COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 11 Mar 2021 19:39:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 An update on The Citadel Study Abroad, Global Scholars, and Study in D.C. programs https://today.citadel.edu/an-update-on-the-citadel-study-abroad-global-scholars-and-study-in-d-c-programs/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22624 There are five planned, faculty-led summer study abroad programs for 2021.]]>

Photo above: Aberystwyth, Whales, one of The Citadel Global Scholars locations. Photo courtesy of VisitWhales.com.

As the spring 2021 semester and the coronavirus pandemic continue, The Citadel Office of Study Abroad is continually assessing summer and fall programs.

Here is an update from Zane Segle, Ph.D., director for The Citadel Study Abroad, International and Domestic Programs.

Summer 2021 Study Abroad

There are five planned, faculty-led summer study abroad programs for 2021. They include:

Estonia, led by Dr. Terry Mays, Ph.D.
France, led by Dr. Caroline Strobe, Ph.D.
Hungary, led by Dr. Sarah Imam, M.D.
Spain, Cadiz, led by Dr. Eloy Urroz, Ph.D.
Spain, Mallorca, led by Dr. Maria Jose Hellin-Garcia, Ph.D.

The programs are contingent upon Covid-19 travel restrictions which vary from country to country, as well as vaccinations for participants, and student interest.

Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain. Photo by Livia Bühler.

Cadets and students interested in studying abroad through independent programs to Germany, Ireland, Italy, London or Japan are encouraged to contact The Citadel Office of Study Abroad at studyabroad@citadel.edu or for assistance with process navigation.

Fall 2021 study abroad with The Citadel Global Scholars Program

Thus far about 30 cadets are signed up for the college’s four Citadel Global Scholars Program locations, and more are welcome to participate.

The Citadel Global Scholars Program is an initiative to make semesters abroad feasible for all cadets. The program offers cadets enrolled in nearly every academic major at The Citadel to spend a semester abroad, taking courses relevant to their majors, while paying nearly the same amount for all study abroad costs as they would pay for a semester of study on campus.

The locations include:

  • Athens, Greece
  • Rome, Italy;
  • Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Aberystwyth, Wales.

In addition, two cadets will be participating in the annual UK Parliament program.

Those interested in signing up for fall 2021 should contact the office by emailing studyabroad@citadel.edu, by going by the office at 202 Richardson Ave. in person, or by calling (843) 469-7817.

The Citadel in D.C. fall 2021 semester

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim teaching The Citadel in DC students
Citadel professor Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D. teaching The Citadel in D.C. students.

Approximately 12 cadets and students will take part in this program. The focus of the experience is Intelligence and Security Studies, though other academic disciplines are welcome. The program provides academic and internship credit.

Those interested in this program should contact Dr. Segle at seglez1@citadel.edu.

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Citadel alum calls in Chick-fil-A manager to help a drive-thru Covid-19 vaccination clinic https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-alum-calls-in-chick-fil-a-manager-to-help-a-drive-thru-covid-19-vaccination-clinic/ Sat, 13 Feb 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21836 When a drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic left people waiting for hours, the town mayor called in a professional for help: a Chick-fil-A manager.]]>

Note: Mayor Will Haynie (photo left), a member of The Citadel Class of 1983 who earned a Business Administration degree, was elected mayor of Mount Pleasant in 2017.

As seen on CNN, by Alaa Elassar

When a South Carolina drive-thru coronavirus vaccine clinic got backed up, leaving people waiting for hours, the town mayor decided to call in a professional for help: a Chick-fil-A manager.

Local hospitals in Mount Pleasant opened the clinic on January 22 for residents eligible to receive the first shots of Covid-19 vaccine. But shortly after the drive-thru opened, the computer system handling registrations went down, causing hundreds of people to wait in heavy traffic.

That’s when Jerry Walkowiak, the manager of a nearby Chick-fil-A, stepped in to save the day.

“When I heard about it, I called Jerry and asked if he would come help us out,” Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie told CNN. “After he looked it over, he said, ‘There’s your problem right there. It’s backed up because you have one person checking people in.’ Then he showed us how to do it right.”

With the help of a few additional volunteers, Walkowiak transformed the messy traffic jam into a smooth operation, reducing the hours-long wait to just 15 minutes.

More than 1,000 people received the vaccine that day, Haynie said. When everyone returns for their second dose on February 12, Walkowiak will be back to help manage the drive-thru.

“At Chick-fil-A, we’re about being the most caring company in the world, and when Mayor Haynie asked us to come over, we took a look at what was their drive-thru system,” Walkowiak told news station WCBD.

“We saw a little hiccup in their drive-thru system, and we needed some more people, so we gathered some of the wonderful Rotary volunteers and went down there and just was able to expedite the registration part.”

More than 29 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, according to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the US still has a long way to go before the pandemic is over, Haynie hopes his town’s experience will encourage others to get vaccinated and help with vaccine efforts.

“Jerry got a phone call and dropped everything because he knows getting this vaccine out is a game changer,” Haynie said. “This is what the light at the end of the long Covid tunnel looks like.”

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Hicks: When things went wrong, these Charleston institutions did things right https://today.citadel.edu/hicks-when-things-went-wrong-these-charleston-institutions-did-things-right/ Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:38:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21852 General Glenn Walters addresses campus regarding COVID-19General Glenn Walters addresses campus regarding COVID-19Unlike some people, the Corps of Cadets (to use another military term) has “embraced the suck.” They know this isn’t an ideal situation, but they’re doing what has to be done to remain on campus.]]> General Glenn Walters addresses campus regarding COVID-19General Glenn Walters addresses campus regarding COVID-19

As seen in The Post and Courier
By Brian Hicks

Photo above: The Citadel President, General Glenn Walters, addresses campus regarding COVID-19 in March, 2020

A lot of folks are flat-out doing this pandemic all wrong.

They don’t keep their distance, refuse to stay home when possible and consider it an infringement on their “freedom” to wear a mask. After nearly a year of this madness, they still don’t understand they can unwittingly spread the virus to others.

Or they just don’t care.

Everybody gripes about these types, and with good reason. But today, let’s recognize some of those who are doing it right. There are thousands of people in this community who’ve helped minimize the virus’ spread and pitched in with key assists for everyone else — and they deserve our appreciation.

Let’s start with The Citadel.

As you might imagine, a military college with about 2,300 cadets living together in barracks has the potential to become a monumental petri dish.

As of Monday, the campus had just 18 positive cases in quarantine.

Col. John Dorrian, The Citadel’s vice president for communications and marketing, says the college unsurprisingly treated its efforts to fight the virus as a military campaign. And even as cases of COVID-19 have spiked in the Lowcountry and pretty much everywhere else, Operation Fall Return has been an astonishing success.

Like most colleges, The Citadel went online in March but was determined to get students back on campus for the fall because, well, that’s sort of the point of being in the Corps of Cadets.

They sacrificed some traditions — no parades, for instance — and limited off-campus leave. Cadets divide their time between in-person and virtual instruction, and they are subject to weekly, random COVID testing. And, because it could, the college made masks a mandatory part of cadet uniforms.

The college learned a lot about containing the virus over the summer when the Marine Corps used the campus as a staging area for new recruits headed to Parris Island. Ultimately, The Citadel spent months preaching a pretty simple suggestion that many others can’t seem to get through their heads.

“If you follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, they work,” Dorrian says.

If only everyone employed such common sense.

Unlike some people, the Corps of Cadets (to use another military term) has “embraced the suck.” They know this isn’t an ideal situation, but they’re doing what has to be done to remain on campus and maintain some semblance of normal.

There’s a lesson there.

A number of local businesses have shown that same fighting spirit. Last week, at a virtual version of its annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon, Charleston County’s Economic Development Department saluted some local businesses that have responded to this crisis like patriots.

Brackish, the company that makes those snazzy bow ties, and Kate McDonald Bridal, which makes wedding gowns, put their seamstresses to work making face masks for front-line health care workers at the beginning of the pandemic (when those were in short supply).

Extremiti3D made face masks and anti-fogging face shields for nonmedical use. The Bourne Group made face shields for health care workers. And Multiplastics not only made face shields, but clear dividers and partitions for schools, churches and businesses around the state.

Summit Worx reconfigured its manufacturing operations to make air purifying respirators for FEMA, which sent them to hospitals dealing with the worst coronavirus outbreaks.

You may remember High Wire Distilling, in collaboration with Palmetto Brewing, manufactured sanitizer when there was a shortage early in the pandemic. Turns out they distributed more than 5,000 gallons of sanitizer to fire stations, shelters and charities. And Life Industries Corporation manufactured FDA- and CDC-approved sanitizer for those who couldn’t use alcohol-based sanitizers.

Finally, Limehouse Produce donated 1,200 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Lowcountry Food Bank in the early weeks of the pandemic, and has since worked with local hospitals to feed people who need it most.

Steve Dykes, the county’s executive director of economic development, says these companies are nothing short of inspiring, a credit to the county.

“Our businesses and community came together to respond to challenging circumstances, drawing upon the resiliency, generosity and grit that have always been at the core of this region,” Dykes says.

And that brings us back to a lesson that Dorrian says The Citadel has taught its entire campus: “It’s really not about you, it’s about everybody else.”

If only that sentiment spread as easily as the virus.

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Pipes & Drums: Three presidents ponder the pandemic https://today.citadel.edu/pipes-drums-three-presidents-ponder-the-pandemic/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21501 The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performing as America's Band 2015 at the Royal Edinburgh Military TattooThe Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performing as America's Band 2015 at the Royal Edinburgh Military TattooJim Dillahey,'01, leads the world’s largest piping and drumming organization, is an accomplished piper and a full-time teacher of piping at The Citadel.]]> The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performing as America's Band 2015 at the Royal Edinburgh Military TattooThe Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performing as America's Band 2015 at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

As seen on PipesDrums.com

Photo above: The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes performing as America’s Band 2015 at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Note: Samuel “Jim” Dillahey is a member of The Citadel Class of 2001. He returned to his alma mater to become the director of The Citadel Pipe Band in 2003. Under Dillahey’s leadership, the Pipe Band has earned numerous awards, distinctions, and multiple invitations for The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes to perform in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as the sole representative of the United States of America.

The coronavirus has turned the piping and drumming world upside down. Without pipe band competitions, associations have had to rethink their mandate, and those that have been slow or unable to react will inevitably see the members they used to count on to renew their fees year after year ask tough questions.

But rather than fold up and wait for a return to the past, some associations have actually seized on the situation as an opportunity to reassess, rediscover and reinvent their role and mandate.

Three of those are the British Columbia Pipers Association, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and the Midwest Pipe Band Association. All based in North America, and covering massive geographies, they’ve been present for their members more as a partner in piping and drumming than strictly a pipe band competition machine.

There are others, but these three groups have put a strong emphasis on communication and transparency. We might be able to learn a few things from their leaders on what has worked for their organizations and possible new approaches for the future.

Graham Davidson

Graham Davidson has only recently taken over as president of the British Columbia Pipers Association. For many years the pipe-major of the Grade 3 Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band of Vancouver until 2016, Davidson is a prolific piping teacher. He succeeded Rob MacNeil in the top post with the BCPA, and Davidson gives great credit to his predecessor and others for guiding the association through the first phase of the pandemic.

Citadel Pipe Band director Jim Dillahey
Citadel Pipe Band director Jim Dillahey

As president of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, Jim Dillahey leads the world’s largest piping and drumming organization both by the number of members and the massive geography it represents. He’s an accomplished piper and a full-time teacher of piping at The Citadel, The Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as being an active playing member of the Grade 1 City of Dunedin Pipe Band of Florida.

Jim Sim

Jim Sim is the president of the Midwest Pipe Band Association, a position he’s held for more than a decade. He’s one of the most accomplished pipe band drummers to come out of the United States, for many years the lead-drummer of Midlothian Scottish of Chicago, a band that reached Grade 1, and was forever a stalwart of Grade 2.

In this two-part video interview, we discuss the challenges and rewards that come with leading their associations. Converting to online methods, keeping players engaged, testing out new methods in a time of incredible change, and the need to be financially stable in a time of crisis are just a few of the topics covered.

We learned a lot from the conversation, and we hope you will, too.

Part one

Part two

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Citadel Class of 2021 Commencement information and speakers https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-class-of-2021-commencement-information-and-speakers/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:17:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21513 South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsThe college is laying the groundwork for in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 graduates.]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, CadetsSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation, Corps, Cadets

Photo above: The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 Commencement

Update on Feb. 15, 2021

Corps of Cadets and Veteran/Active Duty Students ceremonies:

  • Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Cadets will be assigned to a ceremony based on their company
  • Veteran students will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony with cadets

Citadel Graduate College ceremonies:

  • Sunday, May 9 at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony according to their degree

Original article below

This May, approximately 1,000 cadets and Citadel Graduate College students will graduate from The Citadel. The college is laying the groundwork for in-person Commencement ceremonies for both groups. Additionally, the speakers for the ceremonies are prepared to address cadets, students and their guests in person. Each graduate will be provided with electronic tickets for a limited number of guests, as the college anticipates the need for continued social distancing.

“We surveyed last year’s graduates to ask what the two most important factors of Commencement were to them. Overwhelmingly the answers were to graduate alongside their classmates and to have their parents/family present,” said The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters. “This year, with more time to plan than we had last spring, we are thrilled to be able to make that happen.”

Current plans call for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC) Class of 2021 to be divided into two groups for two separate, on-campus ceremonies that will be held on Saturday, May 8 in McAlister Field House.

The Citadel Graduate College students will also be divided into two segments for two ceremonies in McAlister Field House. Those events will take place on Sunday, May 9.

Only clear bags will be allowed inside the stadium; metal detection and scanning walk-through entrances will be in place.

The ceremonies will all be livestreamed for extended family members, as well as those unable to attend in person due to pandemic-related conditions or an inability to travel.

“We expect that about 60 days before graduation weekend we can provide finalized details based on the evolution of the pandemic. That is when we’ll know if other commencement-related activities, such as the Long Gray Line parade and awards ceremonies, can be held.” said Kevin Bower, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic Operations and Civil Engineering professor.

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2021 commencement speaker

The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Captain Eugene “Geno” Paluso, USN (Ret.), ’89, will address the SCCC Class of 2021. Paluso will retire from the position of commandant on June 30, 2021.

Paluso was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He attended college at The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1989. He began his military career in the Navy after being commissioned an ensign upon graduation and reported for duty as a student at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California where he graduated with Class 164 in 1990. He went on to serve as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer for more than 25 years. He retired from the Navy in July 2014, joining his alma mater as Commandant of Cadets.

During his career, Paluso held leadership roles commanding special operations forces in the Balkans, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has led men and women in combat at all levels. Paluso has a Master’s of Military Science from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy Resourcing from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Commendation Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as numerous other service awards and commendations.

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 Commencement Speaker

Norman Seabrooks, The Citadel Class of 1973, will address The Citadel Graduate College’s graduates. Seabrooks returned to campus to speak to cadets in 2010 about how his Citadel experience shaped and motivated him to succeed in his career; now he will return once again to speak about The Citadel and his career experiences.

Seabrooks was the first African American to play football for the Bulldogs. He entered The Citadel at a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. The Vietnam War raged on in Southeast Asia while anti-war protests caused unrest at home, and the Civil Rights movement experienced some of its darkest moments with the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the South, the civil rights movement was marked by violence, unrest and the struggle for equal rights. At The Citadel, African American students also struggled at what was then an all-male and predominantly white military college in the South.

The first African American cadet, Charles Foster, graduated in 1970, — one year before Seabrooks enrolled. Amid the challenges of the times, Seabrooks distinguished himself on the gridiron. A three-year starter on the football team he earned first-team All-Southern Conference recognition in 1972 and he served as team co-captain while playing for coach Red Parker. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. A Dean’s List history major who obtained the rank of cadet first lieutenant, Seabrooks graduated in 1973 and went on to a successful career in the health insurance industry with Aetna Inc., where he was Pacific Northwest Market President for the company. He retired as one of the top 100 employees at the Fortune 500 company with 35,000 employees.

Seabrooks grew up in Pahokee, Florida. He lives in Seattle. 

Personal graduation page for each member of The Class of 2021

A popular feature the college provided for graduates in 2020 will also be provided to the Class of 2021.

Just before graduation weekend, every graduate can log on to a commencement website to view their own graduation page, created just for them. The graduates can share their pages easily on social media platforms. Some of the features will include a photo, video and messaging center for loved ones to share their congratulations, plus a recording of the ceremony to watch at will. Details on how to upload videos and greetings will be shared at a future date.

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Behind the Scenes: 1989 grad talks planning at the CDC https://today.citadel.edu/behind-the-scenes-1989-grad-talks-planning-at-the-cdc/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:36:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21493 It’s been a little over a year since the novel coronavirus first hit the radar of CDC employee Bill Howard, Class of 1989.]]>

It’s been a little over a year since the novel coronavirus first hit Bill Howard’s radar, and life has changed dramatically in those 12 months. The 1989 graduate no longer makes the 40-mile commute through Atlanta traffic to his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead, he grabs a cup of coffee from his kitchen and heads to work in an office he’s set up in his home in Locust Grove, Georgia. He doesn’t miss the commute, but he does miss the office camaraderie and the ease of dropping in on a colleague to discuss a project. Now, a phone call, a Zoom meeting, an email or a text has to suffice.

“Part of what we normally do for a response,” said Howard, a team leader for preparedness exercises, “is come together to the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center and provide an agency-wide coordinated response to the public health threat, in this case, COVID-19.” 

After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government adopted the National Incident Management System in 2004 to facilitate coordination among all levels of government. The CDC uses NIMS to create public health plans for responding to incidents—incidents such as the coronavirus. After serving in field artillery branch of the U.S. Army, where he coordinated complex, multinational preparedness exercises, Howard joined the CDC in 2012, and the job was a perfect fit.

“At the CDC, we’ve increased our public health response capacity to give public health professionals the ability to distribute guidance, to deploy rapidly to locations upon request, to help augment, support and provide subject matter expertise to a local jurisdiction or a state, and to coordinate and communicate with numerous key stakeholders at all levels of government,” said Howard.

As an emergency management specialist, Howard helps CDC public health professionals maximize their response by using incident management structure to create task forces focused on epidemiology, laboratory, state coordination, at-risk populations, and worker safety and health.

Five years ago, long before Zoom became a commonplace virtual meeting platform in offices and households everywhere, Howard brought Zoom to the CDC to conduct virtual preparedness exercises across the nation. And long before the arrival of the novel coronavirus, Howard and his colleagues were conducting pandemic emergency exercises, which included difficult scenarios involving potential school closures. Last spring, when Ohio Governor Mike DeWine became the first to shut down schools statewide, Howard and his crew saw their pandemic planning coming to fruition. 

“It was amazing, and the closings spread like wildfire,” said Howard. “And while it created challenges for schools, parents and employers, everybody knew that’s what had to happen.”

Howard grew up in Bradenton, Florida. His father, also named Bill, is a 1961 graduate. As a high school student, Howard knew he did not want to be on the six-year plan, like some of his friends who were attending Florida colleges, and The Citadel’s compulsory evening study period appealed to him. “I liked the fact that there was a focused time for your academics,” said Howard, “which is the main reason you’re in college.”

After a 20-year career in the Army in planning, the CDC job was, according to Howard, “God’s plan, because he always laughs at mine.”

Not long after Howard arrived at the CDC, back pain sufferers in the United States who had been treated with a contaminated epidural steroid were coming down with fungal meningitis. The contamination occurred at a compounding pharmacy, and because of the CDC’s swift response, the threat was contained. 

Polio eradication has been an ongoing effort of the CDC, and when Howard first arrived, there were three countries in the world where wild polio* remained endemic—Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This fall, thanks to the CDC’s efforts and international partners, Nigeria was declared to be wild polio free. 

Perhaps still part of God’s plan for him, Howard’s experience combating epidemics across the globe was suddenly put to use in the U.S. last January, as the novel coronavirus spread across the nation. He never expected all those years of readiness exercises and planning for public health crises would prove invaluable so close to home, but he and his CDC colleagues were ready to spring into action.

“Even though this coronavirus is totally new to scientists, discovered little more than a year ago,” said Howard, “I have peace of mind knowing that the United States has such a wealth of dedicated, intellectual public health experts working hard every day to draw us out of this unprecedented pandemic.”

*Note: Wild polio is naturally occurring polio. A weakened strain of poliovirus, which was included in the initial oral polio vaccine, led to vaccine-derived polio. For additional information, see the CDC’s page on Vaccine-derived Poliovirus.

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A message from the President of The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/a-message-from-the-president-of-the-citadel-2/ Tue, 12 Jan 2021 17:40:19 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21415 General Glenn Walters Citadel Graduate College AddressGeneral Glenn Walters Citadel Graduate College AddressWe must rededicate ourselves to the effective measures taken last semester, and continue to adapt and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.]]> General Glenn Walters Citadel Graduate College AddressGeneral Glenn Walters Citadel Graduate College Address

Citadel Family, Happy New Year! I hope this finds everyone well after an enjoyable holiday.

I am proud of all we accomplished as a community first semester, coming together and taking care of each other to complete the semester on campus. It is a significant achievement—it reflects who we are as an institution, and I hope you are proud too.

As we move forward, it’s important we share a common understanding of the national situation. While we are encouraged by the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines, there is a long way to go before we can declare victory. Unfortunately, the pandemic intensified significantly over the holidays, both locally and nationally, setting records for new cases and hospitalizations. We must rededicate ourselves to the effective measures taken last semester, and continue to adapt and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic.

In July and August, we established a baseline of health and safety among our campus population. We conducted testing, identified people who were COVID positive and their close contacts, and quarantined where needed.  We developed, implemented, and refined protocols to limit the virus. We learned critical lessons for this coming term, and we will continue to closely monitor our campus community and make refinements as circumstances dictate.

I am confident we can do this together!

We’ve begun testing for faculty and staff so anyone impacted can quarantine before classes begin. When cadets return, they will be tested immediately, and remain on campus for a period to establish a safe, healthy environment for the Corps. Their close living quarters dictate we start strong, since we can expect several were exposed to the virus over the holidays and may be asymptomatic carriers. We strongly encourage students, employees, and contractors to take advantage of free testing on campus, and those efforts are ongoing.

In addition, we will temporarily limit visitors to campus during this period to those with official business, and we will cancel or restrict public attendance at non-essential events from January 13 to 29. This is a new measure and not one we take lightly.  We are proud of our campus, love visitors, and hosting events. Establishing a baseline of health and safety on campus has proven a winning strategy and the recent surge makes this measure appropriate.

We ask everyone to spread the word and comply with these important temporary safety measures.

We all are suffering from COVID lifestyle fatigue to varying degrees, but the end of this pandemic is near. Vaccinations have begun for healthcare workers, and we will do everything we can to plan and position our campus community to get everyone vaccinated as expeditiously as possible.

Like you, I look forward to the day when we begin rolling back these measures impacting life at The Citadel. It will happen, and we will celebrate our achievements together.

Semper Fi and Go Dogs!

Glenn M. Walters ‘79
General, USMC (Retired)
President of The Citadel

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COVID-19 guidance to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets – January 6, 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/covid-19-guidance-to-the-south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-january-6-2021/ Mon, 11 Jan 2021 19:06:12 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21369 It is everyone's responsibility to protect one another and do the right thing. ]]>

The following is an addendum to the Blue Book and the White Book and outlines the change in policies and procedures for South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC) operations in the COVID-19 environment. These policies and procedures are a continuation of the TEMPORARY measures from the Fall 2020 semester and will remain in effect until conditions change, allowing for normal operations. These additional measures and guidance are to facilitate the health, safety and well-being of the SCCC, employees and Citadel family members. All previous exceptions to this policy are rescinded until further notice.

The following measures are a direct order from the Commandant of Cadets effectively immediately:

Academics

  • Cadets are required to wear the uniform of the day while attending all classes to include online classes.
  • Cadets are required to keep the video function of their devices turned “on” when attending classes online so the professor may confirm they are in attendance for the entire class. Rules for class absences and late arrivals apply to both online and in-person class gatherings.
  • Cadets who have a requirement to participate in a class online instead of their scheduled face-to-face timeslot will be required to inform their TAC and get written approval from their professor.
  • The only authorized spaces for taking online classes and ESP are your own room, Daniel Library, classrooms, conference rooms and labs. Locker Rooms, Team Rooms, outside bleachers, outside fields/facilities are not authorized ESP and online class spaces.

Uniform

  • Adherence to wearing face masks and social distancing for each event on the training schedule is required. General rule: if in doubt, wear your face mask and stay 6 feet apart.
  • Four new face masks will be issued to each cadet. Personal face masks are permitted if they meet these requirements: Solid black with no distinctive patterns, embroidery, designs, or other markings, and must fit around the head and ears.
  • “Gaiters” and bandanas are not authorized. Only face masks covering the mouth and nose are authorized.
  • Face masks will be worn at all times when outside your barracks room, unless otherwise directed on the Training Schedule, or during physical training activities. Facemasks will be worn covering both the nose and mouth.
  • Face masks will be worn with every Citadel uniform, on and off campus. Cadets will follow all federal, state, and local guidance and ordinances at all times when off campus.

Barracks

  • Cadets will not, without specific authorization or prior approval in Fall 2020, from a TAC Officer/NCO or Commandant’s department staff member enter another barracks that they do not live in. Guards will challenge all cadets entering, ensuring they are assigned to that barracks, and will turn away anyone without specific authorization to enter. There are no other visitors authorized in the barracks without permission, or coordination with the Commandant’s Office.
  • Cadets will not enter another cadet’s room, unless given specific authorization by the Company Commander or TAC. Cadets requiring access to a room for official business will direct cadets occupying the room exit the room and remain on the galleries until official business is complete (MRl’s, etc.).
  • Cadets will be issued a thermometer and will check and record their temperatures twice daily (mornings after waking up and evenings before going to bed). Company Commanders will designate members of their chain of command to enforce compliance, and check individual cadet records. If a cadet has a temperature of greater than 100.4, they will report that to their chain of command and TAC, and will report to the Infirmary for further evaluation.
  • During periods of restricted leave, cadets will remain on campus and must have Special Leave or Special Orders to depart campus (i.e. internships, nursing clinics, funerals, weddings, etc…). During periods of restricted leave, visitors will be restricted as well.
  • Tours and restrictions will be conducted in each battalion. Cons will be served in the restricted cadet’s room and be checked by the BDO.
  • Some privileges such as company boards and seniors breaking down their rooms are suspended until normal operations recommence and permanent company/room assignments are made.

Mess Hall

  • Cadets will have assigned times, as part of their class schedule, for the Mess Hall. The mess hall will have the same operating procedures as the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Social distance will be maintained at all times in the mess hall and there will be no more than 6 cadets per table.
  • It is incumbent everyone follows rules on timeslots, entry/exit, food service, and seating. Following these directions will allow staff to serve you quickly, allow adequate time to  eat, and subsequent disinfection  before the next group enters.

Leave policy

  • A weekly assessment of the conditions on and off campus will determine the General Leave, Special Leave and Special Orders approvals.
  • Beginning 13 January 2021, in order to allow for the safe return and training of the SCCC, there is no General Leave during the first two weeks of classes. Special Leave and Special Orders will be granted for point-to-point, departure and return events with no deviations in travel authorized.

Physical training activities

  • Cadets are required to adhere to the guidelines and protocols set by the Deas Hall staff.
  • Cadets will not conduct unorganized or unofficial group physical activity, activities that are not socially distanced, or engage in physical activities that could risk spreading the COVID-19 virus anywhere on campus.
  • Cadets are not authorized to conduct physical training or activities off campus during times of restricted leave.

The policies and procedures outlined in the memorandum will remain in effect until conditions· allow for deviations. Strict enforcement of these  policies and procedures  are the responsibility of every member of the Citadel community. 

It is everyone’s responsibility to  protect one another and do the right thing. We all need to remain disciplined in our approach to the changes that this pandemic have forced us into. Remaining  positive, having a great attitude, being a great classmate, company mate and displaying the best positive leadership we all can will be the keys to our success. This effort is the ultimate team effort and taking care of your teammates by being proactive rather than reactive will be crucial for our success. Taking care of each other by communicating and recognizing  issues, personal  or organizational, are more important  now than ever. This pandemic has put a physical, emotional, financial and mental strain on everyone. It is our job as leaders, regardless of rank to say something if you see something, no matter how small or trivial.

E. F. Paluso
CAPT, USN (Ret)
Commandant of Cadets

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General Walters and senior leadership to provide updates for spring return

Citadel Faculty and Staff:

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall at 1330 Wednesday 6 January 2021.  The senior leadership team and I will update everyone on how we’re doing, particularly with our COVID-19 response, and our plans moving ahead.

We will gather virtually via Zoom.  You can use the below link, or gather (limited by space and social distancing of course!) in Jenkins Hall Auditorium to participate.  If you are unable to participate real-time, we will provide a link to the recorded session afterwards.

I hope everyone had a restful and healthy break, and is as excited as I am about the coming semester.  I look forward to updating everyone and fielding your questions.

Best Regards,
Glenn M. Walters ‘79
President
The Citadel

Please check your Citadel email for the Zoom link.

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Tis the season: cadets share holiday thoughts and traditions https://today.citadel.edu/tis-the-season-cadets-share-holiday-thoughts-and-traditions/ Sat, 19 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21150 Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019When you are kind, when you treat people with respect and show that you care about them, it goes a very long way.]]> Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

Photo above: Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

By Cadet Samantha Walton, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Cadet Samantha Walton

I’m Samantha Walton. I am a junior, the Regimental Public Affairs NCO for the 2020-21 academic year, and am majoring in Political Science.

I am home in Macon, Georgia with my family for the our Winter Furlough from campus.

Christmas is a very important time for me as a Christian, as an individual, and as a member of The Citadel Gospel Choir.

I also appreciate the differences of my fellow students in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. We don’t all see this season in the same way.

As part of my role as Regimental Public Affairs NCO I work to keep cadets connected through communications and stories. This time, I asked a few cadets to share their thoughts about the holiday season after we all left campus for the break. This is what they emailed back to me.

Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu

Junior, Construction Engineering Major
Taiwan

Favorite holiday song?
My favorite holiday song is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” because it is very jolly.

A tradition you cherish?
In Taiwan, most people don’t really celebrate Christmas as our holiday, but we do occasionally exchange gifts for fun and sharing joy.

Fondest holiday memory?
I remember when I was little, my dad came home very late once on Christmas eve, dressed up as Santa Claus, and gave me and my brothers presents. This was a special memory because we really didn’t normally celebrate Christmas. And last year I took an amazing trip to Austria.

Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019
Citadel Cadet Pei Hsuan Lu, on winter furlough in Austria in 2019

Looking forward to?
I look forward to the decorations everywhere when in America with my host family. It is so magical to see all the lights, Christmas trees, and decorations everywhere you go. Additionally, I was looking forward to going home to Taiwan, but due to COVID-19 I am staying with my host family.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
I am helping my host family move to a new home, gathering things and delivering them for donations, and packing up.

Religious traditions?
I am not religious.

On your wish list?
A Netflix marathon!


Cadet Natalie Stewart, USMC contract

Sophomore, Psychology Major
Las Vegas, Nevada

Cadet Natalie Stewart’s Christmas tree and family dog

Favorite holiday song?
Happy Christmas by John Lennon

A tradition you cherish?
On Christmas my mom, sister and I sit in the living room together and share lots of love. We eat cookies, wear fuzzy pajamas, and spend time together.

Fondest holiday memory?
My fondest holiday memory is when I came home for Winter Furlough from my knob year. I hadn’t seen my family since I left for matriculation, since they live so far away. I remember coming home to my mom and sister, and I felt an immense rush of joy when they hugged me. 

This year we are taking extra precautions to keep my grandparents safe and ordering our gifts all online.

Looking forward to?
I am looking forward to relaxing and spending lots of time with my family and dogs. Since there isn’t much to do with COVID-19 regulations, we will all be home together this Christmas. I hope to make some cookies with my sister! 

Religious traditions?
My family isn’t a specific religion, but we always express the importance of spreading kindness and acceptance in the world. 

On your wish list?
I asked for a new pair of glasses and a watch. I’ll be going into 2021 with 20/20 vision – ha!

Band Company cadet Natalie Stewart prepares supplies before knob arrivals during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
I think the first thing we can do as individuals is spread kindness and love (especially in times like these). For those who are able, there are programs you can reach out to, where you can help others in need. Having open arms (6ft away of course) and recognizing each other’s individual needs can go a long way.

I went through my closet the other day, and I posted what I gathered on my neighborhood page. I was glad I found some people my age who were in need of some clothes. We also got in touch with a local church, where you can “adopt a family” and it allows you to help out a family in need. 

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love” – Anonymous (Buddhist quote)

Jaret Sean Price

Junior, Exercise Science Major
Aiken, South Carolina

Favorite holiday song?
Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

A tradition you cherish?
A tradition that I cherish is that every Christmas Eve after dinner my brother, sister, and I each open an ornament given to us by my Mom and Dad to hang on the family Christmas tree. This was something my Mom did as a little girl with her parents and carried it over when I was born. I hope one day I can continue this family tradition when I have children of my own.

Fondest holiday memory?
I don’t really have a fondest holiday memory. I just enjoy being home with my family and living in the “now.” Every Christmas leaves me with a new memory, and if I were asked what I remember from a certain Christmas then I’d be able to answer with a smile.

Looking forward to?
Each year I look forward to coming home from The Citadel for Winter Furlough and walking into the house to see that my parents have put up all 25 Christmas trees. Each Christmas tree, of course, has its own theme.

The COVID-19 pandemic really isn’t changing how we celebrate the holidays. We’re wearing masks, but still celebrating.

Religious traditions?
We put up my great-grandfathers manger and Nativity Scene that he built and the figurines my great-grandmother painted.

On your wish list?
Not much, just some clothes and little things.

Caring for others in this challenging time?
Every Christmas season we do a sweep of clothes that we don’t wear anymore or that are too small on my younger siblings. Those clothes are collected and are taken to the local Goodwill for people who will need them.

When you are kind, when you treat people with respect and show that you care about them, it goes a very long way. As a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets I remember people who were kind and caring towards me, who took the time out of their day to check on me. That is someone I want to be, something that I don’t ever want to steer away from; and I truly believe that all Cadets are capable to doing this.

Freshmen on Matriculation Day 2020

James Hayes III
Freshman, Civil Engineering Major
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Favorite holiday song?
“This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway. We always play this song during the Christmas season.

A tradition you cherish?
A tradition I cherish is when my family goes to my grandparents’ house. We all go there and eat good food, open gifts, and have great fellowship. It’s something I look forward to every year. Unfortunately with the pandemic I don’t think we can all go be with my grandparents.

Fondest holiday memory?
My grandma’s sweet potato pie. It’s a staple during the holiday season

Looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also like to fish so I’m looking forward to that as well.

I am also looking forward to going back to campus in January, but I hope we can have more interaction with our peers, though I know the restrictions were meant to keep us from getting COVID-19. I really enjoyed the battalion cookout we had before we left for furlough. I think doing more of those throughout the year would help a lot.

On your wish list?
I would like to get a guitar and keyboard piano because I started practicing on those instruments this past semester at The Citadel. 

Caring for others in this challenging time?
We are getting gifts for people at the homeless shelters. We are also taking some of our extra clothes and jackets there for people to use this winter.

Candles line the aisle at The Citadel Christmas Candlelight services
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