Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 28 Sep 2021 18:48:14 +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 Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Head of Leadership Studies included as expert in USA Today article https://today.citadel.edu/head-of-leadership-studies-included-as-expert-in-usa-today-article/ Tue, 28 Sep 2021 18:17:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27176 Professor Faith Rivers James, The CitadelProfessor Faith Rivers James, The Citadel"Many Black farmers and other groups who have experienced historic discrimination have inherited heirs’ property." ]]> Professor Faith Rivers James, The CitadelProfessor Faith Rivers James, The Citadel

Note: Professor Faith Rivers James, J.D., is the Assistant Provost for Leadership at The Citadel, and the head of the Department of Leadership Studies. Rivers James, who holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College, practiced legislative law in Washington D.C. She is an expert on leadership, public policy, legislative process and property law.

Black farmers accuse the USDA of racism. The USDA appears to agree and vows to address ‘historical discrimination.’

Synopsis of article from USAToday.com
By Mark Dovich, Jeff A. Chamer and Hazel Tang 

WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture launched a commission Friday aimed at addressing “historical discrimination” in agriculture, a sign the USDA is looking to overcome a decades-long history of systemic racism that Black farmers say has shrunk their numbers and kept families from building generational wealth.

The Equity Commission will help identify USDA programs and policies that have contributed to, exacerbated or perpetuated discrimination, the department said.

“The truth is, the deck has been stacked against Black farmers who for generations have been denied access to land and capital,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement to USA TODAY.

He vowed a “top to bottom” evaluation of decades-old farm programs to ensure they “more equitably serve” American farmers. 

Black farmers account for only 1.4% of all U.S. farmers, farm only 0.5% of the country’s farmland and generate only 0.4% of total U.S. agricultural sales every year. In contrast, about 14% of all U.S. farmers in 1920 were Black, according to that year’s agriculture census.

Full article on USAToday.com at link above. Contributions by Professor Faith Rivers James are below.

Keeping farms in the family

Another stumbling block to supporting Black farmers: keeping farms in the family.

At issue is a legal term called heirs’ property. The term refers to land inherited by the descendants of a property owner without any form of legal documentation of ownership. The heirs “hold title as tenants in common, but that interest is only conceptual,” explained Faith Rivers James, assistant provost for leadership at The Citadel military college and an expert on heirs’ property.

Because the land has not been divided, no single person can claim a specific part of it.

The problem’s roots go back more than a century, Rivers James said.

“The unique challenge in the Southern states [where most Black farmers live] is that much of the property was acquired during Reconstruction, at which time there were not sufficient lawyers to assist landowners in drafting wills,” Rivers James said. “So subsequently, without access to lawyers for estate planning, a great deal of land in the South was transferred [without wills] and is now heirs’ property.”

That’s pushed many heirs out of agriculture. Black farmers lost upward of 90% of their land from 1910 to 1997, according to agriculture censuses.

Rivers James called heirs’ property issues “a vestige of segregation and discrimination in its worst form.”

In July, the USDA announced it would provide $67 million in loans to help address long-standing heirs’ landownership issues and allow Black farmers to keep land in their families.

“Many Black farmers and other groups who have experienced historic discrimination have inherited heirs’ property,” Vilsack said in a statement at the time. “USDA is committed to revising policies to be more equitable and examining barriers faced by heirs’ property owners is part of that effort.” 

The $67 million is intended to help heirs receive recognition as landowners. The loan program is a “very much needed” step to solve a “systemic issue,” said Cornelius Blanding, the executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a Georgia-based nonprofit group.

The program will “play a huge role in starting to clear up this heirs’ property issue in communities around the United States in general, and in the Black community specifically,” he said.

Helping heirs acquire clear title to their land is “the only way to open doors for growth and to be able to hand that property on to their family members,” Rivers James said.

“After all,” she said, “a great portion of these challenges arose because of government policies and state land laws that impaired this form of African American landownership.”

Two ways to advance your knowledge about the U.S. Constitution https://today.citadel.edu/two-ways-to-advance-your-knowledge-about-about-the-u-s-constitution/ Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:36:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26161 Wide photograph of PT Barracks at The CitadelWide photograph of PT Barracks at The Citadel"Our concern is preparing cadets for future leadership roles..."]]> Wide photograph of PT Barracks at The CitadelWide photograph of PT Barracks at The Citadel

Constitution Day recognition events scheduled at The Citadel Sept. 21 and 23, open to public

Every cadet at The Citadel is required to take a course to learn more about America’s founding documents. They take it during their sophomore year, and it is an element of the Corps of Cadets’ requisite four years of leadership training that complements their academic and military training.

The chair of The Citadel Leadership Studies program, Faith Rivers James, JD, developed the course that began in the spring of 2020.

“Our concern is preparing cadets for future leadership roles by providing them with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about their role in Democracy,” said Rivers James. “We examine the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, of course. We also study advocacy pieces about the documents like the Federalist Papers.”

With national Constitution Day approaching (Sept. 17), the college continues to reinforce the importance of constitutional learning. The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences is sponsoring two events. Both are free and open to everyone, facemasks required.

The first is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. It will be a public reading of the Constitution involving volunteers from across campus and the community. Those wishing to volunteer should contact Professor Scott Segrest at ssegrest@citadel.edu. It will be followed by a discussion led by a professor of Political Science.

The event will take place in Bond Hall, 165. There is free parking on campus. A virtual campus map is here.

The second event, from 7- 9 p.m. on Sept. 23, will feature a constitutional expert, Prof. Richard Garnett, JD. He is the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also the founding director of the Program on Church, State & Society. 

“We can all learn from Prof. Garnett’s expertise on First Amendment issues, especially on the freedoms of speech, association and religion. Additionally, he is a leading authority on questions of religion in politics and society,” said Scott Segrest, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science at The Citadel. “Professor Garnett earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for the late Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist, and also for the late Chief Judge of the S.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Richard S. Arnold.”

The event on Sept. 23 will be held in the Altman Center, which is the building at the end of the football stadium facing Fishburne St. The address is 68C Hagood Ave., and there is complimentary parking just outside of the building.

Both of the events are sponsored by the School of Humanities with generous support from the Henry and Jenny Johnson Endowment for Historical Studies.

Below: Prof. Faith Rivers James, chair for The Citadel Leadership Studies program, being interviewed by Fox News about the college’s requirement for cadets to study America’s founding documents when the course began being taught in 2020.

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.


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                                           
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                                        
Zachary Andrew Hanchin                                      

Citadel Graduate College’s Lt. Col. Brandon Pitcher, leading infantry battalion https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-graduate-colleges-lt-col-brandon-pitcher-leading-infantry-battalion/ Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:48:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21572 The 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, SC National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander, and welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly D. Calkins, SC National GuardThe 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, SC National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander, and welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly D. Calkins, SC National GuardA College Park Middle teacher has climbed the ranks to now lead an infantry battalion in the National Guard in the upstate.]]> The 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, SC National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander, and welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly D. Calkins, SC National GuardThe 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, SC National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander, and welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly D. Calkins, SC National Guard

Photo above: The 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, SC National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander, and welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly D. Calkins, SC National Guard.

As seen in The Post and Courier

Note: Pitcher earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The Citadel Graduate College

A College Park Middle teacher has climbed the ranks to now lead an infantry battalion in the National Guard in the upstate.

On Jan. 9, the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, South Carolina National Guard, honored U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bulwinkle, 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion outgoing commander.

The battalion also welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brandon T. Pitcher, during the 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion change of command held at McCrady Training Center in Eastover.

Bulwinkle relinquished his command to Pitcher after nearly five-year post as commander.

Pitcher is a seventh and eighth-grade science teacher at College Park Middle. This is his first year at the school. He has served in the National Guard for 25 years.

Pitcher said this milestone achievement is “huge” and something he has been working toward during his career with the National Guard.

“This is a big deal for me,” he said, adding, “To be chosen is quite an honor.”

The Change of Command went into effect this month.

According to his bio, Pitcher is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the Citadel College of Graduate Studies. Pitcher has served as a teacher and school administrator for more than 29 years in the Berkeley County School District and Dorchester School District Two; he retired as Oakbrook Middle’s principal last year and desired to head back to the classroom, and came to College Park Middle.

Pitcher attended the Palmetto Military Academy Officer Candidate School, Class 49 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1998. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Exercise course, the Human Resources Management Qualification Course, and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

Pitcher’s previous military assignments include: Deputy Commander, 218th Regiment (Leadership); Executive Officer, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB); S1, 218th MEB; S3, 1-118th Infantry Battalion; S1, S3 Air, 4-118th Infantry Battalion; Commander, Company A, 1-118th Infantry (Deployed); Executive Officer Detachment 1, HHC, 1-118th Infantry; Executive Officer, Company A, 1-118th Infantry; and Platoon Leader, Company B, 1-118th Infantry.

Pitcher’s military awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge.

He is a member of the National Guard Association of South Carolina, the National Guard Association of the United States, the National Infantry Association, Sumter Guards, Washington Light Infantry, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Pitcher lives in Summerville with his wife, Susan, and their daughters, Brettan, and Graycen, and son, Colton.

Leadership Day has a new name and some COVID-caused adjustments, but the spirit of service is exactly the same https://today.citadel.edu/leadership-day-has-a-new-name-and-some-covid-caused-adjustments-but-the-spirit-of-service-is-exactly-the-same/ Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:00:09 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19222 Thanks to a generous donation from The Citadel Class of 1979, the annual event, which has a new name, will be permanently endowed.]]>

Photo: (left) Cadet Samantha Walton, contributor to this story and Regimental Public Affairs NCO, volunteering to make masks at The Citadel

2020 will be a year without Leadership Day at The Citadel — but that does not mean that the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will go a single day of the year without acting as servant leaders.

However, even after the pandemic is behind us, Leadership Day will not return. That’s because, thanks to a generous donation from one alumni class, the annual event has a new name.

A nearly $1 million contribution — surpassing their goal of $604,000 — will permanently endow the Class of 1979 Leadership Day

“In support of strategic commitments to service learning and development of principled leaders, The Citadel’s annual Leadership Day entails all regularly scheduled classes replaced with an on or off campus training, seminar, or service project for all cadets. All activities on Leadership Day are designed to engage students in a meaningful educational and developmental process outside the classroom. This gift will ensure the continuation and future growth of this program and further the development of principled leaders.”

The Class of 1979, The Citadel Foundation

The Class of 1979 Leadership Day will have an immediate chance to live up to its new name — the first major challenge is overcoming year’s difficulties and setting the stage for many more Class of 1979 Leadership Days to come.

One of the most visible aspects of a normal Leadership Day is when Citadel cadets travel into the community, donating their time to local schools and organizations. Activities are divided by class. Freshmen visit local elementary schools, sophomores choose from a variety of service projects, juniors take part in an on-campus Ethics Enrichment Experience and seniors visit local businesses and organizations to learn from Lowcountry leaders.

Cadets shoveling oyster shells at U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Cadets shoveling oyster shells at U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2019

This year, in the COVID environment, the Corps will have a smaller physical presence in the community, but with the same large impact. Groups of freshmen cadets will design and record lessons about what makes a hero, which will be shared with elementary, middle and high schoolers in the area. Sophomores will still travel out to work on service projects, but will do so on two separate days in November; other sophomores will serve as team leaders for the freshmen. Juniors and seniors will be assigned virtual lessons to replace their normal activities.

But just because the Class of 1979 Leadership Day looks different this year doesn’t mean cadets have stopped serving the community on a daily basis.

Hear from some Citadel cadets below and how they’ve been making every day a leadership day.

Sweetgrass Garden, by Cadet Lucy Pincus

I enjoy doing community service. It’s a great way to help a person or an organization in the local community. It’s also a great way to get off campus and to ease your mind off cadet stuff.

On one weekend we had an inspection and, right after it was over, I went to volunteer at a farm called Sweetgrass Garden.

Some of the tasks were gardening, mowing the lawn, moving and placing down mulch, taking care of the goat pens, and other various activities. I really enjoyed it, and I will go back there again.

I got to meet and talk to new people, we bonded as a group and ended the effort by sitting around a bond fire. We also got to bring back a small jar of honey, collected from bees on the farm, as well as a bag of sunflower seeds. 

Feed a Friend, by Cadet Hunter Smith

This was my first-time doing Feed-A-Friend Friday, but I was extremely eager to make a difference.

Each Friday a non-profitable organization cooks and provides food to homeless people in downtown Charleston. My favorite part of the experience was seeing the warm smiles on the faces of those in line when they received a warm meal, and seeing that a plate of food can make someone’s day better.

My job was handing out water to those in line, and I extremely enjoyed the small conversations that I had with them as they waited in line. I know that also made their day for someone just to greet them and make them feel welcomed.

My goal is to be the person that cares when they don’t have someone else who does.

Hope to Home, by Cadet Javonte Spratley

Volunteering for Hope To Home was a great experience for me. This was the first time I decided to volunteer for service hours without being told to do so.

I was able to travel around to different donors and collect the items that they donated, going to the formerly homeless who just got houses. I would also send the donations back to the warehouse.

This allowed me to go out of my way to help my community and also learn about my community. I was able to see how happy and glad the donors were when we came to pick up their donations, and I was able to see how happy the team members were when we finished putting everything in the warehouse. 

This experience has opened my eyes to how much volunteering allows me to see and do. After I finished volunteering, I joined the Rotaract Club because I loved going out of my way to help the community and those who need help. If I was ever asked to volunteer for Hope For Homes again, I would gladly do it. 

Beidler Forest Audubon Center, by Cadet Samantha Walton

An exhilarating and gratifying part of The Citadel experience is the ability to unselfishly give your time to others around you. It is such a heartwarming feeling, continuing to expound upon The Citadel’s rich heritage of making a positive impact in the South Carolina community.

On the first Saturday of September, The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics gave 13 cadets an opportunity to serve at Audubon’s Beidler Forest Service.

The Beidler Forest Audubon Center is a service that administers the ecosystem of the forest and grasslands of the Lowcountry. The forest is a picturesque part of nature offering sundry trails, campground sights, and a birds-eye view of South Carolina’s exquisite wildlife. 

The energized team arrived on site at about 8 a.m., enthused and eager to be hands on worker-bees. We were first introduced to the three-man squad and given further knowledge about the expectation to fulfill the duties and tend to the forest.

The team was then split up into groups of no more than five, while being sure to execute COVID-19 protocols of social distancing. The objective for the my team was cutting back the overrunning sweetgum trees, branches and anything in the way of the fire breakers along the nature trails.

It was such an enjoyable experience to participate in a new service, beautifying and giving an alluring appeal to nature that God so carefully designed for us to enjoy. I took away the significance of maintaining our habitats to sustain a flourishing environment for our animals and mankind. 

The cadet perspectives are courtesy of Samantha Walton, the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer, who also contributed her own volunteer story above.

The Citadel Provost, Dr. Sally Selden, featured as woman of influence https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-provost-dr-sally-selden-featured-as-woman-of-influence/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:46:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17658 Citadel Provost Dr. Sally Selden being interviewed by Post and Courier reporter Jenna Schifrel for We the Women seriesCitadel Provost Dr. Sally Selden being interviewed by Post and Courier reporter Jenna Schifrel for We the Women seriesThe Citadel's highest ranking woman interviewed by reporter Jenna Schiferl for The Post & Courier's We the Women series.]]> Citadel Provost Dr. Sally Selden being interviewed by Post and Courier reporter Jenna Schifrel for We the Women seriesCitadel Provost Dr. Sally Selden being interviewed by Post and Courier reporter Jenna Schifrel for We the Women series

We the Women conversation series celebrates 100 years since women in America were given the right to vote

As seen on PostandCourier.com

It’s been 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women of the United States the right to vote.

In celebration, The Post and Courier reporters interviewed South Carolina women about the ways they’ve used their lives and their voices and their right to vote. This series, called “We the Women,” will roll out the first weeks of August, culminating on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which became part of the Constitution of the United States on Aug. 18, 1920.

Today, We the Women continues, featuring a conversation between Post and Courier reporter Jenna Schiferl and Brigadier General Sally Selden, Ph.D., Provost and Dean of The Citadel.

New videos will post online at postandcourier.com daily at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 18.

Citadel professor speaks on Fox & Friends about required Constitution class https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professor-speaks-on-fox-friends-about-constitution-class/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 23:08:03 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17479 The head of the Department of Leadership Studies, Faith Rivers James, J.D., spoke with Fox & Friends to discuss The Citadel's required Constitution class.]]>

The head of the Department of Leadership Studies, Faith Rivers James, J.D., spoke with Pete Hegseth on Fox & Friends Saturday morning to discuss The Citadel’s required Constitution class and why it’s important for cadets and students.

In addition to studying the Constitution, the sophomore-level course will also focus on other important documents like the Federalist Papers and the Emancipation Proclamation.

As seen on FOX News

Citadel grad from Indianapolis mobilizes to USTRANSCOM in support of COVID-19 operations https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-grad-from-indianapolis-mobilizes-to-ustranscom-in-support-of-covid-19-operations/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:03:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17304 CDR Eric Chitwood, who earned a Master of Science in Leadership from The Citadel in 2018, is currently mobilized to United States Transportation Command.]]>

Note: CDR Eric Chitwood earned a Master of Science in Leadership from The Citadel in 2018

From U.S. Transportation Command Public Affairs

A U.S. Navy reservist from Indianapolis, Indiana, is currently mobilized to United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) in support of COVID-19 operations.

U.S. Navy Commander Eric L. Chitwood is playing a critical role in the U.S. Government’s response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in his part helping to sustain USTRANSCOM’s mission through the current force health condition measures. He also serves as aide-de-camp to Navy Rear Admiral Robert T. Clark, deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, and Major General Michael C. Wehr, Army Corps of Engineers, in this role at USTRANSCOM.

Because of his special skills and experience, Chitwood was hand-selected from the Joint Transportation Reserve Unit (JTRU) for this mission. He is one of approximately 40 JTRU members who will augment their active duty counterparts inside USTRANSCOM’s 24/7 Global Operations Center. Chitwood has a total of 16 years of uniformed service.

“Our nation’s response effort requires a true whole-government approach, and USTRANSCOM’s role is to coordinate and oversee the operations and transport of personnel, critical supplies and protective gear worldwide,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Council, commander of the JTRU. “Without our reservists like Cmdr. Chitwood, we would not be able to accomplish our mission.”

The JTRU augments USTRANSCOM as a warfighting combatant command to project and sustain military power at a time and place of the nation’s choosing. Powered by dedicated men and women, USTRANSCOM underwrites the lethality of the Joint Force, advances American interests around the globe, and provides the nation’s leaders with strategic flexibility to select from multiple options, while creating multiple dilemmas for our adversaries.

We REALLY wish you were here. Celebrating one of The Citadel’s most important weekends from a distance https://today.citadel.edu/we-really-wish-you-were-here-celebrating-one-of-the-citadels-most-important-weekends-from-a-distance/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:40:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15132 Corps Day Weekend is when The Citadel celebrates the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This normally includes several days of events, military parades and ceremonies along with]]>

Corps Day Weekend is when The Citadel celebrates the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This normally includes several days of events, military parades and ceremonies along with large crowds on campus witnessing these meaningful moments in the life of a cadet.

Due to COVID-19, the Corps will mark this anniversary off campus – but that does not make this weekend any less important. Here’s a look at some of the meanings behind cherished Corps Day weekend events, bringing you what we can, from afar.

Thoughts from the Regimental Commander, Cadet. Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder

We are all living a very 2-dimensional experience at the time of what would be our Corps Day/Recognition Day celebrations. Online classes, emails, and over the phone communication minimizes much of what makes the cadet experience—face to face interaction. You can view this situation as limiting or you can view it as a new challenge to grow from.

When it comes to training your replacement, this last month and a half is still very important. On campus, we are usually dedicated to preparing the next class for the leadership positions they are going to step into next semester. There is now a greater responsibility for everyone in a leadership position to over-communicate. Pour genuine thought and sincere effort preparing the cadet who follows you, regardless of class or rank.

Take the challenge. Own it by figuring out how to produce that third dimension of your cadet experience from home. Stay connected in every safe way possible. We can do this.

Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, Regimental Commander
Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, Regimental Commander

Corps Day Weekend announcements

  • Announcing the new faces of leadership for the Corps, 2020-21
    The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop cadets into principled leaders is the driving force behind the integral military system at the college. It is in operation at all times when school is in session, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, run by cadet leadership.
  • Announcing the 2020-21 Summerall Guards
    Saturday, March 28, the current Summerall Guards were to provide their final performance, and then exchange their ceremonial arms with the incoming guards. There is a bond from class to class among those selected to participate in this elite drill platoon. As we wish farewell to the current guards, we welcome the new group who are no doubt practicing drills at home right now.
  • Remembering 2020 Recognition Day
    The day when freshmen are finally recognized as members of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets after months of training was held early, on March 10, with the anticipation that campus may close.
  • The Palmetto Awards Parade
    There will be no parade, but the Palmetto Medal Award, one of the highest awards presented by The Citadel, will be presented to these principled leaders at later date if possible. Read about the 2020 recipients here.
  • The Spring Blue and White Game
    The spring game was held early, and in an unusual step, was staged on Summerall Field in the center of campus to the delight of the many who enthusiastically turned out for the spectacle. Here is an article in case you couldn’t attend.
  • Principled Leadership Symposium and Krause Center Award
    The symposium had to be canceled, but the Krause Center Award recipient will be announced on The Citadel Today web newsroom Monday, March 30.

Congratulations and best wishes to all!

The Citadel 2017-18 Recognition Day Oath on the Green after the March to Marion Square
Women’s History Month: meet several of the many outstanding women at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/womens-history-month-meet-a-few-of-the-outstanding-women-at-the-citadel/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:20:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14744 In celebration of Women's History Month 2020, the college would like to introduce you to a few of our many outstanding women.]]>

Photo above: Cadet Julianna DeSalle with parents, Janet and John, during her Ring Ceremony, 2019

Every March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. Institutions and organizations around America, including The Citadel, participate in and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history and in society today.

Some of the ways the college has celebrated in the past included featuring alumnae stories, reviewing newsworthy contributions by Citadel women, by studying principled leaders and by hosting distinguished guests.

In March 2020, the college would like to introduce you to more outstanding cadets and students.

Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Cadet Ruby Bolden serves as the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer who assists with VIP campus tours, media relations and communications at The Citadel. Bolden will rise to the position of Regimental Public Affair Officer for the 2020-21 academic year.

Bolden is an Exercise Science major from Grovetown, Georgia. She is a three year Army contract cadet who anticipates graduating in May 2021 and accepting a commission into the Army.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. It began when my mom’s boss gave me a brochure about this institution. I saw the uniforms and thought that it would be a great experience for me. From there, I watched videos online and the more I watched, the more I wanted to attend. 

Read Bolden’s full article here.

Meet Cadet Julianna DeSalle, electrical engineer standout; future mining industry leader

Cadet Julianna DeSalle is an Electrical Engineering major from Navarre, Florida. The head of her department recommended her as one of the standout future leaders in her field.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. I selected The Citadel because of the discipline and high standards required of a cadet. Both of my parents were active duty Air Force service people and are now retired so I grew up being held to a high standard. 

Q. What compelled you to become an electrical engineer?

A. I chose to study engineering because I have always been good with math and science and I also really enjoy being hands on with the work that I do. I chose Electrical Engineering because the discipline is so diverse I can do whatever I want to do while having a firm educational background. 

Read DeSalle’s full article here.

Meet Cadet Hannah Jalbert, Company Commander, Oscar

Cadet Hannah Jalbert attends The Citadel as an Army scholarship student. She is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies, one of the most in-demand programs on campus. She also serves the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the commander of Oscar company.

Jalbert is originally from North Haven, Connecticut. Her parents now live in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Jalbert graduates in May as a member of The Citadel Class of 2020. She will accept a commission to become an officer in the Army upon graduating.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. It was a sunny day in August when I first visited The Citadel. I stepped on the campus and fell in love. The rest was history. Within the month I told my parents I was going to attend The Citadel and pursue an Army contract.

Q. What is your major and what led you to select that area of study?

A. My major is Intelligence and Security Studies with a focus in Chinese Area Studies. I chose this major due to the career I planned to pursue in the Army, with the desire to work as a military intelligence officer. I have also been speaking Chinese for eight years so it was my two passions within one major – perfect!

Q. What do you love most about attending The Citadel?

A. I love The Citadel with all of my heart. I love seeing boys become men and girls become women. This place changed my life and am forever grateful.

Read Jalbert’s full article here.

Meet Cadet Lilly Layden, working to increase the number of women in military cyber operations

Cadet Lillian Layden being sworn in as USAF ROTC contract cadet

Cadet Lilly Layden is a junior, Dean’s List student from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She is with her family there studying remotely during the campus closure forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Layden is a contract cadet with the U.S. Air Force ROTC and is working on a double major: Cyber Security and German. She anticipates graduating in 2021 and accepting a commission as an officer in the Air Force at that time.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. I decided to attend The Citadel set myself up for success with a planned career in the military. I hope to follow in my father’s footsteps as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces serving our country.

I have always been technologically driven and women are severely underrepresented in STEM roles. Only 2% of the world can code and only about 20% of that 2% are women. I am need in the realm of cyber security operations and I knew The Citadel could help get me there.

Q. What do you love most about attending The Citadel?

A. I love the structure of cadet life here. It makes me put my best foot forward and makes me take on so much more than I could have ever imagined I could. It keeps me focused, connected, and well rounded. I have a bright future because of it. I also love the bonds I make with people. I’ve made my best friends and made the best memories with people I love here. We can be so close knit.

Read Layden’s full article here.

Meet more outstanding Citadel women in our Our Mighty Citadel features here.