Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 29 Jan 2021 14:48:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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Citadel’s service commitment earns second Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-service-commitment-earns-second-carnegie-foundation-classification-for-community-engagement/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-service-commitment-earns-second-carnegie-foundation-classification-for-community-engagement/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13582 "Being classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a community-engaged campus is an honor few colleges achieve. The real victory though is the many students who find their calling and go on to be lifelong engaged citizens."]]>

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is, for the second time in two consecutive cycles, awarding The Citadel with the Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification.

On Jan. 31, the foundation released a list of 119 colleges and universities receiving the classification out of the nation’s more than 7,000 institutions of higher education. The Citadel first earned this important distinction from the Carnegie Foundation in 2015.

“Your application documented excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

The Carnegie Foundation

“The South Carolina Corps of Cadets is the nucleus of who we are; the center of gravity for our model to train future leaders by teaching them that they first must learn to serve. But the idea of serving our community is woven into our entire campus community—faculty, staff, cadets, students, veterans and alumni,” said Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.). “Being selected for a second time by the Carnegie Foundation for the community engagement designation reaffirms how impactful our service learning component is for our neighbors and our larger Citadel community.”

The classification is an evidence-based affirmation of best institutional practices earned through years of accountability and the presentation of that work. The Citadel and its South Carolina Corps of Cadets provide approximately 30,000 hours of community service annually, organized through the college’s Krause Center of Leadership and Ethics.

“Being classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a community-engaged campus is an honor few colleges achieve. The real victory though is the many students who find their calling and go on to be lifelong engaged citizens,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D., director of service learning and civil engagement at the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Also important is the fact that the cadets’ service means our long-term community partners increase their capacity to address important issues like food insecurity or educational access.”

The classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Gen. Glenn Walters encouraging cadets during Leadership Day 2018
Gen. Glenn Walters , Citadel President, encouraging cadets during Leadership Day

The foundation defines community engagement as “the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.”

Some of The Citadel’s year-round community engagement programs include an annual Leadership Day during which the majority of the college’s cadets fan out across the Lowcountry for a day of service. The cadets also have weekly commitments to work with veterans, people with disabilities and students in Title I schools. The full-time summer SUCCEED service program, and alternative winter and spring breaks, allow cadets to engage at a deeper level and grow as leaders.

Additionally, every cadet completes four years of leadership and ethics courses preparing them to be servant leaders. They complete required physical training and military training in a 24/7 military environment that includes mandatory study session nightly. That combination of service, structure and discipline, known as The Citadel Effect produces the highest return on investment in the State of South Carolina among other 4-year colleges.*

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Servant leadership for the community and the Corps https://today.citadel.edu/servant-leadership-for-the-community-and-the-corps/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:20:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=12004 To be a servant leader means working to meet the needs of others, in order to allow followers to better focus on, and accomplish, the mission.]]>

Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets learn to be servant leaders all year long. Each of a cadet’s four years at The Citadel are dedicated to different aspects of this leadership style: from the first year to the last, The Citadel’s leadership model helps cadets prepare, serve, lead, and then command.

To be a servant leader means working to meet the needs of others, in order to allow followers to better focus on, and accomplish, the mission.

One unforgettable day each year

A key example of this type of leadership is concentrated into one day every fall, when much of the campus community is focused on servant learning.

This year, Leadership Day was on Oct. 23. More than 400 sophomore cadets went into the community and helped lend a hand at nearly 30 different community partner agencies. Not only that, but 15 veteran and active duty students also volunteered to spend the day on service learning. All together, that equals more than 2,800 service hours, and an estimated value to the community of more than $73,000.

Cadets working at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Leadership Day 2019

In addition to the sophomores’ service learning, 650 freshmen cadets helped educate more than 3,000 students in Charleston County on Leadership Day. The freshmen cadets spent a total of more than 4,700 hours speaking with local students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

While it’s important to remember that Citadel cadets helped out from Wadmalaw Island to McClellanville and as far inland as Harleyville, it’s also important to remember how Leadership Day helps the cadets, too.

In their own words

Read some reflections about Leadership Day directly from two sophomore cadets — one who volunteered at Charles Towne Landing and one who worked with the Lowcountry Food Bank.

A team of leaders at Charles Towne Landing
by Cadet Kathryn Christmas

Cadet Kathryn Christmas

To be completely honest, the night before — and the morning of — Leadership Day 2019, I did not feel compelled to serve my community in any way. My knowledge of the site that my group would be working at was brief, and I did not understand why or how this would help my community.

However, my outlook changed completely when I discovered what my group was going to accomplish at Charles Towne Landing.

When we arrived, Jessica, one of the many caretakers, greeted us and explained that we were going to be cleaning up various animal exhibits. Before that day, I was under the impression that cutting down trees was our only goal. Almost immediately my attitude changed, and I was the most excited individual on that site.

We began in the aviary, an enclosure for confining birds, collecting fallen branches from the water, removing small trees and limbs from the bank, and clearing the pathway for visitors to walk through. We were eager to finish the tasks that she had divvied out among the groups.

Some were lucky enough to find a banana spider, while others were victims of stinging nettle, fire-ants or water soaking through their boots.

Once we finished at the aviary, the puma cage needed trimming. Ear plugs were distributed because of the intense sound from the wood chipper. Different groups were dragging branches to a pile while the rest created a chain towards the wood chipper. I did not think that the job given to us qualified as a group effort, but the way our team came together and knocked out the task quickly and efficiently shocked me. Each individual understood that it needed to be done.

Being a CIC (this means “cadet in charge” yes?), I did not have to harass anyone to begin working or to stop fooling around. It was an understood agreement within the whole team. I tried to make it clear in the beginning that my thought process as a leader was that if I was not working, then the others did not have to work.

I appreciated the opportunity to discover new places and friends during the ten hours of service at our site. In the end, I enjoyed every minute of serving my community at Charles Towne Landing while growing closer with my classmates.

Putting food on Lowcountry tables
by Cadet Angela Lance

Cadet Angela Lance

19 members from the Class of 2022 and I went to the Lowcountry Food Bank for Leadership Day. Our mission that morning was to pack grocery bags with meals for the weekend for children who do not know when their next meal will be. The head of the bank called this food insecurity. Food insecurity is different from hunger in the sense that some wake up and are hungry but can go to the pantry or mess hall and have a meal. Those with food insecurity do not know when their next meal is or where it is coming from, it is not a hunger that can be easily solved. Our baggy with a few food items was meant to ease some of this food insecurity.

When we got in the room, there were nine bins set up in a circle, each filled with a different item. There was canned spaghetti and meatballs, canned ravioli, canned green beans, milk, two cereals, a pudding cup, a fruit cup, and a fruit strip. These were very simple food items, but items that would feed them for the weekend. Something that we would just go to the pantry for when feeling too lazy to cook for is something that was meant to last them two days.

Once briefed, we were all ready to make these meals for children all across South Carolina. Without a word, everyone went to a station and instantly, the work was flowing easily. Our method was so efficient that we finished 6 pallets of food in an hour and 15 minutes, which would, in turn, feed 1,084 children.

It was a fun and amazing environment to be in. Everyone was smiling and worked together smoothly. There was a feeling of shared instant satisfaction of seeing these pallets move out and knowing that so many children would be fed from these little bags of simple foods. This was my second incredible experience with the food bank and has always given me a sense of pride. I would encourage all to take on this humbling volunteer project.

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Double-Edged Role of Leaders, J. Goosby Smith of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/double-edged-role-of-leaders-j-goosby-smith-of-the-citadel/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:00:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=10008 J. Goosby Smith, Associate Professor of Leadership at The Citadel, discusses the double-edged role leaders have and the duties that come with that.]]>

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J. Goosby Smith, Associate Professor of Leadership at The Citadel, discusses the double-edged role leaders have and the duties that come with that.

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