Campus Life – The Citadel Today Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Campus Life – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Cadets and families: get the intel needed to prepare for fall semester at The Citadel Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:48:53 +0000 Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college]]> Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021Parents Town Hall Live Graphic June 2021

Incoming cadet recruits register by July 1 for The Citadel Success Institute

All cadets and their families are encouraged to participate a June 29 virtual town hall, as the college community looks forward to returning to normal operations in every way possible for the coming academic year.

Hear the plans and ask questions about the 2021-2022 fall semester during the virtual town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. It will be accessible from the college’s Facebook page.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) and The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, will lead the session.

The Citadel Matriculation Day 2018
Matriculation Day at The Citadel, 2017.

Class of 2025: register by July 1 for Citadel Success Institute

Cadet recruits should remember that preparing for a successful knob year begins now. Matriculation Day is just weeks away on August 14. Detailed information on reporting times and flow will be available closer to that date.

One of the best ways to prepare is by attending The Citadel Success Institute which runs July 12–August 3.

The Citadel Success Institute is designed to helps to better prepare cadet recruits academically, emotionally, and physically for the rigors of The Citadel. Class of 2025 participants will earn credit in a course related to their majors, meet cadet mentors, hear from Medal of Honor recipients, make new friends within their class and work on team building exercises and physical fitness on a campus obstacle course. Statistics demonstrate that that students who participate in CSI are better prepared to succeed at The Citadel.

Students who have been accepted by The Citadel and have been medically cleared are highly encouraged to register for The Citadel Success Institute here, by July 1, 2021. Questions can be emailed to, or cadet recruits can call (843) 953-5705.

Additionally, all incoming members of the Class of 2025 should access The Cadet Success Packet online here. The packet defines the college’s core values of honor, duty and respect, explains expectations related to academic, military and physical fitness training, uniform requirements and more. Information in the packet will be updated, as needed, as Matriculation Day approaches.

Cadet recruit moving in during Matriculation Day 2019
Cadet recruit moving in during Matriculation Day 2019
Citadel boxing is returning to the ring Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:44:53 +0000 “I would say this is the new beginning of something that began back in the 1940s. Boxing at The Citadel Military College is alive.”]]>

As seen in Charleston Mercury, by Josh Baxa

Dating back to the 1940s, boxing at The Citadel has always been a cherished tradition that has been used to mold cadets into confident soldiers and citizen leaders. Citadel graduate of 1952 and future Carolina Hall of Famer Harry Hitopoulus was one of the first roughneck champions that the school produced, lettering in the sport for three consecutive years during his tenure at The Citadel. After his graduation, he returned to Rutledge Avenue once again — but this time to coach a team that was, at the time, at best mediocre. To give the boys additional training inside the ring, Coach Hitopoulus recruited Michael Golemis as a sparring partner, a local boxing star who fought for the College of Charleston. Golemis was soon invited to coach alongside Hitopoulus on The Citadel team, solidifying a club that would soon climb the ranks of national recognition.

From 1980 to 2007, Coach Hitopoulus and Golemis created an elite program that routinely won tournaments at the Naval Academy, The University of Kentucky, UNLV, Shippensburg and VMI among many other universities. After Coach Hitopoulus’ passing in 2007, Coach Golemis continued the club’s legacy producing three All Americans — Sam Greenwood, Ronal Clifton and Israel Cordova — until the sport was defunded in 2009 by the school’s sporting administration, citing health reasons. Twelve years later, in the spring semester of 2021, the sport was reintroduced on campus with Coach Golemis once again at the helm — this time completely self-funded through fundraisers and donations.

At the first informational meeting, over 240 cadets attended online and in person. Although this isn’t the first time that the club has attempted to restart on campus since funding was cut in 2009, this writer, also the club’s student president, thinks that this time feels different. The momentum and support that we have found behind this club after just one semester feels surreal. It’s obvious, to me at least, that The Citadel finally wants boxing back on campus — I just hope that the administration in Deas Hall is listening. Deas Hall, the school’s sporting administration office, has yet to recognize the Boxing Club as an official sports club (like rugby or sailing), forcing The Citadel Boxing Club to operate under the status of an “academic club” that receives zero travel funding or coach stipends from the school’s athletic budget. This hasn’t seemed to stop the club from moving forward, however.

In a fundraiser to promote an end-of-semester spring match, the club raised more than $7,000 and went 4-0 on the night of the event. Although boxing at The Citadel certainly has had a storied past, only time will tell whether the future holds as much promise for the sport. Coach Golemis certainly thinks so. “I would say this is the new beginning of something that began back in the 1940s. Boxing at The Citadel Military College is alive. So here we go again.” Visit the club’s website,, for more information on The Citadel Boxing Club or how to get involved.

Dr. Andrew Williams to lead The Citadel School of Engineering Thu, 03 Jun 2021 15:11:26 +0000 "Dr. Williams is a strategic financial planner who has helped raise approximately $29 million in grants and support for education and research from organizations including Apple, Boeing, GE, GM, Google, IBM, and NASA."]]>

Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., will join The Citadel School of Engineering as dean on July 1, 2021.

Williams joins the leadership team at the Military College of South Carolina from the University of Kansas School of Engineering where he is the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“Dr. Williams is an accomplished administrator and scholar, currently serving as associate dean of the University of Kansas School of Engineering with more than 2,500 undergraduate students,” said The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, in an announcement to college faculty. “For 20 years, Dr. Williams has led efforts to improve and introduce new and innovative engineering curriculum. Additionally, he is a strategic financial planner who has helped raise approximately $29 million in grants and support for education and research from organizations including Apple, Boeing, GE, GM, Google, IBM, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.”

Williams’s teaching specialties include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Database systems
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Humanoid robotics
  • Intelligent social robot design
  • Machine learning and neural networks
  • Object-oriented software engineering

I am thrilled to be joining this world class institution as Dean and to collaboratively build upon the outstanding work of The Citadel School of Engineering leadership and faculty. Being the son of a WWII and Korean War veteran increases the sense of honor and pride I feel as I look forward to serving and educating future principled leaders at the Military College of South Carolina and the broader community.”

Andrew Williams, Ph.D., incoming dean for The Citadel School of Engineering

One of Williams’s noteworthy achievements during his time at the University of Kansas included leading the strategic planning, fundraising and implementation efforts to catapult the university’s IHAWKe (Indigenous, Hispanic, African American, Women, KU Engineering) Diversity and Women’s Programs to receive the highest inaugural Diversity Recognition Program Award with exemplary distinction, given by the American Society of Engineering Education in 2019.

Williams’s career spans higher education and the private sector, including positions at Apple Inc., GE Medical Systems and Allied Signal Aerospace Company. He was also a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow and GE Edison Engineer. Williams served as a department chair for Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College in Atlanta and as a research affiliate in the Human-Automation Systems Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Williams was the John P. Raynor Distinguished Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, where he founded and directed the Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics Lab. His research and education work in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics and human-robot interaction has resulted in over 100 technical publications and presentations. William’s is the author of the book, “Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives.” 

Williams serves on a National Academy of Engineering workshop committee for diversity, the ACM Education Advisory Committee, and the National GEM Consortium Alumni Advisory Board as treasurer. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University, his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Kansas and his Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. 

Earlier this year, the college announced that Craig Harvey, Ph.D. would become dean for the School of Engineering. However, due to personal reasons, he decided he could not relocate.

Citadel Engineering Dean Andrew Williams PHD headshot

The Citadel School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in America and is consistently ranked in the top 25 programs nationally by U.S. News and World Report. It offers five cadet majors, five college transfer programs (non-cadet), five Master’s degrees (some online), and 13 graduate-level certificates. To learn more or to schedule a virtual or in-person visit, please go to

Watch Dr. Andrew Williams’s TEDx Talk below.

Hicks: CAPT Geno Paluso made The Citadel, and the Corps of Cadets, better Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 CAPT Geno Paluso speaking to Citadel cadets during a training session on Folly Beach in 2018CAPT Geno Paluso speaking to Citadel cadets during a training session on Folly Beach in 2018"This place has to constantly change and get better. That’s what I wanted to do, giving back what I learned in 25 years with the Navy."]]> CAPT Geno Paluso speaking to Citadel cadets during a training session on Folly Beach in 2018CAPT Geno Paluso speaking to Citadel cadets during a training session on Folly Beach in 2018

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Brian Hicks

Capt. Geno Paluso is touring The Citadel campus where he’s served as commandant of cadets since 2014, and he’s amazed by all the changes.

The new Swain Boating Center is a far cry from the shed the school had when he was a cadet. Capers Hall is about to be demolished and rebuilt — the first academic building replaced in more than 20 years.

And the new Bastin Hall is an architectural wonder that perfectly blends into the historic campus. The school is evolving, in part due to generous alumni.

But perhaps the most significant change at The Citadel in recent years has come from Paluso.

The retired Navy SEAL walked through Lesesne Gate seven years ago with a mission to steer his alma mater into modern times, cut down on hazing and focus on the military college’s core mission — creating leaders. When he retires as commandant next month, he can justifiably say mission accomplished.

“It’s a special place,” Paluso says. “But if you had told me in 1989 that I would come back and lead the Corps, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. This place has to constantly change and get better. That’s what I wanted to do, giving back what I learned in 25 years with the Navy.”

Paluso is an easygoing, friendly man, which means it’s easy to miss the fact that he’s also an elite soldier. The veteran SEAL led special forces operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other places, earning a Bronze Star and a list of service awards as long as your arm.

He brought that experience to The Citadel, setting up a program to teach professional leadership to cadets. Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, who’s also done much to eliminate hazing, says Paluso’s courses and training refined the college’s ability to create new leaders and improved cadet operations.

“Capt. Paluso’s innovations give our cadets additional tools to be strong, professional and effective leaders,” President Walters says.

Such change couldn’t have come at a better time. In his first year, Paluso surveyed cadets and was troubled by the volume of hazing reported. He changed that through training, leading by example… and explaining to the Corps that all those old stories, those traditions they felt obligated to uphold, no longer work in the military, or the world.

“One of the first things I tried to do was flip the switch on negative leadership,” he says. “It’s a tough system, and by definition some of it is negative. That’s supposed to make you a better person, but it never does. I knew it was wrong.”

That doesn’t mean the Corps has gone soft or bowed to political correctness. It remains a tough system and isn’t for everyone. Still, a vocal minority of alumni complained about Paluso’s methods. They protested when he changed haircuts to current military standards, and when he allowed cadets to wear camouflage uniforms to football games.

They even groused that cadets didn’t eat family style in the mess hall. Paluso jokes that some alumni wanted the Corps to do things the modern military doesn’t even do, just because … tradition.

Yes, El Cid alum historically resist change.

But in seven years, Paluso has made a difference. On his watch, The Citadel saw its first female regimental commander. When Sarah Zorn was selected to lead the Corps of Cadets in 2018, Paluso told The New York Times he got only one angry call. He diplomatically called the guy a Neanderthal.

“Then I educated him on how there’s no all-male military institutions, there’s no all-male corporations in America — I mean, come on. It’s 2018,” Paluso said at the time. “She’s the best qualified cadet. So get over it.”

Standing outside Mark Clark Hall last week, Paluso mentions running into a recent graduate. He’d gone from regimental commander to being accepted as an ensign in the Navy — the same path Paluso took. He’s full of similar success stories, and his pride is palpable.

This past month, people have lined up to show their appreciation of Paluso’s leadership. Gov. Henry McMaster awarded him the Order of the Palmetto, and he was asked to give the commencement address at graduation. He calls it the hardest, and easiest, speech he ever had to give.

“All you have to do is look at the class of 2021,” Paluso told me. “To watch them step up and lead under these circumstances, in a pandemic. These classes just keep getting better, and I’m so proud of them.”

Paluso explained to graduates that they’ll have other knob years — in the armed forces, in their jobs, even becoming spouses and parents — but they’ll be better prepared for it because of their experience at The Citadel.

And, honestly, they’ll be better prepared because of Geno Paluso.

In case you missed it: The story behind why this bugler plays Taps each night to honor veterans Fri, 28 May 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Note: This article was a popular piece when it was first shared on The Citadel Today in Nov. 2018. We are sharing it again now, ahead of Memorial Day. As]]>

Note: This article was a popular piece when it was first shared on The Citadel Today in Nov. 2018. We are sharing it again now, ahead of Memorial Day.

As seen in the Charlotte Observer, by Bruce Henderson

When dark falls, the people of a Matthews neighborhood listen for the lonely military call that signals a days’ end: A bugler playing Taps.

“I keep track of what time the sun goes down, step out on my front porch and play,” said former Army Reservist Don Woodside. “If I forget to play, I get phone calls from neighbors — ‘Are you sick?’”

There are stories within the story, this Veterans Day, of Woodside’s bugling. They’re tales of loss and remembrance that begin before World War II, recount the tears shed for a father’s sacrifice and are still playing out today.

Woodside, 77, is a volunteer with Bugles Across America, which offers players to perform Taps at the funerals of military veterans. He also sometimes sits at the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, playing into the long, granite arc to magnify his horn’s sound.

Second Lt. Milton Woodside photographed at Clark Field in the Phillipines. Courtesy of Milton Woodside Jr.
Second Lt. Milton Woodside photographed at Clark Field in the Phillipines. Courtesy of Milton Woodside Jr.

He does this to honor all those who served, but one in particular: his late uncle, Milton Woodside, a Charlotte native and World War II fighter pilot who survived more than three brutal years as a prisoner of war in Japan.

After his 1940 graduation from The Citadel, the Charleston military college, Woodside had entered flight school with the Army Air Corps and become a pilot of P-40 Warhawks, a single-engined fighter plane. In the summer of 1941, the young second lieutenant was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines with the 20th Pursuit Squadron.

The Japanese attacked Clark a day after they hit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. Most planes at the airfield were destroyed, but determined crews managed to salvage a few P-40s. Woodside was among the pilots who continued taking off from the bomb-cratered runway to fight the Japanese.

“Fill it up, I’m going back up,” Don Woodside recalls his uncle saying in recounting one mission.

That was after the war, when Milton Woodside had returned home and become administrator of what is now Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton. The former pilot often returned to Charlotte to visit his parents and stayed at the Eastover home of Don Woodside’s family. That’s where young Don gleaned what little his uncle had to say about the war.

“You had to pull it out of him,” he said.

Milton Woodside, left, and his son Milton “Woody” Woodside Jr., as students at the Citadel. Courtesy of Milton Woodside Jr.
Milton Woodside, left, and his son Milton “Woody” Woodside Jr., as students at The Citadel. Courtesy of Milton Woodside Jr.

Milton Woodside’s oldest son, M.H. “Woody” Woodside, 71, is himself a 1970 Citadel graduate who spent 22 years with the Georgia Army National Guard. Now president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, he regrets that he was never able to have long talks about the war with his father before his death in 1973.

Histories of combat in the Philippines flesh out his dad’s wartime experiences.

Woodside was flying without ammunition after managing to take off from Clark Field when two Japanese Zeros attacked him from behind near Manila, according to “Doomed at the Start,” a 1995 account of U.S. pursuit pilots in the Philippines. Once his plane’s instrument panel was shattered, the book said, Woodside put his plane into a steep dive and bailed out.

That happened on Dec. 10, 1941, Woody Woodside said. His father had parachuted into friendly territory.

But as Japanese ground forces closed in over the following months, the U.S. abandoned Clark Field and retreated to the southern Bataan Peninsula before surrendering in April 1942.

The forced 65-mile march up the peninsula of thousands of sick, hungry prisoners, including Woodside, became World War II lore. About 600 Americans and at least 5,000 Filipinos died on what became known as the Bataan Death March, according to Army history.

Milton Woodside’s vivid account of the march, apparently drawn from a post-war debriefing, is quoted in “Deadly Sky,” a 2016 book on American combat airmen in World War II by military historian John McManus. Japanese soldiers severely abused their prisoners, he recounted, denying them water and at one point clubbing him for hiding a small can of beans.

“Any prisoner becoming exhausted and falling out was either shot or bayoneted,” Woodside says in that telling. “An Air Corps 2d Lt. marching next to me became exhausted and could go no further. Unable to carry him, I helped him over behind some bushes to lay down. The follow-up … guard saw us and motioned for me to go on. I left the man my canteen of water and moved on. About 100 yds. on, I looked back to see the guard repeatedly bayoneting the sick man in the chest.”

An Army history says the “deliberate and arbitrary cruelty of some of the guards led to many of the deaths and immeasurably increased the suffering of those who managed to survive.”

A POW in Japan with hidden gold

Woodside was held prisoner for nearly 3 1/2 years at the Umeda prison camp in Osaka, his son said. Because of his rank as an officer — fellow prisoners fashioned crude aviator wings for him — the Japanese put him in charge of the 40 to 50 other prisoners in his hut.

Prisoners of the Japanese endured hellish conditions. Apart from disease and starvation, an account by the Army’s Center of Military History says, prisoners “had been beaten and kicked, had been forced to bow and to obey endless petty rules invented by their captors.”

woodside bible
2nd Lt. Milton Woodside listed the names of the men who served with him in the Army Air Corp’s 20th Pursuit Squadron inside the military-issue Bible he kept throughout War World II, including more than three years’ imprisonment by the Japanese. Asterisks beside the names indicate those who died. Milton Woodside Jr.

“I still have his military-issue Bible with names of all 20th Squadron folks with asterisks by them — most had asterisks, for death — that he carried with him while in prison,” Woody Woodside said.

His father clung to one other possession, one that he had hidden away: his gold Citadel class ring.

When conditions turned dire, the former POW later told his nephew, he traded it to a Japanese guard in exchange for food and water for his fellow prisoners.

In August of 1945, relatives say, Woodside also witnessed the mysterious glow on the horizon of the two U.S. atomic bombs that ended the war.

He’d spent much of his years as a prisoner digging coal in Japan. As U.S. troopers freed the prisoners after Japan’s surrender, Woodside snatched up a grim prize: the battered bugle that guards had used to wake up their prisoners each morning.

A phone call from the Philippines

In 1953, back in North Carolina after a hero’s welcome home and beginning his career in hospital administration, Milton Woodside got a surprise call one day from the Philippines.

The caller was an American who come across a Citadel ring, class of 1940, engraved inside with the initials MHW, in a pawn shop. The man had contacted The Citadel for help in identifying and locating the graduate.

The 1940 Citadel class ring that Milton Woodside traded to a Japanese guard for food and water for his imprisoned men during World War II. Courtesy of Milton Woodside Jr

“He said, Mr. Woodside, did you have a Citadel class ring that you lost in the war? I jumped up screaming and said, how much do you want for it? He said, just give me your address” and mailed it back, Don Woodside recalled his uncle saying.

That’s how the ring came home.

Woody Woodside had lost his own Citadel ring a few years after graduating in 1970. He started wearing his late father’s ring.

But he’d never known its history until four years ago, when he visited his cousin Don for the Belk Bowl football game between Georgia and Louisville. The two visited Charlotte’s Louise Avenue, where Milton Woodside had grown up. For the first time, Don Woodside relayed his uncle’s tale of the lost and found ring.

“At the end of the story, I said, ‘I wonder what ever happened to that ring?’” Don Woodside said. “He said, look here — he pointed to his right hand and, boy, the tears came.”

Woody Woodside: “Don told me the story that I never knew. It makes it even more meaningful, and I’m very grateful. I guess that the greatest generation is about gone, and amazingly enough not that many talked that much about it. They went about their lives.”

Play Taps with honor and reverence

That’s the story of the gold ring. The other story, of Don Woodside and his bugling, continues each day at sunset.

At 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, dressed in Army dress blues, Woodside stepped onto his front stoop beside the flag that flies there. He lifted the bugle in his right hand and, stock still, played the haunting melody into the setting sun.

The notes came out slow and stately, and that’s for a reason. Woodside had auditioned for Bugles Across America by phone about a year ago, and almost didn’t make the cut. He played Taps too fast, his interviewer said. Try again.

“I play it with ‘honor and reverence,’ were the words I think he said,” Woodside said.

He had previously played the flugelhorn, which resembles a trumpet, during his daily Taps renditions. On Wednesday he blew another instrument for the first time.

It had arrived in a package that day from his cousin Woody: the battered old bugle his uncle had liberated from the Japanese captors in 1945.

Don Woodside,77, played Taps on this particular bugle for the first time at his Matthews home Wednesday evening. It was the bugle in the Japanese POW camp where his uncle Milton Woodside was held in WWII.
Buy or renew your season tickets now for Bulldogs’ fall football Wed, 26 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 "We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall."]]>

New Family Zone seating available this fall

Season ticket packages are on sale for the 2021 Bulldogs’ football games for what is expected to be a return to normal playing conditions at Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall.

The Citadel’s first home game will be held Sept. 11. The Bulldogs will take on Charleston Southern. There are six home games, including the match against Virginia Military Institute. The full season schedule can be found here.

“We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall,” said The Citadel’s head coach, Brent Thompson. “Our players feed off the energy from our fans. Let’s sell out all six home games this season and continue to create the best atmosphere in the Southern Conference.”

Package prices vary per seat depending on the location and range from $150 – 200 each, including the new Family Zone seating section. Mini-season packages for three games are also available from $95 – $135.

Current season ticket holders have until June 18 to renew their seats. Seat selection for new season ticket holders will occur from July 7 – 16. In addition, Pearson Club Seats and Executive Suite Access are available. Parking passes will be distributed during August.

For updated season ticket timelines, information about renewing season tickets and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

All Bulldogs fans can contribute to free passes for first responders and veterans through The Citadel Holy City Heroes program. For every $10 contribution, The Citadel Athletics will invite a local first responder or military personnel to a game to thank them for their service to our community. Contribute to the Holy City Heroes Campaign here.


Please send questions by email to or calls (843) 953-3647.

The Citadel football team plays Furman University in the 100th meeting between the two teams at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
American Ballet Theatre bus coming to Charleston Thu, 20 May 2021 19:13:30 +0000 The buses roll into Charleston for a July 17 outdoor performance at The Citadel, which will be performed without an intermission.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Maura Hogan

American Ballet Theatre takes to the road this summer, reviving a company tradition of yesteryear that is perfectly suited for present-day, pandemic-constrained times.

Starting in July, American Ballet Theatre is traveling the country by bus and truck to visit eight U.S. cities over 21 days.

Charleston has made the list. The performance, which is presented by Charleston Gaillard Center, will take place outside on the campus of The Citadel.

Stephen A. Bedard, President and CEO of the Charleston Gaillard Center noted, “We are thrilled to present ABT Across America this summer at The Citadel. While our Education & Community Program frequently serves our community outside our walls, this performance gives us a unique opportunity to present world-renowned artists outside of our beautiful venue. We extend our sincerest thanks to American Ballet Theatre, Citadel alumnus, Bill Moody, and The Citadel for making this event happen!” 

For the initiative “ABT Across America,” the heralded ballet company builds on its rich history of cross-country tours in the 1940s and 1950s. For the new tour, 20 ABT dancers and 28 support crew will traverse 14 states, covering a total of 3,100 miles. Along the way, the company will perform outdoors for socially distanced audiences.

Hitting the road after a performance in Lincoln, Neb., the “ABT Across America” entourage will travel in a caravan of six sleeper buses and three production trucks.

The buses roll into Charleston for a July 17 outdoor performance at The Citadel, which will be performed without an intermission. Other stops include Iowa City, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Middleburg, Va. The tour culminates on July 21 with a performance at Rockefeller Center. 

In an interview with The New York Times, American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie said, “We missed out on celebrating our 80th anniversary, but we’re going to end this tour at Rockefeller Center, where we performed our inaugural performance on January 11, 1940,” adding it will be a prelude to a very new and different future for the company. 

Repertory for the tour includes Lauren Lovette’s “La Follia Variations,” a work for eight dancers set to music by Francesco Geminiani; Jessica Lang’s “Let Me Sing Forevermore,” a pas de deux blending ballet and jazz vocabulary set to songs sung by Tony Bennett; Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Indestructible Light,” a celebration of American jazz music; and a classical pas de deux from ABT’s extensive repertoire.

More details on the Charleston stop are forthcoming from Charleston Gaillard Center. For information on tickets, visit

Citadel initiatives to focus on campus and community diversity Wed, 12 May 2021 21:00:09 +0000 "The push for diversifying The Citadel experience begins even before cadet and students walk in the door."]]>

As seen the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Alexandria Ng

From the moment male cadets shave their heads and become “knobs,” the nickname given to those first-years, students at The Citadel are exposed to diversity and inclusion from all levels of the institution. 

Whether it’s required leadership development courses that emphasize the school’s core values of honor, duty and respect when encountering difference of opinion and background, or the opportunity to join extracurriculars based on culture, faith and experience, efforts have been taken to ensure a space on campus for each student.

“We as a state entity are educating the future, not only of our state, but also of the country,” said Kelly Brennan, associate provost for enrollment management. “It’s very important, economically, educationally and in the military, to make sure that there is diverse representation and inclusion in all organizations because the more smart people you have around the table who are looking at things from different lenses, the better ways you’ll have to solve problems.”

The push for diversifying The Citadel experience begins even before students walk in the door. Through meeting with families to address concerns and sharing success stories from alumni and leaders who represent all walks of life, the admissions team aims to showcase a community where all find their niche, Brennan said. 

Efforts in outreach have also increased the past few months with the help of the newly formed Citadel African American Alumni Association, she said.

“We’ve done a nice job over the last decade of making personal connections with the students and making sure they feel that they’ll be welcomed,” Brennan said. “And the way to do that is to reach out and answer their questions and make sure they see themselves represented in our alumni and in our current cadet stories that are coming out of admissions.”

According to the admissions tracking report, active deposits from women went up 32.5% over last year, as did those from students of color at 49.2%. In tracking the past 10 years, growth is reflected in the 25% increase of cadets identifying as ethnic minorities and the record 81% increase of female cadets.

While the classes of 2022 and 2034 have the highest number of Latino cadets in Citadel history, the class of 2021 has the highest number of Black and female freshman cadet-recruits in its entirety, giving it the highest ethnic minority population.

Hiring a diverse population of faculty and staff also plays into creating a culture where students feel seen and represented, said Shawn Edwards, chief diversity officer at The Citadel. Accessibility and awareness are key, she said. It’s not enough to open up a position; hiring teams must be intentional in connecting with underrepresented communities.

“We’re always going to focus on skillset first, but it’s up to us to make sure that the candidate pools are diverse,” Edwards said. “If a person of color or a female or someone of the LGBTQ community never even knows that the position is available, that’s a problem.”

Search committees are trained to decrease bias in the hiring processes. Of staff, 21% identify as Black, Hispanic or Asian, while 44% are women. Of faculty, 18% come from minority backgrounds, while 38% are women.

Across campus, a team of staff and faculty have joined to form the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, established in 2015 to promote inclusion and equality and to provide oversight for these efforts. Starting this upcoming school year, the council plans to begin involving students.

From this hub comes support for cultural-, faith- and identity-based student clubs, as well as for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center, one of the first 10 in America. Through this center, CitListen sessions are held, where community partners and speakers are invited to facilitate conversation.

When the murder of George Floyd in 2020 sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality across the country, the council also held a town hall with faculty to help process through what was happening. 

When a series of shootings in March at three Atlanta spas killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, and protests against anti-Asian rhetoric arose across the nation, the council responded as well by checking in with their Asian American students, faculty and staff.

“We want to make sure that they understand that they’re going to come in contact with all sorts of people, and coming from a place of care and understanding is going to be important, regardless of whether they end up in the military or graduate school or the workforce,” Edwards said.

Introducing the Class of 2022 Summerall Guards Tue, 11 May 2021 20:26:43 +0000 The Citadel announces the 61 rising-senior cadets who are now officially members of the elite military drill troupe.]]>

The process may not have looked the same — but the purpose didn’t change.

During normal times, the changing of the guard ceremony would have taken place as part of the annual Corps Day/Recognition Day weekend ceremonies. That is when the Summerall Guards for the Class of 2021 would have performed their last precision drills as a unit and then passed their rifles to the new platoon.

This year, instead of passing rifles, the outgoing Summerall Guards handed the new class their patches. The old guard then went down the line to shake the hand of every new member.

Known around the United States as one of the elite military drill troupes, membership is a high honor at the military college of South Carolina. Created in 1932, The Summerall Guards have represented The Citadel at events around the nation, including performing in five presidential inaugural parades.

The platoon is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953. It’s purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness of a Citadel cadet’s training through a unique series of movements based on old, close order Prussian drills. The maneuvers have never been written down, are passed from class to class, and are performed to a silent count.

The selection process includes weeks of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. More than 100 junior cadets who pass an initial physical fitness test take part in the six week long BVA training and tryout sessions. They must perform military pushups, sit-ups and rifle-bearing physical training, exhibiting exceptional physical condition and stamina.

The 61 seniors will be commanded by Cadet John Michne.

The Class of 2022 Summerall Guards:

Charles Bellinger
Robert Bickley
Zac Bishop
Austin Buttle
Ryan Cherrier
Chia-Feng Chiang
Josh Coats
Jonathan Cribb
Jackson Crimminger
Aaron Daninger
Luke Eafano
Jon Florian
Ronald Flowers
Trenton Gambrell
Rhett Garrett
Dallas Garwood
Grayson Gasque
Zavier Gebrayel
Dahrel Ghazaleh
Colton Gray
Cody Green
William Greene
Sylvester Guillermo
Ryan Harper
Bryce Hearsey
William Herbert
Blake Hill
Trey Holladay
Ryan Hooks
Kaleb Hyland
Grayham Ives
Ethan Jackson
Lane Johnson
Charlie LaRosa
Jacob Larsen
Emory Latimer
Brandon MacDonald
Micheal Makowski
Trini Martinez
Luke Meetze
John Michne
Cole Murphy
Liam Nolan
Francis O’Brien
Donovan O’Dea
Colton Parcell
James Peatross
Hayes Pruitt
Daniel Stone
Jonathan Stone
David Stringer
Garrett Summers
Charlie Tompkins
Juan Valencia
Brian Wall
Wilton Warner
Ryan Wehner
Samuel Wendt
Finn Willman
Josh Woods
Justin Zeilstra
From cadet to commission: Members of the Class of 2021 become officers in the U.S. Armed Forces Fri, 07 May 2021 17:19:00 +0000 In a joint commissioning ceremony, members of the Class of 2021 accepted commissions into the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.]]>

More than 150 Citadel cadets accept commissions during joint ceremony

The United States Armed Forces now have more than 150 new officers.

In a joint commissioning ceremony — held on Friday, May 7 — approximately 27% of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021 accepted commissions into the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Though ceremonies are usually held in different locations and at different times on campus, this year’s joint ceremony was held in McAlister Field House.

The joint ceremony included the now-officers reciting their oath, as well as having gold bars pinned on their uniforms by their sponsors.

Immediately following the ceremony, the commissionees gathered on Summerall Field where they received their first salutes as officers.

The Class of 2021 has 116 cadets accepting Army commissions, 28 accepting Air Force commissions, 15 accepting Navy commissions and 12 accepting Marine Corps commissions.

The commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is held the day after the commissioning ceremonies.

The 116 cadets accepting Army commissions include:

Carson AdamsHarrison Hemminghaus
D’Andre AdamsLiam Henderson
Jenna AdcockCatherine Hill
Allyson AnsellMichael Hocutt
Heath BakerMatthew Hurtt
Michelle BanzonJonathan Jarrett
Andrew BarnesPatrick Johnson
Jack BeehlerJacob Josepher
Christian BentWesley Kelley
Adam BlankenshipTanner Kennaw
Brian BolchozJeffrey Kidner
Ruby BoldenJohn Kidner
Robert BrabstonJacob Knapp
Donald BrechtelJames Kober
Louis BulnesJoseph Lucarelli
Tamia BurchJames Maddox
Patrick CamatchoJames Maddray
Andrew CaronWilliam Martin
Garrett ChristieHunter Mills
William ClementsHunter Neeley
Micah CohenHouston Osborne
Keegan ConnollyKenslee Padgett
Darien CooperWilliam Peeler
Theodore CoppolaWilliam Rathke
Delson CowardBenjamin Richardson
Jesse CrookDerrick Robertson
William CurtisJonathan Robinson
Michael CurtisKrishawn Royal
Christian DejongAdam Russell
Matthew DevinePedro Sharpe
Parker DicksonJames Shields
Matthew DixonDouglas Smith
John EggersHalston Smith
Tyler EllisonZion Smith
Aaron FanninEthan Stanley
Robert FenneyIan Stephan
Miles FilippisYudai Stout
Robert FisherClifford Swindel
Samuel FohnConnor Thomas
Etienne FonteneauEvan Timpner
Nicholas FricchioneCody Turner
Christopher FrickeRobert Tywater
Christopher FurmanickBenjamin Walker
Timothy GilletteMatthew Wall
William GrantCorey Watson
Alfred GreggColton Webster
Thomas HammerstoneChase Wengerd
Joshua HardestyJonathan Westmoreland
Hamilton HardmanRyan Williams
Bryce HarringtonJustice Woods
Conner HaysRonald Zappendorf

The 28 cadets accepting commissions into the Air Force include:

Conrad BornemanJohn Kreisler
Kevin BrownLillian Layden
Taurus BrownMichael Lopouchanskiy
Robert CrawfordCharles Marsh
Riley DavisMarshall Mckee
Simon de OleoCaleb Moseley
James DixonTimiebi Ogobri
Owen DunneOlivia Rentz
William FenlaysonChristian Seidler
Justin FriedlanderCameron Thomas
Noah HammondJames Walker
Daniel HaydelJoanna Winborn
Garry HaywoodBrian Wise
Karl Knizek

The 15 cadets accepting Navy commissions include:

Isaac Al-TamimiNick Piacentini
Andrew BrabazonEthan Powers
Daniel EstebanLogan Scronce
Aaron GilbertoGarrett Sebold
Joshua GorczynskiPeter Tillman
Ulysses GrisetteJacob True
Katryn HollingsworthPhillip Wellons
Roman Kokowsky

The 12 cadets accepting commissions into the Marine Corps include:

Andrew DesjardinsRegina Miles
Samantha EngelSamuel Poulin
Joseph FieldSean Reen
Jeremy GentleGunnery Sgt. Ronald Reid
John LassiterAlexei Severnyak
Brock MehlCharles Thorne
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