Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 24 Aug 2021 20:49:48 +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 Citadel Graduate College – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Welcoming The Citadel’s new faculty https://today.citadel.edu/welcoming-the-citadels-new-faculty/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25801 New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.Photo above: New faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. The Citadel would]]> New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Photo above: New faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

The Citadel would like to welcome new faculty joining the Military College of South Carolina beginning this fall. There are 21 new professors who will help teach cadets and students in the college’s five schools and primary academic areas including:

The new faculty members are as follows:

Hussein Abdoh, Ph.D.
Abdoh is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Baker School of Business. Prior to arriving at The Citadel, he taught finance courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for several years in the United Arab Emirates. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at El Paso and his undergraduate studies at the University of Jordan. 
Read more here.

Iolani Connolly, Ph.D.
Connolly is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at The Citadel. Connolly holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from University of the Incarnate Word, M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and B.S. in Business from Arizona State University. 
Read more here.

Adam C. DeVoria, Ph.D.
DeVoria joins The Citadel School of Engineering as an expert in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Before joining The Citadel, he was a post doctoral research associate at the University of Florida where he conducted work relating to low aspect ratio wing aerodynamics. Read about one of his projects here.

Marc Doucet, Ph.D.
Doucet holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the Université de Moncton. Doucet is a Fulbright Scolar.

Todd Drew, Ed.D.
Drew is the director of Graduate and College Transfer Programs and an assistant professor for the Baker School of Business. Before joining The Citadel, Drew worked for over 20 years in higher education, including leadership experiences at the chair, school dean, college dean and vice president levels.
Read more here.

John D. Egan, Ed.D.
Egan is an assistant professor of Leadership Studies at The Citadel. He completed an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Georgia Southern University where he taught leadership courses and coordinated a nationally-benchmarked undergraduate leadership program. Egan’s research explores attributes associated with quality leadership programs, innovative teaching strategies and experiential learning theory.

Matthew Gilbert, Ph.D.
Gilbert is an Intelligence and Security Studies professor at The Citadel. Gilbert is a career public servant and served with the New York State Police in a variety of roles for 22 years. He has taught criminal justice and homeland security at Charleston Southern University and at Trident Tech.

New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Gail Gilmore, Ph.D.
Gilmore is an assistant professor with The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel. She brings 25 years of school leadership experience into the classroom, having served as a Connecticut superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent of schools, principal and interim division director for educator effectiveness and professional learning at the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Read more here.

Vincente Gomis-Izquierdo (Ph.D. candidate)
Gomis-Izquierdo joins the School of Humanities and Social Studies at The Citadel as an assistant professor of Modern Languages. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate with Bowling Green State Unviersity.

Chao Gu (Ph.D. candidate)
Gu is a Ph.D. candidate with Bowling Green State University who joins the Mathematical Sciences team as an assistant professor.

Joshua Hostetter, Ph.D.
Hostetter joins The Citadel as an assistant professor of Political Science from Arizona College where he was also an assistant professor. Prior to that he was an assistant professor with University of South Florida.

New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.  Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel
New Faculty listen to presentations at their orientation in the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

James W. Leonard, Ph.D.
Leonard received his Ph.D. from Tufts University in the Fall of 2017 with a specialty in 19th/20th American Literature, and is currently teaching literature and writing courses at The Citadel. His dissertation and current book project examines relationships between taxonomic discourse and American national identity and focuses on the works of Mark Twain, Djuna Barnes, Leslie Marmon Silko and Cormac McCarthy.
Read more here.

Jhoanna M. Méndez (Ph.D. candidate)
Méndez is as assistant professor of Modern Languages. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University. Additionally, Méndez is a Ph.D. candidate with Florida State University.

Pooya Niksiar, Ph.D.
Niksiar is a professor of Mechanical Engineering in The Citadel School of Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. Prior to joining The Citadel, Niksiar was a lecturer at Clemson where he served as Clemson Rocket Engineering Club’s advisor. His research includes the design and development of advanced functional porous materials for bio-applications.
Read more here.

Jeffrey Rogg, Ph.D.
Rogg joins The Citadel as an assistant professor of Intelligence and Security Studies. He holds a B.A. from Swathmore College, a JD from Villanova University School of Law, an M.A. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Michele Ruth, Ph.D.
Ruth joins The Citadel as an associate professor and head of Technical Services for the Daniel Library. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown College and an MLIS from the University of Kentucky.

Jody Smith, Ph.D.
Smith is an assistant professor for the Swain Department of Nursing. Smith holds a B.S.N. from Mansfield University, an MSN/FNP from Texas A&M University and a DNP from Grand Canyon University.

Kimberly Subasic, Ph.D.
Subasic is the nurse administrator for the Swain Department of Nursing at The Citadel. She joined the college from the University of Scranton where she was the chair of the Department of Nursing.
Read more here.

Vonzell Yeager, MLIS
Yeager is part of the Daniel Library team, serving as the evening services librarian. Prior to joining The Citadel he worked for the Charleston County Public Library and as the student success librarian for University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Yeager holds a B.A. from North Carolina A&T University and an MLIS from University of Pittsburgh.

Col. Michael McLendon, USA
McLendon is an ROTC professor of Military Science in The Citadel’s Palmetto Battery ROTC Detachment for the U.S. Army. He holds a B.S. from Florida A&M and an M.A. from Webster University and the National Defense University.

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Greenville Technical College engineering students can now seamlessly transfer to The Citadel to complete a four-year degree https://today.citadel.edu/greenville-technical-college-engineering-students-can-now-seamlessly-transfer-to-the-citadel-to-complete-a-four-year-degree/ Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:20:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25524 "It is exciting to us to have The Citadel as a resource for our Engineering Transfer graduates wanting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering."]]>

Photo above: Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College is joining The Citadel in a mutual effort to provide enhanced engineering education opportunities for (non-cadet) students who want to elevate their two-year program to a full, four-year, undergraduate engineering degree.

“Greenville Tech is happy to expand the opportunities for our engineering graduates,” said Mark Hapstack, Mechanical Engineering department head for Greenville Technical College. “It is exciting to us to have The Citadel as a resource for our Engineering Transfer graduates wanting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.”

Through the agreement, academically qualified students at Greenville Technical College will be able to complete their first two years there and then seamlessly transfer into one of five engineering Bachelors of Science degree pathways at The Citadel:

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering program

The Citadel’s undergraduate degree transfer programs like this one are administered by The Citadel Graduate College. They are non-cadet, evening or online programs.

Andrew Williams, Ph.D., Dean for The Citadel School of Engineering
Andrew Williams, Ph.D., Dean for The Citadel School of Engineering

“The Citadel School of Engineering, consistently ranked among the top-25 engineering schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report, is excited about our new partnership with Greenville Technical College,” said Andrew Williams, Ph.D., dean for The Citadel School of Engineering. “We gladly welcome Greenville Tech’s students and intend to make the transfer process as easy as possible.”

The agreement includes a review every five years to ensure that the academic content of the related courses at Greenville Technical College are comparable to corresponding courses offered by The Citadel, as successful completion of the general education curriculum is an absolute requirement for all students graduating from The Citadel.

The agreement became effective July 1, 2021.

For information on how to apply to The Citadel’s non-cadet engineering transfer program, please go to this webpage, email transfer@citadel.edu or call (843) 953-5089.

For information on how to apply to attend Greenville Technical College, please visit this website.

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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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All about The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/all-about-the-citadel-graduate-college-class-of-2021/ Tue, 11 May 2021 21:25:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24183 The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events. ]]> The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

We celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary graduates of the Class of 2021. They stand strong sharing the common bonds of honor, duty and respect – the Core Values of a Citadel graduate.

Sally Selden, Ph.D., SMP
The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College
May 9, 2021

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 celebrated commencement in McAlister Field House on campus during two ceremonies on May 9. More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events.

Awards

The Citadel Graduate College kicked off commencement with an awards event. Students and faculty were celebrated for exceptional achievements on Thursday, May 6, with the following individuals being recognized:

Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College
Dr. Kevin Skenes

Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Addison Dame

College Transfer Program Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Catherine Brooks

The Veteran Student Success Center Award for Academic Excellence in Leadership
Ashley Towers

Hirshey Awards
Glenda Levine
Molly O’Reilly
Stephanie Fye
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Ferhana Shah

Aline Mahan Award
Department of Psychology, Ed.S., Class of 2021

J. Patrick Leverett Award
Shawnte Posley

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Leadership Studies
Aliènne AJ Salleroli

Lindbergh Awards
Brianna C. Rice
Parker L. Bass

MBA Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Jeremy Bennett

MBA Student of the Year
Timothy Jones

Business College Transfer Program Faculty of the Year
Theresa Strong

Business College Transfer Program Student of the Year
Steven Turano

P. Michael Politanto Graduate Research Award
Nathan Adams

Citadel Graduate College legacy students

The cherished tradition of legacy diploma presentations continued in 2021. There were eleven Citadel Graduate College graduates who were joined on stage by a grandparent, parent or a child who were alumni of The Citadel.

The special presenters included:

Dr. Mark A Bebensee, Honorary Member, ’83
Catherine Diane DeMers, ’04
Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Wegner Dyson Sr., USA (Ret.), ’69
James Steven Gaskins, ’05
Kimberly Joseph, ’12
Andres Eduardo Lorduy, ’18
EOD3 Nicholas J. McKenna, USN, ’17
Daniel J. “Jim” Rieker, ’99
Major J. Stephen Veyera, USA, (Ret.), ’13
William “Bill” Lewis Yaeger Jr., ’83

Norman Seabrooks, ’73, presented with honorary degree; provides commencement speech on resilience

Mr. Norman Seabrooks provides the key address during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Norman Seabrooks graduated as a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1973, eventually becoming a market president for the Fortune 500 company, Aetna.

During his time as a cadet, Seabrooks was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs and the first African American co-captain of the football team.

Seabrooks was presented with an honorary degree from The Citadel, just prior to addressing the graduates.

Left to right: Col. Myron Harrington, Mr. Norman Seabrooks, and The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, on stage during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

For his legacy of ethical leadership, sportsmanship, and service to his community, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Norman Seabrooks the honorary Doctor of Leadership and Ethics in Commerce degree.

Gen. Glenn M. Walters,
The Citadel President
May 9, 2020

Seabrooks shared some of his life story, including successes and failures, and provided sage guidance on building and sustaining a successful career and life.

Watch Norman Seabrook’s commencement speech below.

Norman Seabrook, Citadel Class of 1973, addressing The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 at McAlister Field House May 9, 2021.

Congratulations to all of The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 graduates

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
John Daniel Del Barrio
Sara Nicole Parris

Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Kenneth Powell Harwood

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Michael Carey Shirey
Willis Charles Smith
Darius Denzel Warren

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Katelyn Marie Arnold
Tommy Barfield Baker
Alan Leroy Barker Jr.
Jonathan Paul Boxx
David Franklin Braun Jr.
Carla Lynn Bryan
Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Michael James Fewell
Margaret Chandler Fowler
Olivia Bailey LaRoche
Jessica Ann Simmons
Brandon Allen Welch

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Joseph Peter Arnold
Bryan Robert Bocock
Matthew Bolick
Jose Victor Contreras
Joshua Thomas Leming
Colby Alexander Poplin
Brianna Cheree Rice
Jonathan Andrew-McCarty Strobel

Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering
Parker Lee Bass

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Brittney Marie Deckard
Joseph Raymond Demelis
Travis Tremaine Eldell
Michael Ryan Greco
Emma Rae Bevins Hefner
Andrew Jacob Hinson
Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Tyrone Malik Richardson Tanco
Eric Edward Smalls
Matthew James Stallings
Kenwell Richard Stoll Jr.
Lily Ann Wald

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Taylor Blanton
Steven Buckwalter
Stephen Jack Channell
Christopher Durphey Clifton
Luis Humberto Garcia
Cameron Thaddeus Jordan
Leinyuy Veradzem Laisin
Daniel James Ludwigsen
Denny Lamar Middleton
Benjamin Thomas Perry
Grant Sullivan Ritter
Stephen Sanada
Inez Gisela Shapiro
Sara Ann Chester Surrett

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Melissa Anne Bell
Drexyl Blair
Vivian Marie Delgado
Ariel Domke
Jacqueline Shealy Gorrin
Courtney Huskey
Leah Ann Kibler
CheVonne Whitley Lindsey
Courtney Marsh
Addie Elizabeth McCracken
Allyson Suzanne McRae
Logan Ivy Nelson
Meghan Elizabeth Nyers
Kali Elizabeth Potes
Abby Rovick
Claire Seabrook
Catherine Brooks Sexton
Kathleen Durst Talbert
Hugh Davis Von Meding

Master of Arts in Biology
Elena Ann Burgess
Rian Derek Burris
Claudia Berry Sams
Marian Cristina Smith

Master of Arts in English
Olivia Anne Guillet

Master of Arts in History
Anthony John Kniffin Jr.
Betty Sterling Sadler

Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Craig Randall DuBose
Sarah Ann Fink
Cole Edward Huffman
Megan Elizabeth Kasprzak
John Christian Lines
Corey Alexander Neal

Master of Arts in International Political Science and Military Affairs
Brett Alastair Honeycutt
Cornelius Peeler
Anna Eloise Sandgren
Timothy Richard Vrastil

Master of Arts in Military History
Betty Sterling Sadler
Martin Gregory Valles

Master of Arts in Sport Management
Bradley Tejohn Frasier

Master of Arts in Psychology
Ricco Gabriel
Ashley Nicole Harris
David Edward Johnsen
Clyde Talmadge Padgett Kahn
Emilio Jose Lopez-Powers
Kelsey Lynn Mazzocco
Gabrielle Mooneyham
Lesley Pena
Emily Dawn Sizemore
Virginia Blake Stallings
Caroline Beth Whitlock

Master of Arts in Social Science
Eramis Nicole Gethers

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Biology
Katherine Lee Dumont
Connor Elexander Macko

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Social Studies
Katherine Lee Dumont
William Alexander Kay
Jessie Elana Mintz
Ferhana Shah

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education English
Elizabeth Grey Thomas

Master of Business Administration
Arne Albin Anderson
Katrina Elaine Billie
John Alexander Castleberry
Jonathan Chang
Christian Edward Cochran
Alexander Stephen Cosper
Bradley Diggins Costello
Kenneth Tyler Denison
Gregory Wegner Dyson Jr.
Zari Ebadeh Ahvazi
David Haynie Fant Jr.
John Alfred Fludd Jr.
Marion Terrell Foxworth Jr.
Ryan Farrell Graham
Daniel Jonathan Harrison
Nicholas Dillon Heffner
Hayden Gordon Hollinger
Stephen Matthew Holton
Samantha Mary Kolpak
Jin Ju Lee
Kelly Diane Linderman
Adriana Belen Lorduy
Seth William Malek
Katherine Anne Malloy
Michelle Love McDonald
Christopher George Melonas
Christine Anne Miller
Latoya Montgomery
Brandon James Mulier
Kavin Samy Panneerselvam
Coleman James Parler
William Bradley Pond
Jon-Paul McKinnon Ramsing
Elizabeth Devoll Rogers
Trevor Raymond Speelman
James R. Thompson
Jennifer Anne Veyera
Sean Ward
Brandon Matthew Watt
Benjamin Eugene Womick
Quintin Fitzgerald Wright Jr.
Lauraie Ann Zealy

Master of Education in Counselor Education
Elizabeth Ann Bassetti
Lorraine Marie Bebensee
Laurel Clark
Addison Dame
Caitlin Elizabeth DeMers
Vanessa Yvonne Kopp
Kileigh Michelle O’Brien
Molly O’Reilly
Elsie Cassandra Schloegl
Kimberly Nettles Sfreddo
Nicole Gabrielle Snow
Patricia Szczygiel

Master of Education in Educational Leadership School Administration
Kayla Paige Baker

Master of Education in Literacy Education
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Lauren Elizabeth Roche
Katherine Marie Warren

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Jonathan Eric Pinto

Master of Science in Health Exercise Sport Science
Ramsha Shams

Master of Science in Leadership
Carey Dawn Gorden
Christopher Micah Peyton
Alienne Ashley Jessica Salleroli
Albert Wayne Walling Jr.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Michael William Scullin

Master of Science in Project Management
Emily Morgan Peters
Matthew Edward Rushing
Suzanne Virginia Tully

Specialist in Education in Education Leadership School Superintendent
Deitra Lynn Clegg
Ashley Dominique Grech
Glenda Gibson Levine

  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Daniel Patrick Ryan
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership – Stephanie Anne Fye, Rochelle Roper Johnson, Ryan Jeffrey McGill, Jacob Christopher Pilarski, Wayne Anthony Wright
  • Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis – Jeffrey Scott Hoel, Joseph Netzel, Clark Alexander Roberts
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership – Alexis Camille Bradfieldm Charles Robert Forsythe, Carey Dawn Gorden, Zachary Jones, Christopher Micah Peyton, Tara Jane Spencer
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education – Elizabeth Ceccoli, Lauren Elizabeth Roche, Katherine Marie Warren
  • Graduate Certificate in Sport Management – Bradley Tejohn Frasier
  • Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs – Jamie Samantha Cannady, Jessie Colleen Cannon, Andrew Robert Nyser, Joshua Luke Simon
  • Graduate Certificate in Technical Project Management – Jonathan MJ Cain, Melissa Delaney Nenninger, Emily Morgan Peters, Matthew Edward Rushing, Suzanne Virginia Tully

Watch a brief recap of The Citadel Class of 2021 commencement ceremonies below.

The Citadel Graduate College students from December 2020


The names of the people from all sections of The Citadel Graduate College who graduated in December 2020 are as follows:

Abigail Stevens Best                                        
Adam C. Raynor                                              
Adrienne Louise Busch                                       
Alden Moinet Hathaway III                                   
Alexandria Marie English                                    
Alexis Noel Ayoub                                           
Alison Katherine Milz                                       
Allyson Elaine Burrell                                      
Alyssa Muraoka                                              
Amy Marie Baldwin                                           
Amy Michelle Paparozzi                                      
Andrea Gaskins Carlton                                      
Andrew B. Phelan                                            
Andrew Lewis Dolan                                          
Anna Rose Nelson                                            
Annalise Joy Boisvert                                       
Ashley Elizabeth Rutherford                                 
Aubrey Carson                                               
Aveus Cierra Johnson                                        
Benjamin Manuel Dacoba                                      
Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina                                    
Braiden Leigh Burdette                                      
Brandon Lee Rainey                                          
Brenna Rene Prince                                          
Brian Joseph Monk                                           
Brian Paul Scarborough                                      
Carolyn Claire Gutshall                                     
Chandler Marie Dodds                                        
Charles Wood Benton                                         
Chase Edward Hyland                                         
Chelsea Scott Keyes                                         
Clarence Ray Bocook Jr.                                     
Crystal Lashay Cochran                                      
Curtis Jerome Capers Jr.                                    
Dana Morales Kozak                                          
Dean Stanley Haggerty III                                   
Dimitra Michalaka                                           
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Donald Charles Buzanowski II                                
Douglas Henry Gudenburr                                     
Edmund Jevon Gilchrist                                      
Elizabeth McLaurin Uptegrove                                
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Harley Lauren Murphy                                        
Heather Lauren Studer                                       
Holly Thompson                                              
Hunter Cassidy Helms                                        
Ian James McCormack                                         
Ian Quin Russick                                            
James Caleb Robinson                                        
James Curtis Tingle                                         
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Marc David                                            
Javonna Michelle Perry-Moultrie                             
Jeremy Joseph Carrick                                       
Jessica Baynes                                              
Jessie Montel Townsend III                                  
John Michael Ray                                            
John Patrick McKenna                                        
John Paul Semones                                           
John Thomas Welch                                           
Jonathan Meyer Workman                                      
Jordan Joseph Bradway                                       
Joshua Davidson Trac                                          
Julia Mae Luzon                                             
Kaila Xiomara Smith                                         
Kenneth Abram Wright Jr.                                    
Kevin Christopher Swain                                     
Kevin Joseph Dougherty                                      
Kimberly Ellis Waters                                       
Kimberly Larissa Palomo                                     
Kyle Robert Dickerman                                       
Leslie Arlen Cotter III                                     
Linnea McAnaw Parker                                        
Lisa Marie Calhoun                                          
Marei Martin Draper                                         
Matthew Douglas Brock                                       
Matthew Stephen Bonham                                      
Megan Elizabeth Yaeger                                      
Michael Sharpe                                              
Nathan Adams                                                
Nathan Jamar Haggwood                                       
Nicholas Edward Paramore                                    
Nicholas Erickson                                           
Nicholas Kollias                                            
Norris Aubrey Moore                                         
N’taallyah Wilder                                           
Orianna Isabella Baham                                      
Phillip T. Sexton                                           
Rebecca Leah Marazita                                       
Robert Gasque Howe II                                       
Ross Ian Caterino                                           
Russell Hunter Griffith Louis Jr.                           
Salondra Marie Griggs                                       
Shannon Nicole Turner                                       
Shasta Marie Rieker                                         
Sims Brooks Dozier                                          
Stephanie Darian Childers                                   
Stephanie Rose Clinevell                                    
Sumerlyn Cate Carruthers                                    
Thomas Scott Tezera                                         
Timothy Bryan Beckham                                       
Timothy Douglas Jones                                       
Victoria Rodriguez                                          
William Henderson Arnette                                   
William Jasper Lucas                                        
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Summertime studies at The Citadel: What you need to know https://today.citadel.edu/summertime-studies-at-the-citadel-what-you-need-to-know/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 20:20:13 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23780 Dr. KwangSoo Lim leads a Citadel MBA course in Accounting for Executives in Bond Hall 166 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, January 23, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Dr. KwangSoo Lim leads a Citadel MBA course in Accounting for Executives in Bond Hall 166 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, January 23, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)"On-campus housing is available to all degree-seeking students attending summer programs."]]> Dr. KwangSoo Lim leads a Citadel MBA course in Accounting for Executives in Bond Hall 166 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, January 23, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Dr. KwangSoo Lim leads a Citadel MBA course in Accounting for Executives in Bond Hall 166 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, January 23, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Zoom Town Hall for summer students scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, check back for link

Photo above: Dr. KwangSoo Lim leads a Citadel MBA course in Accounting before the pandemic

The Citadel is offering more than 170 courses through five different summer study phases running from May through August 2021.

The summer courses range from undergraduate to graduate and graduate-certificate options. All summer courses are provided in a civilian (non-cadet) setting.

Important summer program information

Facemasks required in buildings. Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control issued April 27, 2021, facemasks are required by every person inside buildings on campus, including classrooms. They are not required outside for the fully vaccinated, but are advised while in large group settings.

Campus housing and vaccinations. Summer housing in the barracks is available to any degree-seeking person attending summer courses. All cadets and students living on campus during the summer must be vaccinated two weeks prior to moving, or present a negative COVID test taken within 72-hours of arrival. Sign up through the Commandant’s Office by completing the agreement here and emailing it to SFC Kenneth Greene at greenek1@citadel.edu.

On-campus classes. About 40% of the colleges summer courses are on campus. On-campus classes will be in person only (rather than the hybrid model the college has used in the past academic year as a COVID-19 protection protocol.)

On-line classes. Courses that are normally offered only online will remain the same.

Credits and rolling registration

Summer undergraduate courses at The Citadel have transferable credits, and include 11 degree completion programs. Courses are offered during the day, evening and online. Students can take courses throughout the summer, or for just one summer term, as desired.

The five segment options for summer classes are listed below. The deadlines for registering for the classes vary. For more information on registering, email registrar@citadel.edu, or call (843) 953-6969.

Summer: May 10 – August 10
• Undergraduate
• Graduate
First Summer: May 10 – June 25
• Undergraduate
• Graduate
Second Summer: June 28 – August 13
• Undergraduate
• Graduate
Summer Minimester A: May 10 – June 4
• Undergraduate
• Graduate
Summer Minimester B: June 7 – July 2
• Undergraduate
• Graduate

The Citadel Success Institute – register by June 15

Students checking in for The Citadel Success Institute in 2017

The Citadel Success Institute (CSI) is a summer program designed to help incoming freshmen (knobs) with the transition from high school to college-level academics. Additionally, it helps acclimate future cadets to the requirements and rigors of the college’s military setting.

CSI is the first step toward the goal of graduation from The Citadel. Statistics show that freshmen participating in CSI are better prepared to succeed at The Citadel.

Registration for CSI 2021 is available until June 15.

For more information, email CSI@Citadel.edu, or call  (843) 953-5705.

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The Citadel ranked #1 in the nation for “Best online colleges for veterans” https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-ranked-1-in-the-nation-for-best-online-colleges-for-veterans/ Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:12:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23618 The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020The best online colleges for military veterans give them the ability to work with their instructor and classmates around their schedule while gaining the education necessary to further their degree. ]]> The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) congratulating a veteran student who earned an award in January of 2020

As seen on CollegeConsensus.com

Photo above: The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), congratulating veteran day student, Trevor West, who earned Gold Stars for high academic achievement in January 2020

Many veterans are looking to receive an education and enter the civilian workforce once they have returned home. In most cases, these veterans have families and other obligations, which make them seek out the best online colleges for veterans, who will work with their benefits and their schedule. The flexibility that comes with online degree programs allows these military veterans the ability to work at their own pace and gives them the ability to restructure their life to fit their personal needs. 

The lifestyles of veterans are often demanding, even after they have retired from the military. Some of our veterans return home to jobs that require twelve-hour shifts that can be overnight (in public service roles such as nurses, EMTs, and law enforcement), making traditional courses undesirable for their lifestyle. The best online colleges for military veterans give them the ability to work with their instructor and classmates around their schedule while gaining the education necessary to further their degree. 

The 2021 top three Best Online Colleges for Veterans are:

  1. The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  2. Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  3. University of Iowa. 
Picture of screen shot of The Citadel and its ranking on college concensus.com

See the top 25 here.

How we chose the best online colleges for veterans

To select institutions to highlight as the best online colleges for military veterans, College Consensus editors had a set of criteria for determining military-friendliness. Institutions must have:

  • At least 3 online bachelors degree programs to qualify
  • Servicemember Opportunity Colleges membership
  • Recognized Student Veteran Organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program participation
  • A staff/faculty support member for veterans and their families
  • Transfer credits for military service and training 

Colleges and universities that met these standards are ranked according to their Consensus Score, using the unique College Consensus methodology. That process should give veteran students confidence that they are choosing a college that not only understands their needs, but have a track record of quality and return on investment. 

Military and veteran students may also be interested in our ranking of the best traditional colleges for veterans.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CITADEL VETERANS PROGRAM HERE

Some of The Citadel’s other top 25 national rankings by CollegeConcensus.com

Cadets training on Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2019

#1 College in South Carolina
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-sc/

#1 Online College in South Carolina
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-online-colleges-south-carolina/

#5 Regional University in the South https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-regional-universities-south/

#8 Best Beach Colleges
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-beach-colleges/

#10 Best Colleges for Veterans
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-veterans/

#21 Best Online Graduate Schools in the nationhttps://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-online-graduate-schools/

#22 Public College in the Nation https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-public-colleges/

#25 Best Small College in the Nation https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-small-colleges/

Cadets watch the sunset from the docks of the Swain Boating Center at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in November of 2020.
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Battling cyberspace adversaries at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/battling-cyberspace-adversaries-at-the-citadel/ Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:12:41 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23214 Cadets in a Computer Networks class led by Professor Shankar M. Banik in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Cadets in a Computer Networks class led by Professor Shankar M. Banik in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)On the subject of cyber security, we are all very vulnerable. This is increasingly true as everyone acquires more smart technologies that range from phones and to refrigerators, cameras and light bulbs.]]> Cadets in a Computer Networks class led by Professor Shankar M. Banik in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Cadets in a Computer Networks class led by Professor Shankar M. Banik in Thompson Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

As seen on HolyCitySinner.com, by Claudie Benjamin

Photo above: Cadets in a Computer Networks class led by Professor Shankar M. Banik, Ph.D., at The Citadel in Charleston, in February 2020.

“It’s like a battlefield. Cyberspace adversaries are always out there,” Shankar Banik, Ph.D. always tells his cadets and students. “Learn how to prepare yourself and others against them.”

Dr. Shankar Banik, professor and program director for The Citadel Cybersecurity and Computer Engineering initiatives

Dr. Shankar Banik is an esteemed expert at The Citadel in Charleston. He holds several leadership positions at the Military College of South Carolina, including head of the Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences, co-director for The Citadel Center for Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Studies, and director of The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI), which is funded by the federal government. The Citadel has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

These days, by definition, the battle in cyberspace is everywhere, at home, in the office, in hospitals, banks and in military operations on land, sea and in the air and in space. Dr. Banik is an engaging teacher who makes complex topics readily understood, riveting and relevant to our personal well being.   

On the subject of cyber security, we are all very vulnerable. This is increasingly true as everyone acquires more smart technologies that range from phones and to refrigerators, cameras and light bulbs. All connect through wifi to make our daily lives more enjoyable. The enormity of the challenge to ensure security is almost unfathomable.

Professor Shankar Banik, Ph.D., The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute

The way Dr. Banik puts it, “If you have a house with four doors, you can shut them and feel secure. If your house has 15 doors, the task is more complicated.”

All it takes, he explains, is one entry point and an adversary has a way of infiltrating a network. Passwords are definitely an issue. Challenged by coming up with many passwords, Banik says some people always use 1234567 as their password or Charleston residents may select the word Charleston – “Those are too easy to guess.” 

Most recently phishing has become a common and increasing problem. People open texts with warnings of credit issues or enticing prize offers from “fake” but seemingly familiar sources. Once a bank account identification  or social security number, or other sensitive information is provided to the sender, there’s no turning back.

“That’s all the adversary needs,” says Dr. Banik. “The network may be compromised. This may compromise not only the privacy of the recipient, but the security of that person’s contacts. These texts need to be deleted without opening them.”   

Outside the home, similar challenges confront nearly every human enterprise and touch all the many different ways that data and sensitive information is stored. This multiplies the range of specialized security systems tied to the Internet that potentially could be breached. As important as ongoing monitoring is, an essential challenge is finding a means to  identify breaches of a system while not bogging it down. 

On the subject of adversaries. Dr. Banik does not minimize their ingenuity or intelligence. 

“They are always devising new ways to corrupt or infiltrate our networks,” Dr. Banik said. “We have to be one step ahead or we’re left with having to backtrack and figure out what went wrong.” 

The Department of Defense (DoD) is heavily involved in preparing the upcoming generation of military officers to understand the challenges of maintaining cybersecurity and in marshalling their creative efforts. Toward this end, Dr. Banik is tremendously optimistic about the formation of The CDCI that was launched last September in which he holds a leadership role. The program is organized to include all of the six Senior Military Colleges: The Citadel, Virginia Tech, University of North Georgia, Virginia Military Institute, Norwich University, and Texas A&M.  Each of these academic institutions received a 1-year grant of approximately $1.475 million of federal money to establish cybersecurity institutes as pilot programs . 

Each Senior Military College has its own curricula and also exchanges ideas with its other partners. An internship in industry or other government agencies is a requirement of the program and is aligned with The Citadel’s commitment to experiential learning.   The idea is that college graduates who are in the Cohort of Cyber Leaders Development Program (CLDP)  from the DoD funded Cyber Institutes will be ready for duty right after they leave their campuses.” says Dr. Banik.

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Citadel nursing students, athletics trainers help vaccinate faculty and staff on campus https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-nursing-students-help-vaccinate-faculty-and-staff-on-campus/ Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:44:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22941 In partnership with Plantation Pharmacy, Faculty and staff are given the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)In partnership with Plantation Pharmacy, Faculty and staff are given the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)"Having the opportunity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine seems like a small role, however, it is truly an honor to be a part of the solution to this crisis gripping our nation."]]> In partnership with Plantation Pharmacy, Faculty and staff are given the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)In partnership with Plantation Pharmacy, Faculty and staff are given the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Slots still open for on-campus vaccine clinic Friday, March 26

Photo above: Cadet Victoria Conley, a senior Nursing major, administers a Johnson and Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccination injection.

The Citadel is holding two COVID-19 vaccination clinics for faculty and staff, and tapped into an on-campus resource to help: senior nursing students from the Swain Department of Nursing. There are 32 nursing students who are expected to graduate in May, eight helped with the vaccination clinic. Additionally, five trainers with the college’s athletics teams are also helping give vaccines.

Bulldogs Coach Brent Thompson getting the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine, administered by athletics trainer Jenna Byrd, in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

All faculty, staff , campus partners, vendors and contractors are eligible to receive the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine, as well as high-risk cadets and students, by appointment. It is the vaccinate that only required one dose. The first clinic was March 24 and the students helped vaccinate more than 180 people.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, visits with cadets and students from the Swain School of Nursing at the college’s vaccination clinic for faculty and staff on March 24, 2021

“The nursing students and athletic trainers did an incredible job, as did both nursing faculty instructors,” said Leah Schonfeld, assistant vice president/chief resources officer for The Citadel Department of Human Resources. “The students and trainers were very professional, checking employees after their shots, and following all of the necessary procedures.”

The next clinic on campus is Friday March 26, with registration required in advance through this link: The Citadel COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic FRI 26 MAR 21.

Left to right: Cadet Catherine Hill, Logan Nelson and Amauri Bowman, all Class of 2021 nursing students, pose for a quick photo during the The Citadel faculty and staff vaccination clinic on March 24, 2021.

The future nurses welcomed the opportunity to help thwart the pandemic. Cadet Catherine Hill will graduate in May and accept a commission as an Army officer nurse.

As senior nursing students we were honored to be asked to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Our nursing instructor Dr. Linda Edgerton said it best, ‘we are making history getting to distribute it to the faculty and staff at The Citadel.’

This time last year we were sent home, anxiously wondering what the next year had in store for us. No one thought we would be where we are today and as a nation we patiently waited for a vaccine to come out with the hopes that one day we would return to normal. Having the opportunity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine seems like a small role, however, it is truly an honor to be a part of the solution to this crisis gripping our nation.

Cadet Catherine Hill, The Citadel Class of 2021, U.S. Army-bound nursing major

Linda Edgerton, Ph.D., one of the college’s nursing instructors, helped train the student nurses on the vaccination procedures and oversaw their work.

“As this year’s nursing students graduate and enter health care settings as professional nurses, COVID-19 will continue to be present,” said Linda Edgerton.  “After helping vaccinate faculty and staff on campus, they know they are already making a difference and will be even more prepared work. This pandemic is an historic public health crisis and these women and men will likely remember helping safeguard The Citadel’s faculty and staff with vaccinations their whole lives.”

Left to right: Cadet Victoria Conley, ’21; The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79; and Cadet Catherine Hill, ’21, show off their Citadel bands of gold while visiting during the college’s vaccination clinic for faculty and staff.

The campus community would like to thank the following Class of 2021 nursing students and the athletic trainers helping with the clinics.

Nursing students

  • Cadet Jesse Crook
  • Cadet Catherine Hill
  • Amauri Bowman, Citadel Graduate College evening student
  • Courtney Marsh, Citadel Graduate College evening student
  • Cadet Victoria Conley
  • Drexyl Blair, Citadel Graduate College evening student
  • Logan Nelson, Citadel Graduate College evening student
  • Cadet Kate Manzione

Citadel Bulldogs athletic trainers

  • Jenna Byrd
  • Jonathan Chang
  • Andy Clawson
  • Aliyah Duren
  • Michelle Lomonaco

All members of campus participating in The Citadel’s vaccinations clinics are provided with a laminated vaccination card.

For more information about studying Nursing at The Citadel, please visit The Swain Department of Nursing at this link, or

In partnership with Plantation Pharmacy, Faculty and staff are given the Johnson & Johnson Janssen coronavirus vaccine in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
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Cyber experts weigh in after Georgetown County ransomware attack https://today.citadel.edu/cyber-experts-weigh-in-after-georgetown-county-ransomware-attack/ Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:40:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22915 screen shot of Prof. Cory Nance from Live 5 reportscreen shot of Prof. Cory Nance from Live 5 reportDr. Nance works at The Citadel training the next generation of “cyber soldiers” who will fight against hackers, he said.]]> screen shot of Prof. Cory Nance from Live 5 reportscreen shot of Prof. Cory Nance from Live 5 report

As seen on WCSC-TV Live 5
By Carter Coyle

Watch the video version of this report on www.Live5news.com here.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The last year many have learned how to increase personal hygiene through proper hand washing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. Just like that physical protection, security experts say we must be diligent about “cyber hygiene.”

It’s estimated that globally there’s one ransomware attack on a business every 11 seconds,” Cyber Security Professor Dr. Cory Nance said. “Most of them are cyber criminals- financially motivated.”

Dr. Nance works at The Citadel training the next generation of “cyber soldiers” who will fight against hackers, he said. The Citadel has several educational paths for cadets wanting to specialize in computer sciences. Dr. Nance said the industry has negative unemployment rate as the need for cyber experts increases.

He said the bad actors are constantly developing new malware including ransomware to attack individuals, businesses and governments in a form of digital warfare.

Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that “global ransomware damage costs will reach $20 billion by 2021.”

“This is a tough problem and certainly not going away anytime soon. The attacks are just becoming more and more sophisticated with more psychological pressure being put on these organizations to want to pay that ransom,” Dr. Nance said.

That’s exactly what happened seven weeks ago in Georgetown County. https://4230f556a36ace6ba15014901dbf3f6d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Public Information Officer Jackie Broach said that just like hurricane or tornado, a cyber disaster hit the county on January 22 in the form of a ransomware attack.

“It really shut everything down from Wi-Fi to email,” Broach said. “We couldn’t access files on our network. It really did just bring us to a grinding halt. The only thing that still worked was our phones cell phones and desk phones.”

Ransomware basically locks up and encrypts a computer system and files, and then hackers demand money for the decryption key.

The Georgetown County attack is still under investigation so Broach said she couldn’t divulge the amount of the ransom.

“But it was a large amount in cryptocurrency, which I think is standard,” she said.

Instead of paying the ransom, the county’s IT department has been rebuilding, upgrading and fixing every computer and at least 50 servers.

“The county’s IT Department has done what normally would take six or seven months of work in the last five weeks,” Broach explained. “They are just trying to work around the clock as quickly as possible to get things back up and running and basically rebuilt from scratch.”

Thankfully, Broach said, Georgetown County does have cyber insurance.

The more than $250,000 dollars in expenses because of the attack will only cost them a $10,000 deductible.

She said citizen information was not exposed or accessed, and that “files are still there, files are still fine,” they just couldn’t open them because of the ransomware.

Even if they’d wanted to pay the ransom to speed things along, Broach said there’s no guarantee the hackers would have followed through with their end of the bargain.

“In a perfect world, no one would pay the ransom,” Bruce Smalley said.

Smalley is the Chief Information and Risk Officer with the State Law Enforcement Division. Whether to pay up depends on the entity’s resources and backup options, he explained.

“Without backup capabilities, many organizations unfortunately are left with no choice but to pay the ransom.” And such a cycle only encourages the lucrative attacks to continue.

Smalley and his team at SLED are working to make sure hackers don’t make it that far. He leads the Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program, a taskforce of cybersecurity experts in South Carolina.

“You may not think of South Carolina as a cyber security hub,” he said. But Smalley said their program has been touted as one of the best in the country. “The reality is most states do not have a program that can match the capabilities of South Carolina. In fact, the national Governor’s Association said South Carolina has the most comprehensive and innovative Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity in the country.”

One goal of SC CIC is to train state agencies and governments to prevent cyber-attacks. They also act on intel and leads to stop them ahead of time.

SC CIC will also investigate when malware attacks do get through, like in Georgetown County. Broach said SLED is investigating in that case to help them find out more about the hackers and origin of the attack.

“It really just boils down to protecting the citizens of South Carolina,” Smalley said, adding that SC CIC operates on an $800,000 annual budget.

“We were able to save the taxpayers of South Carolina close to $15 million in cyber and cyber-related expenses…That’s a pretty great return on investment,” Smalley said.

The City of Charleston recently signed on to that free partnership with SC CIC.

He said the city’s layers of security have thwarted many attempted attacks. “They do happen constantly all day. Emails are trying to come in. Our system filters emails before they even come in. They may be laced with malware or ransomware.”

Ratterree said with SLED’s help, the city recently sent a test email to employees trying to collect information like a hacker would to gauge where security weaknesses are. His team also reached out to Georgetown County after their hacking incident.

“It’s a learning tool at their expense unfortunately. But we always investigate those scenarios, especially if they’re close to home,” Ratterree said.

We asked dozens of local municipalities if they’ve ever had attempted or successful cyber-attacks. While they were hesitant to release details for security reasons, some cities and counties told us they have multiple layers of cyber security. Others have cyber insurance to protect them in case of an incident.

Ratterree said a system is most vulnerable with its end users, the every day employees in the system who just checking their emails and doing their jobs, not necessarily thinking about cyber security attacks day to day.

That seems to be the case in Georgetown County, Broach said. “I think it’s fair to say it’s nobody’s fault. It came in via an email to a staff member like a phishing email. It was not one of those “crown prince so and so.” It was very sophisticated.”

Cyber-attacks do not just put a citizen’s personal or financial information at stake. They could also have life or death consequences if successful.

A hacker got into a Florida city’s water treatment system earlier this month and tried to poison the water supply with lye.

A future hack into our power grid could be devastating, Dr. Nance said.

“As we’ve seen recently in Texas – even though that wasn’t an attack – you see what happens when the power goes out. And if a bad actor can make the power go out like that in the winter, that can have huge ramifications for the people.”

Georgetown County Human Resources Director Walt Ackerman answered questions from Georgetown County’s Council during last week’s meeting.

“Insurance will get us back to where we were, but now we are a target. We’ve had several attempts at breaches since we were attacked, so if we don’t put additional protections in place, we’re just going to be in the same boat again,” he said.

The Council approved $140,000 to implement equipment upgrades now that they had planned for the next couple of years. The experts we talked to say more communities should consider such cyber investments now to prevent disasters in the future.

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Citadel’s scholarly student journal celebrates 25th anniversary https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-scholarly-student-journal-celebrates-25th-anniversary/ Mon, 22 Mar 2021 19:02:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22862 The 2021 edition features nine papers and photographs written or captured by some of The Citadel's best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students]]>

The Gold Star Journal 2021 awardees to be recognized at academic conference March 30

Photo above: The Gold Star Journal’s 2021 Distinction in Photography winner, “Serenity” by Chase Ervin, ’22, Civil Engineering major. (Full photo below).

The Gold Star Journal promotes academic excellence at The Citadel through the publication of cross-disciplinary, nonfiction papers and photographic work. The journal provides cadets and Citadel Graduate College students the opportunity to publish scholarly work.

The Gold Star Journal’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on campus March 30 during the journal’s academic conference. The event will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Buyer Auditorium.

The conference supports the academic excellence of The Citadel and those involved with or being published in the 2021 journal. There will be awards given to certain authors and photographers and certificates to all published students. Free copies of the journal will be available.

The 2021 edition features nine papers and photographs written or captured by some of The Citadel’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the 2021 authors will speak about their papers at the conference. The papers are listed below:

  • Cadet Hannah Dion, Class of 2022, Biology major, “Cleopatra: The Propagated Villain of Rome”
  • Cadet Joseph M. Field, Class of 2021, Political Science major, “The Importance of Military Discipline in the 17th Century Manchu Army as Seen in Dzengseo’s ‘Diary of my Service in the Army'”
  • Cadet Nick Fricchione, Class of 2021, History major, “German War Graves: A Tragic and Somber Reminder of Cost of War
  • Frank Hoffman, Graduate Student, International Politics and Military Affairs major, “Engaged Containment: A Viable Solution to the North Korea Problem”
  • Cadet Thomas Kyte, Class of 2022, Political Science major, “One Belt and one Road Right Through Ethiopia?”
  • Cadet Ashley Ruiz, Class of 2022, Political Science, and Intelligence and Security Studies major, “Geopolitical Impacts of Wahhabism in the Middle East”
  • Cadet Jalen Singleton, Class of 2022, Computer Science major, “Cybersecurity and Cryptography: The Interrelation”
  • Cadet Shiloh Smiles, Class of 2022, Computer Science and Cyber Operations major, “Implications of Quantum Computing on Computational Complexity Theory”
  • Cadet Dylan R. Wood, Class of 2023, Mechanical Engineering major, “Electric Car Battery Development and Analysis”
The Gold Star Journal 2021 Best Photograph Winner, “Abandoned Chair” by Jacob Williams, 2022, Chemistry major

The journal will also honor our photographers by showing their work during the conference. The 2021 selected photographers are:

  • Anna Britton, Graduate Student, “A Day in Havana”.
  • Dashawn Costley, 2022, Psychology Major, “Breastplate”, “Ring March”, and “Ultimate Judge”.
  • Chase Ervin, 2022, Civil Engineering Major, “Curiosity”, “Salute”, “Serenity”, and “Strange Times”.
  • William Moran, 2023, Mechanical Engineering Major, “In the Pines”.
  • Jacob Williams, 2022, Chemistry Major, “A Sundown Caper”, “Abandoned Chair”, and “Sunset off the Dock”.

Members of the campus community and cadets’ guests can register for limited seating by emailing the club supervisor at mabrouks@citadel.edu.  Seating is limited.

This conference and The Gold Star Journal are brought to you by:

  • Cadet Jake Norris, Editor-in-chief, 2022, Computer Science Major
  • Cadet Taylor Diggs, Assistant Editor-in-Chief, 2022, Political Science Major
  • Cadet Carleton Bailiff III, Executive Editor, 2021, Psychology Major
  • Cadet Daniel Wilkes, Editor, 2021, Political Science and History Double Major
  • Cadet Bryce Garcia, Editor, 2022, Political Science Major
  • Cadet Briona Gray, Editor, 2021, Criminal Justice Major
  • Cadet Harrison Wedgeworth, Editor, 2021, French and English Double Major


Access all 25 editions of The Gold Star Journal here.

• The GSJ Distinction in Photography “Serenity” by Chase Ervin, 2022, Civil Engineering Major.
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