Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:18:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Leadership – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Cadets honored with distinguished MacArthur and Cincinnati awards https://today.citadel.edu/cadets-honored-with-distinguished-macarthur-and-cincinnati-awards/ Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:00:06 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6246 Cadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards paradeCadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards paradePhoto: Cadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards parade Two members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are now proud recipients of prestigious awards. The highlight of February’s final]]> Cadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards paradeCadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards parade

Photo: Cadets Sarah Zorn and Mitchell Felt at awards parade

Two members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are now proud recipients of prestigious awards.

The highlight of February’s final parade was the presentation of two distinguished awards. Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn was awarded the Society of the Cincinnati Medal and Cadet Lt. Col. Mitchell Felt was presented with the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award.

The Society of the Cincinnati is given every year to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the combined qualities of a good soldier and good citizen, characteristics that were evident in the patriots who fought to win American’s freedom.

Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn awarded the Society of the Cincinnati Medal
Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn awarded the Society of the Cincinnati Medal

Zorn, of Aiken, S.C., has excelled throughout her tenure as a cadet, going on to become the first female regimental commander in The Citadel’s history. She is a business administration major who has distinguished herself in academics, fitness and leadership, earning dean’s list, president’s list, and commandant’s list multiple times.

Zorn is a four-year Army scholarship cadet, who supported and participated in Ranger Challenge, a highly competitive, three-day annual event against other senior military colleges. She has also mentored cadets interested in pursuing an Army career. Upon graduation, Zorn will be commissioned in the U.S. Army Field Artillery branch and is looking forward to Airborne School, followed by a challenging military career.

Due to Zorn’s high performance initiative and her leadership, she will join other Society of the Cincinnati recipients whose names are engraved on the plaque located in the entrance lobby of Bond Hall.

The Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati Award bears the name of a Roman farmer, Cincinnatus, who left his farm to take up arms and fight for his city. A successful general, he was an acclaimed dictator, but chose instead to return to civilian life. The officers who served in the Continental Army formed the Society. Their charter members included George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Marquis De Lafayette. The South Carolina chapter, established in 1783, is one of the six original state societies that have been in continuous existence since that time.

Also each year, the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents MacArthur Cadet of the Year Awards to the most outstanding cadets from the 12 colleges and universities comprising the Association of Military Colleges and Schools.

Cadet Lt. Col. Mitchell Felt presented with the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award
Cadet Lt. Col. Mitchell Felt presented with the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award

Felt, of Simpsonville, S.C., has demonstrated exceptional performance in academics, athletics and leadership. He is a mechanical engineering major who has earned gold stars every semester with a cumulative 3.9 grade point ratio; he has also been named to the president’s and commandant’s distinguished service list multiple times.

Felt’s accomplishments extend to his commitment to the U. S. Navy, having earned the outstanding naval ROTC midshipman as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He Felt will complete his college career as a distinguished military graduate with plans to commission as a United States Naval Officer and report to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. Felt’s goal is to become a test pilot and eventually join the space program.

The objective of the General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award is to encourage the students of the member institutions to emulate the qualities exemplified by General Douglas MacArthur when he was a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and the United States Military Academy at West Point. The award is given to the senior class cadet at each of the schools with the most soldierly performance with consideration for academics, athletics, and leadership in accordance with the standards of each respective institution.

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General who commands US operations in space speaks at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/general-raymond-space-command-citadel-greater-issues/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:49:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6220 General John “Jay” Raymond, United States Air Force, delivered the first Greater Issues address of 2019. Every day, the life of almost every person in America is affected by what]]>

General John “Jay” Raymond, United States Air Force, delivered the first Greater Issues address of 2019.

Every day, the life of almost every person in America is affected by what the nation’s military is doing in space. That’s according to the man in charge of it all, General John “Jay” Raymond.

In his February address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Gen. Raymond discussed how essential space operations are to both the American way of life and the American way of war.

“There is nothing that we do as a joint force, absolutely nothing, that isn’t enabled by space capability. Whether it’s humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations or combat operations and everything in between, there’s nothing we do that isn’t enabled by space,” said Gen. Raymond.

Another thing space command is responsible for is tracking all everything that’s orbiting the earth. Gen. Raymond says that’s a total of about 24,000 objects. He said, “We act as the space traffic control for the world. So if one object is going to hit another object, we provide warning to make sure that domain stays safe.” Gen. Raymond went on to say, “It’s a congested environment, if you will.”

General Raymond during Greater Issues Address
General Raymond during Greater Issues Address

After the address, Gen. Raymond took questions from cadets. In response to a question about leadership, Gen. Raymond said, “To be a leader, the first thing that you have to be able to do is make sure that everybody in your organization understands their link to the mission. The second thing that I think a leader needs to do is set really high standards.” On leadership, Gen. Raymond went on to say, “The main thing in, my personal opinion, is you have to be a good person. You have to treat people with respect, you have to treat people with dignity and you have to treat people like you want to be treated.”

General John “Jay” Raymond is the Commander of Air Force Space Command and Joint Force Space Component. As Commander, Gen. Raymond is responsible or organizing, training, equipping and maintaining mission-ready space forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. His command comprises approximately 30,000 space professionals around the world.

Before taking command of the Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984.

About the Greater Issues Series

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage Citadel cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel, its cadets, students, faculty and staff and the Charleston community.

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Citadel professors honored for embodying the characteristics of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-professors-honored-mlk-black-history-month/ Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:57 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5834 Award recipients at 2019 MLK Picture AwardsAward recipients at 2019 MLK Picture AwardsPhoto: 2019 MLK Picture Award recipients at ceremony “I guess I’m just one of the soldiers trying to get up every day and do my best to be part of]]> Award recipients at 2019 MLK Picture AwardsAward recipients at 2019 MLK Picture Awards

Photo: 2019 MLK Picture Award recipients at ceremony

“I guess I’m just one of the soldiers trying to get up every day and do my best to be part of the solutions.” – Conway Saylor, Ph.D.

Citadel professor Conway Saylor, Ph.D. is one of the local leaders being honored for serving and uniting members of the community. The 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Awards, hosted by Rep. Wendell Gilliard on Jan. 29, presented 14 awards to the selected individuals for going above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating that they are keeping the dream of Dr. King alive.

Saylor at MLK Picture Awards Ceremony
Saylor at MLK Picture Awards Ceremony

In a video featuring all of the awardees, Saylor said, “All of us can do this and all of us need to do this together if we’re going to make the kinds of changes that are needed.”

Saylor, a professor of psychology, is the director of service learning and civic engagement for The Citadel’s Krause Center of Leadership and Ethics. Saylor developed more than 35 partnerships between The Citadel and the Lowcountry community, and created the programs through which cadets and students serve those partners. One of the partners is Charleston County School District’s Title I schools served by volunteer cadets regularly. Through Saylor’s leadership Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff provide more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service annually.

Citadel Gospel Choir performs at MLK Picture Awards
Citadel Gospel Choir performs at MLK Picture Awards

The Citadel Gospel Choir also performed at the ceremony, featuring a solo by Cadet Christina Capers. On February 24, the choir will perform in a Black History Month concert in Summerall Chapel. More information on the concert can be found here.

Also on Jan 29., Citadel professor Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D. was recognized as the college’s 2019 recipient of the Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium’s MLK award. The Consortium, which works to promote the study of Black History, is comprised of representatives from Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel and Trident Technical College.

Lipovsky with Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium's MLK award
Lipovsky with Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium’s MLK award

Lipovsky, a professor of psychology, served as The Citadel Assistant Provost for Diversity and as a co-chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council for years. She currently serves as the team leader for the National Coalition Building Institute program at The Citadel and has had direct involvement with more than 1000 faculty, staff, and students receiving diversity and inclusion training through the NCBI program since the program was introduced in 2011.

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Hundreds of Cadet servant-leaders volunteering at 40+ locations Oct. 17 https://today.citadel.edu/hundreds-of-cadet-servant-leaders-volunteering-at-40-locations-oct-17/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:33:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4083 Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)The night before Leadership Day 2018, cadets, students, faculty and staff will hear the inspiring story of Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White.]]> Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)

Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle White kicks off event the night before Oct. 16

The night before the campus community begins serving the Lowcountry for The Citadel’s Leadership Day 2018, cadets, students, faculty and staff will hear the inspiring story of Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White. Sharing his true story of servant-leadership, White will describe what happened on Nov. 9, 2007 while he was a platoon radio-telephone operator for the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade in Arnas, Afghanistan.

After a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious, he awoke to an enemy round fragmenting near his head sending shrapnel into his face. Then he saw that one of his friends was down. (Image of Sgt. White courtesy of U.S. Army).

White sprinted the 10-meter expanse toward his wounded battle-buddy, with enemy rounds ricocheting around his feet and snapping past his head. “It’s just a matter of time before I’m dead. I figured, if that’s going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can.”

White’s presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on October 16 in McAlister Field House. It is free and open to the public, first come, first-served seating.

Leadership Day 2018, Oct. 17

Cadets start gathering before daybreak on Leadership Day
Cadets start gathering before daybreak on Leadership Day


While cadets volunteer year-round, on Leadership Day each year service learning is a unified campus wide effort. At 7:40 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 17, operations get underway with The Citadel’s new president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC  providing a send off address to cadets in Buyer Auditorium. After that, sophomore cadets lead freshmen as they depart to volunteer at more than 40 schools and community partner programs around the Lowcountry. Walters will also spend time with 53 cadets working at a Sea Island Habitat for Humanity project for veterans on James Island, and then at James Simons Elementary school where cadets will teach students about heroism.

“This year cadets will be volunteering in 20 Charleston County Schools simultaneously, seven of which are new partners with some in Mt. Pleasant,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D., director of service learning and civic engagement, Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel.

The juniors participate in a daylong leadership ethics experience on campus. The seniors attend leadership training provided by the college’s business partners some of which include Blackbaud, Boeing, Hollings Marine Laboratory, the Medical University of South Carolina and Wells Fargo. Faculty and staff assist with Leadership Day planning and implementation, while others attend leadership diversity skills training. In addition, for the first time some alumni are participating too.

“At The Citadel we learn that in order to lead, a person must first know how to serve,” said Cadet Logan Miller, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “Many of us volunteer regularly, but it is especially fun and motivating when the entire campus is focused on service at the same time on Leadership Day.”

Krause Center leads the leaders

Leadership Day, initiated in 2011, and all of the college’s service learning initiatives are directed by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“Our cadets are given the gift of being able to serve by our community and business partners around the Lowcountry who welcome them every Leadership Day and at many other times throughout the year,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (Ret.), executive director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “We are deeply grateful for their generosity to our students.”

Media coverage opportunities

Members of the media are welcome to cover any of the events listed below. No advanced notice required; times are approximate. Live shots are welcome on campus for Sgt. White’s event on Tuesday and for the early morning shows on Wednesday. For live truck parking instructions please email kkeelor@citadel.edu by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Event Time Location/Address Website
New Citadel president Walters gives sendoff address to cadets 7:40 -8 Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall on campus Map of campus
Hundreds of cadets board buses to leave for 40+ volunteer sites 8:45-9:15 a.m. Jones Ave. on campus Map of campus
Gen. Walters joins 53 cadets at Sea Island Habitat for construction on veteran and other housing 9:30-10:15 (Cadets on site until 3p.m.) 1862 Ferguson Rd., James Island http://www.seaislandhabitat.org/

 

Gen. Walters joins cadets teaching elementary students about heroism 10:30 – 11:20

(Cadets onsite 9:30 – 3p.m.)

James Simons Elementary 741 King St., Charleston

 

https://simons.ccsdschools.com/

 

(NEW: cadets & alumni) Old Chicora school interior demotion  for eventual conversion to community center 9:30 – 3p.m. 3120 Chicora Ave, North Charleston One of five events this day that are part of Citadel’s partnership with Metanoia Charleston
Audubon Society/Charleston Natural History Society 9:30a.m. – 3p.m. Francis Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Rd., Harleyville http://www.charlestonaudubon.org/

 

Onsite contact: mdawson@audubon.org

 

Charles Towne Landing 9:30 a.m. – 4p.m. 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston https://southcarolinaparks.com/charles-towne-landing

 

Onsite contact: jjohnson@scprt.com

 

City of Charleston Rec. Dept. games with special needs visitors 9a.m. – 2p.m. 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.,

Charleston

https://www.charleston-sc.gov/recreation

 

Stewards of Hampton Park cleanup 8:30 a.m. – noon Hampton Park, Charleston https://www.facebook.com/StewardsOfHamptonPark/

 

Windwood Family Service 10a.m.-3:30p.m. 4857 Windwood Farm Road, Awendaw https://windwoodfarm.org/

 

Senior Leadership Day business partner sessions

The Citadel would like to thank our community business partners whose leaders are providing a day of leadership and ethics training for approximately 500 senior cadets.

  • Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson and Helms, LLC
  • Blackbaud
  • Boeing
  • Charleston County Government
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
  • Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Harbor Entrepreneur Center
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Joe Riley Stadium
  • Medical University of SC
  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • SCANA/SCE&G
  • SRS Distribution
  • T.Y. Lin International
  • Water Mission
  • Wells Fargo
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As he departs for retirement, Rosa honored as President Emeritus of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/as-he-departs-for-retirement-rosa-honored-as-president-emeritus-of-the-citadel/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:00:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=2487 Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa President Emeritus of The CitadelLt. Gen. John W. Rosa President Emeritus of The CitadelAfter leading The Citadel as president for 12 years, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.) departs June 30 with the honored title of President Emeritus.]]> Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa President Emeritus of The CitadelLt. Gen. John W. Rosa President Emeritus of The Citadel

Rosa, the 19th president, one of four to receive President Emeritus title from Board of Visitors

After leading The Citadel as president for 12 years, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.) departs June 30 with the honored title of President Emeritus. As a means of further recognizing outstanding achievements in service to the college, The Citadel Board of Visitors has conferred the title of “emeritus” to four presidents, enabling them to retain the title of president in a ceremonial sense.

“Lt. Gen. John Rosa developed and executed two transformational strategic plans, led the college to recognition as U.S. News and World Report’s #1 college in the south offering up to a Master’s degree seven consecutive years, fostered the expansion of academic programs and facilities, and procured unprecedented growth in cadet and student diversity,” said Col. Fred L. Price, chair, The Citadel Board of Visitors. “We wish him and Donna all the best as he retires and assumes the title of President Emeritus. They will always be beloved members of The Citadel family, and we know they will continue to support our alma mater.”

The Citadel Presidents Emeriti include:

  • Gen. Charles P. Summerall
  • Gen. Mark W. Clark
  • Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, Jr.
  • Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa

Rosa announced his retirement in July of 2017. In May, he wished the South Carolina Corps of Cadets farewell and concluded a historic capital campaign that raised $250 million through The Citadel Foundation.

Beginning July 1, Lt. Gen. John B. Sams, Jr., USAF (Ret.) begins serving as interim president in accordance with The Citadel’s presidential succession plan. Sams, a six-time U.S. Air Force commander, former Board of Visitors chair and Citadel alumnus, will lead the college until Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC, the 20th president, assumes his duties.

“Lt. Gen. John Sams has been a lifelong supporter of The Citadel, and we are grateful that he has agreed to lend his institutional expertise and commitment to our alma mater until our 20th president, Gen. Glenn Walters, arrives,” Price said.

Walters is currently serving as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, the Corps’ second highest-ranking officer. In this role, he oversees a budget of more than $42 billion, and approximately 184,000 active duty and 38,000 reserve Marines. He must retire from the Marine Corp before returning to lead his alma mater. Plans for Walters’ inauguration as president of The Citadel will be announced later.

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Meet Gary McKenzie https://today.citadel.edu/meet-gary-mckenzie/ Tue, 01 May 2018 14:56:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=1758 Gary McKenzie Leadership StudentGary McKenzie Leadership StudentMeet Gary McKenzie: husband, father, GEICO Vice President (Southeast Region), and Masters of Science in Leadership Studies graduate.]]> Gary McKenzie Leadership StudentGary McKenzie Leadership Student


Meet Gary McKenzie: husband, father, GEICO Vice President (Southeast Region), and Masters of Science in Leadership Studies graduate. An established professional, Gary recently earned his second master’s degree and a promotion that more than tripled the number of teammates he manages for GEICO. He wanted to sharpen his leadership skills so he applied to The Citadel’s online Leadership Studies program. Now he says continuing education is a part of his lifestyle that he highly recommends to other leaders. The mission of the Department of Leadership Studies is to enhance the ability of students from any academic background to perform effectively as principled leaders in their present or future leadership roles. It is part of The Citadel Graduate College, celebrating 50 years of contributing to the success of its students.

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Meet Meagan Brown https://today.citadel.edu/meet-meagan-brown/ Tue, 01 May 2018 14:47:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=1754 Meagan Brown with FamilyMeagan Brown with FamilyMeet Meagan Brown: business professional, wife, mom of two and now, a college graduate. ]]> Meagan Brown with FamilyMeagan Brown with Family


Meet Meagan Brown: business professional, wife, mom of two and now, a college graduate. Meagan is one of more than 100 people in The Citadel’s Evening Undergraduate Studies (EUGS) Class of 2018. Our EUGS program is designed for working professionals, veterans, and any adult wanting to complete one of 10 undergraduate degrees. The classes are held at night, in a civilian atmosphere. In fact, The Citadel’s Bachelors of Science in Nursing is the only evening nursing program in the area. Learn more about Leadership Studies at The Citadel.

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Rivers James to discuss women in leadership at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/rivers-james-to-discuss-women-in-leadership-at-the-citadel/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:27:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=505 Dr. Rivers JamesDr. Rivers JamesAs part of Women’s History Month at The Citadel, the new assistant provost for leadership and department head and professor of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies will give a presentation at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on campus.]]> Dr. Rivers JamesDr. Rivers James

Celebrating Women’s History Month with a March 27 presentation

As part of Women’s History Month at The Citadel, the new assistant provost for leadership and department head and professor of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies will give a presentation at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on campus.

Faith Rivers James, J.D., will speak about leadership and her unique professional journey in the Daniel Library Museum Reading Room. The presentation, “Women in Leadership: Leaning In, Reaching Back and Moving Forward Together,” is free and open to the public.

Life and leadership

Before joining The Citadel in January 2018, Rivers James served as associate dean for experiential learning and leadership at Elon University School of Law. She also taught legislation, nonprofit organizations, property, and public law and leadership, a course that she created. During her tenure, Rivers James helped develop a leadership program honored by the American Bar Association with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.

Additionally, Rivers James has extensively researched the preservation of African American property ownership. Her research on heirs’ property is cited in many scholarly publications. Through collaborations with the Coastal Community Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Rivers James was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in Charleston, for which the South Carolina Bar Foundation received the National Conference of Bar Foundations Award for Excellence in Programming.

Rivers James is a Charleston native and a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and sociology, and Harvard Law School. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association.

The Women’s History Month presentation is hosted by the Daniel Library and The Citadel Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

Women’s history at The Citadel

Women have been a part of The Citadel since its inception in 1842. They served in supportive roles as staff, nurses, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, company sponsors and mentors.

Women have attended The Citadel Graduate College since it was formed in 1968 and have been part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets since 1996.

Visit The Citadel Diversity Milestones page to view an interactive timeline of women’s history at The Citadel and learn about featured alumnae from The Citadel.

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Dr. Jaye Goosby Smith, Citadel – Taking Care of Her Family in Her Free Time https://today.citadel.edu/dr-jaye-goosby-smith-citadel-taking-care-of-her-family-in-her-free-time/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:21:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=2301 Jaye Goosby SmithJaye Goosby SmithDr. Jaye Goosby Smith from The Citadel talks about how she takes care of her family outside of work. ]]> Jaye Goosby SmithJaye Goosby Smith

As seen in Charleston CEO

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The Citadel sustains longstanding partnership with Military Magnet for 2017 Leadership Day https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-sustains-longstanding-partnership-with-military-magnet-for-2017-leadership-day/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:18:59 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=1206 Military Magnet Leadership Day General RosaMilitary Magnet Leadership Day General RosaPrincipled leaders of The Citadel joined 21st century leaders of the Military Magnet Academy on a day devoted to service learning and civic engagement—Leadership Day.]]> Military Magnet Leadership Day General RosaMilitary Magnet Leadership Day General Rosa

Principled leaders of The Citadel joined 21st century leaders of the Military Magnet Academy on a day devoted to service learning and civic engagement—Leadership Day.

One of The Citadel’s longest partnerships to date is with the Military Magnet Academy, a Title I middle-high school located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Ties between Military Magnet and The Citadel were first established in 2005 when the academy became the military college’s first mentor school through an outreach initiative of the college’s African American Studies program.

Since The Citadel and Military Magnet first started collaborating, there have been mentor luncheons to promote the importance of college-level education. Currently, The Citadel provides Homework Helpers, an after-school tutorial program during the academic year that offers homework assistance in all academic subjects to Military Magnet students. Since its inception, Homework Helpers has expanded into a summer school program that coincides with The Citadel’s Summer SUCCEED (Summer Undergraduate Community-based Civic Engagement Experience for Development as Leaders) program. The summer program at Military Magnet targets students based on standardized test scores so that lower-performing students may benefit from extended instruction in the summer months.

The year-round contact that the schools have with one another has positively affected many students. During the summer of 2016, Citadel cadets and students volunteered a total of 263 service hours at the academy. For the 2016-2017 school year, The Citadel contributed over 300 volunteer hours at the school.

Much of the reason Military Magnet and The Citadel have maintained such a longstanding community partnership is their shared emphasis on academic excellence in a disciplined military environment. The Citadel has greatly influenced Military Magnet Academy, according to Principal Anderson Townsend. In 2009, the Charleston County School District redesigned Military Magnet to look like a miniature replica of The Citadel that includes a red and white checkerboard in its center quadrangle similar to those found in the barracks at the military college.

“What the Military Magnet Academy is really trying to do is achieve what is occurring at The Citadel,” explained Townsend. “We are trying to enhance academic student achievement to a higher standard so that our children can reach the highest point possible in their lives. I think for our students to get into a school like The Citadel or like West Point or any of the military academies will do that.”

Both schools are celebrating milestones this year. The Citadel is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary and Military Magnet is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month.

On Leadership Day this year, Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa and recent Medal of Honor recipient retired Capt. Florent A. Groberg visited the Military Magnet Academy to speak with students and review parade in his honor. India Company, the winner of this year’s Presidential Cup, also participated in parade and was led by Cadet Jacquary Bradford of Kilo Company. A North Charleston native, Bradford attended Military Magnet before arriving at The Citadel.

Rosa expressed gratitude to Military Magnet and Citadel cadets at parade. “Thank you for your dedication, for your sacrifice, for your discipline. For getting up every day, putting that uniform on and becoming a better citizen for Charleston, the Lowcountry and this nation,” he said.

At the academy, Groberg gave remarks to cadets about serving others. Before closing out his Leadership Day visit, he entered classrooms for a question-and-answer session with students. Citadel cadets also took to the classrooms to lead lessons on heroism.

“Every year, the activities on Leadership Day help the cadets and students develop the tools they need to lead,” said Col. Tom Clark, executive director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Whether it is through service projects in Charleston and the Lowcountry, interaction with diverse populations, or ethical leadership training, our students are preparing to be principled leaders in all walks of life.”

For more information on The Citadel’s annual Leadership Day, please click here.

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