersecurity-skills-gap/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:18:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17170 Graduate Certificate in CybersecurityGraduate Certificate in CybersecurityThe demand for Cybersecurity professionals in the government and industry are more than the graduates that we are producing. The Citadel's Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity prepares you to play a critical role in the world of Internet security. ]]> Graduate Certificate in CybersecurityGraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

So much of our daily lives rely on technology. Almost everything we do is surrounded by tech both personally, at work and globally. Personal property like your smartphone, your vehicle, Google Home or Alexa and even the thermostat on your wall, are susceptible to an information breach of your private life.  These threats are real and can cause a huge disruption.  Think about how much technology you rely on and how much of your personal information is stored across all your devices.  Cybersecurity can often be taken for granted.

The Department of Homeland Security describes cybersecurity as the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.

According to the New York Times, an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be available in the year 2021, with many of these positions lacking employees.  As we continue to face threats from criminal cyber-attacks, public concern continues to grow.  It is crucial to devote proper training to existing staff on what actions should be taken to prevent attacks.  So, what is being done to assure we are ready for the new threats that face us?

The proper skill set needed to protect our future begins with The Citadel’s Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. “The demand for Cybersecurity professionals in the government and the industry are more than the graduates that we are producing. Students will learn the necessary cybersecurity skillset from this certificate program to fill up this gap”, says Dr. Shankar Banik, Professor and Head of Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences at The Citadel. This certificate prepares you to play a critical role in the world of Internet security.

Our nation’s leaders recognize cybersecurity as a national imperative, and there is an immediate need for cybersecurity workforce development in the Lowcountry.  Major employers of computing professionals and the defense and business industry in the Charleston region are increasingly interested in employees specializing in cybersecurity. The Citadel has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the United States Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency adding to their credibility in this evolving technology field.

Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity prepares you to play a critical role in the world of Internet security. By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe basic components of cybersecurity
  2. Characterize the security profile of different types of networks
  3. Analyze and use classical and public key cryptography algorithms
  4. Secure a system from different kinds of attacks
  5. Analyze security of a cybersystem and perform risk assessment
  6. Discuss legal and ethical issues relating to cybersecurity

Apply today and make a difference in combating cyber criminals. 

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A dubious distinction? Hardly! Meet The Citadel’s 80-year-old, Class of 2020 graduate https://today.citadel.edu/a-dubious-distinction-hardly-meet-the-citadels-80-year-old-class-of-2020-graduate/ Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:00:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16833 "I worked as many as three part-time jobs at once to get by. Still, I always regretted not being able to finish my degree at The Citadel with my class in 1961."]]>

Photo above: Thomas Dewey Wise on his Citadel graduation day celebrating with his triplet grandchildren, (left to right) Hannah, John Dewey “J.D.” and Katlin.

When Thomas Dewey Wise was first contacted about his most recent accomplishment — being the oldest person to earn a degree from The Citadel — he responded, saying that perhaps it was “a dubious distinction.”

“One of my granddaughters asked my wife, Pat, ‘Why is he doing this? Doesn’t he know he will be too old to get a job when he graduates?’ Wise joked in an email.

At one time, from 1957-1959, Wise was a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Then, it got complicated. Now, 61 years later, he graduated as a member of The Citadel Class of 2020, earning a Master of Arts in International Politics and Military Affairs, from The Citadel Graduate College in May.

Perhaps for Wise, after a lifetime of hefty accomplishments, earning a master’s degree (with honors) at the age of 80 isn’t a huge deal. But he did come a long way from his modest beginnings in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Thomas Dewey Wise celebrating his Citadel Class of 2020 commencement virtually on May 9, 2020. He graduate with honors, as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

According to Wise, his father left school after the ninth grade. His mother passed away when he was 13 and he had to start working 40 hours a week to help. Attending The Citadel was just a dream until his uncle offered to pay his tuition. But, after his uncle became ill, Wise had to leave the Military College of South Carolina.

Wise went back to Orangeburg, worked and saved, and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He kept going, earning a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. (He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Fourth Circuit.)

“I worked as many as three part-time jobs at once to get by. Still, I always regretted not being able to finish my degree at The Citadel with my class in 1961.”

In 1964, Wise entered the Army, completed Airborne School — having made more than 15 parachute jumps at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — and was sent to the war in Vietnam, before being sent to Washington D.C. as an appellate attorney for the Army Judiciary. As a captain, and after being awarded numerous medals, Wise returned to Charleston. Then, he built a law firm that eventually employed 23 attorneys. He was appointed Assistant County Attorney for Charleston County, and then was elected to the South Carolina Senate where he served for 12 years, focused on environmental conservation and children’s legislation.

Then-Senator Wise served on The Citadel Board of Visitors (the college’s governing body) from 1976 – 1984. He went on to found First Trident Savings Bank, serving on the bank’s board for years. Next, Wise left the practice of law and founded an international telecommunications company in Atlanta, Georgia.

An avid runner for much of his life, Wise was instrumental in organizing the first Cooper River Bridge Run in 1977, was named to the Cooper River Bridge Run Hall of Fame, and awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki Haley for his years of service to the state.

And during all of that, Wise and his wife Pat had sons Timothy and David (who graduated from the Citadel in 1994) and four cherished grandchildren.

In 2001, Wise “retired” and returned to South Carolina. He continued his education and passion for conservation through Clemson University, becoming a Master Wildlifer, a Master Gardener, a Master Tree Farmer and a Master Naturalist, devoting more than 500 hours of volunteer service to the Charleston county Master Gardner Program. He purchased 1,400 acres of barren pine land, which he converted into an award- winning wildlife habitat.

He credits his mother for fostering his love of learning. “We did not have many possessions, but somehow my mother bought a 26 volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia.” Wise said he read every volume.

But, why the master’s degree now?

“I was at a meeting with some Citadel friends in 2016, including Maj. Gen. Cliff Poole, Class of ’59. I said at one point I had thought about going back to The Citadel to get a master’s degree, but that I’d be 80 by the time I completed it. Cliff did not say anything for a while, but finally looked at me and asked, ‘How old will you be in three years if you don’t go back for the degree?’ Wow. Of course, I would rather be 80 years old with the degree than 80 years old without it. That was my ‘Carpe Diem’ moment.”

(Left) Thomas Dewey Wise, Citadel Class of 2020 with his son and his son, David, Citadel Class of 1994, showing off their bands of gold.

Now, in addition to admiring his band of gold next to his son’s, Wise offers thanks to two women who helped him:

“Dr. Sarah Tenney Sharman. She was my faculty advisor as well as a professor. She is a great credit to her profession and The Citadel and is a wonderful person. And my wife Pat earned this degree as much as I did. We live about two hours from campus, so she accompanied me to school and, while I was in class, she’d wait in the library. Then, she’d drive us home late at night. My Citadel ring has her name and the date of our marriage inscribed inside.”

What’s next for Thomas Dewey Wise?

I am writing my autobiography now. I want to somehow convey to my grandchildren what life was like before the digital revolution. I am writing a history book about the area of Colleton County we live in and a book about a distant relative by marriage, George Yarborough (Citadel Class of 1916) who earned the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I and whose portrait hangs in Daniel Library. I am publishing my master’s thesis which I expanded into a book entitled Hubris and The American Experience in Vietnam. Then, I want to find a position, doing analytical writing from home, perhaps with some think tank.

But truly, I felt greatly honored to learn I would be the oldest person to earn a Citadel degree. Surely someone will come along soon and break that record.

Thomas Dewey Wise
Citadel Class of 2020

Click on the box below to view Wise’s commencement video thanking his friends and family.

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At 91, Citadel’s first woman graduate celebrates 50th commencement anniversary https://today.citadel.edu/at-91-citadels-first-woman-graduate-celebrates-50th-commencement-anniversary/ Fri, 29 May 2020 14:45:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16580 Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970The first woman to graduate from The Citadel walked the stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree, 50 years ago, on May 29, 1970.]]> Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970Maxine Hudson speaking on phone and via zoom about being the first woman graduate at the citadel in 1970

Maxine Hudson among the first nine to graduate from The Citadel Graduate College in 1970

The first woman to graduate from The Citadel walked the stage to accept her diploma for a master’s degree, 50 years ago, on May 30, 1970.

At commencement they didn’t know what to do with this bunch of women. We were sort of like aliens.

Maxine Hudson, Citadel Graduate College Class of 1970, first woman to graduate from The Citadel

Maxine Hudson was with eight others who earned Master of Art in Teaching degrees in the first graduating class of what is now The Citadel Graduate College. Hudson was the “first” because she completed her course work in December 1969, and then participated with the others in the May commencement ceremony that included them and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

During the week of her 50th commencement anniversary, Hudson, now 91 years old, shared memories of her time on campus. She spoke with Tessa Updike, the director of The Citadel Archives, via Zoom and a mobile phone.

“Our president, Gen. Harris, was very warm. He was approachable and friendly. He really supported us,” Hudson said.

The Citadel President at the time, Gen. Hugh P. Harris, addressed the master’s degree candidates during commencement, awarding their diplomas just prior to the cadets’. The archive’s original copy of his speech reads:

“In September 1968, The Citadel started an accredited Master of Arts in Teaching Program. The program has been most successful in that we have more than 300 proceeding toward this degree. At this time, we have the first nine graduates…which will be conferred diplomas at this time.” 

Hudson, who taught history for years at North Charleston High School, first started taking undergraduate courses on The Citadel campus in the summers of the 1950s when cadets were not present. She says the University of South Carolina had an extension program for teachers at The Citadel. 

She met the man she would marry then, Dr. Herschel Hudson, a former cadet who volunteered to serve during World War II in the Marine Corps. He eventually earned his Ph.D. and returned to The Citadel as a professor.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

When the first evening master’s degree program started, The Citadel was an all-male college. It was during an era when women from outside, co-ed colleges, competed to be Miss Citadel for the all-male military college, back when the cadets’ yearbook had “centerfolds.”

Miss Citadel fold out in The South Carolina Corps of Cadets 1970 yearbook, The Spinx

Hudson was recruited by the college to attend the evening master’s program and was happy for women to be seen as scholars by the cadets who were on campus 24/7.

Maxine Hudson, first woman graduate of the Citadel speaking to the college's archivist via telephone and Zoom at 91 years old

“Everyone handled it with grace and dignity and in a manner that was acceptable. The way they handled it was beautiful. They did not make me feel like I was intruding or if I was breaking their tradition. Rather than making me feel like I was tearing something down, they made me feel like I was building it up. That certainty took a lot of acceptance. It made me feel proud.”

It was not until the 1970 commencement that women studying on campus became “news” with a small article in The News and Courier about The Citadel “going co-ed,” naming Hudson’s classmate, Suzanne Cross Butler, as the first woman to physically accept a diploma from The Citadel. It would not be until the 1990s when women would be admitted as undergraduate members of the Corps of Cadets.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

The list of the first graduating class of The Citadel Graduate college is as follows:

  • Suzanne Cross Butler
  • Jonnie Garren Harvey
  • Elizabeth Shriver Hoffman
  • Maxine Taylor Hudson
  • James Bernard Machen
  • Mary Ann Parsons
  • John Carlisle Smiley, Jr.
  • Mary Edna Stocks
  • Sara Owens Vale

Click on the photo below to view the original 1970 commencement program.

Provided by The Citadel Archives

Hudson’s full interview will be available on The Citadel Archives website in the future.

The Citadel would like to thank Indigo Hall, an assisted living community in Charleston, South Carolina, and Kim Bonner, the director of nursing, for facilitating the Zoom interview and phone call with Maxine Hudson.

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The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-graduate-college-class-of-2020/ Sat, 16 May 2020 20:00:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16454 Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement.]]>

Nearly 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students from The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) accepted degrees during The Citadel’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies, one for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and one for the CGC. Both can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page and on a special commencement website.

Part of the virtual commencement celebrations included creating a webpage for each graduate, where they and their loved ones can share messages. In total, more than 6,000 messages were left on the commencement profile pages.

Included in the ceremony:

  • 307 Master’s Degree students
  • 92 College Transfer Students (Undergraduate/evening or online)

The following students were among the graduating class:

Name    
AlyssaAlexander
HaroldThomasAnderson
MatthewBrianAnderson
JosephCastlemanAnnibale
ChristinaSoydenArnold
RichardGilbertArthur
ArielAyala
RoseMarieBailey
GraceElizabethBarry
DeborahAnneBarton
ZoeGraceBateman
TimothyBryanBeckham
LeilanyKristynBenejam
SandraDannetteBloom
MichaelBordner
NicoleMarieBossak
MichaelTaylorBrand
MatthewBrizzee
ArthurBradleyBrown
CherylenaLasttesBrown
DrewMichaelBryan
TaylorBuckley
AshleyBuckner
StevenColeBuffington
RemusBulmer
AdrienneEubanksBundrick
JohnZacharyBurchfield
KimElizabethBurton-Goides
JordanTaylorBuster
RyanMichaelButler
JayBaxterCaldwellIII
CurtisJeromeCapersJr.
LisaAnnCapriotti
VictoriaCarle
MaryCatherineCarmody
RossIanCaterino
MaeldaMirandaChalk
MeganSuzanneChampion
DavidFrancisChang
MackenzieChasteen
AshlynNoelleChism
JosephKeithClark
TaylorDawnCleeve
TimothyJohnCockrellJr.
ThomasJamesCoger
WilliamHunterColeIII
JosephArthurCollierII
MarieLaVigneConnelly
BryantMcLendonConyers
KenzieJoshuaCook
TylerDeanCovington
EzraCourtenayCowanJr.
TaylorJamesCox
RichardBadhamCoxeJr.
ShaniquaLatoyaCrews
DanielAlexanderCurlee
BrendanDavisDarby
ChristinaMarieDarby
DerekDevera
SarahJaneDevins
RochelleDomingue
VictoriaJoyDouglass
CassandraLashaeDowdy
EllenAshleyDuffy
WilliamWatsonDukeII
DavidBrandonDunevant
DanielArthurDuran
StevenChristopherDwiggins
KayceThaddeusElgin
JenniferLattanzioElkins
CatherineElliott
BritneyPrecilianaEllison
AlexandriaMarieEnglish
ZacharyOrionEvans
AllisonCatherineFabick
EmilySyngeFanguy
AaronZandFarzam
WilliamAlexanderFaulconer
LucyKaitlynFaulkner
MeganFederline
CatherineGraceFehrmann
MadelineAlexandraFellabom
AdrieneJamalFennell
StephenPabloFernandezdeBobadilla
CourtneyFetchen
JacquelineMacKenzieFischer
AmySueFleury
AndrewWalkerFloyd
MartinJamesFosberryIII
LeahKhindeFrazier
NicholasEdwardFrye
RicoGabriel
ShannelGaillard
JuliaLouiseGamarraMendoza
LuisGamarraMendoza
OadiahYvonneMeganGassett
MarisaGerena-Valentin
CarolineRoseGilbert
JenniferBethGnann
NatalyaGoldschmidt
RobertEdwinGordon
JillianRoseGouin
JonettaGregory
CarleneMarieGriffin
LauraJaneGuillen
CarolynClaireGutshall
JeanneMorrellHarrell
WilliamBennettHartley
MichaelA.Hassan
ConnorMilesHaugen
SarahParkerHearn
GeraldineChristianHenderson
JamesRodneyHendrickson
MatthewJonathanMyronHershman
Mary-MargaretHewitt
SierraLeoneHeyward
JamesAustinHigginbotham
AudreyMaeHiggins
KristenAnneHiggins
LindsayAndersonHill
JamesRyanHolbrook
TeniseLeChelleHolloway
SarahElisabethHooper
AustinHopcia
DonaldKellyHoward
WandaHughes
ZacharyRoyHuskins
GaryScottIce
MarkAllenIsaak
KimberlyIslas
MarjorieCorleyIsley
JamesLeoJacko
HopeSchraderJohnston
KatherineElizabethJordan
ZacharyThomasJordan
DanielleSimoneJoseph
JamesBevanJoseph
JohnPaulKarabees
NicholasLeeKarekel
PatrickPhillipKeefe
ConnorJayKern
ReggieKern
MarcusAaronKiriluk
KaraMarieKlein
KendreaDanielleKnight
MichaelKramer
MaryElizabethKroeger
RyanKunitzer
TaylorColeLafever
BrittanyBoswellLane
AmyElizabethLangdon
DanielRobertLawrence
RobinElizabethLawson
LeeanneJoleneLeary
NicholasAbramLee
PatriceAnneLeko
ConorSeamusLenahan
PeterJordanLocher
VictoriaNicoleLockridge
ScottJamesLusby
SarahElizabethLynch
MaryFrancesMace
JeremyStephenMackey
ToshawnkaMahone
PatrickDennisMangumJr.
SaraBrittanyMangum
JakePatrickMansfield
BerkeleyMarieMartin
ColinThomasMartin
GrahamJ.Martin
SaraMoellerMassey
KelseyLynnMazzocco
ErinClaireMcCarthy
RobertJamesMcCarthy
TaylorAnnPraterMcCormick
JoelCalvinMcCullough
JohnRichardMcEvoyJr.
LaurenAshleyMcManus
HilaryGarvinMcWhorterJr.
ThomasDavidMelvin
ValerieKayMeshell
SeanChristopherMichael
AmeliaMalloyMiddleton
LatoshiaEvodneyMiddleton
LyndseyElizabethMilburn
BenjaminHardyMillerII
JasonRobertMiller
EdwardVictorMirmowIV
JessicaPaigeMoeller
ToniReneeMoore
MatthewEdwardMorgan
KyleJosephMorris
KerryAyaMorrissey
RichardMarkMorvinJr.
QuentinAnthonyMullen
AnnaBagwellMullins
ElinorPraterMurray
MelissaReevesMyrick
FrancesElizabethNeal
ErinAlannaNeil
DrewThomasNickels
JenniferPriscillaBriekeNorred
AustinTimothyO'Donoghue
CarlyOsborn
ScottOwens
MatthewKellardPaiva
CarrieElizabethPapa
BrianBenjaminParker
CatherineElizabethParker
BenjaminFranklinParmenterII
MatthewMilburnPatterson
LauraButlerPeirano
TianaJanae'Peoples
JohnWilliamPerry
ShawnStevenPfeffer
ScottPierson
JorgeFernandoPinillosJr.
NathanChristopherPlatt
MichaelJacobPopovich
RachelLynnPowers
AshleyElizabethPrentice
JamesWestonQuintrell
GabrielOmarRamos
NicholasLewisRanko
DanielleAshleyRappel
KristinAnneRebholz
RebeccaNicoleRedman
WilliamWadeReid
JohnFletcherRickardJr.
MarinelleRiley
MichelleSueRoberts
AlexandraConwayRodis
KeeanaJanaiRoss
KenndalRote
AliciaH.Rouse
AshleyCamilleRussell
CassandraLeighRyman
ChristopherSaddlemire
KathrynAnnSanders
JoshuaPearreSansbury
DavidThomasSanto
MichaelJamesSarkkinen
TabithaDawnSaunders
CarolineBelleSawyer
KennethJohnScarlett
RachelVictoriaSchaefer
ThomasAdamSchaefer
KatherineMcDanielSchilling
AlexisScott
JustinScottSeagle
RebeccaLynnSeley
JohnLucasSemsar
JamesLouisSharpII
ArnedraDarcelleSimpson
ScheherazadeW.Smalls
AsiaNicoleSmith
KevinLaronClarenceSmith
VictoriaSheaSmith
ArielleLarisaSnyder
MorganSpencer
JosephChandlerSprinkles
RachaelStaats
AnnaElisabethStillinger
OliviaDanaiStine
RavenReneeStone
JohnNeelySweatt
AbigailBriarSwenson
SamanthaLouiseSzwak
EmmaLoisTartt
ErinWhitneyLaMarcheThomas
RonaldTimothyThompson
WilliamRussellTindalII
LenaRheeTravers
AnnaToddGeorgeTraynham
GrantTucker
KaleyBrookTucker
AnnieBrooksVangilder
WilliamLukeVoris
SeanRichardWalgrave
DevonLambertWall
TimothyJustinWalter
AyrielWilliamsWashington
MarvetteMariaWashington
KimberlyEllisWaters
MarkChristopherWatson
SamanthaWatson
TaylorLoganWatson
BrandeeBranchWethington
WilliamWhaley
MargaretSikesWhite
RebeccaRoseWhite
StevenNathanielWhitener
BaileeWilliams
AmberNicoleWilliamson
DannieJoWilson
KarleyElizabethWilson
MatthewWarrenWilson
MichelleLeeWilson
JessicaMedlinWise
ThomasDeweyWise
NicoleMuckenfussWren
KennethAbramWrightJr.
JessicaMcKenzieYarborough
AaronMichaelYoung
MarleyBrayYoung
JeffreyRayZeigler
HannahKarrasDunbarZervos
AlexisNoelAyoub
ShannaMichelleBaconLynn
WilliamBarrBailey
JasonDanielBaker
MichaelBarrineau
StaceyAnnBarrington
MaelynBelmondo
LaTishaJanayBowman
GilbertBowmanBradhamJr.
RobertNealBradley
CoryEvanBrashear
CrystynNeelyBrown
JonathanEarlBrown
LacurtiaDijohnnaiseChapreBrown
MatthewDaleBurton
CoreyMatthewByrd
RobertTaylorCarsten
TabathaAnneCarter
CharlesRobertClinemyerJr.
MatthewStephenColeman
JoshuaWilliamCooper
JasonRaymondCorbin
BradleyDigginsCostello
KristiL.Cowart
KyleBrabhamCreech
JohnJooHwanCruz
ElizabethGarrettDavis
SydneyBryceDeNett
RutledgeAnthonyDetyensJr.
JoshuaBaileyEvans
RossKirkwoodEvansJr.
NicoleMarieFlexner
KellyReneFranceschi
CanzettaMardriceGailliard
JustinBlakeGeisler
HarleyGeorge
ThomasConnorGuess
SaraMargaretGulia
NathanJamarHaggwood
WilliamPaulHerring
JohnWillliamHopkinsIII
SerenaAliciaJohnston
MichaelJamesKahly
LeonaWashingtonKing
NathanThomasKovacs
WilliamKovalczykIII
WilliamEdwardKroeger
AlexisEllenLehman
AlexanderWarrenLester
GeorgeAndrewLeventisJr.
ArielLindsayLinder
BlakeAllenLipscomb
MallorySandraLipton
DiegoAlbertoLopez
ThomasP.Lorge
IsaiahJoshuaLowmanV
ThomasAlbertMadden
RickyLinnMarchantJr.
NathanMichaelMarshall
AndreEvrolMckenzie
DavidChesterMcLawhornIV
DallasCharlesMcNamara
SamanthaJanetteMetts
AlexanderMaxMeyers
HannahGislinaMackenzieMorris
KarinaNaumenko
AlanBazelNewsome
JosephAlbertOrtega
KarlaNabilaPazmino
JustinMichaelPeek
ShaneAnsonPetry
CharityLynnPippin
ChloeMichellePittman
CalvinPitts
DonaldLarryPrice
JacobJosephPytlik
MariaZeranneSabaterReveral
ChristianRevollo
JoeRobinson
MichaelTylerRudd
MichaelAlanSchmieder
LoganReidSchulken
JacksonGrantShugart
GregorySmith
MarkAndrewSzlachetka
HomerTiptonIII
JessicaAshleeTucker
RogerAlfredoValenzuela
BrandiReneeVanover
EricaS.Watts
DawnWells
ShawnRyanWhetstone
AlexanderJamesWhite
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Citadel and College of Charleston partnering to help local English teachers https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-and-college-of-charleston-partnering-to-help-local-english-teachers/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-and-college-of-charleston-partnering-to-help-local-english-teachers/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2020 02:37:57 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15773 A competitive new program, hosted by the two institutions, will help ten high school English teachers get a free start on their Master's degrees.]]>

May 8, 2020 Update: Licia Hendriks, Ph.D., has taken over the role of Director of Graduate Studies in English for The Citadel

A competitive new program, hosted by the two institutions, will help ten high school English teachers get a free start on their Master’s degrees.

The Master of Arts program in English at The Citadel and the College of Charleston are now accepting applications for the English Education Enrichment award.

Up to ten local teachers will be awarded free tuition to enroll in the introductory course in Graduate English Studies this fall. That course will be offered in a hybrid arrangement, supplementing periodic face-to-face meetings on The Citadel campus with online instruction.

“There are many reasons why high school English teachers would want begin work on their Masters degrees, and with this award we’re trying to make it even easier to get started,” said Jim Hutchisson, director of graduate studies in English at The Citadel. “Some will want to complete their MA in English, others will want to take the course for professional development. Regardless, all students will benefit from the opportunity to explore exactly what the English program can offer them.”

Whether you ultimately want to complete an MA in English, or simply complete advanced coursework for professional development, ENGL 511 will provide an intellectually-stimulating opportunity to explore the experience of graduate study in English in the company of others who share your passion for literature and writing. 

In ENGL 511, students will explore literary texts, scholarship and criticism at the graduate level. Taking one classic American novel as an object of study, students will delve into, discuss, and practice dominant critical and theoretical approaches in the field, from psychoanalysis to postcolonial critique to deconstruction, and everything in between. Through readings, discussions, and guest speakers, ENGL 511 will also introduce students to the ways in which graduate study in English can help prepare them for advancement within their teaching careers, as well as introduce them to various other occupations and careers.

In-person class will meet 6 – 8:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 10
  • Sept. 24
  • Oct. 8
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 12
  • Dec. 3. 

Applications, which can be found here, are due June 15.

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Gen. Walters announces details of Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Plus Ceremonies https://today.citadel.edu/gen-walters-announces-details-of-class-of-2020-virtual-commencement-plus-ceremonies/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:24:19 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15451 Gen. Glenn Walters, president of The Citadel, speaking at a graduation ceremony in 2019Gen. Glenn Walters, president of The Citadel, speaking at a graduation ceremony in 2019We will conduct virtual commencement exercises 9 May 2020. The Corps of Cadets commencement will start at 1 p.m. EST, with CGC commencement at 3 p.m. EST. ]]> Gen. Glenn Walters, president of The Citadel, speaking at a graduation ceremony in 2019Gen. Glenn Walters, president of The Citadel, speaking at a graduation ceremony in 2019

Citadel Family:

Greetings.  I hope this finds you and your families well.

I write today to update you on the college’s plans to celebrate Commencement.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Veteran Students, students in our Transfer Program and Citadel Graduate College have worked hard to complete their studies. They have my commitment The Citadel will celebrate this achievement with them.

 I mentioned these plans in a virtual town hall event last week.  I’m pleased to now provide more insight and detail:

  • We will conduct virtual commencement exercises 9 May 2020.
  • The Corps of Cadets commencement will start at 1 p.m. EST, with CGC commencement at 3 p.m.  EST.  The virtual commencement will be broadcast on The Citadel’s Facebook and YouTube sites.  Anyone can tune in, including those not normally active on these sites. 
  • Both graduation speakers, General Joseph Dunford USMC (Retired) for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and Mr. Andy Warlick ’79 for CGC, agreed to participate.
  • The ceremonies will include traditional speakers and awards common to previous Commencements.
  • We invite every cadet and student to submit a photo, along with written and video messages to appear on a commemorative virtual commencement website, allowing each to thank loved ones supporting you and offer congratulations to classmates.
  • Cadets and students will receive an email from the Registrar Monday, 6 April 2020 with further instructions. These instructions will also appear on The Citadel Today newsroom.
  • After receiving these instructions on 6 April, submit follow on questions to commencement@citadel.edu

We would all prefer to have celebrated these commencements on campus, in person.

The uncertainty of when it will be possible to gather, and understanding many cadets and students may be unavailable for a future gathering due to military or public service make a virtual commencement in the spring the best option for our college.

We are committed to providing an opportunity for every cadet and student to return to campus, be honored at a special parade, and cross the stage to shake mine and/or the hand of your legacy presenter.  I know many of you are keen to do this, and you have my word we will make it happen. We are tentatively planning to conduct these events September 18 and 19, as conditions permit.  We will communicate more details in the days ahead.

Until then, continue to take care of yourselves and each other.  Go Dogs!

Glenn M. Walters ’79

General, USMC (Retired)

President, The Citadel

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