Campus Life – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 05 May 2022 19:20:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Campus Life – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Cadet Sam Wilson recognized as this year’s best-drilled cadet https://today.citadel.edu/cadet-sam-wilson-recognized-as-this-years-best-drilled-cadet/ Wed, 04 May 2022 20:43:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31972 Sam Wilson, a History major from Carlisle, Iowa, is currently the South Carolina Corps of Cadet’s best-drilled cadet.]]>

Photo: (left to right) The Citadel Commandant of Cadets Col. Tom Gordon, USMC (Ret.), ’91, and Cadet Sam Wilson after the Star of the West competition.

Freshman cadet wins 2022 Star of the West competition

Sam Wilson is currently the South Carolina Corps of Cadet’s best-drilled cadet. Wilson, a History major from Carlisle, Iowa, went up against dozens of other cadets for the title during The Citadel’s Star of the West competition Wednesday, May 4.

The competition, which began at The Citadel in 1886, is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the precision required in military maneuvers and leadership positions in general.

As best-drilled cadet, Wilson will have his name engraved on the Star of the West monument on Summerall Field. The monument was raised in 1961, 100 years after Citadel cadets fired upon the Star of the West ship in the Civil War. The names of all Star of the West competition winners are inscribed on the monument.

Wilson will also be awarded the Star of the West medal, which contains wood from the old ship, during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets awards convocation in May.

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Citadel in the sky https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-in-the-sky/ Mon, 02 May 2022 19:49:16 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31909 Cadets in gear for skydiving club outing 2022Cadets in gear for skydiving club outing 2022"The feeling of elation people experience after their first jump cannot be replaced by anything else. The feeling of accomplishment is tremendous."]]> Cadets in gear for skydiving club outing 2022Cadets in gear for skydiving club outing 2022

New cadet club aims to establish parachute competition team

Photo above: Cadets Tyler Miller, James Palmer and Alex Wang during the club’s spring jump session in Georgia.

When they jump from a plane flying at about 14,000 feet they plunge through the air for about 60 seconds. They fall at a rate of about 17 miles an hour and when their feet touch the ground they hit hard, usually at about 13 miles per hour.

To do that solo takes coordination, precision, training and planning. And all of it is a part of the thrill of parachute jumping, according to Cadet Tyler Miller. The rising senior helped lead the formation of The Citadel Skydiving Club during the 2021-22 academic year. There are already about 70 members.

“I like jumping out of airplanes, and I wanted to create something exciting for cadets to participate in that wasn’t the norm,” said Miller.

The goals of the club are to help members work toward U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) licenses if they wish and to eventually create a competition team. “Some of us have jumped before. Some of us may jump if we are going into the military. I think as we become more and more proficient, we might be able to have a competition team,” Miller said. “As I understand it, though the federal military academies have USPC competition teams, The Citadel would be the first Senior Military College to have an active skydiving competition team.”

Members of The Citadel Skydiving Club gearing up for jumps at a facility in Georgia

Capt. Wouter Sijtsma, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF), serves as the club’s advisor. Sijtsma, a pilot and jumpmaster is on his 11th year working as a liaison for the RNAF at The Citadel. He is a cadet Teaching, Advising and Coaching officer. Additionally he serves as the advisor for The Citadel Cadet Flying Club as well as the Rifle Team and soccer team.

“The ability to move beyond your comfort zone is indispensable for military people, but works in all walks of life. People have a general tendency to avoid obstacles, which holds them back from achieving great things in their life,” Sijtsma said. “Skydiving is one of the most effective ways to remove those psychological barriers. The feeling of elation people experience after their first jump cannot be replaced by anything else. The feeling of accomplishment is tremendous.”

Cadets Ryan Quinn and Mason Harwell preparing for to skydive.

The spring training and jump sessions were held in Sylvania, Georgia, with a company called JumpGeorgia Skydiving. “Right now in South Carolina there isn’t a place where we can go to get the training we need,” Miller explained.

Cadets who participated included:

  • Mason Draxton
  • Andrew Erdmann
  • Safia Karimi
  • Tyler Miller
  • James Palmer
  • Gustavo Pizza
  • Ryan Quinn
  • Alex Wang
  • Kevin Williams
Cadet Safia Karimi after a jump

Club members are learning the basics about skydiving gear and preparation, as well as the skills essential for aerial movement during a freefall. “Some members might only jump once, tandem with a jumpmaster. Others might get serious about it and want to get certified. Our club is for every cadet who wants to learn more about skydiving. We hope, that like the Cadet Flying Club, we will be able to raise funds to provide scholarships for those wanting to get licensed and possibly compete in national parachuting competitions,” Miller said.

Miller explained that the college has had a cadet parachuting club, intermittently over the years — in the 1970s and again in the 1990s. The new Citadel Skydiving Club was officially chartered as a club with the Office of Cadet Activities in February 2022.

“The first jump operations were held in March. Now we have our first batch of cadets working towards their civilian free fall certification. And we have a fully operational team of club officers,” Miller said. ” Furthermore, with our future plans for team and precision jump operations, we aim to foster leadership development through teamwork and our clear vision to be a competitive team representing The Citadel on a national stage.”

Read about members of The Citadel Class of 2022 embarking on careers in aviation here.

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Upcoming News from The Citadel – May and summer 2022 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-may-and-summer-2022/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:46:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31859 The Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021The Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021A look at some of the events happening on campus, including commencement celebrations, registration for The Citadel Success Institute and more.]]> The Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021The Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021

Applications for The Citadel Success Institute

Incoming Citadel freshmen can register now for a program designed to help them succeed in their academics and fitness once they enter The Citadel’s 24/7 military lifestyle at the beginning of their fall semester.

The Citadel Success Institute (CSI) is an optional, 23-day program that gives future cadets an opportunity to earn college credit through core curriculum courses, learn and apply crucial academic skills, improve their fitness levels and receive guidance and mentoring from current Citadel cadets, faculty and staff. The goal is to help acclimate future cadets to the requirements and rigors of the college’s military setting.

There will be two sessions of CSI for future cadets to choose from: the first session runs from June 6 – July 1 and the second session will be July 5 – July 30.

Each session costs $3,500. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for both sessions of CSI. All students will be considered based upon their FAFSA and a need basis.

Statistics show that freshmen participating in CSI are better prepared to succeed at The Citadel.

To register for either session, click here.

For more information, email csi@citadel.edu or call 843-953-5155.

Star of the West finals

Wednesday, May 4
9 a.m.
Summerall Field
Free, open to the public

Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will compete to be recognized as this year’s best-drilled cadet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4.

The Star of the West competition, which began at The Citadel in 1886, is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the precision required in military maneuvers and leadership positions in general.

The winner’s name will be engraved on the Star of the West monument on Summerall Field. The monument was raised in 1961, 100 years after Citadel cadets fired upon the Star of the West ship in the Civil War. The names of all Star of the West competition winners are inscribed on the monument.

Additionally, the winner will be awarded the Star of the West medal, which contains wood from the old ship, during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets awards convocation in on Thursday, May 5.

Awards Convocation ceremony

Thursday, May 5
10 a.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public

The Citadel will honor cadets, veterans and active duty military students for their leadership, service and academic excellence at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. The annual awards convocation will be held in McAlister Field House.

More than 50 awards will be presented to cadets in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in areas such as academic performance, leadership, outstanding performance in intramural competitions and more.

Baccalaureate Service and Carillon Concert

Thursday, May 5
2 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to the public

The Citadel’s annual baccalaureate service will be held on May 2 at 2 p.m. in Summerall Chapel. The baccalaureate service is a multi-faith celebration honoring the graduating class.

Maj. Gen. Charles C. Baldwin, USAF (Ret.), former Chief of Chaplains for the United States Air Force, will be the guest speaker.

Prior to retiring in 2008, Baldwin was a member of the special staff of the Chief of Staff who advised on all matters pertaining to the religious and moral welfare of the Air Force. Additionally, he was responsible for establishing an effective total chaplain program to meet the religious needs of all members of the Air Force.

A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chaplain Baldwin flew the EC-121, then later, the HH-53 as a rescue helicopter pilot. In January 1977, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as a Protestant chaplain. He later served in Sardinia, Italy, the academy’s cadet chapel, Saudi Arabia, and the Office of the Chief of Chaplains.

Pinning ceremony for nursing graduates

Thursday, May 5
3:30 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to nursing graduates and their guests

The Citadel’s newest graduating class of from the Swain Department of Nursing will be symbolically welcomed into their new profession during a ceremony on Thursday, May 5.

The nursing graduates will be recognized at the pinning ceremony which will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Summerall Chapel.

Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, USAF (Ret.), will address the graduates during the ceremony. Prior to retiring from military service, Hogg was the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon and also served as the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Space Force. In those roles she served as advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Space Force Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Airmen and Guardians.

Commencement awards ceremony hosted by The Citadel Graduate College

Thursday, May 5
5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Holliday Alumni Center
Free, open to CGC graduates and their guests

On Thursday, May 5, all graduate college, undergraduate transfer and veteran students are invited to celebrate their graduation and their fellow students’ academic accomplishments.

The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Award recipients will receive their awards and have their photographs taken with Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ‘79.

It will be followed by a reception for all CGC graduates, which starts at 6:15 p.m., following the ceremony.

Joint Military Commissioning ceremony

Friday, May 6
9 a.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public (livestream available)

Nearly 200 of the U.S. military’s newest officers will be commissioned in a joint ceremony on Friday, May 6.

The ceremony will recognize Army, Air Force, Space Force, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC cadets.

Citadel cadets who will join the armed services after graduation will take their commissioning oaths during the ceremony. Approximately 30% of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2022 will accept commissions into the military.

The commissioning cadets will be officially sworn in as officers during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4.

Brig. Gen. David Odom, USMC, ’91, will address the soon-to-be officers and their guests. Odom, a Hartsville, South Carolina native, is the Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division.

He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of India Company, 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; 3d Battalion 8th Marine Regiment during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; and 4th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan. Additionally, Odom has served on staff at The Basic School; the Infantry Officer Course; the MAGTF Staff Training Program; and at III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Long Gray Line parade

Friday, May 6
3:45 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free, open to the public

More than 600 cadets will take part in the Long Gray Line parade on Friday, May 6. The Long Gray Line refers to the men and women who have graduated from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and the unique ties that bind those that graduate to others who have come before, and all who will come after.

During the parade, the Class of 2022 Regimental Commander Kathryn Christmas will pass the sword and control of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to Class of 2023 Regimental Commander Brandon Johnson.

Corps of Cadets Commencement ceremonies

Saturday, May 7
9 a.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to graduates and ticket-holding guests (livestream available)

More than 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will receive their diplomas during the Class of 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

The doors to McAlister Field House will open for guests at 7:30 a.m. For those on campus who do not have a ticket to attend the SCCC ceremony inside McAlister Field House, The Citadel will be broadcasting a livestream of the entire commencement event in Bond Hall, Room 165. Bond Hall can be located on the college’s virtual map, at position number 50.

For the security of all in attendance, only clear bags will be allowed inside the auditorium. Metal detection and scanning devices will be in place at the entrances.

Admiral James George Stavridis, USN (Ret.), 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and currently Vice Chairman, Global Affairs of the Carlyle Group, will serve as the speaker for the Corps of Cadets commencement.

For more information on attending or viewing the commencement livestream, click here.

The Citadel Graduate College Commencement ceremonies

Saturday, May 7
3:30 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public (livestream available)

The Citadel Graduate College will celebrate more than 450 undergraduate and graduate students during the Class of 2022 commencement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

It will be held in McAlister Field House; doors will open to guests beginning at 2:30 p.m.

For the security of all in attendance, only clear bags will be allowed inside the auditorium. Metal detection and scanning devices will be in place at the entrances.

Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, ’83, Managing Partner of Meeting Street Capital and Chairman of the Board of CommScope, Inc., will address The Citadel Graduate College.

For more information on attending or viewing the commencement livestream, click here.

Citadel professor awarded honorary doctoral degree by Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Saturday, May 7
Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City, Guatemala

A professor of economics at The Citadel, Richard Ebeling, Ph.D., will be presented an honorary Doctoral Degree in Social Sciences by Francisco Marroquin University (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

UFM is one of the most respected private institutions of higher learning in Latin America, drawing students from many Central and South American countries, as well as having a campus in Madrid, Spain. 

Ebeling has lectured multiple times at UFM over the years. Previous recipients of this award at UFM include Nobel laureate economists such as Friedrich A. Hayek, Milton Friedman and James M. Buchanan, as well as European leaders, including former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus.

Ebeling will also delivery a public lecture for the university’s faculty and students on Friday, May 6.

First Annual South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Research Symposium

Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., respectively
The Citadel campus
Fees vary; open to the public (registration required)

The Citadel will host the first annual South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Research Symposium on May 11 and 12.

The symposium will bring together scientists, students and stakeholders from the Southeast region, with the goal of sharing research impacts, building networks to address emerging issues in costal science and management, and defining action steps to enhance equity and community-driven solutions.

“The Near Center for Climate Studies is excited to host this first-of-its-kind research conference,” said Scott Curtis, Ph.D., director of the Lt. Col. James B Near Jr., USAF, ’77 Center for Climate Studies. “We look forward to welcoming coastal scholars from across the Southeast region.”

The keynote speaker will be Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Ph.D., from the University of South Carolina.

The Citadel STEAM Camp

Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
The Citadel campus
$250, open to rising 5th – 8th grade students

Registration is now open for The Citadel STEAM Camp, where rising 5th – 8th grade students can spend a week learning about the future of forensics.

The STEAM Camp will run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting Monday, June 6 and ending Friday, June 10.

Students will have an opportunity to to go hands-on and high-tech to solve crime scene mysteries with art and science. Activities include capturing digital images with drones and 3D scanners, collect biological and physical evidence, and conducting experiments to crack the case, all while gaining real-world knowledge from Citadel faculty and field experts.

The camp costs $250 per student. To register, click here.

For more information, please email Melanie Blanton at melanie.blanton@citadel.edu or call 843-953-7121.

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MUSC and The Citadel collaborate to advance medical care for Corps of Cadets https://today.citadel.edu/musc-and-the-citadel-collaborate-to-advance-medical-care-for-corps-of-cadets/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 13:42:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31232 Retreat Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, October 15, 2021.Retreat Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, October 15, 2021."We are very excited to be collaborating with The Citadel to bring MUSC’s expertise in high-quality, patient-centered care to the Corps."]]> Retreat Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, October 15, 2021.Retreat Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Photo above: Retreat Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, October 15, 2021.

The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) are joining forces to provide enhanced health care services for members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. 

The effort will be a phased, multiyear initiative. In the first year, expanded services will include access to MUSC’s 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care platform, improved availability to clinical care and integrated imaging, and lab and pharmacy services.

Historically, members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets received on-campus medical treatment as part of their tuition and fees. The Citadel has a robust infirmary on campus, different from other colleges, where cadets are provided primary medical care, diagnostic tests and treatments, wellness education, and inpatient care when needed. The Mary B. Murray Infirmary was one of the first buildings constructed when The Citadel moved to its current location from Marion Square in the 1920s. Since its construction, nurses and a physician employed by the college staffed the facility. Now, the infirmary will be staffed by doctors, nurses and care providers from MUSC Health.

“Some of the many benefits this affiliation provides include integrated health care access for cadets who can use the MUSC digital medical records portal to manage their care, prescriptions and appointments, and will now have 24-hour access to their medical records and appointments as well as continuing to have 24-hour access to medical care,” said The Citadel Vice President for Finance and Business, Charles Cansler. “Additionally, cadets will be treated with the latest medical technology both on campus and at other MUSC facilities as needed. And over time, upgrades will be made to the infirmary equipment, processes and the building itself.”

Cansler reported to The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV) that as part of the new structure, MUSC Health will bill insurance providers for medical care provided and the college will cover the MUSC co-pay fees for cadets. The affiliation will also slow down cost increases to cadets for the medical services. The BOV approved the Inter-Institutional Affiliation Agreement between the two South Carolina public institutions, and The Citadel and MUSC made it official in late February.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with The Citadel to bring MUSC’s expertise in high-quality, patient-centered care to the Corps,” said Eugene Hong, M.D., MUSC Health chief physician executive. “Health care is undergoing a major transformation right now – from digitization and automation of certain services to how and when individuals access in-person care. As the needs of the community change with the times, we look forward to doing our part to help The Citadel ensure the health and well-being of the Corps.” 

The affiliation will be overseen by a Joint Operating Committee consisting of three individuals from each institution.

“The Citadel would like to thank Dr. Carey Capell, who has provided many years of service to the Corps of Cadets with great dedication as the director of the infirmary,” Cansler said. “Dr. Capell will stay on to assist with the transition to MUSC services and is expected to retire at a future date.”

Other members of the infirmary’s current staff will be integrated into the new plans for the facility or may decide to transfer to other MUSC locations.

The Citadel Mary B. Murray Infirmary on campus in Charleston, South Carolina

About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include a world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research and patient care.

The Citadel

The Citadel is a landmark in Charleston and South Carolina that is noted for its educational reputation as well as its rich history. Founded in 1842, The Citadel has an undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Another 1,000 students attend The Citadel Graduate College, a civilian evening and online program that offers graduate and professional degrees as well as undergraduate programs.

The Citadel is best known nationally for its Corps of Cadets, which draws students from about 45 states and a dozen countries. The men and women in the Corps live and study under a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience. The Citadel has been ranked #1 Top Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years.

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South Carolina’s Supply Chain management professionals visit The Citadel

Friday, April 1
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Swain Boating Center
Free, open to public and media

The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business will host the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) South Carolina Roundtable at the Swain Boating Center on Friday, April 1.

A panel of speakers from Fastenal — a Fortune 500 company focused on supply chains — will address industry professionals, academics, cadets and students starting at 11 a.m.

The guest speaker session will be followed by a luncheon and informal networking session, after which a formal networking session will be held for cadets and students to interact with supply chain management professionals and academics.

Guest speakers include:

  • Mike Rausch, director of recruiting, will share insights on attracting talent and recruiting for today’s supply chain needs.
  • Michael Baskin, senior project manager, will discuss project management through lean methodologies.
  • Chad Roberts, district manager, will give a local perspective on the Columbia/Charleston market and Key Account Partnerships.

The CSCMP, founded in 1963, provides networking, career development and educational opportunities to the logistics and supply chain management community.

Southeastern Immigration Studies Association Annual Meeting

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2
Various times
The Citadel and College of Charleston campuses
Free, open to the public

The Citadel and College of Charleston are co-hosting the Southeastern Immigration Studies Association’s annual conference, which will take place on April 1 – 2. 

The conference seeks to bring together the research, experiences and perspectives of community-based advocates, scholars, students and practitioners to discuss pressing contemporary and historical issues related to immigration.

This year’s theme centers around migrant youth and the unique contexts in which they find themselves, along with their specific challenges and opportunities. “Borders” can take many forms — from physical boundaries that distinguish one nation-state from another to socio-cultural boundaries that immigrant youth must navigate each day at school and in the neighborhoods where they live. 

To register for the event, click here.

For more information, click here or contact Dr. Nancy Aguirre naguirre@citadel.edu or Marina Lopez mlopez2@citadel.edu 

Pre-knob overnight campus visit

Thursday, April 7 – Friday, April 8
Various times
The Citadel campus
Free, open to high school juniors and seniors interested in joining the Corps of Cadets

High school seniors and juniors interested in attending The Citadel have one remaining opportunity this semester for an overnight, in-person visit.

Beginning with registration at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, students will get to spend a night in the barracks and eat in the mess hall. On Friday, April 8, parents and students will attend information sessions; they will be able to have their questions about The Citadel answered by a panel of cadets and members of the faculty and staff.

These visits are designed to offer a comprehensive overview of life at The Citadel. Students and parents will be able to learn about academic programs, ROTC opportunities, cadet life, financial aid, student support services and more.

To register for the April 7-8 visit, click here.

ROTC Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 7
4 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public

The Citadel ROTC departments provide cadets with officer training during college to allow them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation. Through the departments, which include Army ROTC, Air Force/Space Force ROTC, Marine Corps ROTC and Navy ROTC, The Citadel is one of the nation’s proven producers of top military leaders.

Annually, the departments nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards. This year’s more than 100 award recipients will be honored in a ceremony on Thursday, April 7 in McAlister Field House.

The awards being presented recognize qualities that range from displaying the traits and characteristics of service through demonstrating the ability to solve problems outside the box.

Army MEDEVAC helicopters on campus

Thursday, April 7
12 – 5:30 p.m.
Summerall Field, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

On Thursday, April 7, The Citadel community and guests will have an opportunity to learn more about how the Army treats wounded soldiers during battle.

Two Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopters, piloted by alumni, will land on Summerall Field. Cadets, students and visitors will get a chance to see the helicopters up close. In addition, there will also be a MRAP Ambulance — something like a mobile emergency room — on campus.

The event, in conjunction with Army Medical Command-Charleston Station, will be part of a recruiting event hosted by The Citadel’s Army ROTC Palmetto Battalion.

Student Excellence Day

Friday, April 8
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Deas Hall gymnasium
Free, open to The Citadel community

Each spring at The Citadel, top cadets and students share their scholarship at the annual Student Excellence Day.

This year’s event will be held in-person in the Deas Hall gymnasium on Friday, April 8, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Cadets and students will be presenting posters that represent the research they’ve conducted over the past year.

The Citadel Graduate College open house

Tuesday, April 12
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Holiday Alumni Center
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Graduate College and College Transfer Program is hosting an open house for potential and enrolled students on Tuesday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Holliday Alumni Center.

The open house gives prospective students a chance to learn about the more than 70 non-cadet programs offered by The Citadel. They will also have the chance to meet with program directors and staff from locations such as: AdmissionsFinancial Aid, the Student Success CenterDaniel Library and the Career Center.

To register for the open house, click here.

Corps-wide field meet, the Octathon

(rescheduled to) Wednesday, April 13
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Summerall Field, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

On Friday, April 8, The Citadel’s iconic military review parade will be replaced with a Corps-wide competition that will include a chariot race.

Cadet companies will compete against each other in eight different stations.

Events will include:

  • 4 x 400 relay race
  • Sprint drag carry relay
  • Tire flip relay
  • Javelin throw
  • Ammo can relay
  • Log lift competition
  • Tug of War
  • 100-meter chariot race

Each of the company’s chariots were built by cadets in that company, and they will be pulled by cadets during the competition.

The goal of the field meet is to foster esprit de corps, teaming building and inspire competition.

The 12th Annual Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Competition

Tuesday, April 19
3 p.m.
Bastin 104
Free, seating limited

Every cadet and student at The Citadel has a story to tell — and one of the annual traditions on campus is a competition where they tell it.

The final round of the 12th Annual Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Public Speaking Contest will held on Wednesday, April 12 at 3 p.m.

Finalists, and their speech topics, include:

  • John Acker – “Why We Call It The Citadel”
  • William Harris – “Mission First, People Always”
  • Ashlyn Howard – “Seize Your Identity Crisis”
  • Ben Ligons – “Everyday Time Machine”
  • Shiloh Smiles – “From Me To You”
  • Jackson Turner – “The Rebuilding Spirit”

The speaking competition is hosted by The Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab, where students, faculty and staff can polish their public speaking skills. From timid talkers to confident communicators, The Public Speaking Lab works one-on-one with a variety of individuals to create great presenters.

Accepted Student Day

Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Citadel campus
Free, open to students accepted to The Citadel

For the first time ever, The Citadel will host Accepted Student Day on Saturday, April 23. It will give students, accepted to The Citadel for fall 2023, a chance to further explore the opportunities they will have as a cadet.

The goal of Accepted Student Day is to help prospective cadets understand what cadet life is like.

Visitors will have a chance to connect with future classmates, learn more about their major, watch a physical training demonstration, learn about different ways to pay for college, eat lunch in the mess hall and more.

To register for Accepted Student Day, click here.

Bulldog Challenge

Saturday, April 23
8 a.m.
The Citadel campus and downtown Charleston
Registration required, open to the public

It’s not your average 10k. After the pandemic prevented it from happening for a few years, The Citadel Bulldog Challenge is back.

The Bulldog Challenge is a unique, nationally-known endurance race that borrows from all facets of the U.S. Marine Corps ROTC training exercises. The race stretches from The Citadel campus all the way down to the MUSC parking garage and the sand volleyball courts. Teams of competitors cross obstacles like tire flips, a simulated casualty evacuation, a mud pit and much more.

The race, organized by the Semper Fi Society at The Citadel, gives active duty service members, ROTC units from across the country, first responders, cadets, students and anyone else the chance to come together for a friendly but grueling competition. Funds raised by the Bulldog Challenge support annual scholarships for cadets or active duty Marines within the college’s Naval ROTC Unit, as well as funding time-honored traditions like Mess Night and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

This is the second year runners have the option to run the race with a two-person team, as well as the traditional four-person team.

To register for the race, click here.

Ethics Colloquium

Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bastin Hall, Room 104
Free, open to the public

On Saturday, April 23, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics will host an Ethics Colloquium focused on Democracy versus Marxism.

The event will open with a small lecture by Robert Craig, Ph.D., on the topic “Reinhold Niebuhr’s critique of Marxism.” After, attendees will be split into one-hour sessions for presentations and discussions. A small breakfast and full lunch will be provided.

Cadets and students were invited to submit an abstract (a title and small paragraph) for a five to ten minute presentation. They can argue in favor of either the democratic or Marxist position.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Ginger O’Neill at voneill@citadel.edu by Tuesday, April 19.

Every year the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsors an Ethics Colloquium, which consists of a one-day seminar on a pre-selected topic related to ethics. Past Colloquium topics included “Liberty and Slavery,” “The Ethics of Identity,” “Artificial Intelligence” and “Ethics and Cyber Warfare.”

Experts from The Citadel discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine

Monday, April 25
5:30 p.m.
Johnson Hagood Stadium, 4th Floor
Free, open to the public; registration required

Members of the local community will have an opportunity to learn more about the Russian war in Ukraine at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25,

The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host an expert panel discussing the historical context of the Russian invasion.

The event, titled “Russia’s War in Ukraine: The Historical Context,” will be moderated by Citadel professor David Preston, Ph.D., the General Mark W. Clark Distinguished Chair of History and Director of the online Master’s in Military History program.

Panelists include:

  • Jacob Hagstrom, Ph.D., Department of History
  • Dan Giblin, Ph.D., Department of History
  • Jack Porter, Ph.D., Department of Political Science

The panel is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here.

From The Citadel Athletics

To purchase tickets, please call 843-953-3647 or visit citadelsports.com/tickets. Media should contact John Brush, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

The Citadel Baseball vs. Charleston Southern University

Wednesday, April 6
6 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12 

The Citadel Tennis vs. ETSU

Thursday, April 7
Time: TBA
Earle Tennis Center
Free admmission

The Citadel Baseball vs. College of Charleston

Tuesday, April 12
1 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12

The Citadel Baseball vs. Western Carolina 

Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12

The Citadel Baseball vs. UNCG

Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12


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“Remember, the journey does not stop here. In fact, it is just the beginning.” https://today.citadel.edu/remember-the-journey-does-not-stop-here-in-fact-it-is-just-the-beginning/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 21:30:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31432 Having completed the challenges of the fourth-class system, members of the Class of 2025 now begin a new phase of their journey through The Citadel's four-year system of leadership development.]]>

Photo: Deputy Regimental Commander Grayson Gasque leading the March to Marion Square on Saturday, March 27. (Courtesy: Cadet Blake Vasquez)

Looking back at Recognition Day 2022

Having completed the challenges of the fourth-class system, members of the Class of 2025 now begin a new phase of their journey through The Citadel’s four-year system of leadership development.

Before the soon-to-be sophomores could learn to be leaders in the Corps of Cadets, first they had to learn to be followers.

That journey, which began on Matriculation Day in the middle of August, finally came to an end Friday, March 25 — when they were recognized by their peers.

After completing the Gauntlet, a series of grueling, physical exercises, a run through campus and their class set, 100 pushups plus the number of their class year — 125 for the Class of 2025 — Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas announced the end of the fourth-class system.

The day after being recognized, the freshmen cadets formed up on campus, left through Lesesne Gate as a group and marched to Marion Square, the site of the original Citadel campus, where they renewed their cadet oath.

The march, which is traditionally an important milestone in the life of a cadet, held an even greater significance this year — due to previous COVID restrictions, this was the first time since 2019 that the march was possible.

Each year, Recognition Day is scheduled to coincide with the campus’s Corps Day celebrations. This year, The Citadel marked the 179th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Corps Day events included open barracks and pipe band performances, a Summerall Guard performance and a Jeep review parade.

Throughout the rest of their freshman year, the newly recognized cadets will be preparing to become leaders — and to train the next generation — when they return for their sophomore year.

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Ready for Recognition: looking ahead to one of The Citadel’s most important weekends https://today.citadel.edu/ready-for-recognition-looking-ahead-to-one-of-the-citadels-most-important-weekends/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 13:29:41 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31403 On Friday, March 25, cadets will leave their battalions as knobs for the final time to begin the Gauntlet. The next day, they will march together to Marion Square and renew their cadet oath.]]>

Photo: Cadets marching to Marion Square during Corps Day weekend in 2019.

Cadets in the Class of 2025 are just hours away from being officially recognized as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

After two years of modifications due to the pandemic, this year’s Recognition Day will look as it has in years past, including the iconic march to Marion Square.

On Friday, March 25, cadets will leave their battalions as knobs for the final time and begin the Gauntlet, a series of grueling, physical exercises. After that, the cadets will group up for a run through campus and then return to their barracks, where they will complete a “class set” — 125 pushups — before being officially recognized by the upperclassmen.

The following day, the cadets will make their iconic March to Marion Square where they will renew their cadet oath while facing the building that served as The Citadel’s first campus. In 1922, The Citadel relocated to the current campus on the Ashley River.

Cadets in Marion Square, preparing to renew their oath, in 2019.

Recognition Day is one of the most important events for a cadet. It means the end of the fourth-class system and the months of rules and restrictions that accompany it. Being recognized is the culmination of their knob year, and it is the first major step as they progress through The Citadel’s four-year system of developing principled leaders.

It’s also part of one of The Citadel’s most important celebrations — Corps Day, the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. This year marks the 179th anniversary of the beginning of the Corps.

Corps Day events include:

  • Open barracks and pipe band performances, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Summerall Guard performance, 9 a.m.
  • Jeep review parade, 10:30 a.m.
  • March to Marion Square, 2:20 – 3 p.m.
  • Oath Renewal in Marion Square, 3 p.m.

For the media

Most events on Friday and Saturday are open to the media with advance notice. Please contact Zach Watson by email at zwatson2@citadel.edu or phone at 843-814-9410 if you’d like to attend.

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Career fair brings employment opportunities to cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/career-fair-brings-employment-opportunities-to-cadets-and-students/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31250 As The Citadel prepares cadets and students for success in the workforce, the Career Center gives them the tools needed to find the right job.]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

As The Citadel prepares cadets and students for success in the workforce, the Career Center gives them the tools needed to find the right job. One of the Career Center’s initiatives is to bring employers from many different industries to campus throughout the year.

Over 50 employers attended the Career Center’s spring job fair, ranging from Volvo and Santee Cooper to MUSC and the Secret Service.

Cadet Hannah Collee, ’23, was one of the 400 participants. A Computer Science and Cyber Operations double major, Collee wants to use her studies to make a difference after graduation, so she spoke with representatives from the FBI and CIA. “The Citadel’s leadership opportunities prepare you to make the first move and expand your network,” she said.

Cadet Hannah Collee speaking with recruiters at The Citadel Career Center’s job fair

Likewise, Cadet Cameron Crouse, ’24, said the classes he took as a Criminal Justice major – like Criminology, as well as Police Systems and Practices – will prepare him for the career he wants with law enforcement. The City of North Charleston Police Department, Gwinnett County Police Department and South Carolina Department of Public Safety all sent representatives to the job fair.

Representatives from South Carolina Highway Patrol speaking with cadets during The Citadel Career Center’s job fair

Cadet Keefe White, ’22, pulled double duty at the fair; he is a Mechanical Engineering major as well as an intern for Nucor, one of the company attendees looking to recruit more from the Corps of Cadets. “The Citadel prepared me for resume presentation,” he said at the Nucor table. “The Technical Writing and Communication class prepared me for being interviewed by a panel of five.” Citadel professor Alyson Eggleston, Ph.D., specifically designed this course to prepare Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science majors for professional communication in the workforce.

Professors attended too and championed their pupils. “I am so excited to see former students return to the career fair. It’s so valuable,” said Lauren Rule Maxwell, Ph.D. She encourages her Communications 216 students to be knowledgeable about the companies they apply for and to never underestimate the importance of having conversations and following up.

As the career fair’s positive energy transforms into job offers, members of the Career Center will continue helping cadets and students shine on their way to successful careers.

Jordan Yarborough, Page Tisdale, Stephanie Fye, Diana Hermann and Susan Pope from The Citadel Career Center

For more information on joining the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, click here.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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Getting to know Sergeant First Class Kellin J. Varela, a Women’s History Month feature https://today.citadel.edu/getting-to-know-sergeant-first-class-kellin-j-varela-a-womens-history-month-feature/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 17:41:12 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31237 "As a first-generation Hispanic, I was blessed to receive my American citizenship through the United States Army."]]>

By Cadet Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, Class of 2022

As a cadet attending The Citadel on contract with the U.S. Army, I spend a great deal of time with the Army ROTC Palmetto Battalion on campus and the active duty professionals there who lead us. I wanted to do an interview with someone in our detachment for Women’s History Month, and I selected Sergeant First Class Kellin J. Varela.

SFC Varela is a native of El Progreso Yoro, Honduras, but has spent much of her life living in the United States. She entered the Army in September 2005, attending Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where she earned the distinct honor of being a Human Resource Specialist (42A).

SW: What made you want to join the military?

SFC Varela: The reason I joined the military was based on the opportunities for education. During my time in the military, I have received my Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies and am three classes away from completing a Master of Arts Degree in Human Services Counseling in Criminal Justice.

As a first-generation Hispanic, I was blessed to receive my American citizenship through the United States Army. My number one choice was the United States Marine Corps, but I was impatient to leave home after high school graduation so I joined the United States Army instead as to not have to wait. Also, through the Army I’ve been blessed to travel the world, which was not an opportunity I have had before.

SW: What powerful female figure has inspired you?

SFC Varela: I believe she is retired from military service now, but Tonja Hill was First Sergeant Hill, she was my inspiration as a female role model. As a young soldier, she made me the leader that I am. 1SG Hill would always say, “pay it forward,” so I did. As a young soldier, I had terrible leadership skills, but she changed that. I adhered to the creed that “all soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers, and I will always place their needs above my own.” I take the Creed of the Non-commissioned Officer seriously.

SW: What advice would you give to young women following in your footsteps? Or looking to join the military?

SFC Varela: You can do anything that you put your mind to. Remember, you are your own worst enemy and you are stronger than you think. As women, we don’t give each other the credit we deserve. Never underestimate your potential. You are powerful beyond measure.

SW: What do you feel is the biggest challenge women in the military face today? What about in society at large?

SFC Varela: The biggest challenge women in the military face today is sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault. As a woman and a minority, you will experience racism and injustice during all ranks. Serving as the Battalion Sexual Harassment/Assault and Response Prevention representative, I am passionate and a true advocate for our women.

While assigned to this position, I have assisted cadets with concerns or issues. Contributing to the embodiment of the Army Values, I am also Equal Opportunity Leader (EO) trained. As a trained EO representative, I ensure cadets and cadre alike practice the Army Values and treat all persons with dignity and respect. I am not afraid to correct an issue the minute I see it, recruiting other cadres to help teach cadets what appropriate conduct is.

SW: What is an obstacle you faced while growing up, or in the military? What did you learn from this?

SFC Varela: As a child in Honduras, I experienced traumatic events that have made me very resilient as a leader now. I’m a very compassionate, dedicated and passionate leader who always takes the time to help those in need. The one obstacle in the Army I have faced is that I don’t feel I get the same opportunities as some others, but I love being the underdog because the fight to move up and to serve with increasing levels of authority, such as where I am today, is a testament to other minority women that you can accomplish anything.

Regimental Public Affairs officer, Major Samantha Walton is from Macon, Georgia and attends The Citadel on an U.S. Army scholarship. She will accept a commission to become an officer upon graduating. Walton is majoring in Political Science.

The women of The Citadel Army ROTC department pose for a portrait in Jenkins Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, February 10 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)
A 2021 photograph of women serving in The Citadel Army ROTC department, with SFC Kellin Verela seen second from right.
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Law Enforcement career jumpstart: first cadets are sworn in as community service officers https://today.citadel.edu/law-enforcement-career-jumpstart-first-cadets-are-sworn-in-as-community-service-officers/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 22:40:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31155 The Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for Sergeant Reagan Moore, Private First‐Class Cameron McNeill, Community Service Officer Brandon Birsner, Imani Bowie, David Desplaces and Chelsea Sitarik at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The ceremony was the first time current cadets were sworn in as community service officers. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelThe Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for Sergeant Reagan Moore, Private First‐Class Cameron McNeill, Community Service Officer Brandon Birsner, Imani Bowie, David Desplaces and Chelsea Sitarik at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The ceremony was the first time current cadets were sworn in as community service officers. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelThe Citadel welcomed its first class of cadet Community Service Officers during a ceremony led by the college's Department of Public Safety.]]> The Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for Sergeant Reagan Moore, Private First‐Class Cameron McNeill, Community Service Officer Brandon Birsner, Imani Bowie, David Desplaces and Chelsea Sitarik at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The ceremony was the first time current cadets were sworn in as community service officers. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The CitadelThe Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for Sergeant Reagan Moore, Private First‐Class Cameron McNeill, Community Service Officer Brandon Birsner, Imani Bowie, David Desplaces and Chelsea Sitarik at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The ceremony was the first time current cadets were sworn in as community service officers. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel

By Cadet Olivia Hime, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

The Citadel welcomed its first class of cadet Community Service Officers during a ceremony in early March led by the college’s Department of Public Safety.

“This is a first in the history of The Citadel,” said Captain Shaun Ferguson, who developed and oversees the Public Safety internship program. “We have never had interns who then went on to become sworn officers, serving their community, while they are still cadets.”

Friends, family and other guests gathered for the event in the Swain Boating Center on campus. The three cadets were sworn in alongside a member of the college’s faculty, and two experienced officers recently hired by Public Saftey.

The Citadel Department of Public Safety’s Captain Sean Ferguson speaks during an Oath Ceremony for the department’s new officers at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

“Right now, the cadets will be working as community service officers, patrolling campus to identify any issues compromising safety and security and helping where needed, with the assistance of our more senior officers, like myself,” Ferguson explained.

The next step is to guide the cadet-officers as they earn their Class 3 Constable Certification, attaining a degree of authority that allows young officers to experience the responsibilities and rewarding nature of law enforcement, according to Ferguson.

“I hope that this program helps the college produce the leaders law enforcement needs,” said Mike Turner, chief of The Citadel Department of Public Safety and a member of The Citadel Class of 1986. “I worked with a lot of violent crimes early in my law enforcement career and the ability to bring closure to the families of victims has been one of the most rewarding aspects that I have carried with me. Working here at The Citadel, I want to make a difference not only for the college but for the cadets. Law enforcement is a constant process during which you will never stop learning and always have room for improvement.”

The Chief of The Citadel Department of Public Safety, Mike Turner, Class of ’86, speaks during the Oath Ceremony for the departments new officers at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Turner said the Public Safety team is looking forward to working with the cadet-officers and to growing the college’s intern-to-officer program.

Introducing The Citadel’s new Community Service Officers

Cadet Brandon Birsner Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Cadet Brandon Birsner, The Citadel Class of 2023, takes an oath to become an officer with The Citadel Department of Public Safety after training as an intern. Birsner is from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Currently holding the position of Romeo Co. Human Affairs Sgt., Cadet Brandon Birsner is a junior majoring in Political Science. He plans to become a Class I Officer upon graduating in 2023. Birsner has helped to fuel The Citadel PSAF Internship program by fostering connections with agencies providing that provide NARCAN training to assist in saving the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids or other substances, as well as the local Polar Plunge fundraiser.

Cadet Imani Bowie – Augusta, Georgia

Cadet Imani Bowie, The Citadel Class of 2023, takes an oath to become an officer with The Citadel Department of Public Safety after training as an intern. He is from Augusta, Georgia.

In addition to now being a sworn-in Community Service Officer, Cadet Imani Bowie is a member of the South Carolina National Guard. He is the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Squad Sgt., the Army Dept. Recruiting Sgt. and a future Honor Court Representative. Bowing is majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and will graduate in 2023.

“I have learned a lot from this program so far and it has led me to consider pursuing a career in law enforcement after college,” Bowie said. “It has also helped me with my confidence and opened my eyes to all of the work that goes into being a police officer. I have developed a lot of respect for those in this line of work.”

Cadet Chelsea Sitarik – Folly Beach, South Carolina

Cadet Chelsea Sitarik, The Citadel Class of 2022, takes an oath to become an officer with The Citadel Department of Public Safety after training as an intern. She is from Folly Beach, South Carolina.

A senior in Charlie Company, Cadet Chelsea Sitarik is studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. She plans to continue her education and earn a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology following graduation. Sitarik is also pursuing a career in law enforcement. She has dedicated much of her time to the the internship program and the Public Safety team describes her as someone who will be a great asset to any law enforcement team in the future.

David Desplaces, Ph.D. – Citadel faculty member with the Baker School of Business

The Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for Sergeant Reagan Moore, Private First‐Class Cameron McNeill, Community Service Officer Brandon Birsner, Imani Bowie, David Desplaces and Chelsea Sitarik at the Swain Boating Center in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The ceremony was the first time current cadets were sworn in as community service officers. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel
Citadel Professor, Dr. David Desplaces, takes an oath to become an officer with The Citadel Department of Public Safety. He is a member of the Baker School of Business faculty and also holds extensive emergency management experience.

Professor David Desplaces, Ph.D., holds extensive experience in emergency management as a member of the Lowcountry Incident Management Team, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, Captain in the South Carolina State Guard Provost Marshall Detachment (critical infrastructure protection unit), among other positions. On the other side of his career, Deplaces is a professor of Strategic Management with the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel, with expertise in global commerce and trade, cultural management, leadership, change management and entrepreneurial venturing.

New Class I Officers

Private First-Class Cameron McNeill

Private First-Class Cameron McNeill has 11 years of law enforcement experience. Earlier in his career, he served in both Dorchester and Collin counties as a sheriff’s deputy and in North Charleston as a full time SWAT officer. For the last 12 years, McNeill served as a member of the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security. He conducted protective operations for U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan for approximately five years and trained in the High-Threat Operations branch for the following seven years. Upon completion of the academy, he will become a full-time trainer for The Citadel Department of Public Safety.

Sgt. Reagan Moore

Sergeant Reagan Moore, an experienced law enforcement professional is sworn as an officer in with The Citadel Department of Public Safety March 1, 2022.

Before joining The Citadel Department of Public Safety, Sgt. Reagan Moore worked with Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Public Safety as an investigator. She has been a law enforcement professional for eight years, working for the city of Conway, the Green County Sheriff’s Office and the J. Reuben Long Correctional Center. Moore has a wide range of experience and holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Online Security and Education.

The Citadel Department of Public Safety hosts a Oath Ceremony for new officers while friends and family looked on at the Swain Boating Center on campus in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
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