Featured – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 09 May 2022 18:13:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Featured – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel nears victory in raising $200,000 for full scholarships to Ukrainian citizens https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-nears-victory-in-raising-200000-for-full-scholarships-to-ukrainian-citizens/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:13:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32170 As some parts of the world celebrate Victory Day, The Citadel community remains committed to supporting the pillars of democracy across the globe. In less than one week, The Citadel]]>

As some parts of the world celebrate Victory Day, The Citadel community remains committed to supporting the pillars of democracy across the globe.

In less than one week, The Citadel is more than 80% of the way to funding the $200,000 which will be used to provide Citadel educations to two Ukrainian citizens affected by the Russian invasion — and there is still time to give.

“As Russia celebrates Victory Day, we here at The Citadel are looking forward to celebrating our own victory day very soon,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “Through the generous donations from members and friends of The Citadel Family, we have nearly completed the challenge of raising $100,000. Once met, that number will be doubled and invested in the future leaders of Ukraine.”

Walters announced an anonymous donor’s matching gift to The Citadel Support for Ukraine Scholarship on May 3 — The Citadel Foundation’s fifth annual Giving Day.

Since then, donors have stepped forward to pledge more than $80,000 towards that effort.

“It will be an important day when we reach our fundraising goal,” Walters continued. “But what will be an even more important day is August 13, when two Ukrainian citizens step foot on campus to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Coincidentally, these two Ukrainian cadets will also celebrate their nation’s independence day on August 24, just 11 days after beginning their education at The Citadel.”

In April, the college announced that it would offer two scholarships — covering full tuition, room, board and fees — to Ukrainian citizens affected by the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian citizens interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Dr. Kelly Brennan, associate provost of enrollment management, by email at admissions@citadel.edu.

The Citadel has committed to funding these scholarships. However, gifting is available to anyone wishing to support the effort or potentially allow for the scholarship to be expanded.

To make a gift to The Citadel Support for Ukraine Scholarship through The Citadel Foundation, click here.

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Honoring America’s newest military leaders https://today.citadel.edu/honoring-americas-newest-military-leaders/ Fri, 06 May 2022 17:19:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32036 A wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning CeremonyA wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony"The Citadel sets you apart from your future competition in life."]]> A wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning CeremonyA wide shot of McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus during the Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony

The Citadel Class of 2022 cadets and students sworn in as officers in the United States Armed Forces

The United States has 180 new officers, members of The Citadel Class of 2022. The cadets and students were sworn in Friday, May 6, during a joint commissioning ceremony on campus in McAlister Field House, joined by their friends and family.

Among the cadets accepting commissions were The Citadel’s first U.S. Space Force officers, Conor William Deans and Jack O. Schwartz. Three cadets will be serving their country in the military as nurses. Many of the new officers will serve in cybersecurity, intelligence, as aviators or unmanned aircraft systems operators, as engineers, in nuclear operations, as combat, and surface warfare officers and in a variety of other military leadership roles.

The Citadel truly does make you a better individual. It teaches you lessons you would not be able to learn anywhere else. Discipline, pride in self, humility and dedication are just a few of the things that are developed in young individuals who take on the challenge that is The Citadel. It creates a solid foundation for the future by challenging cadets to be the best version of themselves.

2nd Lt. Angelea Lance, USA, Military Intelligence, The Citadel Class of 2022, from Flower Mound, Texas
Brig. Gen. David L. Odom, USMC, The Citadel Class of 1991, Commissioning Officer for The Citadel Class of 2022 Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony

By the numbers

The Citadel Class of 2022 new military officers include:

Air Force/Space Force20
Army 122
Marine Corps16
Navy22

2nd Lt. Steven Reisinger, USMC, from Millerstown, Pennsylvania, is heading to Quantico, Virginia. He will serve as a cybersecurity officer.

The Citadel sets you apart from your future competition in life. The interpersonal skills and morals you receive from your time here transform you into the kind of leader this country so desperately needs. And the friends you make here become family for life.

2nd Lt. Steven Reisinger, USMC, cybersecurity, The Citadel Class of 2022, from Millerstown, Pennsylvania

Watch a recording of The Citadel Class of 2022 Joint Commissioning Ceremony here.

Who they are

AbelLoganArmy Commissionee
AdamsDanielNavy Commissionee
AlejandroJuanArmy Commissionee
BainumErrettAir Force Commissionee
BealJasonAir Force Commissionee
BechtoldThomasArmy Commissionee
BinstockJaydonArmy Commissionee
BlaseChristianArmy Commissionee
BlaseJacksonArmy Commissionee
BohmConchettaArmy Commissionee
BossianJaydenMarine Commissionee
BradyAidanArmy Commissionee
BurkeColeArmy Commissionee
ButtleAustinNavy Commissionee
CampbellDavidArmy Commissionee
CardenteThorinNavy Commissionee
CarnesBrentonArmy Commissionee
CaseyWilliamArmy Commissionee
CerviJosephArmy Commissionee
ChristmasKathrynAir Force Commissionee
ClementRobertNavy Commissionee
ClohertySeanMarine Commissionee
CollazoSebastianNavy Commissionee
CongdonHunterArmy Commissionee
ConnerGrantArmy Commissionee
CookeJohnArmy Commissionee
CostelloSeanArmy Commissionee
CrawfordGavinArmy Commissionee
CribbJonathanMarine Commissionee
CrokerBenjaminArmy Commissionee
DaningerAaronAir Force Commissionee
DavisKalebNavy Commissionee
DeansConorSpace Force
DeazaOdalysArmy Commissionee
DesmoreJoshuaArmy Commissionee
DeveauKatlynArmy Commissionee
DiLiddoKyleArmy Commissionee
DiPaoloMitchellArmy Commissionee
DowningRyanArmy Commissionee
DrozeClarenceArmy Commissionee
DukesJacobArmy Commissionee
DulatIlyarNavy Commissionee
DulinMichaelArmy Commissionee
DupreeKyleArmy Commissionee
DuranFreddyArmy Commissionee
DureskyJacobAir Force Commissionee
DurhamDakotaMarine Commissionee
DysonWesleyArmy Commissionee
EafanoLukeAir Force Commissionee
EnglandZacharyMarine Commissionee
ErvinChaseAir Force Commissionee
ErvinSarahNavy Commissionee
FishEvanAir Force Commissionee
FloresIsabelArmy Commissionee
FolsomBrettAir Force Commissionee
FoustMatthewArmy Commissionee
GalindezJeanArmy Commissionee
GarmonDanielArmy Commissionee
GarwoodDallasArmy Commissionee
GasceyKeyshawnArmy Commissionee
GasqueGraysonNavy Commissionee
GerstenfeldSethArmy Commissionee
GhazalehDahrelAir Force Commissionee
GibbsJamesArmy Commissionee
GlecoCollinNavy Commissionee
GraettingerGarrettNavy Commissionee
GreenCodyMarine Commissionee
GriffinWilliamArmy Commissionee
GriffithCalebArmy Commissionee
GrnaNicholasArmy Commissionee
GuillermoSylvesterMarine Commissionee
HadleyRyanArmy Commissionee
HallTarynAir Force Commissionee
HamiltonTyMarine Commissionee
HarbaughJesseArmy Commissionee
HarperRyanMarine Commissionee
HartAlecArmy Commissionee
HearseyBryceMarine Commissionee
HerbertWilliamArmy Commissionee
HobbsWilliamArmy Commissionee
HolbrookMorganMarine Commissionee
HolcombeWilliamArmy Commissionee
HorvathMatthewAir Force Commissionee
HylandKalebArmy Commissionee
JacksonEthanArmy Commissionee
JacksonMalcolmArmy Commissionee
JeffcoatJamesAir Force Commissionee
JensenWilliamNavy Commissionee
JohnsonLaneAir Force Commissionee
JonesJohnArmy Commissionee
JudsonJoshuaArmy Commissionee
KerlegrandPrestonArmy Commissionee
KingRobertArmy Commissionee
KingmanGavinNavy Commissionee
KoethkeJacksonMarine Commissionee
KretzerKyleArmy Commissionee
LaRosaPaulArmy Commissionee
LanceAngeleaArmy Commissionee
LarsenJacobArmy Commissionee
LatimerEmoryArmy Commissionee
LaurencioChristopherArmy Commissionee
LawsonBrandonArmy Commissionee
LineweaverJonathanArmy Commissionee
LubangJosefinoArmy Commissionee
MaddenBanksArmy Commissionee
MakowskiMichealArmy Commissionee
MaloneyCollinArmy Commissionee
MarkusonBlakeArmy Commissionee
MartinCharlesMarine Commissionee
MartinHarrisonAir Force Commissionee
MaynardLukeNavy Commissionee
McBainDavidArmy Commissionee
McClainTristonArmy Commissionee
McCormickDavidArmy Commissionee
McGrathJohnArmy Commissionee
McNeillCurtisArmy Commissionee
MeetzeLukeArmy Commissionee
MichneJohnArmy Commissionee
MitchumBaileyArmy Commissionee
MordenChristopherArmy Commissionee
MotesLaurenArmy Commissionee
MoyerBrendanArmy Commissionee
NolanWilliamArmy Commissionee
NormanGrantArmy Commissionee
O’DeaDonovanArmy Commissionee
OelkersPaulNavy Commissionee
OlsenKamdenNavy Commissionee
Orozco-GarciaPabloArmy Commissionee
ParkNoahMarine Commissionee
ParkerBrandonArmy Commissionee
ParkhurstAndrewArmy Commissionee
PealGarrettNavy Commissionee
PeatrossJamesNavy Commissionee
PerezJustinArmy Commissionee
PerkinsEmilyNavy Commissionee
PhamKevinArmy Commissionee
PrathipatiAkhilArmy Commissionee
PriceJaretArmy Commissionee
PruittHayesNavy Commissionee
PuzzioAidanArmy Commissionee
Reyes TorresBrandleyArmy Commissionee
RhymerJonathonArmy Commissionee
RichardCameronNavy Commissionee
RobersonNicholasArmy Commissionee
RolandJosephNavy Commissionee
SchainblattJosiahAir Force Commissionee
SchwartzJackSpace Force Commissionee
SchwartzPhillipArmy Commissionee
SchwendAnthonyMarine Commissionee
SimoneJohnArmy Commissionee
SimunChristopherArmy Commissionee
SmithKyleNavy Commissionee
SordoLaurenArmy Commissionee
SpeerGrantArmy Commissionee
SpencerCodyArmy Commissionee
SpohnNicoleNavy Commissionee
StephensBenjaminMarine Commissionee
StoneNathanArmy Commissionee
StringerDavidMarine Commissionee
SwoffordDannyArmy Commissionee
TauntonJacobArmy Commissionee
TaylorBradyArmy Commissionee
TeemsHunterAir Force Commissionee
TimmermanLukeArmy Commissionee
TompkinsCharlesArmy Commissionee
TremblayKarrinaArmy Commissionee
Van SlykeJosephArmy Commissionee
VeraRogerArmy Commissionee
WalkerJeremyMarine Commissionee
WallBrianArmy Commissionee
WaltonSamanthaArmy Commissionee
WarnerWiltonArmy Commissionee
WeaverAziArmy Commissionee
WeaverMatthewNavy Commissionee
WelshCamNavy Commissionee
WeyerCharlesArmy Commissionee
WhitlockBenjaminArmy Commissionee
WillmanFinnArmy Commissionee
WilsonJonathanArmy Commissionee
WoodJeffreyArmy Commissionee
WoodsJoshuaArmy Commissionee
YoungbloodCooperArmy Commissionee
YtemJoseph BrandonAir Force Commissionee
ZeilstraJustinArmy Commissionee
ZiccarelloShannonArmy Commissionee
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The Citadel honors outstanding cadets and active duty students at 2022 awards convocation https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-honors-outstanding-cadets-and-active-duty-students-at-2022-awards-convocation/ Thu, 05 May 2022 22:47:35 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31982 The Citadel honors some of its best and brightest with more than 50 awards, celebrating achievements in academics, leadership and service.]]>

The Citadel honors some of its best and brightest with more than 50 awards, celebrating achievements in academics, leadership and service

One of the first major events during the commencement season at The Citadel is the annual awards convocation for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

On Thursday, May 5, the annual awards were presented to cadets and active duty students in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments.

The 2022 award recipients include:

Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence

Presented to the commissioning senior who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in all his or her academic coursework at The Citadel.

Jack Schwartz

Lt Gen John W. Rosa Award

Presented to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the Air Force core values of integrity, service and, excellence and who embodies the fighting spirit of the indomitable warrior-airman.

Lane Johnson

American Legion College Award

Presented to a senior cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of military leadership, discipline and citizenship. Key attributes of those chosen are service to others, dedication to values and honor to self and the country.

Grant Speer

Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Award

Presented to a senior cadet who best exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the college’s mission.

Aaron Daninger

Athletic Officer of the Year Award

Presented to the athletic officer who, in the opinion of fellow athletic officers, demonstrates outstanding leadership in the administration of unit athletics.

James Heustess

Intramural Athlete of the Year Award

Presented to cadets who have shown outstanding performance in intramural competition demonstrating athleticism, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. Battalion and company athletic officers nominate the recipients each year.

Male: Luke Meetze
Female: Merritt Reeves

Board of Visitors Trophy

Awarded annually to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college.

Foxtrot Company

Club Sport Captain of the Year

Presented to the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership both on and off the playing field. Club sports captains, along with battalion and company athletic officers, nominate the recipient each year.

William Gibson

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award

Presented to a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel’s athletic program and the Corps of Cadets. Members of the graduating class vote for the award recipient each year.

Mya Dollard

Russell Frierson, executive director of The Brigadier Foundation, presenting The Brigadier Foundation Award to Cadet Mya Dollard.

Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award

Presented annually to a senior cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet life and best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier.

Garrett Drew

Society of the Cincinnati Award

Presented annually to the cadet officer of the graduating class who has exemplified, to the highest degree, the best qualities of soldier and citizen which are characteristic of the patriots who fought to obtain American’s freedom and which the society is pledged to perpetuate.

Garett Summers

Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service

Presented to a member of The Honor Committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.

Rivers Benton

Walter B. Clark Award

Presented to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp. Members of The Citadel’s Army ROTC instructor group established the award in 1977 to honor Col. Walter Ballard Clark’s service in the military and at The Citadel. Clark, Citadel Class of 1951, was a professor of military science and commandant of cadets from 1974 to 1977.

Michael Dulin

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award

Presented annually to the graduating senior cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the armed forces.

Jaret Price

Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James Livingston, USMC (Ret.), presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award to Cadet Jaret Price.

Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Official United States Army Sword

Presented annually by the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills that the recipient has demonstrated during four years as a cadet.

Alec Hart

Todd L. Dorney Award

Presented annually in memory of Army Lt. Todd L. Dorney, a 1980 Citadel graduate. The sword goes to a senior under Army ROTC contract who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her class.

Ethan Taddy

Maj. Gen. James Grimsley Leadership Sword

Presented to the top junior ROTC cadet who performed the highest among their peers in academics while demonstrating superb physical fitness and outstanding training proficiency within the Palmetto Battalion.

Wilhelm Birkholz

William Porcher Dubose Award

Presented annually by the General Organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the first-honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose, a citizen soldier, first-honor graduate and ranking cadet in the Class of 1855.

Ashley Ruiz and Steven Jones

Capt. Ryan Hall Leadership Sword

Presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership. The recipient exemplifies the values and attributes of Hall, which include integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership and service before self. Hall, Citadel Class of 2004, was killed Feb. 18, 2012 while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The sword will be carried throughout the cadet’s senior year, until it is again passed on to another deserving Air Force cadet.

Arista Couture

Wade Hampton Saber

Presented annually by the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and made the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.

Kathryn Christmas

Commandant’s Leadership Excellence Award

Presented to a senior cadet for exceptional leadership with the largest impact on the Corps of Cadets. The recipient of this award embodies leadership by example in the barracks, across campus and in the classroom.

Garett Graettinger

Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award

Presented annually to the graduating senior cadet who was selected by classmates as showing the most tact, consideration and courtesy to fellow cadets.

Grant Speer

Hemingway Award

Presented to the senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960.

Brian Horn

Lt. Col. Leigh Hochreich Memorial Fund Award

Presented annually to a senior who best displays strong character, patriotism, love of fellow man, loyalty and devotion to The Citadel.

Joshua Babcock

Maj. William Marks Hutson Award

Presented annually at The Citadel to a junior cadet selected for outstanding leadership ability, academic standing and devotion to duty. The award is presented in memory of Maj. William M. Hutson, U.S. Air Force and Citadel Class of 1939, who was killed in service in World War II.

Thomas Blake Giles

Brig. Gen. James E. Mace Leadership Award

Presented annually to a senior cadet who will commission in the military and demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day-to-day running of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The cadet must exhibit unwavering love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards and service to fellow cadets. The award is named after a former commandant of cadets and 1963 Citadel graduate.

Grayson Gasque

Rep. Nancy Mace, ’99, presenting the Brig. Gen. James E. Mace Leadership Sword to Cadet Grayson Gasque.

Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword

Recognizes a cadet for leadership and dedication while a member of The Citadel Naval ROTC. The sword is presented in memory of 1st Lt. Dan Malcom Jr., Class of 2001, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq.

Jeremy Walker

John Zwemer presenting the Lt. Dan Malcom Jr. Memorial Sword to Cadet Jeremy Walker.

D.S. McAlister Cadet Activities Award

Presented annually to the senior cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the Department of Cadet Activities.

Aidan Brady

General Douglas MacArthur Cadet of the Year Award

Presented annually to the most outstanding cadets from the 12 colleges and universities comprising the Association of Military Colleges and Schools by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation.

Jeremy Walker

Cadet Medal of Merit Award

Presented by the adjutant general of South Carolina to an outstanding senior cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.

Angelea Lance

Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Gen. Charles P. Summerall Award

Presented to a senior cadet scheduled for commissioning in the military who has excelled in the ROTC program, leadership and the study of military history.

Collin Gleco

Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword

Presented to a graduating Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy Battalion leadership position, devoted his or her life to public service and is in the top 25 percent of his or her graduating class.

Grayson Gasque

Capt. H. Carl Josephson Sword

Presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Navy. The sword is awarded in recognition of superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years as a Citadel cadet.

OC Kyle Smith

Brig. Gen. William Lee Smith Sword

Presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. The sword recognizes superior academic and leadership skills demonstrated during four years at The Citadel.

Jayden Bossian

Naval Submarine League Award

Presented to the Navy ROTC cadet who excelled in academics and military performance and who is also the number one student who was selected to serve in the submarine community as a Naval officer.

OC Sarah Ervin

South Carolina Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots Award

Presented to the cadet who has best shown, through his or her superior historical scholarship, an exceptional understanding of and respect for the sacrifices of our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots.

Alexander Clark

Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award

Presented annually to a member of the Honor Committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel honor system.

Pablo Orozco

Ruben B. Pitts III Memorial Award

Given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts III, Class of 1963, to the junior cadet selected by his or her classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others.

Logan Redding

Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award

Presented to the graduating cadet who has contributed to the idea of teamwork, morale, and service to others at The Citadel and in the community.

Robert Clement

Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award

Presented to the winner of the annual cadet public speaking competition sponsored by The Citadel Oral Communications Lab. The award is named in honor of Smith, a 1947 graduate of The Citadel and chairperson emeritus of H.D. Smith & Co., one of the largest drug wholesale companies in the country.

John Acker

The Citadel Provost Sally Selden, Ph.D., presenting the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award to Cadet John Acker.

Special Forces Association Award of Excellence

Presented to a contracted freshman or sophomore cadet in one of the ROTC departments who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities and dedication to mission.

Vincent Massaro

Star of the West Medal

Presented to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. The award has been presented since 1886.

Sam Wilson

Widder Award

Recognizes the distinguished military student in the Army ROTC who has best exhibited the qualities of devotion to duty, exemplary conduct, military and academic excellence and unquestionable character. The award is presented annually in memory of Capt. David Widder, a 1959 Citadel graduate who was killed in Vietnam while serving in the Army.

Hunter Congdon

William G. Willard Jr. Award

Presented to a junior cadet selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty and service to The Citadel.

Thomas Blake Giles

Lila K. Whetstone Women in Leadership Excellence Award

Recognizes a young junior woman in the Corps of Cadets who excels in academics in fitness, serves the Corps of Cadets with courage and humility, is dedicated to helping others through community involvement and is actively engaged in the training and development of her fellow cadets.

Elissa Reckdenwald

Undergraduate of the Year Award

Presented to graduating seniors selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding majors in the school.

Rivers Benton

Col Charles E. Hirshey Award

Recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education. The award is named for Col. Charles Hirshey, Ph.D., who served as head of The Citadel’s Department of Education from 1969 to 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of the current Citadel Graduate College.

William Smith

Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award

Presented to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering. This year there are three recipients.

William Metts, Pei Hsuan Lu and James Gillam

Peter Gaillard Memorial Award

Recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet based on scholastic attainment, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities. The award is presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s electrical engineering department.

Eric Skinner

Leidos Courage Award

Presented to an upperclassman in the college’s National Security and Intelligence Program who demonstrates an act of courage, exhibits The Citadel’s core values, embodies the values and ethical character of a principled leader, exemplifies service before self in actions and deeds and serves as a role model in his or her academic and personal endeavors.

Ashley Ruiz

Francis Marion Cup

Presented to a graduating senior cadet who has done exemplary academic work in American history courses. The Rebecca Matte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors the award.

Benjamin Stephens

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award

Presented to the graduating senior in the school of humanities and social sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley Jr. Riley is a Citadel Class of 1964 graduate, 1968-1974 state legislator, 1975-2016 mayor of Charleston and current endowed chair of American government and public policy professor at The Citadel.

Keyshawn Gascey

Brian Madison Jones, Ph.D., dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, presenting the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award to Cadet Keyshawn Gascey.

Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award

Recognizes the superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the disciplines housed in Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics.

Shiloh Smiles

Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award

Presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.

Akhil Prathipati

Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins Jr. Award

Recognizes the veteran student at The Citadel who, like Falcon Black Hawkins Jr., demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership and sound judgment while always setting an example as a person of integrity. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958, was a dedicated U.S. district court judge for South Carolina and served as chief judge from 1990 to 1993.

David Adams

Golden Microphone Award

A special award presented to a cadet who worked as a narrator for dozens of parades and events throughout their time as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Shiloh Smiles

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Cadet Sam Wilson recognized as this year’s best-drilled cadet https://today.citadel.edu/cadet-sam-wilson-recognized-as-this-years-best-drilled-cadet/ Wed, 04 May 2022 20:43:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31972 Sam Wilson, a History major from Carlisle, Iowa, is currently the South Carolina Corps of Cadet’s best-drilled cadet.]]>

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

Freshman cadet wins 2022 Star of the West competition

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

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

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

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

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The Citadel announces $100,000 matching fundraiser to provide full scholarships to two Ukrainian citizens https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-announces-100000-matching-fundraiser-to-provide-full-scholarships-to-two-ukrainian-citizens/ Tue, 03 May 2022 17:45:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31955 "Fulfilling this challenge will provide a total of $200,000 to train two Ukrainian citizens as principled, Citadel leaders."]]>

As The Citadel prepares to send more than 600 newly graduated leaders into the world, it is also preparing to educate the next generation.

In the middle of The Citadel Foundation’s fifth annual Giving Day — a 24-hour effort to celebrate the Class of 2022 and raise funds for the college — an anonymous donor announced a $100,000 matching gift for The Citadel Support for Ukraine Scholarship.

The first $100,000 gifted towards the scholarship will be doubled by that donor.

The fundraising challenge was announced by The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

“To get us started I am making an additional gift of $5,000,” said Walters.

Though the effort began during the college’s annual Giving Day, those who would like to give may continue to do so after.

“Fulfilling this challenge will provide a total of $200,000 to train two Ukrainian citizens as principled, Citadel leaders,” Walters continued. “I ask for your help to support this effort and once again I invite you to join the march.”

In April, the college announced that it would offer two scholarships — covering full tuition, room, board and fees — to Ukrainian citizens affected by the Russian invasion.

The Citadel has committed to funding these scholarships. However, gifting is available to anyone wishing to support this effort or potentially allow for the scholarship to be expanded.

Ukrainian citizens interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Dr. Kelly Brennan, associate provost of enrollment management, by email at admissions@citadel.edu.

To make a gift to The Citadel Support for Ukraine Scholarship through The Citadel Foundation, click here.

For more information on Giving Day 2022, click here.

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New cadet club aims to establish parachute competition team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cadets Ryan Quinn and Mason Harwell preparing for to skydive.

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

Cadets who participated included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications for The Citadel Success Institute

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

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

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

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

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

To register for either session, click here.

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

Star of the West finals

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

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

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

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

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

Awards Convocation ceremony

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

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

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

Baccalaureate Service and Carillon Concert

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

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

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

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

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

Pinning ceremony for nursing graduates

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

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

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

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

Commencement awards ceremony hosted by The Citadel Graduate College

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

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

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

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

Joint Military Commissioning ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Gray Line parade

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

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

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

Corps of Cadets Commencement ceremonies

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Citadel Graduate College Commencement ceremonies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Annual South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Research Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

The Citadel STEAM Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Information for those attending in person or watching remotely on May 7

The Citadel will celebrate nearly 1,000 cadets and Citadel Graduate College students from the Class of 2022 during two traditional commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7.

More than 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will receive their diplomas during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Later that day, more than 450 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Both events will be held at McAlister Field House.

Estimated statistics for the Class of 2022 can be found at the bottom of this article.

Admiral James George Stavridis, USN (Ret.), 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and currently Vice Chairman, Global Affairs of the Carlyle Group, will serve as the speaker for the Corps of Cadets commencement. Claudius “Bud” Watts IV, ’83, Managing Partner of Meeting Street Capital and Chairman of the Board of CommScope, Inc., will address The Citadel Graduate College. Click here to learn more about each of these speakers.

Tickets, parking, security and overflow viewing on campus

Graduates participating in either commencement ceremony can request up to seven tickets through “Marching Order” beginning April 18 and will provide the tickets to their guests.

For those on campus who do not have a ticket to attend the SCCC ceremony inside McAlister Field House, The Citadel will be broadcasting a livestream of the entire commencement event in Bond Hall, Room 165. Bond Hall can be located on the college’s virtual map, at position number 50. . Tickets are not required to watch the ceremony in the Grimsley Hall locations, which are located on the first floor of that building. Please note that space availability is limited.

The doors to McAlister Field House will open for guests at 7:30 a.m. for the SCCC ceremony and at 2:30 for the CGC ceremony. Except for some reserved and handicap parking spaces, all parking on campus is available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, as directed by public safety attendants.

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

Additionally, no boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, noise makers, camera bags, video cameras, umbrellas, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the field house. Food is prohibited. Please see the Campus Event Security Screening Policy for more information.

Professional photographers who are not contracted by the college are not permitted to work inside the Field House. Graduate photos will be made available to graduates later in May through GradImages. News media outlets must have an escort from the Office of Communications and Marketing.

All other, on-campus SCCC commencement events and instructions can be found here. Find more about CGC events here.

How to watch commencement and the joint military commissioning ceremony remotely

Those who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies in person can view them remotely via livestreams hosted by the college. Both ceremonies will be available live on YouTube as well as via Facebook

The commencement ceremonies follow three days of related activities that include a joint military commissioning ceremony. That will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 6, in McAlister Field House and livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Watch the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony live

Watch The Citadel Graduate College commencement ceremony live

Watch the Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony live

Information about the Class of 2022

(Estimated figures could change after final calculations)

Cadets
618

Non-cadet undergraduates

116

Graduate students

367

Veteran undergraduate and graduate students

104

Cadets earning commissions into U.S. Military Service
Army 122
Navy 22
Air Force 20
Marine Corps 16

Most popular cadet degrees

Business Administration, Intelligence and Security Studies, Criminal Justice, Mechanical Engineering and Political Science

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Advancing careers: certificates in intelligence analysis https://today.citadel.edu/advancing-careers-certificates-in-intelligence-analysis/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:40:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31812 woman on computerwoman on computerStudents in the Intelligence and Security Studies online program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds.]]> woman on computerwoman on computer

Identifying threats to the U.S.

By Barry Waldman for The Lowcountry Graduate Center

A young woman with a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences decided early in her career that what she really wanted to do was work in intelligence analysis for the federal government.

Intelligence analysis is the process by which information is collected on a potential enemy and analyzed to understand current operations, predict their behavior and determine any threats they may pose.

Courses completely online

The Citadel graduate certificate program in Intelligence Analysis is a five-course, asynchronous online program that introduces students to intelligence analysis concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, critical thinking and enhanced critical leadership skills necessary to successfully address security and intelligence challenges facing the United States.

By its nature, it is conducive to working professionals and military service member to pursue a graduate certificate without interrupting their careers.

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is uniquely positioned to offer this program, which serves for most students as a stepping stone to the full master’s degree program in intelligence analysis. With a certificate, a master’s degree student is nearly halfway through the curriculum.

All certificate students take the three core courses – Introduction to Intelligence, Intelligence Research and Analysis, and Intelligence Theory Application. A long list of electives provide context for the analysis techniques learned, in courses like Topics in Homeland Security, European History, Evolution of Military Leadership Thought, International Political Theory, and Russian Active Measures, to name just a sampling.

Dipping toes into academia

Larry Valero, Ph.D., head of The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, says most students complete the certificate program in two or three semesters, but they have a couple of years to do so. Many students are working professionals in mid-career who haven’t attended college for years and need to dip their toes in academia before committing to a full master’s degree program. Once they have established their ability to juggle work, family and the rigors of graduate school coursework, most go on for the full master’s.

Students in the program come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds, Valero said. Some are serving members of the armed forces, first responders like police officers and firefighters, some work in Homeland Security. Others work in completely unrelated fields and have no intelligence background whatsoever but are interested in a career transition.

Putin and Intelligence Analysis

Events today involving Russia and its western neighbors, and the intelligence community’s need to understand Vladimir Putin’s motivations and incentives, are testament to the urgency of intelligence analysis. The future of Eastern Europe could be at stake.

“Our field is very interdisciplinary, running the gamut of politics, people, and technology,” Valero said. It is so topical and timely, there is no limit to what can be applied to the field. We offer that additional background that analysts may need to know now and in the future.”

For more information on studying Intelligence and Security Studies with The Citadel email intel@citadel.edu.

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The Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Institute cadets and faculty mentors earn two of three awards at first joint SMC event https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-dept-of-defense-cyber-institute-cadets-and-faculty-mentors-earn-two-of-three-awards-at-first-joint-smc-event/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 23:35:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31758 Cyberspace is a battlefield and the adversary is always out there. We need you defending our country in the cyber environment.]]>

And Citadel team places second out of ten colleges in NWIC (Atlantic) cyber defense competition

Photo above, left to right: Cadet Slaltean Frederick, Dr. Shankar Banik, and Cadets Shiloh Smiles and Jared Johnson posing with their awards at the inaugural conference on Cybersecurity Research in Undergraduate Programs held at Norwich University.

Just as The Citadel cybersecurity programs and initiatives continued to grow this academic year, cadets in the program expanded their skills and experiences through cyber defense competitions, their work with The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute, the college’s CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program and, for the seniors, planning for the next stage of their careers by accepting positions as cyber defense professionals.

A highlight of the spring semester was the first gathering of cadets from America’s six Senior Military Colleges who are participating in their school’s Department of Defense Cyber Institute. It was hosted by Norwich University in early April.

The inaugural conference on Cybersecurity Research in Undergraduate Programs (CyRUP) was a collaborative effort between the military colleges who are jointly dedicated to advancing cybersecurity research and to developing research opportunities for undergraduate students. Cadets from The Citadel, the University of North Georgia, Texas A&M, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech and Norwich University, as well as professionals from U.S. Cyber Forces, gathered to learn more about current research interests and what is coming next in cybersecurity.

The Citadel earned two of the three awards presented at the conference. The Best Paper Award went to cadets Jared Johnson, Eric Lilling and their faculty mentors, Drs. Shankar Banik and Deepti Joshi, for “Efficient Phishing Detection using Email DNA.”

The Best Presentation Award was earned by cadets Slateon Frederick, Jessica Roginski, Shiloh Smiles, Noah Wells and Banik, their faculty mentor. The presentation title: “Context Aware Access Control for Internet of Things (IoT) Network.”

Other cybersecurity news from The Citadel: cadet team takes 2nd place in college division at NIWC cyber defense competition

The Citadel Cybersecurity competition team during the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic  2022 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition
The Citadel cybersecurity competition team posing for a photo after earning second place in the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic 2022 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic hosted the 2022 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition this spring. The three day event included a competition between 10 colleges. The Citadel team earned second place, just behind Clemson. The cadet participants were: Jared Johnson, Ben Race, Robert Roser, Shiloh Smiles, Trey Stevens and Noah Wells.

Additionally, The Citadel’s cybersecurity programs director, Shankar Banik, Ph.D., provided a keynote address during the three day event.

This kind of experience will give you an edge and a platform to apply your skillsets to a real-world situation. A degree is one thing, a certification is one thing, but learning in this way — how to do the critical work of hardening systems and testing your skills — is invaluable.

Cyberspace is a battlefield and the adversary is always out there. Students like you give us hope and we need you defending our country in the cyber environment.

Dr. Shankar Banik, professor and Graduate Program director of Computer Science, co-director for the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel

Read more about the event here.

Dr. Shankar Banik, professor and Graduate Program director of Computer Science, Co-director for the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel, speaking to high school competitors during the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic 2022 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition
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