In The News – The Citadel Today Fri, 27 Jan 2023 21:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 In The News – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Alums as head coaches makes for a unique Citadel brand Sat, 28 Jan 2023 13:00:00 +0000 Maurice Drayton at his press conferenceMaurice Drayton at his press conferenceThe Citadel has a football, men’s basketball and baseball head coaches who played at and graduated from the school.]]> Maurice Drayton at his press conferenceMaurice Drayton at his press conference

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Tony Skole took bus rides to Boone and Cullowhee as a Citadel baseball and football player, and took a flight to Omaha.

Ed Conroy found out as a teenager what it’s like to feel the wrath of Furman fans. And to enjoy McAlister Field House spite directed at the Paladins.

Maurice Drayton, straight out of Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, learned what it means to beat VMI and possess the coveted Silver Shako.

They all know what it means to get a Citadel class ring.

With Drayton hired away from the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 14 to become head football coach, Conroy in his first season of a second stint as head basketball coach and Skole preparing for a sixth season in the dugout, this is Bulldog pride in triplicate.

The Citadel doesn’t have an NCAA hockey team, but this is a rare hat trick.

Citadel research indicates it is the only Division I school with football, men’s basketball and baseball head coaches who played at and graduated from the school.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s been great having Ed back and now having Maurice back,” said Skole, Citadel Class of 1991. “It’s been great just to spend time with those guys and bounce ideas off each other and pick each other’s brains.”

The University of Maine comes close to the Bulldog triumvirate: Basketball coach Chris Markwood and football coach Jordan Stevens played for the Black Bears and have Maine undergraduate degrees. But while baseball coach Nick Derba has an MBA from Maine, he played at Manhattan College, where he received his undergrad degree.

Not quite like the Citadel’s trio.

“It’s neat. It’s exciting,” said Conroy, whose Bulldogs improved to 4-5 in Southern Conference play (9-12 overall) with a Jan. 25 win at Western Carolina. “I think it’s an exciting time for The Citadel, I really do. It really adds to the whole experience of coaching here.”

Dyed-in-school colors pride means even more at The Military College of the South, where personal experience with marching and mess halls comes in handy when dealing with a wide-eyed freshman “knob.”

“Of all the places,” Conroy said, “this is one of the most important that you have somebody on the staff with Citadel experience and it helps a great deal if it’s the head coach. Parents know decisions are made from a perspective that you’ve been there. The players know you’re not asking them to do something you haven’t already done.”

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All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team announced Wed, 04 Jan 2023 16:51:22 +0000 SOCON Award WinnersSOCON Award WinnersThe Southern Conference named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team, with two representatives from The Citadel included in the recognition by the league.]]> SOCON Award WinnersSOCON Award Winners

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The Southern Conference named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team on Wednesday, with two representatives each from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league.

While the selections were left up to each institution’s discretion, the recipients all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.

The faculty and staff recipients include: The Citadel’s Dr. Deirdre Ragan and Kester Melville; ETSU’s Dr. Don Good and Levi Smith, Furman’s Dr. John Harris and Hunter Reid; Mercer’s Dr. Caryn Seney and Katie Johnson; UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Susan Phillips Keane and Melinda Wolf; Samford’s Laura Promer and Doug Wilson; Chattanooga’s Dr. Michael D. Thompson and Will Watson; VMI’s Col. Tom Timmes and Sergeant Major Tom Sowers; Western Carolina’s Dr. Cyndy Caravelis and Brian Boyer; and Wofford’s Dr. Cecile Nowatka and Dr. James Stukes.

“The Southern Conference is proud to once again recognize outstanding faculty and staff members from each of our member institutions,” SoCon Commissioner Jim Schaus said. “They are all integral parts of each of their campuses and it’s our honor to commemorate their service. I look forward to meeting all of them at our recognition ceremonies throughout the next couple of months.”
The recipients will be recognized at one of their institutions’ home men’s basketball games this year.

Dr. Deirdre Ragan, The Citadel

Dr. Deirdre Ragan is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering as well as the director of the Honors Program at The Citadel. Ragan delivers excellence through her unwavering passion and commitment to students and her faith in the mission of The Citadel. Students remark on her level of knowledge of her subject matter as well as an ability to teach and explain topics well. Although challenging, students appreciate Ragan’s emphasis on reasoning through a problem and understanding the implications of a result. Ragan’s dedication to students, her work ethic, and her love of teaching are celebrated by those who have had the privilege to work with her. Ragan previously worked for PPG Industries, a Fortune 500 company with specializations in glass, coatings and specialty chemicals, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. She holds five patents for ideas conceived and implemented while working in the industry. She previously received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on electrochromic materials at Uppsala University in Sweden and her research interests include materials science, nanotechnology and solar power.

Kester Melville, The Citadel

Kester Melville serves The Citadel as a Grounds Crew Leader within the Facilities and Engineering Department.  Extremely knowledgeable in the disciplines of landscape development and maintenance, Melville inspires and mentors the other members of his team to improve their overall service to the college’s buildings and grounds as well as highlighting The Citadel’s campus. Melville also maintains the Sweet Grass along the Jay Beam Memorial Crosswalk on Lee Avenue.  In addition to the challenging gardening and landscaping required to manicure this native species, he led the effort to donate the Sweet Grass cuttings to local basket weavers. His efforts ensure this Lowcountry cultural icon remains sustainable. Melville’s professionalism, perseverance and untiring devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and the Facilities and Engineering Department and are in keeping with the highest traditions of The Citadel and the state of South Carolina.

Dr. Don Good, ETSU
Dr. Don Good, a professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at ETSU, is also the program coordinator for the doctoral program in Higher Ed Leadership. He has chaired over 30 dissertations and served as a committee member on over 200, chairs the Clemmer College Curriculum Committee, serves as a faculty advisor for Cru Campus Ministry and the ETSU Wrestling Club, and as a member of the Academic Freedom and Faculty Ethics Committee. He has also served on the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and is a strong supporter of ETSU student athletes. Good is the author of The Campus History Series: East Tennessee State University as well as numerous publications in the area of higher education. In addition to his service to ETSU, he is a member of the Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Advisory Board and is an extra in the movie and series, Mayberry Man.

Levi Smith, ETSU
Levi Smith began his professional career at ETSU in 2016 as a transcript analyst in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and since August 2021 has served as the Coordinator for Transfer Evaluation and Articulated Programs. He also handles all processing and admission of second-degree students and performs the initial evaluations for prospective student athletes. Smith also serves on the General Education Review Committee. Although his work is almost entirely behind the scenes, what he does has a direct impact on students and their success at ETSU. A true legacy of the Johnson City, Tennessee, area, Smith’s sixth-great-grandfather was Henry Johnson, the founder of Johnson City, and as a student and employee, Smith has been coming to ETSU’s campus nearly every day since 2006.

Dr. John Harris, Furman
Dr. John Harris is a professor of mathematics and the director of the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at Furman. In the Mathematics Department, he enjoys teaching courses at all levels and appreciates the opportunities to get to know his students well. He has worked with dozens of students on undergraduate research projects, and he is always proud to see students do great things. His professional activity involves work in recreational mathematics (the study of games, puzzles, and magic) and in sports analytics, where along with colleagues he consults with ESPN, the NCAA, and The Athletic. In his work with Furman’s Center for Vocational Reflection, Harris participates in programs designed to help students (and others) think about and develop ideas and experiences that lead to lives of meaning and purpose. He loves getting to know and work with student-athletes, and he enjoys attending their matches, races and games. Harris can trace his support for athletic endeavors to his high school days when he supported his own basketball team from the very end of the bench.

Hunter Reid, Furman
Hunter Reid is now in his 38th year at Furman, having joined the department as assistant sports information director in 1985. The Southern Conference’s longest-tenured active SID, Reid works alongside a loyal and immensely talented Furman staff in overseeing publicity efforts for the school’s 18 intercollegiate sports, with direct responsibility for football and women’s basketball. In addition, he serves as liaison to Furman’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named SID in 1986 and added the titles of assistant athletics director in 1989 and associate athletics director in 2010. He served as media coordinator for both the 2017 and 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship first- and second-round games played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, and will coordinate media operations for the 2023 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship regional, slated for BSW Arena in March. Reid, who served as SID at his alma mater, Presbyterian, for four years, enjoys the broad spectrum of sports, as well as history, reading, gardening, music and classic Ford Mustangs. He is married to Jeanne Symmes and has a son, Alexander, a senior at Christ Church Episcopal School.

Dr. Caryn Seney, Mercer
Dr. Caryn Seney is a professor of chemistry in the Mercer University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Seney maintains a robust research program and frequently collaborates with colleagues in the Mercer University School of Medicine and Department of Chemistry. Her publications include research in chemical education and mercury toxicity, and frequently include student co-authors. She was part of a team that won a $200,000 Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge award. In addition to her excellence in teaching, Seney has also served as Associate Chair of Chemistry. Seney is married to her husband, Rod, and they have two daughters – Ruthe and Abbie. In her spare time, she enjoys evenings of culture (watching her children act in plays and dance), attending Ruthe’s high school volleyball matches, hiking and attending Mercer sporting events.

Katie Johnson, Mercer
Katie Johnson, Director of Access and Accommodation/ADA Coordinator, came to Mercer University in 2017. There, she works to provide services to students and seeks to create an accessible and inclusive environment. Throughout her career, she has worked to build programs that are inviting to students, serving their needs to make programs, services, and activities accessible to all students. She has built braille production programs at two universities, served on the executive board for the Mississippi Association for Higher Education and Disability, and served as the vice president and president of the Georgia Association for Higher Education and Disability. She has presented at national and state conferences and enjoys interacting with colleagues. She and her husband, Robert, have two beautiful daughters, Alexa and Denielle, who are the delight of her life. In her personal time, she loves to visit family, travel, go on family adventures, hiking, trying new food and activities, and loves animals.

Dr. Susan Phillips Keane, UNCG
Dr. Susan Phillips Keane is a professor within the Department of Psychology at UNCG and has held major administrative roles within the department that directly impact student competency development for most of her career. Keane conducts research on mental health and health outcomes in children with early identified behavior problems and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on federally and locally funded grants for 27 years. She also successfully secured federally funded clinical training grants continuously since 2002 which provide stipend support and community-based clinical training experiences for students. Keane was instrumental in establishing the UNCG Psychology Clinic as a resource for underserved populations and developed a summer camp program to foster social, communication and emotion regulation skills in children on the Autism Spectrum. She also instituted several initiatives to support graduate student retention and success including a pre-matriculation summer research initiative called Running Start and an Alumni Mentoring program for training grant recipients. To celebrate alumni success, she developed the Department’s Alumni Award program, which recognizes recent and distinguished alumni including those whose contributions directly impact North Carolina. Keane was recognized as UNCG’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor in 2019.

Melinda Wolf, UNCG
Melinda Wolf works as an administrative assistant in the UNCG Psychology Department and considers it an honor to work with the wonderful faculty, staff and students on the beautiful UNCG campus. Wolf has been the Undergraduate and Graduate Administrative Assistant and is now the Business Services Coordinator. She worked previously in the EUC Reservations office and the HDFS Department at UNCG. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Melvin, and their dog Ruby. She has three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Laura Promer, Samford
Laura Promer is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health Professions at Samford University. She founded Communication and Reading Therapies in 2001 where she evaluates and treats language, reading, writing and related disorders in children and adults. Promer is an Associate in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist (SLDI) through the International Dyslexia Association. In 2017, she started the Literacy Specialty Clinic through Samford University’s Academic Enhancement Center to provide evaluations and treatment to athletes with learning disabilities in the areas of language, reading and writing.

Doug Wilson, Samford
Doug Wilson joined the Samford staff in 2000 as a major gifts development officer and is now the Assistant Vice President of Advancement for the university. A 1983 graduate of Samford, where he lettered on the track and cross country teams, Wilson served 28 years in the Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he had multiple deployments, including Operations Deny Flight, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Air National Guard in 2011 with the rank of Lt Col.

Dr. Michael D. Thompson, Chattanooga
Dr. Michael D. Thompson is a UC Foundation Associate Professor of American History and has served as the head of the History Department at Chattanooga since 2018. Appointed to UTC’s history faculty in 2009, Thompson is a scholar and teacher of the American South and slavery, and the early national and antebellum United States. His first book was an award-winning study of waterfront labor and laborers in Charleston, South Carolina, between the American Revolution and the Civil War, and he now is working on a book that interrogates the historical nexus of essential labor, racial presumptions, and disease in urban environments, as well as a history of enslavement in and around Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee. As the History Department’s internships coordinator from 2015-22, Thompson cultivated approximately 25 partnerships through which over 90 student interns served the community for more than 12,000 hours. Thompson recently completed a decade of service on UTC’s institutional review board, and he currently serves on the undergraduate petitions committee. Thompson is a member of the Southern Labor Studies Association’s executive board and a member of the editorial board for the University of South Carolina Press’ Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World series.

Will Watson, Chattanooga
After obtaining two degrees from Chattanooga, Will Watson now serves as the Workforce Development Specialist in UTC’s Center for Professional Education. In his role, Watson developed healthcare certification programs and removed barriers to train and prepare adult learners to enter healthcare occupations, such as Certified Nursing Assistant and Clinical Medical Assistant. In less than five years, Watson has overseen the training and certification of roughly 750 adult learners, while providing them with direct pathways to meaningful employment through employer partnerships. These partnerships cover the cost of tuition for students, provide them with pay while in training, and guarantee them full-time employment once they finish. With the recent strain on the healthcare system and labor market, these training programs are a vital piece in supporting the Chattanooga healthcare system, as well as the community members striving to identify new career pathways. As a board member of the Howard High – Erlanger Institute of Healthcare and Innovation advisory board, Watson played a key role in assisting the school in obtaining NCAS status. Further, Watson integrated the CNA program into the school day for Howard High students at no cost to them or the school system, while also offering the same opportunity at the school in the evening for adults and family members. Watson was recently selected to be a part of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Protégé Chattanooga 2022-23 cohort. He enjoys supporting all things Chattanooga and UTC, while spending time with his family, girlfriend, and dogs.

Col. Tom Timmes, VMI
Col. Tom Timmes, a 1992 VMI graduate, is a professional engineer who served for over 25 years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and is a professor in the VMI Civil and Environmental Engineering department. His academic and research interests include water quality, electrocoagulation, military field drinking water, water treatment plant optimization, and water system vulnerability assessments. As an Army Environmental Engineer, he conducted extensive drinking water and wastewater system characterizations and public health threat assessments throughout the U.S. and overseas. He commanded the Headquarters Company of the U.S. Army Chemical Activity-Pacific on Johnston Atoll during its closure as a chemical agent demilitarization site and served as a Jumpmaster with the 82nd Airborne Division. He taught a variety of academic subjects on the faculty at the US Military Academy (West Point) for six years. Timmes commanded the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and served as the Director for Environmental Health Sciences and Engineering at the Army Public Health Center before retiring from Active Duty to join the VMI Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. As a volunteer diving coach, Timmes has helped the VMI men’s and women’s teams grow in number and skills and provide critical points to the swim/dive team scores. Timmes dove for VMI during the 1988-89 season and finished the season as the Tri-State Champion for both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter diving boards. His “rat” year total score for 11-dives on the 1-Meter board remains in the VMI record books.

Sergeant Major Tom Sowers, VMI
Sergeant Major Tom Sowers retired from the United States Marine Corps in June 2018 and assumed his duties as the Institute and Corps Sergeant Major for VMI. The 30-year veteran of the Marine Corps assumed much of the day-to-day oversight of the Corps of Cadets and is responsible for administering the New Cadet Military Training Program and overseeing cadet leaders, among many other duties. Sowers came to VMI after having served as 1st Marine Division Sergeant Major at Camp Pendleton, California, a position he held since 2015. He served five combat tours: one in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, one in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and three in Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the meritorious service medal, the bronze star medal with combat distinguishing device and one gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal with combat distinguishing device and two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal with three gold stars, and the combat action ribbon with two gold stars.

Dr. Cyndy Caravelis, Western Carolina
Dr. Cyndy Caravelis, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina, merges her teaching, research and service in ways that have benefited on-campus and off-campus communities. An award-winning teacher, she has led students on study abroad classes to Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. A certified victim advocate, Caravelis serves on the Board of Directors for the local Center for Domestic Peace and provides legal and emotional support to domestic violence victims. Such work drives her on-campus commitment “to educating all students on issues of interpersonal violence with a focus on destigmatization.” Her peers note that “perhaps her greatest impact to the betterment of student life comes in the form of the creation of the Peacekeeper training program,” which helps “all faculty, staff, and students learn how to respond to trauma and victimization on campus.”

Brian Boyer, Western Carolina
As a residential case manager at Western Carolina, Brian Boyer has shaped the lives and enhanced the experiences of countless students. His impact stretches across campus and beyond, as he has promoted athletic events, organized community and civic oriented learning programs, and provided immeasurable support to students throughout their four or more years in Cullowhee. According to one of his many fans, Boyer “creates a great sense of community amongst the on-campus students,” giving them the resources and instilling in them a confidence “to help them succeed.” Others have noticed that in addition to all his other duties and responsibilities, “Brian is always throwing together informal meetings and gatherings, things that are not part of his job requirements, but play a role in our students experience as Catamounts.”

Dr. Cecile Nowatka, Wofford
Dr. Cecile McAninch Nowatka is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Wofford College, where she has taught since 1999. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Nowatka teaches courses on child development, abnormal psychology and statistics. Until Covid, she had been the volunteer therapist at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic for many years. She has involved her students in service learning in numerous ways, including sponsoring a blood drive, raising money for multiple sclerosis, creating a reading garden at an elementary school, and working with infants and toddlers at a child development program. She has served on numerous Wofford committees and was a fellow in the year-long Teach.Equity.Now program.

Dr. James Stukes, Wofford
Dr. James Stukes, a proud first-generation college graduate, serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and College Access within the Office of Student Success and the Center for Community-Based Learning at Wofford College. For the past 10 years, Stukes has worked in various areas of higher education, including TRIO programs, all while serving in capacities related to creating welcoming and affirming spaces for students, faculty and staff. In 2018, he created the Wofford Firsts initiative to serve as a resource for first-generation college students; this initiative led to the college being initiated into the 2022-23 cohort of First-Gen Forward institutions with the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA). Stukes is currently a member of the Black First-Gen Collective steering committee. His work with college access reaches into the local community through current Wofford students who serve as near-peer mentors for high school students seeking college entry. Stukes serves as the vice-chair of the Executive Board of the Citizen Scholars Institute, which is a local non-profit dedicated to the elimination of barriers to college access through various programming and initiatives. At Wofford, Stukes has taught several courses focused on the first-year experience, community sustainability, and self-identity. He also serves a mentor for the Level-Up program within the athletics department that provides direct support for athletes as they prepare for postgraduate success.

First Step: Don’t worry if you need to course-correct Fri, 23 Dec 2022 14:00:00 +0000 Emily PerkinsEmily PerkinsEmily Perkins, EIT, S.M. ASCE, 22, graduated from The Citadel and took a job as a structural design engineer with engineering firm Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc.]]> Emily PerkinsEmily Perkins

Note: Emily Perkins is a member of the Class of 2022. She was a member of the rifle team. (Photo courtesy: American Society of Civil Engineers)

As seen in ASCE, by T.R. Witcher

Emily Perkins, EIT, S.M. ASCE, 22, graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and took a job as a structural design engineer with South Carolina-based engineering firm Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc. She was one of ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering – College honorees in 2021.

Working in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field and helping people appealed to her from a young age, but her initial post-graduation plans to join the Navy after majoring in civil engineering were unexpectedly derailed. She quickly pivoted in a new direction. Here’s how she did it:

Civil Engineering Online: How did you get interested in civil engineering?

EP: I grew up building a lot of Legos. That was our main Christmas present, so we had this huge Lego town. My dad also did civil engineering, so it was just enjoyable. I knew I wanted to do something in STEM. Civil engineering to me seemed more of a resource to help people compared to other STEM fields. I just enjoyed building structures which people could use.

Why did you study civil engineering at The Citadel?

I grew up in South Carolina, in Charleston, so it was a place I knew, and they had a very good program.

How did you go about finding your first job?

Originally, I was supposed to be in the Navy as a nuclear officer. I was on scholarship, but then I ended up having surgery and didn’t qualify anymore, so that was a little bit stressful. I spoke with a few of my teachers, and one of them recommended me to JMT, which is where I’m currently working. So that’s how I got in contact with the company.

When did you realize that the Navy wasn’t going to pan out and that you would have to change directions?

I realized that I was going be shifting into civilian work instead of commissioning in the Navy about three months before graduation. This was a very short time for me to transition my efforts and thoughts and to plan for a different future. It was very challenging, but I practiced several methods to manage my time and stress. I spent significant time planning how to pass my Fundamentals of Engineering exam before graduation, which is the first step in getting your P.E. license, as I knew this would help me appeal to engineering firms after graduation. I scheduled numerous meetings with professors to ask them for advice and guidance on what to priorities moving forward and how to contact local engineering firms. Although this time was very stressful for me, I was also excited to pursue my interests in structural engineering after graduation.

Were there are any faculty at The Citadel who helped you?

Two professors that tremendously helped me during that period were Kweku Brown, Ph.D., P.E., and John Ryan, Ph.D., P.E., Dr. Brown helped me throughout my four years at The Citadel by helping me apply and receive several scholarships and awards through The Citadel’s civil engineering department. During the countdown to my graduation, I had several meetings with Dr. Brown where he advised me on how to approach civil engineering firms for interviews, and he pointed out several engineering firms that fit my interests. Dr. Ryan generously gave me much advice on how to transition into the civilian workforce in such a short time. Dr. Ryan ultimately recommended me to the vice president of JMT, the company I decided to pursue after graduation.

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Interview with U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Grace Jenkins, ’18, 2022 47th Marine Corps Marathon First Place Winner Fri, 25 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 Grace JenkinsGrace JenkinsOver 11,400 runners participated in the 47th Marine Corps Marathon on October 23, 2022. Citadel graduate, Capt. Grace Jenkins, won first place in her division. ]]> Grace JenkinsGrace Jenkins

Note: Capt. Grace Jenkins is a member of the Class of 2018. She served on third battalion staff and was a member of the cross country and track team. (Photo courtesy: Lance Cpl. Cody Purcell)

As seen in DVIDS, by Lance Cpl. Cody Purcell

Over 11,400 runners participated in the 47th Marine Corps Marathon, also referred to as “The People’s Marathon,” that took place on October 23, 2022. Completing a marathon, let alone placing in one, is no easy feat. Any runner, whether this was their first or 10th marathon, could tell you that it takes both physical and mental resilience to finish.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: Could you tell me a bit about where you are from?

Capt. Jenkins: Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Go tribe!

Lance Cpl. Purcell: What got you started with running competitively? And which major races have you competed in up to this point?

Capt. Jenkins: I began running track in fifth grade and looked up to my sister who ran the very daunting “mile” event. I too took on the mile and learned quickly the farther you run, the slower you can go. Major races I’ve done include the 2016 Boston Marathon, Maysville to Macon a 50 miler and the 2022 NCAA Regional Cross Country Meet in San Diego, California. I ran track and cross country at The Citadel and primarily ran the 5k and 10k.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: When did you join the Marine Corps and what was your reasoning for joining?

Capt. Jenkins: I commissioned in the Marine Corps on 5 May 2018. I followed my brother into the Marine Corps after completing four years of NROTC at The Citadel. The Citadel gave me the opportunity to run for them and the Marine Corps took away the financial burden of figuring out how to pay for it.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: While you were at The Citadel, did you find that running was something that you were really passionate about? Or was it becoming a challenge to uphold?

Capt. Jenkins: I went to The Citadel on a running scholarship, so I kind of had to be passionate about it. But I grew to love marathon running a bit more than track and cross country. But not to say I didn’t enjoy cross country and track while I was there, I had a lot of good competition there and some great teammates to run with. The biggest difference running a marathon versus cross country or track is that marathons are a lot more endurance based and it’s a little bit harder to pace yourself, whereas on a track, you’ve constantly got your coach calling your lap telling your splits so it’s a lot easier to stay methodical on like a track event versus running on open roads for 26.2 miles.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: How do you prepare for these races and what goes through your head when running races?

Capt. Jenkins: A training plan made up of long runs, speed workouts, tempo workouts, and strength training all centralized around my goal race pace is what I use to prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon. During races I tend to zone out from extrinsic factors and sometimes don’t even look at my watch until midway through the race so that I don’t have any mental shift or panic of going too fast or slow.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: When were you first introduced to the Marine Corps running team, and how did you become a member?

Capt. Jenkins: At my basic school [The Basic School] by a fellow member of my platoon, Paul Armijo, who also was on the team and my dedicated running friend.

Lance Cpl. Purcell: Are there ever any doubts about how you’ll perform? How do you deal with them?

Capt. Jenkins: When you have a specific training plan, know your ability, prepare for what you can, it takes a lot of uncertainty out of the race. However, there are a number of things you just can’t predict but rather just get better at adapting to.

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The Zucker Family School of Education receives Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement Mon, 17 Oct 2022 13:49:39 +0000 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous ImprovementFrank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous ImprovementThe Zucker Family School of Education was a selected recipient of the 2022 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement. They are ranked as one of the best master’s and bachelor’s programs for education in South Carolina. ]]> Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous ImprovementFrank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement

The Zucker Family School of Education continues to excel, most recently by receiving recognition for their leadership and commitment to continuous improvement. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – CAEP – announced that 32 providers from 16 states were recipients of the 2022 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement. This achievement means The Citadel’s education programs provided clear data trends that achieved accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvements.

“The ZFSOE is steadfast in its efforts to close the loop on initiatives related to continuous improvement. Engaging in data collection and analysis is a cornerstone of our operations, not to mention listening to partnering school districts and educational organizations,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean for the Zucker Family School of Education. “Improvement is a representation of countless ideas distilled down to the best ones in which our team swarms to the call of duty.”

The Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement is named after the founding President of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) who was a key advocate for a single set of educator preparation standards. Recipients of this recognition are proven advocates of continuous improvement in education and preparing students to succeed during their study and throughout their careers.

“I’m proud to work with so many of my colleagues who devote long hours, often late into the night, to influence education in the Lowcountry for the better,” said Britnie Kane, Ph.D., department head of Literacy Education. “This award showcases the fruits of that labor: strong undergraduate and graduate-level programs, excellent professional development opportunities for educators and opportunities for kids – who are at the heart of our work – to come to campus and learn with us. Expect more great things to come from the ZFSOE.”

The Zucker Family School of Education was a selected recipient of the 2022 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement due to its excellence in educator preparation and representation of the diversity and innovation that comes with CAEP accreditation. They are ranked as one of the best master’s and bachelor’s programs for education in South Carolina. This recognition is another mark of quality and distinction.

The Citadel marks a century along the Ashley, still intertwined with Charleston Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:05:55 +0000 It is said that The Citadel could not exist anywhere else, and we are thankful to be an enduring thread in the fabric of a place unlike any other — Charleston, South Carolina.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79

In 1842, the governor of South Carolina authorized the establishment of a military academy in Charleston for deserving young men. This institution became The Citadel and has been an integral part of the Holy City ever since.

It is said that The Citadel could not exist anywhere else, and we are thankful to be an enduring thread in the fabric of a place unlike any other — Charleston, South Carolina.

As war, natural disasters and profound change to society transformed our city, The Citadel grew with it. In 1922, The Citadel moved from the original armory on Marion Square to its current location, a tract of land donated by the city.

This month, as we mark the centenary of our move to the banks of the Ashley, is a fitting time to reflect on how this unique institution became, and remains, so intertwined with Charleston.

Both before and after the move, Citadel cadets and alumni have played prominent roles in our city’s and nation’s history. They have fought in every American war since 1846 and were present at all significant battles in each. More than 700 gave their lives in conflict, 70% of whom hailed from South Carolina.

As Charleston struggled through changes in American society, so did The Citadel. In 1966, a graduate of Charleston’s C.A. Brown High School became the first African American admitted to the Corps of Cadets. Charles Foster graduated in 1970.

He was followed by another African American Charlestonian, Joe Shine, later a prominent S.C. attorney and deputy attorney general.

Thirty years later, the daughter of a Citadel alum and a Goose Creek resident, Nancy Mace, became our first female graduate; she now serves in Congress. Each overcame significant obstacles, besting the challenges of our military system. Their trailblazing accomplishments are highlights of The Citadel’s evolution.

Joe Riley, a member of the Class of 1964, led the modern renaissance of our city as mayor for 40 years, transforming Charleston into a vibrant, modern community while maintaining the spirit of a city, 350 years in the making. Citadel cadets, whose dress uniforms harken to those of the 1870s, are fixtures on Charleston streets during the school year.

And as Charleston grew, so did The Citadel. The 1922 campus had only a single barracks, a mess hall and one building for academics and administration. An infirmary would come the following year, funded by a gift from an anonymous Charlestonian.

By the end of World War II, there were four barracks capable of housing almost 2,000 cadets. The campus now boasts five barracks and academic facilities that rival larger institutions.

As Charleston evolved with new industry and technology, The Citadel kept pace, expanding academic offerings to prepare cadets and students for the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.

When cadets graduate, they become leaders in the military, their professions and their communities. Citadel alumni earn more and return to, or stay in, South Carolina at rates exceeding every other college in the state.

Thirty-five thousand Citadel alumni around the world consider Charleston their second home — the connections between alma mater and city remain unbroken over the decades.

As 1967 graduate Pat Conroy wrote: “You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the Lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston.”

The Citadel is a proud neighbor in Charleston, and we look forward to our next century together.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters is president of The Citadel.

First Black superintendent in Berkeley County strives to bring district into the future Sat, 27 Aug 2022 13:00:00 +0000 Deon Jackson graduated from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1999 and from The Citadel Graduate College in both 2005 and 2013.]]>

Note: Deon Jackson is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 1999; he also earned degrees through The Citadel Graduate College in 2005 and 2013. (Photo courtesy: Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Andrew Miller

More than a decade later, Superintendent Deon Jackson still remembers the feeling he had when he was named principal of the yet-to-be-built Cane Bay Middle School.

It was early summer in 2011. Jackson was still 10 years away from becoming the first African American superintendent in Berkeley County. After the obligatory handshakes and congratulatory pats on back, Jackson hopped into his car and made the short drive from district headquarters in Moncks Corner to Cane Bay Boulevard.

What he found at the construction site left him speechless.

“It was just a slab of concrete, the beginnings of a foundation, nothing else, nothing vertical,” Jackson said. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what have I gotten myself into?’”

As the head of the fourth-largest school district in South Carolina — with more than 36,000 students — Jackson admits there are moments when he has similar feelings to that first time he saw the school construction site.

But then he remembers why he got into education.

“You do it for the students, that’s the ‘why,’” he said. “I think that’s how you stay in touch with the mission. We do this for the students, to try and make a positive impact on their lives.”

Just a year into his new role, Jackson understands the challenges that face one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state. Coming out of a pandemic, the district is facing historic growth, funding issues, new attendance lines and construction headaches.

School board Chairman David Barrow can’t think of anyone better suited to face the challenges in front of the district than Jackson.

“Deon has a vision,” said Barrow, who hired Jackson as an assistant principal at Timberland High School in 2006. “He’ll lead us into the future. He’s going to lead Berkeley County where it needs to be. He’s the right person at the right time for this job.”

That sentiment is shared by Willis Sanders, who spent more than four decades in the district as a teacher, principal and administrator.

“Deon unites people and brings them together in a common cause,” Sanders said. “He builds relationships, builds teams and is very goal-oriented. People are drawn to him because he cares.”

Super agent

In the mid-1990s, when Jackson was going through grueling two-a-day preseason practices as part of The Citadel football team, he wasn’t dreaming about becoming a future school superintendent.

He was more interested in merging his two major interests — finance and athletics. Jackson wanted to become the next super sports agent like Scott Boras or David Falk.

“When I started to research what was required to become an agent, it was a lot more involved than I thought,” Jackson said with a chuckle.

His journey from student-athlete, to teacher and coach, to principal and finally administrator began along the Interstate 77 corridor. Jackson borrowed a friend’s car for a job interview and was hired to work as an assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Lancaster High School.

He spent two years in Lancaster before moving back to the Lowcountry to get his master’s degree in educational administration.

“I was dating my wife at the time and driving back and forth between Lancaster and Charleston was starting to wear on us,” he said.

He got a job at Goose Creek High School coaching defensive backs under Chuck Reedy, taught one P.E. class and worked as an administrator the rest of the day with former Principal John Fulmer.

“Deon was very smart, very organized and related to everyone,” Reedy said. “He had all the attributes you’d want in someone leading young men. I knew the sky was the limit for Deon. If he had stayed in athletics, he would be a head coach or an athletic director by now.”

It’s still Jackson’s favorite job.

“Best job I ever had,” Jackson said. “I got to do everything I loved. I got to coach, I had an administrative role, and I was in the best shape of my life.”

Barrow lured Jackson away from Goose Creek to become an assistant principal at Timberland High School.

“I told Deon that if he stayed at Timberland, he’d be a principal in five years,” Barrow said. “I was wrong. He became a principal in four years.”

In 2010, Jackson took over at St. Stephen Middle School, where he experienced a culture shock.

“The last time I was in middle school I was 12 years old,” Jackson said. “I had been working at high schools, big high schools with large enrollments, and this was a totally different experience.”

St. Stephen had about 250 students at the time and Jackson learned to wear many hats.

“It was a small staff, so I was involved in everything,” he said. “From instruction, to curriculum, to programing, everything. That experience taught me to put myself in everyone’s shoes and see what they were up against.”

Two years later, the doors at Cane Bay opened as Jackson created a school from scratch.

“I think his job at Cane Bay more than any other job molded him into the administrator he is today,” Barrow said. “He built that school from the ground up. Working with contractors, teachers, parents, students, everything and everybody. He created something out of nothing.”

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The Citadel to Host 76ers for Training Camp Fri, 26 Aug 2022 19:09:14 +0000 The Philadelphia 76ers will conduct one week of preseason training camp inside McAlister Field House from Sept. 27-Oct. 2.]]>

From The Citadel Athletics

The Citadel Athletic Department officials announced Friday that the Philadelphia 76ers will conduct one week of preseason training camp inside McAlister Field House from Sept. 27-Oct. 2.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to host the 76ers,” said Director of Athletics Mike Capaccio. “This will be a great opportunity to show off our campus and our great city of Charleston.”
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Medal of Honor recipients speak to incoming Citadel freshman Thu, 21 Jul 2022 14:39:09 +0000 Medal of Honor recipients Walter “Joe” Marm and James McCloughan spoke to the future cadets about leadership.]]>

As seen on WCBD-TV, by Forrest Tucker

Incoming Citadel cadets preparing for their first semester had two very important visitors on Wednesday.

Medal of Honor recipients Retired Army Colonel Walter “Joe” Marm and Retired Specialist Fifth Class James McCloughan spoke to the future cadets about leadership.

“Take care of your troops. You take care of them and they’re going to take care of you,” said Marm, who left from Charleston to fight in Vietnam in 1965. “Just do the best you can, lead by example and don’t ask your men and women to do anything you wouldn’t want to do yourself.”

“If you realize that nobody in this room is better than any other person you will have success in life,” said McCloughan.

The two recipients, and many others, are in Charleston for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen’s Awards. They were greeted with rounds of applause from the future freshman, who will return to campus shortly for Matriculation Day.

“It’s just such a great opportunity to see what the epitome of servant leadership looks like,” said Senior Cadet Jacob Garrett, who is in his second summer leading a squad of future cadets in the Citadel Success Institute.

The program that Marm and McCloughan were dropping by for is a summer transition program to prepare future cadets for life at the Citadel.

Garrett says that future and current cadets learn many lessons from having Medal of Honor recipients come to Charleston.

“Leadership is never about you. It’s about serving those around you. Secondly, the right thing is never the easiest thing to do,” said Garrett.

Marm’s message to the incoming cadets is to do the best they can when they are called to lead.

“I hated war, but I loved my troops. That’s very important,” said Marm.

WalletHub asks Citadel professor about best credit cards for young adults Thu, 07 Jul 2022 20:53:47 +0000 Paul Meeks is a professor of practice in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business who also supervises the Student Managed Investment Fund.]]>

Paul Meeks is a professor of practice in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. He had been an adjunct finance or accounting faculty at three universities since 2005 including the College of Charleston, The Citadel and Western Washington University. He has taught or teaches Personal Finance, Corporate Finance, Investments, Banking, Financial Accounting or Sustainability/Environmental Accounting. Meeks also has published an e-textbook Practical Personal Finance for the Internet Era through Great River Learning. At The Citadel, he also supervises the Student Managed Investment Fund.

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Ask the Experts: Young Adult Credit-Card Section

Paul Meeks
CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager, Independent Solutions Wealth Management, Professor of Practice, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, The Citadel

All young people should have a credit card, but they should treat it as a debit card and pay its full balance by the end of each payment (typically monthly) period. One cannot build critical credit and a credit score without a transaction history. The biggest mistakes that students make about credit cards are a) they roll over their balances and b) they do not realize that they are paying annualized interest rates on their borrowing that easily can exceed 20%, which is highway robbery. Of course, credit and debit cards have been more heavily used since the pandemic. However, even these forms of payment are losing shares to peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions although note that even P2P volumes are typically steered through the very same Mastercard, Visa, etc. networks. A low annual percentage rate (APR) should be the most important feature of any credit card.