Featured – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:45:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 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 Regimental Commander to the Corps – It’s time to dig in and stay disciplined https://today.citadel.edu/regimental-commander-to-the-corps-its-time-to-dig-in-and-stay-disciplined/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:00:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15422 Cadet Col Richard Ben Snyder studying at home during pandemicCadet Col Richard Ben Snyder studying at home during pandemicWake up tomorrow and continue the climb because life goes on and you are more prepared and more blessed than the rest.]]> Cadet Col Richard Ben Snyder studying at home during pandemicCadet Col Richard Ben Snyder studying at home during pandemic

By Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, Regimental Commander, South Carolina Corps of Cadets

As I wake up each day at my parents home in Delaware, Ohio, I look at my schedule and assess what I need to accomplish. That part is really no different then how I begin each day on campus. I do PT. I have meetings with Corps leadership and Capt. Paluso. I take classes. I study. I have the same goal we all share: completing this semester successfully.

Despite where we are right now, we all still share so much in common. We know why we became part of the great South Carolina Corps of Cadets and we know we can push ourselves through what must be done to succeed and finish our year, and for seniors, to graduate.

These days can seem monotonous and blend together. But if we stay focused and continue forging those unbreakable bonds we have with other cadets we can continue with purpose.

No one from the outside can understand it the bonds we share, and they will never get a chance to. We’ve all been blessed with the experience. You can call it cut short or a missed opportunity, but I’d say this experience we are living during the pandemic is just part of the climb. A climb that is pushing you to grow and to continue to lead, giving you the chance to spend more time with your family and is giving you stories to tell for years.

For every cadet who has someone stepping into your position next year: when it comes to training your replacement, this last month is still very important. There is now a greater responsibility for everyone in a leadership position to over-communicate with those you lead and those you will help transition to your old role successfully. Pour genuine thought and sincere effort preparing the cadet who follows you, regardless of class or rank.

We all came to The Citadel for a unique experience and we are getting exactly that in an extreme manner. Take it and find some meaning. There is nothing to regret and no point to it wishing it happened differently. From here it is memories to take, lessons to pull from, and a part of your life that can’t be recreated. So, take a moment and appreciate the sunset, appreciate the people, but wake up tomorrow and continue the climb because life goes on and you are more prepared and more blessed than the rest.

My suggestions for success from home

1. Make and keep a daily schedule based on your primary goals. Have a set time for working out, doing schoolwork, and relaxing—then stick to it.

2. Find someone to hold you accountable to all aspects of your responsibilities.

3. Prioritize and keep a list of things you need to do for each of your key goals.

4. Be a mentor to the younger cadets that might need extra help by staying in touch with them and providing consistent communications.

5. Limit the distractions. Don’t work with your phone next to you, with the TV on, or people around you.

6. Juniors and seniors, brush up on your interview skills by setting up a virtual session with The Citadel Career Center or by asking a parent or mentor (virtually) to do a mock interview with you.

6. Spend time enjoying things you don’t normally get to do while at school, and remember to be a servant leader. Have fun with your family in your home doing some of the things you used to do when you were younger. Connect with old friends on the phone or through Face-time or WhatsApp free video calls. Consider how you can help in your community, in a safe way, such as picking up a prescription or groceries for an elderly neighbor and leaving them on their porch to limit contact. Make the most of getting this rare chance to be home again.

Very respectfully,

Ben

Read more about Cadet Col. Snyder here.

Cadet Col. Ben Snyder, 2020 Regimental Commander
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A message from The Citadel President on COVID-19 related refunds https://today.citadel.edu/a-message-from-the-citadel-president-on-covid-19-related-refunds/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:26:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15387 I wanted you to know to expect the remittance of funds, tailored to your financial arrangements with the college, by April 30.]]>

Citadel cadets and families,

South Carolina’s public colleges and universities are moving forward with processes to refund student fees associated with the suspension of in-person instruction due to COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester. The processes are based on guidance issued today by the state’s Commission on Higher Education (CHE).

I want to thank you for your patience as this was sorted out, and I wanted you to know to expect the remittance of funds, tailored to your financial arrangements with the college, by April 30.

The intent of the guidance issued by the CHE is to ensure that all South Carolina students will be treated fairly and equitably. The Citadel will be proceeding in accordance with these guidelines and will be communicating directly with cadets and their families about what remittance they are entitled to.

Since The Citadel continues to provide educational and student services online, tuition and other academic/student service fees will not be refunded or credited. The CHE’s guidance focuses on auxiliary or self-supporting services that are no longer being provided to students as a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders directing public institutions to provide virtual learning instruction for the remainder of the spring academic semester.

Additional guidance includes the following:

  • The Citadel will determine if it is appropriate to give a refund or credit to the student’s account for housing, dining and parking fees on a prorated daily rate based on the date cadets would have returned from Spring Break.
  • Cadets who remain enrolled for the remainder of the semester are eligible for a refund or credit. The suspension of in-person instruction does not change the cadet’s enrollment status for billing, financial aid, and/or reporting purposes. 
  • Whether refund or credit, any remittance will first be applied to any remaining current charges.
  • Students that have already signed up for Direct Deposit will receive their refunds first.  If no Direct Deposit record exists, the refund will be mailed out as paper check to the home address on file.
  • Information on setting up Direct Deposit can be found at https://www.citadel.edu/root/refunds/direct-deposit. There is still time to sign up for Direct Deposit.
  • Graduating cadets will receive a refund for any remaining funds on their OneCard following graduation; returning cadets’ balances will carry over until next year, in accordance with standard procedure. 
  • The CHE’s guidance is on its website awww.che.sc.gov.

If you have questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office via email at trsr@citadel.edu or call (843) 953-5254.  Due to the Treasurer’s remote work status, emails provide the fastest response.  Phone messages will be returned within 2 business days.

Go Dogs,

Glenn M. Walters, General, USMC (ret)

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Coping with COVID-19: assistance for cadets and students https://today.citadel.edu/coping-with-covid-19-assistance-for-cadets-and-students/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:26:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15256 Hands supporting a foot in a military bootHands supporting a foot in a military bootChange and uncertainly are often accompanied by stress and anxiety. The new “abnormal requiring learning and sheltering at home, plus social distancing from our network of friends, can lead to]]> Hands supporting a foot in a military bootHands supporting a foot in a military boot

Change and uncertainly are often accompanied by stress and anxiety. The new “abnormal requiring learning and sheltering at home, plus social distancing from our network of friends, can lead to conditions never before experienced. The current climate can also intensify existing mental health conditions.

The Citadel Counseling Center (CCC) staff is ready to support cadets and students remotely. Questions from parents, friends, faculty and staff about how to help a cadet or student who seems to be having difficulty will also be addressed.

How to get help

The CCC staff will be answering calls and providing remote services Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. (Services are suspended from noon – 1 for lunch.)

The phone number is (843) 953-6799.

Calls will be managed by an administrative assistant and sent to one of the staff therapists, or the center’s director, Dr. Suzanne Bufano. Your call will be returned within 15 minutes during normal business hours.

Current and recent CCC clients

The CCC is trying to check on students who are current clients. Current and recent clients will receive an email from the CCC. Current and recent clients may continue to send emails to their counselor but these emails will NOT be returned immediately. Instead, current and recent clients are strongly encouraged to call the Counseling Center during office hours (843-953-6799) so their calls can be forwarded to an available counselor more quickly during business hours.

Suggestions for keeping healthy

As we all work to adjust to this new circumstance, the CCC staff encourages all students to attempt to maximize their health and wellness and work toward achieving their educational goals. More specifically, the CCC staff encourages all students to develop a good routine that they can work to sustain over the spring semester. Some ideas:

• Exercise: Plan a specific time to exercise everyday – running, sit ups, pushups; check gyms offering free workouts on social media (Instagram, facebook), apps offering free trials, YouTube channels, and other websites with exercise routines to do at home.

• Sleep: Plan specific times to go to sleep and wake up every day. Make your bed first thing in the morning so you get up and are not tempted to spend all day in your bed, diminish screen time and media consumption during the evening to help with sleep, remember exercise promotes better sleep.

• Eating: Plan specific times to eat 3 meals every day. Work to eat reasonable quantities of food, try to choose healthier foods including fruit and vegetables. This could be a good time to try new recipes and boost your immune system through healthy eating at regular intervals.

• Academics: Set aside specific times for online classes and homework every day. Have a designated area in your living space to do school work and avoid doing work in your bed. Taking classes online will likely be a new experience for many students– be patient, ask questions, and ask for help if you need it.

• Social activity: Social activity and connection are linked to positive mental health. Find ways to stay connected: group chats, virtual Skype or Zoom groups, social media.

Mental Health Resources Related to COVID-19

Emergencies and additional resources

Emergencies: if a student is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety and is having thoughts of harming him/herself or others, students should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. During this call, students should emphasize that the concern is a life-threatening emergency.

24-hour Support, National Hotlines, and National Text Lines

· Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
· Crisis Text Line: 741-741
· Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

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We REALLY wish you were here. Celebrating one of The Citadel’s most important weekends from a distance https://today.citadel.edu/we-really-wish-you-were-here-celebrating-one-of-the-citadels-most-important-weekends-from-a-distance/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:40:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15132 Corps Day Weekend is when The Citadel celebrates the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This normally includes several days of events, military parades and ceremonies along with]]>

Corps Day Weekend is when The Citadel celebrates the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This normally includes several days of events, military parades and ceremonies along with large crowds on campus witnessing these meaningful moments in the life of a cadet.

Due to COVID-19, the Corps will mark this anniversary off campus – but that does not make this weekend any less important. Here’s a look at some of the meanings behind cherished Corps Day weekend events, bringing you what we can, from afar.

Thoughts from the Regimental Commander, Cadet. Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder

We are all living a very 2-dimensional experience at the time of what would be our Corps Day/Recognition Day celebrations. Online classes, emails, and over the phone communication minimizes much of what makes the cadet experience—face to face interaction. You can view this situation as limiting or you can view it as a new challenge to grow from.

When it comes to training your replacement, this last month and a half is still very important. On campus, we are usually dedicated to preparing the next class for the leadership positions they are going to step into next semester. There is now a greater responsibility for everyone in a leadership position to over-communicate. Pour genuine thought and sincere effort preparing the cadet who follows you, regardless of class or rank.

Take the challenge. Own it by figuring out how to produce that third dimension of your cadet experience from home. Stay connected in every safe way possible. We can do this.

Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, Regimental Commander
Cadet Col. Richard “Ben” Snyder, Regimental Commander

Corps Day Weekend announcements

  • Announcing the new faces of leadership for the Corps, 2020-21
    The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop cadets into principled leaders is the driving force behind the integral military system at the college. It is in operation at all times when school is in session, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, run by cadet leadership.
  • Announcing the 2020-21 Summerall Guards
    Saturday, March 28, the current Summerall Guards were to provide their final performance, and then exchange their ceremonial arms with the incoming guards. There is a bond from class to class among those selected to participate in this elite drill platoon. As we wish farewell to the current guards, we welcome the new group who are no doubt practicing drills at home right now.
  • Remembering 2020 Recognition Day
    The day when freshmen are finally recognized as members of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets after months of training was held early, on March 10, with the anticipation that campus may close.
  • The Palmetto Awards Parade
    There will be no parade, but the Palmetto Medal Award, one of the highest awards presented by The Citadel, will be presented to these principled leaders at later date if possible. Read about the 2020 recipients here.
  • The Spring Blue and White Game
    The spring game was held early, and in an unusual step, was staged on Summerall Field in the center of campus to the delight of the many who enthusiastically turned out for the spectacle. Here is an article in case you couldn’t attend.
  • Principled Leadership Symposium and Krause Center Award
    The symposium had to be canceled, but the Krause Center Award recipient will be announced on The Citadel Today web newsroom Monday, March 30.

Congratulations and best wishes to all!

The Citadel 2017-18 Recognition Day Oath on the Green after the March to Marion Square
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Women’s History Month: Meet Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Public Affairs NCO https://today.citadel.edu/womens-history-month-meet-cadet-ruby-bolden-regimental-public-affairs-nco/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 17:58:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14199 Bolden will rise to the position of Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the 2020-21 academic year.]]>

Cadet Ruby Bolden serves as the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer who assists with VIP campus tours, media relations and communications at The Citadel. Bolden will rise to the position of Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the 2020-21 academic year.

Bolden is an Exercise Science major from Grovetown, Georgia. She is a three year Army contract cadet who anticipates graduating in May 2021 and accepting a commission into the Army.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. It began when my mom’s boss gave me a brochure about this institution. I saw the uniforms and thought that it would be a great experience for me. From there, I watched videos online and the more I watched, the more I wanted to attend. 

Q. What do you love most about attending The Citadel?

A. The fact that our college has something for everyone. If you don’t have a niche when you come here, you will definitely find one before you leave.

Breana Broad and Ruby Bolden giving a tour of campus to Vietnam veterans
Regimental Public Affairs NCO Ruby Bolden (right), with Regimental Public Affairs Officer Breana Broad giving a tour of campus to Vietnam veterans

Q. What is your major and what led you to select that area of study?

A. Health and Exercise Science. My future plans are to go to dental school and become a general dentist, so I thought, why not this major? It seemed like a good path.

Q. What is your long-range career goal?

A. My top career goal is to attend The Dental College of Georgia and become an Army dentist. 

Q. What is your top recommendation for young people considering your major?

A. Get to know your professors! They may have to write you a letter of recommendation some day. Give them something to say about you (that’s positive of course).

Ruby Bolden in National Civil Rights Museum
Cadet Ruby Bolden visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis with cadets from The Citadel Gospel Choir

Q. What are you most involved in on campus?

A. The Citadel Gospel Choir and The African American Society. The choir is like a big family and we travel together.

Ruby Bolden outside Lorraine Motel
Ruby Bolden

Q. What is it like being a woman in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets?

A. I would say it is extremely challenging but doable. Men are physically and mentally different so, trying to adjust to your environment is the most challenging thing. I just remember that there were women before me that had it much worse, therefore I can do the same thing they did…make it through and succeed with my friends. 

Q. What is your #1 recommendation for young women considering The Citadel?

A. Know who you are and be confident in who you are. You’ve got this.

Q. What woman inspires you the most at this point in your life?

A. Pastor Sarah Jakes-Roberts inspires me the most. She has a phenomenal testimony about what she has been through and how she became who she is today. She had a powerful life transformation. She pastors the Potter’s House in Denver and in Los Angeles and has videos of her sermons on YouTube.

Charles, Dortheria and Ruby Bolden
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Introducing The Citadel360: Feel like you’re on campus, even when you can’t be https://today.citadel.edu/introducing-the-citadel-360-feel-like-youre-on-campus-even-when-you-cant-be/ https://today.citadel.edu/introducing-the-citadel-360-feel-like-youre-on-campus-even-when-you-cant-be/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:11:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14801 Normally each spring, The Citadel campus is bustling with high school students enjoying cadet-led tours, information sessions with their parents or staying overnight in the barracks for a Pre-Knob cadet]]>

Normally each spring, The Citadel campus is bustling with high school students enjoying cadet-led tours, information sessions with their parents or staying overnight in the barracks for a Pre-Knob cadet experience. Similarly, prospective evening undergraduate and graduate students are touring campus with The Citadel Graduate College team and meeting faculty in their chosen areas of study.

COVID-19 put an end to those experiences in the spring of 2020, but it won’t stop prospective cadets and students from getting a feel for the iconic Citadel campus.

That’s where The Citadel360 virtual campus tour can help.

Newly developed to provide a interactive experience for prospective students and their families unable to visit in person, The Citadel360 photos put the viewer at the center of a panoramic image the viewer controls and moves around with the click of a mouse.

A cadet’s room, the checkerboard Padgett-Thomas Barracks quad, the Bastin Finance Leadership Lab, the Earl Tennis Center, the historic Summerall Chapel and unforgettable spots likes like the giant Citadel ring statue and the stately Daniel Library can all be virtually visited.

“The Citadel360 provides an exciting new virtual experience for anyone wanting to see the beauty of our campus, and more importantly the spaces they would be using as a cadet or student,” said Kelly Brennan, Ph.D., associate provost of enrollment management for The Citadel. “We wish we could host everyone interested in attending in person, but this is a helpful alternative when traveling to campus is not possible.”

The Citadel360 is a work in progress with new elements being added regularly. To the right of the screen for each photo, virtual visitors can click on an arrow that provides a map showing where each element is located on campus.

Schedule a personal virtual information session

The college has other options as well to replace the tours that would have taken place in the spring.

“In place of physical tours, we are encouraging prospective cadets and students to schedule an individual video conference with one of our admissions specialists standing by to help,” said Brennan.

An online form to schedule a personal admissions video conference is available on the Office of Amissions website:

Update for accepted applicants

What about cadet recruits and students who have already applied and been admitted?

“Those students are being communicated with directly by the admissions team and are being provided information about next steps as it becomes available,” Brennan said. “Those who have already committed to attending in the fall and provided their deposits will be kept fully apprised of important dates and procedures through email and U.S. Postal Service mail.”

The Citadel gives consideration to all applicants who meet the requirements for admission, seeking to enroll well-rounded, mature students whose motivation and educational achievements indicate that they are prepared to do college level work.

A few of The Citadel’s points of pride:

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“The Fourth-Class System is no longer in effect.” https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-advances-recognition-day-amid-covid-19-uncertainty/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-advances-recognition-day-amid-covid-19-uncertainty/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:26:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14625 "The Fourth-Class System is no longer in effect." On Friday, March 13, those words echoed off the walls of all five battalions on The Citadel's campus.]]>

On Friday, March 13, those words echoed off the walls of all five battalions on The Citadel campus.

One hour before sunrise, The Citadel Class of 2023 was officially recognized as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Recognition Day is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet; it’s when freshmen cadet recruits officially become cadets following months of training, after matriculating in August. Recognition Day 2020 was held two weeks early due to the dynamic situation involving COVID-19.

Recognition Day means the end for rigid formations, walking in single file at breakneck speed and the highly-regimented way of life that is The Citadel’s Fourth-Class System. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in The Citadel’s leadership development process. After hours of grueling physical work followed by a spirit run, cadets are called onto the checkered floor of their barracks where, after more push-ups, they listen in silent exhaustion for a message from their Regimental Commander.

The decision to move Recognition Day was made to ensure that the Class of 2023 is properly recognized, in the event of a possible campus closure later in the semester.

“I think actually seeing it come to life — it added a different flavor that none of us got to experience,” said Richard Snyder, the Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets. “And the privacy of doing it with just the cadets, because there are very few things on this campus that are really just the cadets, so it made for a much more family atmosphere — just getting to do it with your peers and do it with the people who trained you the entire year. It wasn’t a big production; it was making the most of the time you got with everyone.”

While there are currently no plans for The Citadel’s campus to close after Spring Break, the possibility alone made it imperative to ensure the Class of 2023 had their Recognition Day experience.

“The world’s really in a crisis situation right now,” continued Snyder. “This event is more important than our graduation, I think, because this would affect the next four years of the institution.”

Apart from the Gauntlet, all other planned March activities have been canceled due to COVID-19.

“I think as leaders you have to take the things you don’t necessarily like and make the most of it,” said Snyder. “And I think we did that as a class and did that as an institution.”

“I think it’s a good life lesson — that you never know when things are going to get cut short or you never know when you’re not going to get the time you wanted,” Snyder added. “And so it’s totally applicable to life to make the most of the time you get because you don’t know when you’ll run out.”

Regimental Commander Richard Snyder’s address to the Class of 2023

Members of the Class of 2023,

I want all of you to take a moment. Take a moment and feel the chills from the bagpipes…Feel the knot unwind from your stomach…and remember what it felt like to be enveloped by the dark and know that you have now overcome it.

I hope this moment sticks with you forever — because this is where you honor the commitment you made to yourself some time ago. You finished what you started.

I know yesterday many of you were upset you felt like things were cut short, but I’ll tell you that your recognition is not earned in your final week as a knob. It is earned every single day.

Being under the rigors of the 4th class system is a privilege — your days in it are limited — and it is up to you to embrace its discipline with the time you have. If you did it right — you have no reason to feel cheated.

I’ve referred to this institution as a mountain and to knob year as the start of your climb. But the truth is, life is a mountain and you never reach the peak or stop climbing.

By coming to this institution, you have aligned yourself with a different breed and begun to show your potential, but it is once again now up to you. From here on out you will no longer have the privilege of a 4th class system to hold you to a standard.

You must take the humility from standing on line everyday and walking in the gutter that has freed you from arrogance, you must take the minute-by-minute discipline that has freed you from laziness, and must take the honor that has freed you from dishonesty.

It is now up to you to take what you have learned and see just how high you can climb.

Never shy away from your pain because it has a purpose, seek the struggle so one day you will be strong, and wake up every day believing your goal is nine months away. One day you might just wake up and realize that it wasn’t so far away. Today is that day.

While this is only the beginning of your climb — never fail to stop and take a moment to appreciate the view — to appreciate those around you and relish in how far you have come.

Now — there is only one thing left — never stop climbing.

Members of the Class of 2023…the 4th class system…is no longer in effect.


For information and updated actions being taken by The Citadel related to COVID-19, click here.

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Leadership reaction course steers freshmen toward successful cadet future https://today.citadel.edu/leadership-reaction-course-steers-freshmen-toward-successful-cadet-future/ Sun, 08 Mar 2020 22:00:55 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14426 The Citadel Class of 2023 participates in a Freshman Leadership Reaction Course, which included Aikido training, lectures, water jug carrying, PT and a marine corps-inspired obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel Class of 2023 participates in a Freshman Leadership Reaction Course, which included Aikido training, lectures, water jug carrying, PT and a marine corps-inspired obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel Class of 2023 learned about teamwork, stamina and resiliency during their February LRC. ]]> The Citadel Class of 2023 participates in a Freshman Leadership Reaction Course, which included Aikido training, lectures, water jug carrying, PT and a marine corps-inspired obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel Class of 2023 participates in a Freshman Leadership Reaction Course, which included Aikido training, lectures, water jug carrying, PT and a marine corps-inspired obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Much like the U.S. Armed Forces, The Citadel develops principled leaders through an intensive, intentional, tiered set of training events. This includes the leadership reaction course, or LRC, for freshmen.

The annual LRC for freshmen or “knobs” occurs as part of their preparations for Recognition Day, when they officially earn their way to becoming members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The day is led by their superior cadets, the Office of the Commandant and by a group of active duty and retired professional LRC trainers.

The Citadel Class of 2023 learned about teamwork, stamina and resiliency during their February LRC. See a bit more of the action in the video below.

Recognition Day 2020 events for the Class of 2023 are scheduled for March 27 and 28.

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Citadel cadets win 1st place in national fitness competition https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-cadets-win-1st-place-in-national-fitness-competition/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:20:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14367 A group of five Citadel cadets, four males and one female, competed against 36 other military colleges and schools from across the U.S.]]>

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Katie Turner

The Citadel took home first place in the Association of Military Colleges and Schools (AMCSUS) Fitness Competition; putting the school in a national spotlight.

A group of five Cadets, 4 male and 1 female, competed against 36 other military colleges and schools from across the U.S. Each individual’s strength was tested by the 3 categories of the U.S. Airforce Physical Fitness Test; max effort push-ups, max effort sit-ups, and a timed 1.5 mile run.

“Yes, you can meet the minimum standard, but there’s a maximum standard as well. And there’s rewards for that. For 1, bragging rights,” says Cadet Adam Niehoff.

To Niehoff, physical fitness tests are just a part of life. Between commanding the 4th Battalion and preparing to commission in the Marine Corps; he’s no stranger to sit-ups.

In fact, it was his stellar sit-up performance at the AMCSUS competition that helped bring the team over the finish line.

“He performed 93 sit-ups in 1 minute,” says Director of Physical Fitness Kasee Hucks Haugen.

Not only did he manage 93 sit-ups in 60 seconds, Haugen also broke down the technique that goes into the judging process.

“You come up, keeping your arms folded where both elbows touch the base of the thigh. And then back down. So, as long as your hands don’t come apart, and as long as both elbows touch the thigh, and then the shoulder blades touch the deck. So as quickly as you can get up and down with that posture,” she says.

Beyond the physical challenge, much of the competition happens mentally. Which is why the words “resilience, grit and wellness,” are stamped on each of the Cadet’s challenge coin.

“In the 5 years I’ve been here this is the first time we’ve actually won, so this is pretty exciting,” says Haugen. Considering that this is also her first year as Director of Physical Fitness, she’s set the bar very high for the future.

As for Niehoff, he plans to continue being a leader on campus before hopefully beginning basic training in August of this year. He says that his time at the Citadel has prepared him well for what’s to come.

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The Citadel digs into elections past and present with renowned Symposium on Southern Politics https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-digs-into-elections-past-and-present-with-renowned-symposium-on-southern-politics/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:59:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=14146 It’s the most comprehensive conference for the presentation and discussion of scholarly research on the contemporary politics of a specific region.]]>

Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
$50-$100 registration, open to the public

Just in time for the 2020 election season, the Department of Political Science will host The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. It’s the largest and most comprehensive conference for the presentation and discussion of scholarly research on the contemporary politics of a specific region in the country.

The symposium will span two days; it will start on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and last until Friday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The panel discussions will be held in the Greater Issues Room and Room 228 in Mark Clark Hall, on The Citadel’s campus.

Click here for the full schedule.

The election roundtable discussion from The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics 2018

Topics include:

  • Race, Gender, and Society in the South
  • Realignment in Southern States
  • The South in Congress
  • State Elections
  • Contemporary Issues in Southern Politics
  • Contemporary Issues in Southern Politics
  • Environmental, Economic, and Religion in the South
  • Partisanship and Migration in the South
  • Public Policy
  • Regionalism and Voting Behavior
  • Southern Elections in the 2010s
  • Roundtable on the 2020 Elections

The Symposium has been held biennially, in even-numbered years, on the campus of The Citadel since 1978. Since the first conference, political scholars from around the world have presented research relevant to political trends in the southern United States.

Registration is $100 for faculty and $50 for undergraduate or graduate students. Registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. For more information on the symposium click here.

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