Academics – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Sat, 25 May 2019 10:06:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Academics – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel earns SC award for cybersecurity education excellence https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-earns-sc-award-cyber-security-excellence/ Sat, 25 May 2019 10:06:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8417 (Left to right) Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Dean for The Citadel Swain Family School of Science and Dr. Shankar Banik, Director of Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, accepting award from Cyber SC director Tom Scott.(Left to right) Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Dean for The Citadel Swain Family School of Science and Dr. Shankar Banik, Director of Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, accepting award from Cyber SC director Tom Scott.The Citadel recently earned statewide recognition for its work to educate and prepare future leaders in the field of cybersecurity.]]> (Left to right) Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Dean for The Citadel Swain Family School of Science and Dr. Shankar Banik, Director of Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, accepting award from Cyber SC director Tom Scott.(Left to right) Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Dean for The Citadel Swain Family School of Science and Dr. Shankar Banik, Director of Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, accepting award from Cyber SC director Tom Scott.

Above, left to right: Dr. Darin Zimmerman, Dean of The Citadel Swain Family School of Science and Dr. Shankar Banik, Director of Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, accepting award from Cyber SC director Tom Scott

The Citadel recently earned statewide recognition for its work to educate and prepare future leaders in the field of cybersecurity. Darin Zimmerman, Ph.D., dean for the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics at The Citadel, and Shankar Banik, Ph.D., graduate program director of Computer Science, and director for the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel accepted the Dr. Charles Watt Award for Cyber Excellence – Academia, from the director of Cyber SC in May.

“We have been actively following the work done in the cybersecurity arena by The Citadel and your institution has clearly gone above and beyond to promote cyber excellence across South Carolina and the country,” said Tom Scott, director of Cyber SC.

The work behind The Citadel’s award-winning cybersecurity programs

Some of The Citadel’s cybersecurity programs and activities contributing to the award include obtaining National Security Agency (NSA) grants in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to host free cybersecurities camps for teachers and K – 12 students.

Additionally, The Citadel is part of a Senior Military College collaboration that resulted in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act prioritizing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) cyber institutes at five of the colleges.

The universities and the Defense Department see this plan as a way to generate more cyber experts ready to fill jobs with high security clearances at military and government organizations. Rose Thayer, Stars and Stripes

 

DNI Dan Coats with intelligence and cyber security studies cadets at The Citadel
DNI Dan Coats (red tie) with intelligence and cybersecurity studies cadets at The Citadel

The college also sponsored the 2018 Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference at The Citadel, featuring the Director of National Intelligence and the deputy director of the FBI.

The National Security Agency designated The Citadel as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education in 2016.

And most recently, The Citadel hosted the Jack Voltaic 2.5 Cyber Workshop, intended for local leaders and the owners of high-priority infrastructure that are critical to the DOD. The workshop focused on key relationships between commercial-critical infrastructure and DOD-critical missions. and was one of a series developed by the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.

Finally, numerous Citadel cadets are engaged in cybersecurity internships and military training, and many alumni work in the field of cybersecurity for the U.S. Armed Forces and private industry.

For more information about programs offered through The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, please click here. For more information about programs offered through The Citadel Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences, please click here or email john.moore@citadel.edu.

Cyber SC trophy awarded to The Citadel

 

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The Blaze: This mom of 6 went to night school for years, got her master’s, then fulfilled her dream of becoming a cop https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-police-criminal-justice-graduate/ Sat, 18 May 2019 10:00:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8323 Jennifer Petrone says her lifelong dream was to become a police officer, even if it seemed out of reach for a long time. However, after years of hard work and late nights, the low-country South Carolina mother of six has made that dream a reality, through The Citadel Graduate College.]]>

As seen on The Blaze.com, by Nate Madden

Jennifer Petrone says her lifelong dream was to become a police officer, even if it seemed out of reach for a long time. However, after years of hard work and late nights, the low-country South Carolina mother of six has made that dream a reality.

Now serving as a police officer for the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, but before landing that coveted job, she spent years working on two different degrees and a certificate at night school.

Petrone recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Social Science from the graduate college at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, according to a news release from the institution.

While the Charleston-based college has been known for its full-time undergraduate corps of cadets, it also offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for non-cadet students via evening classes.

Petrone got her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice through The Citadel’s Evening Undergraduate Program in 2015. Additionally, during the time between her other degrees, she also earned a graduate certificate in Leadership Studies from the school.

“For me personally going to The Citadel taught me that I am capable of achieving greatness,” Petrone said in a statement. “The core values that I learned while working on my bachelor’s degree with the Evening Undergraduate Program helped to instill in me what was necessary to achieve my next goal: finishing my master’s degree.”

While earning a degree is hard enough in the first place, Petrone also earned hers while caring for her six kids: Eian, Emarra, Anthony, Andrew, Briona and Benjamin. In fact, while she was working on her master’s, Eian left to join the United States Marine Corps while Briona started college as a Citadel cadet.

“I am forever grateful for the long nights, time away from my children, weekend sacrifices, and at times, many tears,” Petrone said of the challenge. “I am grateful because all of this showed me that anything is possible when one sets their mind to something.”

Now that she’s finally protecting and serving her fellow South Carolinians, the next big goal on Petrone’s list is to complete her law enforcement training while she works as a police officer in the South Carolina low country. She says that she would really liked to keep children safe by being placed as a resource officer at a local public school, “but this will take a little time to achieve.”

 

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With Bastin Hall construction underway, Citadel president and contractors tour site https://today.citadel.edu/bastin-hall-construction-underway-citadel-tour/ Fri, 17 May 2019 10:00:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8332 Bastion Hall Site visitBastion Hall Site visitWith the first phase of construction underway on the future home of the Baker School of Business, the leaders of the construction company heading the project took the president of The Citadel on brief tour of the site on on Thursday, May 16.]]> Bastion Hall Site visitBastion Hall Site visit

Photo: (left to right) Capt. Jeffrey Lamberson, Tom Suitt, Howard Suitt and Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.)

With the first phase of construction underway on the future home of the Baker School of Business, the leaders of the construction company heading the project took the president of The Citadel on brief tour of the site on Thursday, May 16.

“It’s been over four decades since we build an academic building on this campus, and it’s long overdue. Now that we’ve started, thanks to the generosity of donors, I’m hoping that this is the first domino that’s going to get this campus revitalized over the next 10 or 12 years,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel.

Gen. Glenn Walters and THS raising flags at construction site
Gen. Glenn Walters and THS raising flags at construction site

The chairman and founder of the Greenville-based THS Constructors, Inc. wanted to come to his alma mater to see the project for himself. Howard Suitt is a member of The Citadel Class of 1948, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He founded Suitt Construction in 1968. Suitt has been responsible for placing over $12 billion in construction value, representing a total installed cost of approximately $36 billion for more than 2,000 projects.

“With three Citadel alumni in the company, including me, this project is especially important to us. We couldn’t be more excited about serving the school and bringing a first class building to campus,” said Suitt.

Suitt’s past notable experience includes managing three sites simultaneously for a single client that employed over 3,500 construction workmen and represented an owner’s investment of more than $700 million. Tom Suitt, the son of Howard, senior vice president of the construction company, and a member of The Citadel Class of 1974 accompanied his father and other members of their team on the tour of the site.

The Citadel received a $6 million gift to construct the new business school building from Rick Bastin, The Citadel Class of 1965, and his wife Mary Lee, who were honored for their generosity through the naming of the new facility, Bastin Hall.

View the plans for Bastin Hall here.

Gen. Walters with honorary hard hat
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Top jobs for School of Engineering graduates; what they say about The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/top-jobs-for-school-of-engineering-graduates-what-they-say-about-the-citadel/ Fri, 10 May 2019 10:00:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8145 Candace works at the Google Data Center in Monks Corner, South Carolina. "I decided to attend The Citadel Graduate College, because they're seen as the best in the Lowcountry for Project Management."]]>

The Citadel School of Engineering is one of the oldest programs in America and is consistently ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation. The School of Engineering offers four bachelor of science, four master of science, and 13 graduate certificate programs.

The majority of the cadets and students studying the fields of civil, construction, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as project management, are employed before they graduate, with nearly 100 percent are employed within two months of graduation. Approximately 80 percent of those graduates stay in South Carolina for their careers.

Meet some of The Citadel Class of 2019 School of Engineering graduates:

Robert Alexander Perry, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Robert Alexander Perry, The Citadel Class of 2019, Evening Undergraduate Program

Robert, who is originally from North Augusta, South Carolina, attended The Citadel through the Evening Undergraduate Program. He works for Santee Cooper as an electrical engineer.

The Citadel makes you a disciplined learner and provides you with an opportunity to learn from accomplished professionals in the various engineering fields. Robert Alexander

Caleb Carter, Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Caleb Carter, The Citadel Class of 2019
Caleb Carter, The Citadel Class of 2019

Caleb has a new job with Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, PLLC. He’ll be involved in the execution of construction engineering and inspection duties on projects for the South Carolina Department of Transportation and for Charleston County government. As a cadet at The Citadel, he served as president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Citadel is the greatest institution in the country to me. Here, we train individuals to be leaders. The same thing cannot be said about other schools. This journey helped me become the man I want to be by challenging me mentally, academically, and physically. Cadets are leaps and bounds more prepared to enter the real world after graduation than those from other schools, because of the training at The Citadel. Persevering when faced with obstacles becomes second nature. Caleb Carter

2nd Lt. Abigail Murn, U.S. Army, Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abigail Murn, The Citadel Class of 2019

Abigail is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, accepting a commission just prior to graduating from The Citadel in May of 2019. While a cadet, Abigail served as captain of The Bulldogs’ volleyball team, and as president of The Citadel chapter of the Society of Women in Engineers, in addition to being active in the American Society of Civil Engineering. Just before graduation, Abigail was selected for The Citadel’s Community Ambassador Award for her service as “an outstanding mentor to female students at The Citadel majoring in engineering, helping host a Society of Women Engineers conference at The Citadel with 225 participants from across the state, and leading fellow engineering cadets and students in hosting two Introduce a Girl Scout to Engineering events.

Candace Pringle, Master of Science, Technical Project Management

Candace Pringle, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019, Project Management

Candace works at the Google Data Center in Monks Corner, South Carolina. “While in The Citadel’s project management program, I received a promotion from an entry level technician, to an entry level associate program manager (APM). Now, based on my performance as an APM, I’ve been encouraged by leadership to go apply for a promotion to the next level as well,” Pringle said. “I will not only apply my project management skill set to my full-time job, I will use what I’ve learned in all areas of my life and outside of employment expenditures.”

The Citadel Graduate College is a well respected school. I attended Clemson University as an undergraduate for Industrial Engineering, because they were the best in the state for that program. I decided to attend The Citadel Graduate College, because they’re seen as the best in the Lowcountry for Project Management. In addition, they have the graduate center in North Charleston which saved me from having to travel downtown; and they offer evening courses. I’ve learned so much from this program and I’m willing to share my experience with anyone who asks. Candace Pringle

Ensign Joseph Scerbo, U.S. Navy, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Joseph Scerbo, The Citadel Class of 2019

Joseph’s hometown is Flemington, New Jersey. After graduating from The Citadel, his first assignment with the Navy is Nuclear Power School for submarine duty. Scerbo’s goal is to lead a division of sailors, and become qualified to operate and pilot submarines.

The best reason to attend The Citadel is to learn true life lessons at a place where you can mold yourself into a leader. Joseph Scerbo

Citadel ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Joseph Scerbo third row from left on end

 

 

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Two Citadel nursing professors are recognized for excellence in practice https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-nursing-professors-palmetto-gold-award-2019/ Thu, 09 May 2019 10:00:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8107 Two nursing professors from The Citadel are the proud recipients of an award that honors registered nurses in our state who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Robin Matutina, Ph.D., Amy Joseph, Ph.D., and Helen Ballestas, Ph.D.

Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., and Robin Matutina, Ph.D., recognized at the 18th Palmetto Gold Gala

Two nursing professors from The Citadel are the proud recipients of an award that celebrates registered nurses in our state who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.

Both Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., and Robin Matutina, Ph.D., were presented a Palmetto Gold Award at a gala held on April 27 in Columbia.

“It’s been a monumental year for The Citadel’s nursing program. In addition to graduating The Citadel’s first class of nurses, two of our faculty members were recognized as some of the very best nurses in the state,” said Amy Joseph, Ph.D., head of the Swain Department of Nursing. “Both Helen and Robin are active leaders in the nursing community and this award is well deserved.”

The Palmetto Gold Gala is hosted by by the Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Program. For the last 18 years, the program has worked to honor both employees and facilities with the Palmetto Gold Award, which recognizes nurses for their outstanding accomplishments.

Proceeds from the Gala provide an annual $1,000 nursing scholarship to each registered nurse undergraduate program in our state.

This recognition of The Citadel’s nursing program happened just days ahead of the pinning ceremony and commencement for the first nursing class to graduate from the Swain Department of Nursing.

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VA secretary challenges Citadel graduates to pay freedom forward https://today.citadel.edu/robert-wilkie-commencement-address/ Wed, 08 May 2019 20:40:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8128 The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.Wilkie reminds graduates of their responsibilities as citizens during commencement address Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has vivid memories of his North Carolina childhood in Fort Bragg as the]]> The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.

Wilkie reminds graduates of their responsibilities as citizens during commencement address

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has vivid memories of his North Carolina childhood in Fort Bragg as the Vietnam War lingered—the death toll appearing at the end of the CBS Evening News broadcast that his mother watched every night; a child being pulled from class at the same time a chaplain arrived bearing a folded flag; his father not being able to wear his uniform in town because of anti-war sentiment.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.

“The country as a whole was ugly to people from that conflict,” he said in an interview Friday before speaking at commencement exercises Saturday afternoon for The Citadel Graduate College.

Last July Wilkie was confirmed as the 10th secretary of the VA. He previously served as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. His father was a highly decorated artillery officer from the 82nd Airborne Unit, and Wilkie himself served in the U.S. Navy Reserve with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.  He is currently a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff.

The Citadel’s Swain Department of Nursing, which partners with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, was established in 2016 to help address the nation’s nursing shortage. On Saturday, The Citadel’s first class of nursing students graduated. There were 21 members.

Health care is one of the most important benefits awarded to veterans. According to Wilkie, the turnover for nurses in the VA is low at 8 to 9 percent, while in most health care systems, it’s 18 to 20 percent.

“Serving those who have served, I think, is the most noble mission in the government,” Wilkie said.


Watch Secretary Wilkie’s full commencement address to The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019


The Citadel is known for both its contribution to the nation’s military and its friendliness to veterans. Approximately 35 percent of the Corps of Cadets earn a commission to serve in one of the armed services. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report named The Citadel the No. 1 Best College for Veterans in the South, up from No. 2 in 2018.  In the spring semester, The Citadel veterans program numbered 236 students.

“We hear a lot in the United States about our rights as citizens,” Wilkie said to the graduating class. “What we don’t hear enough about are our responsibilities as citizens.”

As he concluded his speech, Wilkie reminded the audience that the founding fathers fought for their freedom.

“They gave us more than a nation,” he said. “They brought to mankind for the first time the central idea that we are born free, that each of us has inalienable rights, and that the government was created for our convenience, having only the powers people chose to give it. That is the heritage that you are about to claim, and that is the heritage that many in this audience have already defended in uniform. We need you. We need your great ideas, your strength, and your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong.”

Honorary degree recipient

During the commencement ceremony, Wilkie was awarded an honorary degree for his service to veterans.

The Honorable Robert Leon Wilkie is dedicated to the veterans whose selfless service and sacrifice protect America’s freedoms and ensure its democracy.  As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest government agencies, Mr. Wilkie is responsible for providing veterans and their families with the benefits and services they have earned.  The son of an Army artillery commander, Mr. Wilkie grew up in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve in the Office of the Chief of Staff.  With more than twenty-five years of federal service at the national and international levels, Mr. Wilkie has an impressive resume that includes serving as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.  In this role he was the principal advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense for total force management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management.  For his tireless work in support of veterans and their families and for his lifetime of public service, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award the Honorable Robert Leon Wilkie an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, receives an honorary doctoral degree in public administration during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, receives an honorary doctoral degree in public administration during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
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Remembering Cicely McCray https://today.citadel.edu/remembering-cicely-mccray-citadel-graduate-college/ Tue, 07 May 2019 17:05:36 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8064 Anyone who received an email from Cicely McCray would see these words on her signature line, "in service to students and the community." According to her supervisor, Tara Hornor, Ph.D., that sentence reflected how Mrs. McCray lived her life.]]>

Cicely McCray served as the assistant director of Enrollment Management for Continuing Education at The Citadel Graduate College. Anyone who received an email from Cicely McCray would see these words on her signature line, “in service to students and the community.” According to her supervisor, Emily Thomas, that sentence reflected how Mrs. McCray lived her life.

“After we learned of Cicely’s death, members of The Citadel Graduate College team shared words that described our friend and colleague,” said Thomas, who is assistant dean of The Citadel Graduate College. “Those words included: positive, vibrant, strong, confident, vivacious, generous and ‘a passion for education.’ Cicely leaves a legacy of personal service at The Citadel and other places where she made an impact, including her church where she was known for a deep commitment to her faith. She will be greatly missed.”

Before joining The Citadel Graduate College team in 2018, Mrs. McCray worked at the College of Charleston for several years as Director of Recruitment, Marketing, and Communications for the Graduate School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Alabama A&M University and her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from The Ohio State University.

According to her biography on the blog, “I have cancer but cancer doesn’t have me,” Mrs. McCray’s volunteer and civic service included serving on the board for Black Pages and The Royal Foundation. She was an active member of Royal Missionary Baptist Church including serving in the Deaconess Ministry, as Royal Foundation education chair and vice chair; in the Married Couples Ministry; the Education Ministry, as a contributing writer to the Royal Gazette Church newsletter. She was also the co-founder of the Royal Book Club.

Mrs. McCray passed away on May 3, 2019 at the age of 46. She is survived by her husband Marreo T. McCray Sr., and her daughter, Arrington Janell.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sat., May 11, at Royal Missionary Baptist Church located at 4761 Luella Ave, North Charleston. Funeral arrangements are being made by Lowcountry Mortuary of North Charleston.

Cicely McCray on her 45th birthday in 2018
Cicely McCray on her 45th birthday in 2018
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Class of 2019 graduation rewind https://today.citadel.edu/class-of-2019-graduation-rewind/ Mon, 06 May 2019 21:00:45 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8018 Long Gray LineLong Gray LineAn atmosphere of jubilation percolated across campus in the final days of the 2018-19 academic year, with several event-filled days dedicated to celebrating the achievements of The Citadel Class of 2019.]]> Long Gray LineLong Gray Line

An atmosphere of jubilation percolated across campus in the final days of the 2018-19 academic year, with several event-filled days dedicated to celebrating the achievements of The Citadel Class of 2019.

Senior cadets enjoying their last parade
Senior cadets enjoying their last parade

One of the most anticipated events: the Long Gray Line military dress parade, marking the departure of senior members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC).

Richard Snyder accepts command of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets May 3, 2019

During the parade, the Class of 2020 Regimental Commander, Cadet Col. Richard Snyder, accepted the ceremonial sword from Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn. Zorn graduated after leading the SCCC’s 2,400 cadets as the first woman in the top ranking position. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was among the approximately 35% of the senior cadets who became U.S. military officers in all branches of service, just prior to accepting their diplomas.

2nd Lt. Sarah Zorn The Citadel May 3 2019
2nd Lt. Sarah Zorn The Citadel May 3 2019

Approximately 500 cadets and 450 Citadel Graduate College (CGC) students crossed the stage during two different ceremonies in McAllister Field House as their family and friends cheered.

Audience members celebrating as their cadet's name is announced
Audience members celebrating as their cadet’s name is announced

Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time.

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.) Citadel president presents diploma to Cadet Matthew Wilder, second highest ranking Army ROTC cadet in the U.S.

Included in the processions were members of The Citadel’s inaugural class of nursing students. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees were presented to one cadet and 20 evening undergraduate men and women.

Citadel evening program nursing graduates move their tassels indicating they officially graduated

And, because The Citadel is a family tradition for many, alumni from the Corps’ and CGC are invited to present diplomas to their graduating family members each May. In 2019, there were 58 SCCC legacy graduates and 21 from CGC programs.

CGC graduates listened to the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert Wilkie, who spoke about the “obligation of service to our great nation.” Remember what you are passionate about, and remember that all people have a spirit capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance,” Wilkie said.

Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie addressing Citadel Graduate College graduates

Words to remember were spoken to cadets by Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr., USMC, the commander of U.S. Central Command. But it was Zorn, the cadet who’d spent the year representing a “first” for the SCCC, who ironically got in the final words, having earned the right to deliver the traditional “last cadet in line” speech after four years of being last alphabetically.

Zorn used social media metaphors in a speech that had the Corps laughing, but feeling nostalgic in the end.


Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn delivers the traditional “last cadet in line” speech because her name starts with a “Z”

Soon we will drive through Lesesne Gate our final time as cadets. Our relationship status will change from “it’s complicated” to “long distance.” We will hold tight the relationships that matter most, the ones with our classmates, our brothers and sisters. Today we walk out of this room, these gates, this place, as Citadel men and women, and I wouldn’t want to share that relationship status with anyone else. Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn, Regimental Commander, The Citadel Class of 2019

Watch a recap of the SCCC graduation ceremony below.

Congratulations to all 2019 graduates!

Cadets celebrating with family after Class of 2019 Long Gray Line Parade

 

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Citadel mom of six fulfills dream of becoming police officer https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-mom-of-six-fulfills-dream-of-becoming-police-officer/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-mom-of-six-fulfills-dream-of-becoming-police-officer/#comments Mon, 06 May 2019 15:01:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7926 Jennifer Petrone told her family her lifelong goal was to become a police officer. Now, in her Beaufort Police Department uniform, she credits her family as key to her success while standing as an example to her six children that determination can transform a goal that seems out of reach into reality.]]>

Needless to say, our family truly believes in everything The Citadel stands for. Jennifer Petrone, Beaufort Police Officer Candidate

Jennifer Petrone told her family her lifelong goal was to become a police officer. Now, in her Beaufort Police Department uniform, she credits her family as key to her success. She also stands as an example to her six children, proving that determination can transform a seemingly-unobtainable goal into reality.

Petrone is a member of The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019, graduating May 4 with a Master of Arts in Social Science. She worked on her master’s at the same time her son, Eian, joined the U.S. Marine Corps and her oldest daughter, Briona, became a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Petrone earned a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice through The Citadel’s Evening Undergraduate Program in 2015. She earned a graduate certificate in Leadership Studies between her undergrad and graduate degrees.

Back row left to right: Eian, Jennifer, Matthew. Front row, left to right: Emarra, Anthony, Andrew, Briona and Benjamin

For me personally going to The Citadel taught me that I am capable of achieving greatness. The core values that I learned while working on my bachelor’s degree with the Evening Undergraduate Program helped to instill in me what was necessary to achieve my next goal: finishing my master’s degree.

I am forever grateful for the long nights, time away from my children, weekend sacrifices, and at times, many tears; I am grateful because all of this showed me that anything is possible when one sets their mind to something.

“Being a student at The Citadel was something I never thought would be possible, I am so honored to be a part of The Citadel family. I now have a daughter that is about to embark on her junior year in the Corps of Cadets and a son who is inspiring to be a legacy to his sister. Needless to say our family truly believes in everything The Citadel stands for, ” said Petrone.

Petrone’s next step is to complete her officer training with South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy while working for the Beaufort Police Department. “I would like to eventually be placed in one of the local schools as the school resource officer, but this will take a little time to achieve.”

Jennifer Petrone accepts masters degree diploma from Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), Citadel president
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Citadel STEM Center helping with collaborative effort to teach students construction skills https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-stem-center-helping-with-collaborative-effort-to-teach-students-construction-skills/ Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:00:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7689 Build a ShedBuild a ShedCharleston Metro Chamber announces second annual Build A Shed Competition Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with ABC Carolinas, presents a building competition for students and career-ready youth in Berkeley,]]> Build a ShedBuild a Shed

Charleston Metro Chamber announces second annual Build A Shed Competition

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with ABC Carolinas, presents a building competition for students and career-ready youth in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

The Build A Shed Competition is a one-day building competition of an 8’ x 11’ shed. Eight local teams will be competing against each other to complete the shed using the same blueprint. The event will be held at the Exchange Park and begins at 7:00 a.m with judging of the sheds happening throughout the day. The day will conclude with an award ceremony beginning at 2:00 p.m. Participants will be mentored by volunteer construction industry professionals in safety, quality, planning, scheduling and communication and will finish the competition with an OSHA 10 Certification.

“This competition is in its second year and it’s great to see the visibility the construction industry has already received. The participants are not only spending a fun day with their peers, they’re also making connections with industry leaders looking for future talent from students like them,” said Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber.

Through this building competition, participants are provided the opportunity to work directly with construction professionals and to connect with leaders looking for skilled talent. Construction has numerous entry points, both with and without a college degree, and students who want to learn new skills can find, not just a job, but a career within this field.

The sheds are currently being auctioned off to the community until the end of the competition. All proceeds will support future Chamber-led talent and workforce development efforts.

Participating Teams:

  • Berkeley High School
  • Burke High School
  • Charleston County School of the Arts
  • Cross High School
  • Eckerd Connects
  • R.B. Stall High School
  • Wando High School

Participating Contractors:

  • Centennial
  • Charleston County Government Facilities
  • Choate Construction
  • Hitt Contracting
  • Miller-Valentine Group
  • Samet Corporation
  • Thompson Turner Construction
  • Trident Construction

Participating Subcontractors:

  • Bonitz
  • Cullum Mechanical Construction
  • Feyen Zylstra
  • M.C. Dean
  • Precision Walls
  • Quantum Coatings
  • Yellowstone Landscape

Click here for additional information and to bid on a shed.

Materials Sponsor:
Lowe’s Home Improvement

Roofing Sponsor:
Baker Roofing

Shed Sponsors:
C.F. Evans Construction
Choate Construction
Cullum Mechanical Construction
Evans General Contractors
Low Country Case and Millwork
Thompson Turner Construction
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

Lunch Sponsor:
The Citadel STEM Center for Excellence

Special thanks to:
Carolina Waste & Recycling
Charleston County EMS
C. R. Hipp Construction
Exchange Park
Herc Rentals
Jersey Mike’s
Shed Movers
Williams Scotsman

About the Charleston Metro Chamber: With approximately 1,600 member organizations representing 160,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community, and a catalyst for regional economic advancement and member success through Talent, Advocacy, Leadership and Business Development. Visit charlestonchamber.org.

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