COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:48:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Where to watch the Class of 2021 Ring Presentation event https://today.citadel.edu/where-to-watch-the-class-of-2021-ring-presentation-event/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:30:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18855 Hollings 1942 Ring InteriorHollings 1942 Ring InteriorParents, family and friends are invited to watch a livestream of the Ring Presentation on two of the college's social media channels]]> Hollings 1942 Ring InteriorHollings 1942 Ring Interior

Livestream Friday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. E.T.

The seniors comprising the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a traditional Ring Presentation Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House, attended by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Veteran and Active Duty students. Close to 550 individuals will be presented with their coveted Citadel bands of gold.

Attendance at the ceremony will be restricted to only ring-eligible seniors due to the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Parents, family and friends are invited to watch a livestream of the Ring Presentation on two of the college’s social media channels. An account on those platforms is not needed to view the stream at the following links:

Watch on YouTube HERE

Watch on Facebook HERE

How to get photographs of the event

As the presentation event is restricted, the college is providing the following:

  • Professional photographers will take a picture of each cadet or student receiving a ring.
  • At no charge, cadet ring presentation photos will be available with yearbook portraits in October on the college’s intranet, Lesesne Gateway. Cadets will have access to download them. An announcement of the availability of those pictures will be made later.
  • Veteran and active duty students will receive their ring presentation photos via email, also at no cost.
  • Our photographers will also be at the chapel, the War Memorial and on the parade ground taking photos. On Saturday, those photos will be available for families to download, at no charge, here. 

Leave policy for seniors on Sept. 26 and 27

There will be no leave for any cadets following the Sept. 25 Ring Presentation.

The Commandant’s Office is granting the following leave to ring-eligible seniors: Saturday Sept. 26 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Those seniors also have the option to spend Saturday night off campus.

Parents are asked to respect the college’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and are discouraged from entering campus Sept. 25−26 other than for the purpose of picking up a cadet who is eligible for leave.

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No Parents Weekend October 2 – 4 due to COVID-19 precautions https://today.citadel.edu/no-parents-weekend-october-2-4-due-to-covid-19-precautions/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:52:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18658 Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos; Parents Weekend events scheduled for October 2-4 cancelled]]> Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos

All Parents Weekend events originally scheduled for October 2 – 4 are cancelled due to precautions underway to keep campus as safe as possible by reducing possible COVID-19 spreading events.

There will, however, be an opportunity for parents to engage with The President of The Citadel. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), will hold a virtual parents’ engagement on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Parents can connect with Walters by submitting questions via the Facebook Live link while watching the event.

“We understand that it is hard for things to be different, and that it may be disappointing for parents not to be able to enjoy a traditional Parents Weekend, but we greatly appreciate your understanding in the knowledge that everything possible is being done to keep your sons and daughters safe and the campus operating safely during this challenging time,” said The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, CAPT Geno Paluso.

Parents, family members and friends are strongly discouraged from coming onto campus during what would have been Parents Weekend, in support of the college’s efforts to minimize COVID-19 exposures on campus with the goal of continuing in-person instruction until Thanksgiving furlough.

The Commandant’s Office is making decisions about leave, based on conditions, on a week-to-week basis. If leave is granted that weekend, it will not be announced until late in the week.

Everything you need to know about the Ring Presentation, photos and leave

Members of the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a livestreamed, traditional Ring Presentation at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House. Only ring-eligible cadets, veteran and active duty students will attend the event.

“The Citadel is committed to helping ring recipients and families celebrate this special day,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president, Office of Communications and Marketing. “As a member of The Citadel Class of 1990, I know just how much this day means to cadets, and to those who love and support them. We also know our ability to continue in-person on campus until Thanksgiving is fragile and relies on the cooperation of everyone in The Citadel family. We are providing the richest experience possible during these unusual circumstances and greatly appreciate the understanding of parents.”

As the presentation event is restricted, the college is providing the following:

  • Watch the event livestreamed on The Citadel’s Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Professional photographers will take a picture of each cadet or student receiving a ring. (No other photographers are permitted into the event.)
  • At no charge, cadet ring presentation photos will be available with yearbook portraits in October on the college’s intranet, Lesesne Gateway. Cadets will have access to download them. An announcement of the availability of those pictures will be made later.
  • Veteran and active duty students will receive their ring presentation photos via email, also at no cost.
  • Our photographers will also be at the chapel, the War Memorial and on the parade ground taking photos. On Saturday, those photos will be available for families to download, at no charge, here. 

Leave policy for seniors on Sept. 26 and 27

There will be no leave for any cadets following the Sept. 25 Ring Presentation.

The Commandant’s Office is granting the following leave to ring-eligible seniors: Saturday Sept. 26 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Those seniors also have the option to spend Saturday night off campus.

Parents are asked to respect the college’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and are discouraged from entering campus Sept. 25−26 other than for the purpose of picking up a cadet who is eligible for leave.

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A COVID-19 progress update from the President of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/a-covid-19-progress-update-from-the-president-of-the-citadel/ Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:31:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18562 Knobs from the Class of 2024 and the Cadre gather on Summerall Field for an address from Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters '79, USMC (Retired) during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 and the Cadre gather on Summerall Field for an address from Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters '79, USMC (Retired) during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)I am cautiously optimistic from the results I’ve seen so far that we can complete the academic year in-person.]]> Knobs from the Class of 2024 and the Cadre gather on Summerall Field for an address from Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters '79, USMC (Retired) during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 and the Cadre gather on Summerall Field for an address from Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters '79, USMC (Retired) during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Greetings to our campus community as we progress further into the academic year and prepare for the Class of 2021 to receive the rings they’ve earned through so much hard work and determination.

I am writing today to provide an update on our progress, and I’m heartened that the model that our faculty and staff developed over months is working.

At the same time, every member of our campus community should recognize that we are just getting started. Our ability to continue the in-person model is fragile, and our level of success will align directly with the level of effort that every member of our campus community puts into following the measures we have in place to protect everyone’s health and safety. Indeed, the COVID-19 environment is not just a test of our grit, it’s a test of our endurance too. I am cautiously optimistic from the results I’ve seen so far that we can complete the academic year in-person.

To that end, The Citadel is a learning organization, and I’ve charged our dedicated faculty and staff to continue expanding our capacity and developing ways to continue our momentum. We’ve also implemented ideas suggested by our cadets, students and alumni—this effort requires the attention of our entire team.

I’d like to explain a few improvements we are making as we continue to take advantage of new expertise or scientific advancements that can help us continue our progress:

  • We have partnered with Roper Hospital to help us maintain the best, most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. Roper will have an ongoing working relationship with The Citadel’s physician, Dr. Carey Capell, and The Citadel’s leadership team. Roper will continue to help us with contact tracing and provide us useful information so we can provide more transparency on our COVID-19 page.
  • We have also signed a partnership with Palmetto Primary Care Physicians to provide clinical laboratory services for our ongoing random testing program or for testing cadets who are symptomatic. As we continue into the academic year, this testing will help us monitor the health of the Corps.
  • Having successfully begun the academic year, we are going to transition our Operation Fall Return 2020 website back to the COVID-19 page. The Operation Fall Return page was a valuable resource for answering the 275 questions we received, and there were 41,000 page views on the site since it launched in late June. As part of the transition, we will relocate the frequently asked questions page and will also migrate the popular Ask a Question page to the COVID-19 page.

We will continue to be flexible, make adjustments and incorporate best practices as they are developed and discovered. In the meantime, I hope that all of our campus community will encourage our cadets and students as they progress through an unprecedented situation on our campus. They are the reason that our campus community has worked so hard to develop and execute our plans to return to campus, and it is inspiring to see them everyday.

Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.)
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Class of 2021 to receive their bands of gold during Sept. 25 celebration https://today.citadel.edu/class-of-2021-to-receive-their-bands-of-gold-during-sept-25-celebration/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 21:07:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18329 Hand of a woman cadet close up showing new citadel ring at ceremonyHand of a woman cadet close up showing new citadel ring at ceremonyThe Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a traditional Ring Presentation Ceremony Sept. 25, with a livestreamed ceremony for parents.]]> Hand of a woman cadet close up showing new citadel ring at ceremonyHand of a woman cadet close up showing new citadel ring at ceremony

Ring ceremony to be livestreamed for families; Parents Weekend events curtailed

The seniors comprising the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a traditional Ring Presentation Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House, attended by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Veteran and Active Duty students.

Attendance at the ceremony will be restricted to only ring-eligible seniors due to the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but the event will include the same rich traditions that recipients are anticipating for this important milestone.

Understanding the importance this event also holds for parents and families of the seniors, the college will provide a livestream of the ceremony with link details available on The Citadel Today newsroom and on social media closer to the date.

“Our seniors deserve every bit of pageantry for earning their much anticipated rings as every other member of the Long Grey Line who came before them,” said the Commandant of Cadets, CAPT Geno Paluso. “While we wish we could provide everything we would normally on a Parents Weekend, we are pleased to be able to provide this in-person ring ceremony for the Class of 2021. We ask parents, family and friends to respect the protective measures put in place for the weekend for the good of all.”

After the ceremony, the cadets, veteran and active duty students will proceed to The Citadel War Memorial to salute, and then to Summerall Chapel for the traditional tapping of their rings on the chapel door, immediately followed by a tented reception for the seniors and senior administration only. Access to Summerall Field and related facilities will be limited to the those who received rings, and required faculty and staff, during this process. Barracks will remain closed to only those assigned to live in each specific facility.

Leave for members of the Class of 2021 for Friday evening may be announced at a closer date. There will be a ring walkthrough photo opportunity for seniors and their parents in the spring, as conditions permit.

The normal Parents Weekend events on campus, such as open barracks and a dress parade, are cancelled out of an abundance of caution for everyone concerned.

The Bulldogs will play Eastern Kentucky University the day after the ring ceremony, Sept. 26, at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Attendance will be limited to season, club-level, and suite ticket and pass holders, as well as designated cadets.

“We understand that it is hard for things to be different, and that it may be disappointing to parents not to be able to enjoy a traditional Parents Weekend, but we greatly appreciate your understanding in the knowledge that everything possible is being done to keep your sons and daughters safe and the campus operating safely during this challenging time,” Paluso said.

Decisions about general leave for freshmen and other cadets will be announced closer to Sept. 25.

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Spring 2021 study abroad suspended https://today.citadel.edu/spring-2021-study-abroad-suspended/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:46:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18343 Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 both in the United States and abroad, as well as ongoing travel restrictions throughout the world, Citadel leadership has made the difficult decision]]>

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 both in the United States and abroad, as well as ongoing travel restrictions throughout the world, Citadel leadership has made the difficult decision to suspend all spring 2021 study abroad programming. 

The Citadel will resume study abroad programming beginning summer of 2021, as conditions permit.

As we navigate through the pandemic, the safety and well being of our students is of utmost concern.

Contact the The Citadel Office of Study Abroad, International, and Domestic Programs should you have questions. Program director, Zane Segle, Ph.D. welcomes feedback, questions and concerns by email at studyabroad@citadel.edu or telephone, (843) 953–7083.

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Taking care of each other on campus https://today.citadel.edu/taking-care-of-each-other-on-campus/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 19:24:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18146 The Citadel Office of Cadet Activities is delivering meals on wheels to help care for cadets in quarantine.]]>

Cadet activities team brings “meals on wheels” to quarantined cadets

On this day there are seven lunch boxes being picked up by Mrs. Shelton Milner…meaning there are seven cadets in quarantine on campus because of COVID-19.

Milner picks them up and packs them up, then drives around campus to deliver the meals to the doorsteps of the houses where the cadets are staying.

Cadet activities team in a golf cart delivering meals on campus.

Today it’s ham, green beans, rice and cake.

Lunch box with ham and green beans for cadets

Milner and her colleagues follow a specific process with each drop.

“I knock on the door, set down the food, then the drinks and step away,” she says. “Then we chat from a distance. I know they’re a little bored being separated from the Corps so I like to make sure they are doing okay and have someone to talk to.”

Milner, the events and cadet activities manager for The Citadel, doesn’t have a lot of events to manage during this unusual, socially distanced fall semester, so she and the Office of Cadet Activities team personally make sure the cadets get their meals on time.

Shelton Milner of The Citadel cadet activities team visits with cadets in quarantine

“They’re my kids – really all cadets are my kids,” Milner says while on the run making deliveries. She’s worked in the Office of Cadet Activities for 20 years and she says it’s the only job, and the best job, she’s ever had.

“They keep me young. They make me happy.”

The cadets she visits from a distance seem to feel the same about her.

“This means the world to us,” said one of the cadets answering the door in a mask to retrieve the meal. “It’s great when Mrs. Milner visits even if it’s just to hear her shout ‘how’s it going in there y’all’ from a distance. She’s the best. And she reminds us we’ll be back in the barracks soon.”

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The Corps comes home to campus https://today.citadel.edu/the-corps-comes-home-to-campus/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:45:25 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17835 Sunday, August 16 marked one of the last major milestones in The Citadel's Operation Fall Return 2020, when most of the cadets returned to campus.]]>

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets, now back in the barracks, is buckling down and preparing to begin classes later this week.

Sunday, August 16 marked one of the last major milestones in The Citadel’s Operation Fall Return 2020, when most of the cadets returned to campus on a staggered schedule, understanding that it is their duty to help protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

Samantha Walton, the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer, spent the day checking in on the recently-returned cadets.

In their own words: Cadets talk about being back on campus

Thomas Hammerstone
Sierra Company Commander

“I feel pretty good! I’m excited. I see the South Carolina Corps of Cadets being back at school as an opportunity to show the rest of the country how to operate successfully in the COVID-19 environment. If any institution can do it successfully and correctly, it’s definitely us here at The Citadel. I am very enthused about senior year as I complete this four-year leadership experience and earn my undergraduate degree in conclusion to receiving my ring at parents’ weekend and spending time with my classmates.”

Carleton Bailiff III
Athletic Officer for Regimental Band and Pipes

“I think it’s a bittersweet feeling! I feel like we all have to remember to remain vigilant during this COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the virus, I’m still excited for my senior year. Every day is like my last chance to do something for the first time. I’m looking forward to getting my ring, graduating and seeing my classmates become commissioned officers.”

Arista Couture
Regimental Admin Clerk

“I enjoy being back on campus. I definitely like the on-campus lifestyle versus being at home, but with the COVID challenges it’s definitely going to be a unique type of year. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Regimental Staff and the rest of the Corps can do to make it comfortable during these unforeseen circumstances for everyone, including the knobs. I’m thrilled to get further educated in my major — nursing — and also get back into the Air Force unit.”

Sharize Roper
Human Affairs Corporal

“I feel pretty good. I mean, you’re always a little apprehensive, but I really think that the Corps is doing a good job since I’ve been here. I’m excited to begin classes and for the school year to start. Although it’s going to be challenging and quite different, I’m looking forward to that challenge because that’s why you come to The Citadel.”

William “Jay” Smith
Football Defensive Line

“It feels good because I get to be around my friends and my classmates. I’m excited for the school year cause I’m going into my junior year, only one more year until I graduate. This school year is going to be different from others because everyone will have to work together and remain even more disciplined than before in what we are doing.”

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Mission complete: It was our privilege to support the USMC recruiting effort https://today.citadel.edu/mission-complete-it-was-our-privilege-to-support-the-usmc-recruiting-effort/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:26:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17777 USMC Poolees positioned on barracks quad in May 2020USMC Poolees positioned on barracks quad in May 2020Rest assured, m'am, it was a honor and a privileged for The Citadel to support the USMC mission.]]> USMC Poolees positioned on barracks quad in May 2020USMC Poolees positioned on barracks quad in May 2020

Photo above: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto

The Citadel’s Charleston campus looked a little different in the late spring and summer months, but not just because campus closed for cadets and students due to the pandemic. Instead of cadets being issued gear on the red and white checkered quads of the college’s barracks, it was Marine recruits, called poolees.

Poolees await medical screening at The Citadel, a public military college temporarily utilized to stage poolees for a 14-day observation period in Charleston, S.C., May 4, 2020.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto)

On May 4, the U.S. Marine Corps began bringing its Eastern Region recruits to The Citadel campus for two weeks of observation before transporting them to the recruit depot at Parris Island where they would begin Marine boot camp.

Medical screenings with systematic temperature checks were used to monitor for COVID-19, to assist in keeping the virus from spreading at Parris Island.

Photo provided by the USMC: A poolee is assigned a room at The Citadel, a public military college temporarily utilized to stage poolees for a 14-day observation period in Charleston, S.C., May 4, 2020. The Citadel will facilitate the continuation of the Marine Corps’ mission of making Marines while enhancing staging capabilities for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in response to the Coronavirus. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto)

About 300 poolees arrived and departed every two weeks for 12 weeks, with approximately 300 Marine personnel also on campus to facilitate the operation.

The Marine Corps Times reported that The Citadel was chosen for staging because it is “uniquely postured to support the type of supervision and training we were looking to conduct based on the layout of their barracks and proximity to the Depot and major airports.”

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto)
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto)

The USMC operation on campus concluded at the end of July as the college was preparing for the return of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Brig. Gen. Julie L. Nethercot, Commanding General
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island

The Citadel President, retired Marine Gen. Glenn M. Walters, who served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps before joining his alma mater as president, received a letter of thanks, post mission. It was sent by Brig. Gen. Julie L. Nethercot, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island.

Rest assured, ma’am, it was a honor and a privilege for The Citadel to support the USMC mission.

The Citadel and Gen. Walters,

On behalf of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Eastern Recruiting region, please accept my congratulations on a job well done. Our support agreement allowed the Marine Corps to provide critically important safety measures for incoming Marine recruits in order to continue our mission of transforming the finest young Americans into Marines. The agreement we formed and executed over these past several months in the fight against the harms of the COVID-19 pandemic has forged new ground for both our organizations.

In these unprecedented time, the capabilities of your facilities and the professionalism and results from your staff topped every expectation. Our institutions share the essential mission of transforming young individuals and sending them out with integrity to make a difference in the world. perhaps due in part to the numerous shared standard and principles of our organizations, as well as a consequence of your willingness to share your campus with us, The Citadel’s performance stands as a model of innovation and cooperative efforts between federal and state organizations.

We wish you and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets fair winds and following seas as you begin a new academic year this fall, particularly in the face of current challenges.

Your excellence in support of the Eastern Recruiting Region and Marine Corps Depot Parris Island is appreciated deeply and will be long remembered.

Brig. Gen. Julie L. Nethercot, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina on July 31, 2020
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Top 5 things evening undergraduate and graduate students need to know before returning to classes https://today.citadel.edu/top-5-things-students-in-the-citadel-graduate-college-need-to-know-before-returning-to-classes/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:38:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17629 As The Citadel moves forward with Operation Fall Return 2020, an agile, conditions-based plan to return cadets and students to face-to-face instruction, college leadership is communicating regularly to keep all constituents informed.]]>

As The Citadel moves forward with Operation Fall Return 2020, an agile, conditions-based plan to return cadets and students to face-to-face instruction, college leadership is communicating regularly to keep all constituents informed.

One of the sessions, held on August 6, was focused on students within The Citadel Graduate College — including graduate, college transfer, veteran, veteran-day and active duty students.

Nearly 100 people watched as The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., along with the associate provost of enrollment management Kelly Brennan, Ph.D., and other college officials, supplemented other communications provided by the college since the beginning of the pandemic.

Throughout the process, college leaders, faculty and staff, and members of The Citadel community have been heavily involved in making campus safe to continue the mission – to educate principled leaders in all walks of life.

“We have been in constant contact with different medical professionals. We’ve been engaged with the Medical University of South Carolina; we have a presidential advisory board, which is comprised of medical professionals who’ve looked at our plan and given us feedback,” said Selden during the virtual town hall. “We’ve also submitted our plan to South Carolina’s Council on Higher Education, which is the governing body in the State of South Carolina that oversees all of higher education. We are on campus adhering by all CDC and DHEC regulations and, in fact, we’re doing things that they suggest we don’t have to, such as testing.”

The top 5 takeaways from the virtual conversation, which included real-time questions from students, are as follows:

  1. Students taking face-to-face courses must be tested for COVID-19, approximately two weeks prior to start of classes. Negative test results should be emailed to cgc@citadel.edu; if a student tests positive, they should call The Citadel Graduate College office at (843) 953-5089.
  2. Based on the CDC and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) guidelines, any student who tests positive for COVID-19 before returning to campus will begin classes remotely, and will receive a return-to-class date based on the date of their positive test.
  3. Students should be checking their “Week at a Glance” schedule daily. That is where they will find information on the format of their class (face-to-face, A/B, hybrid, or virtual) as well as the location of their classrooms. It will also instruct students in A/B hybrid classes which days they should be in class and which days they should be attending virtually. (Note: If a face-to-face course transitions to online, it will be marked “hybrid,” however the building and room number will be listed as “online.”)
  4. Two masks will be distributed to all students taking face-to-face courses; they will be distributed to the student’s first class on campus; CGC students will not have to go to a special location to get their masks. (Note: The distribution will be based on student schedules, as of two days before the start of classes. If students change their schedule two day or fewer days prior to classes, their masks will take some time to catch up to them.)
  5. There is a process in place to consider student accommodations for virtual learning, if any students have a medical or personal reason that may impact their ability to return in person for the fall semester. The Campus Assessment Team, led by David Allen, Ph.D., can be reached through this form.

“We appreciate you being part of our community,” said Brennan as the virtual town hall concluded. “We want to continue to support you towards your educational goals. That is what we are all here for — program directors, our deans, our professors, you name it. So please, again, reach out and keep asking questions.”

Any students, knobs, cadets or parents with questions about Operation Fall Return and COVID-19 protocols can find Frequently Asked Questions here, or use this form to send a question.

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Killing COVID-19 germs on campus, step by step https://today.citadel.edu/killing-covid-19-germs-on-campus-step-by-step/ https://today.citadel.edu/killing-covid-19-germs-on-campus-step-by-step/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:22:41 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17541 Knob Athletes report to campus at The Citadel in Charleston, SouthKnob Athletes report to campus at The Citadel in Charleston, SouthWe are taking a multi-layered and generously resourced approach that provides ongoing, carefully mapped out cleaning and disinfection to keep our campus as safe as possible.]]> Knob Athletes report to campus at The Citadel in Charleston, SouthKnob Athletes report to campus at The Citadel in Charleston, South

8 ways The Citadel’s facilities are being sanitized for Operation Fall Return 2020

Having cadets and students back, and campus back in action, means optimizing cleaning and disinfection services with the goal of killing COVID-19 germs and keeping all facilities as healthy as possible.

“We care deeply about the health of our campus community which is why we are taking a multi-layered and generously resourced approach that provides ongoing, carefully mapped out cleaning and disinfection,” said Cdr. Jeff Lamberson, USN (Ret.), vice president for The Citadel Facilities and Engineering Department. “For example, certified teams are disinfecting classrooms every evening after classes end.”

Cdr. Jeff Lamberson, USN (Ret.), vice president for The Citadel Facilities and Engineering Department, overseeing sanitation preparations in Murray Barrack.


The Citadel has hired The Budd Group, with almost 60 years of experience in disinfection services, to implement and oversee the ongoing campus sanitation operation.

Keeping clean, step by step

Budd Group expert sanitizing a cadet room at The Citadel
Contract manager for The Budd Group, demonstrates a backpack atomizer, which can clean an entire barracks in four hours, in Murray Barrack

1. Cadet rooms and barracks

All barracks and cadet rooms are thoroughly disinfected and sanitized using professional processes prior to move-in. Each barracks restroom will be equipped with hand-soap, hand sanitizer, touchless faucets and hand driers. Barracks restrooms will continue to be disinfected and sanitized daily.

2. Classrooms

L’Quante Hill demonstrates an electrostatic atomizer in a Capers Hall classroom at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina
L’Quante Hill demonstrates an electrostatic atomizer in a Capers Hall classroom at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina

Nightly, disinfecting teams will deploy into each classroom. These teams are using safe disinfectants on high touch-point areas, including desks and chairs. Additionally, classrooms are equipped with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

3. Look for the backpacks

Ray Cervantes, contract manager for The Budd Group, demonstrates a backpack atomizer, which can clean an entire barracks in four hours, in Daniel Library at The Citadel

Electrostatic disinfection teams are deployed across campus in high traffic areas. You’ll see them wearing backpacks with sprayers that send a deep cleaning, environmentally safe, mist into the air and across surfaces, penetrating hard to reach areas as well. After four minutes, the surfaces are fully disinfected. How does it work?

Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. Subsequently, the spray contains positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects. Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they’re aimed at, enabling the sanitizing agent in the spray to then disinfect.

4. Proctors are following in your footsteps

Enhanced custodial services include disinfectant proctors assigned to busy locations such as the library, the mess hall and large shared spaces.

Karen Kennedy and Iris Hamilton Seabrooks clean chairs and tables in Daniel Library

“These proctors are responsible for disinfecting and sanitizing specific touch-points, such as cafeteria surfaces, water fountains, stairwells and handrails, door handles and push rails, trash cans, bathroom surfaces, and light switches,” Lambert explained. “They’ll also be attending to frequent gathering areas, such as conference rooms, break rooms, shared work spaces, media rooms, and waiting areas.”

5. Atomizers for use by all

Ryan Bilitski, a junior cadet in Charlie company and a facilities and engineering intern demonstrates an atomizer in Daniel Library offices at The Citadel

Feel like an area you are about to use needs a little extra attention? Disinfection atomizers are located in spaces across campus filled with a botanically-based solution that kills COVID-19 germs. The atomizers can safely be used by anyone wanting to sanitize an area before or after using it.

6. Sanitation stations

Self-help sanitation stations are located around campus in buildings and offices. These include large dispensers of disinfectant wipes and also hand-sanitizer.

Jeff Lamberson, vice president for Facilities and Engineering, demonstrates some of the procedures in place to keep cadets, faculty and staff safe during

7. Special service areas

Special service areas, such as the Treasurer’s Office, have protective plastic shields in place between staff and customers to block germ transmission and are regularly sanitized.

8. Offices

Faculty and staff offices were disinfected prior to reopening campus and are sanitized on a regular basis.

Lamberson says he wants The Citadel family to know that “we will continue to use our resources to ensure that our campus is a clean and a safe place to learn, lead, and achieve.”

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