News Releases – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:32:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png News Releases – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Girls who smash codes: free, NSA-funded camp at The Citadel now accepting applications https://today.citadel.edu/cyber-camp-nsa-citadel-free/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:13:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7486 Girls attending Citadel NSA GenCyber Camp 2018Girls attending Citadel NSA GenCyber Camp 2018Middle and high school girls in the Charleston area are invited to apply for The Citadel's National Security Agency (NSA) funded cyber security camp to be held on campus for five days in the summer.]]> Girls attending Citadel NSA GenCyber Camp 2018Girls attending Citadel NSA GenCyber Camp 2018

(Above) Girls attending The Citadel NSA/NSF-funded GenCyber Camp in summer of 2018

“GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes” on campus this summer; July 29 – Aug 2

Middle and high school (8th – 12th grade) girls in the Charleston area are invited to apply to attend The Citadel’s National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funded cyber security camp to be held on campus for five days in the summer. There is no fee to apply or to attend, if selected.

The full name of the program is: GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes: Cybersecurity Interdisciplinary Training Camp for Middle/High School Girls.  The topics covered will include:

  • Cybersecurity concepts and principles
  • Network security
  • Secure coding
  • Crypotography
  • Cyber crime
  • Cyber ethics

This is the third NSA/NSF GenCyber grant earned by The Citadel, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. In 2016, the college offered a GenCyber camp for middle and high school teachers, and in 2018 the college hosted a GenCyber camp for K-12 students.

“There is a large demand for cybersecurity professionals in the federal government and private industry,” said Shankar Banik, Ph.D., program director for GenCyber Citadel, associate professor of cyber and computer science, and co-director for the Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies. “The Citadel is committed to helping train America’s future cyber defenders who are in college, graduate college, or who are younger and considering careers in cybersecurity.”

This year’s GenCyber team of educators will include:

Applications are being accepted until April 26 and 20 students will be accepted. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. To apply to attend the camp, or for more information girls and their parent(s) should go to this website, or call (843) 953-7121.

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Funeral services scheduled on campus for Cadet Keith Schemm Jr., Citadel Class of 2022 https://today.citadel.edu/funeral-services-citadel-keith-schemm-2022/ Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:19:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7318 Cadet Keith Shemm, The Citadel Class of 2022Cadet Keith Shemm, The Citadel Class of 2022Our entire Citadel family is mourning the loss of Cadet Keith Schemm and Miss Elizabeth “Libby" Daniel, who died Sunday morning in a tragic car crash. The loss of two so young and full of promise is a heart-breaking wound for our small community.]]> Cadet Keith Shemm, The Citadel Class of 2022Cadet Keith Shemm, The Citadel Class of 2022

The life of Cadet Keith Schemm Jr., 19, a member of The Citadel Class of 2022, will be celebrated on the campus where he began his college career less than a year ago. Schemm will be remembered at an 11 a.m. service on Thurs., April 11, in The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. He will be entombed in the chapel’s Memorial Bell Tower Columbarium at a later date.

Schemm, from Isle of Palms, died following an automobile accident, just two weeks after being officially recognized as a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The tragic accident also took the life of Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, 18, a senior from Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant. Schemm graduated from Wando in 2018, where the two met and began dating.

Schemm, was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1999 to Keith Allen Schemm and Martha Elizabeth Jones. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Martha Elizabeth Jones and Bryan Cisne of Isle of Palms; his father and step-mother, Keith Allen and Suzanne Schemm of Greenville; his brother, Thomas Wayne Schemm of Isle of Palms; and his grandparents, Elizabeth and David Schemm of Greenville and Carolyn and Wayne Jones of Charleston.

Schemm’s obituary can be found here.

A statement from the President of The Citadel

Our entire Citadel family is mourning the loss of Cadet Keith Schemm and Miss Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, who died Sunday morning in a tragic car crash. The loss of two so young and full of promise is a heart-breaking wound for our small community.

Cadet Schemm, 19 years old, had recently been recognized formally by upper class cadets alongside his Citadel Class of 2022 classmates after the culmination of his training as a freshman. Miss Daniel, only 18, was also a promising young leader and the commander of Wando High School’s Air Force JROTC–the same high school Keith graduated from a year ago.

When such things happen, we all feel a profound sense of loss. Keith and Libby’s families, classmates and friends need our support as they mourn their loved ones.  No one in our community should walk alone if they are hurting, so please support each other or find assistance as we deal with this tragedy.

Please keep these families in your thoughts in the days ahead.

Semper Fi

Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) President of The Citadel

Cadet Keith Shemm and Elizabeth 'Libby' Daniel
Cadet Keith Schemm and Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel

Media note

Members of the media will be permitted outside the chapel in the designated area. No photos or videos will be permitted inside the chapel.

 

 

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Laying a Korean War soldier to rest, decades after he went missing in action https://today.citadel.edu/laying-a-korean-war-veteran-to-rest-decades-after-he-went-missing-in-action/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:22:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7183 Herman Falk Citadel Vietnam POWHerman Falk Citadel Vietnam POW1st Lt. Herman Falk’s name is written in two places on The Citadel campus: The Citadel War Memorial, as well as the plaque outside Summerall Chapel that honors Citadel cadets]]> Herman Falk Citadel Vietnam POWHerman Falk Citadel Vietnam POW

1st Lt. Herman Falk’s name is written in two places on The Citadel campus: The Citadel War Memorial, as well as the plaque outside Summerall Chapel that honors Citadel cadets who lost their lives in war. The name of The Citadel Class of 1950 alumnus and U.S. Army Prisoner of War (POW), is also recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Herman Falk, Class of 1950, Senior Yearbook photo
Herman Falk, Class of 1950, Senior Yearbook photo

Soon, Falk’s name will also be written on a gravestone in one of the nation’s most well-known military cemeteries. 1st. Lt Herman Falk will finally be laid to rest, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. All Citadel alumni and their guests are welcome to attend the memorial.

“The Citadel has a long tradition of answering when country calls. 1st Lt. Herman Falk is one of the heroes who answered that call,” said Col. John L. Dorrian, vice president for communication and marketing. “Lt. Falk served, and died for, his country not even a year after graduating from The Citadel. We happy to know that he will be laid to rest in the country he served, and that his loved ones will receive the closure they deserve. The Citadel family is proud to claim 1st Lt. Falk as one of our own. We will never forget his service and sacrifice, and we will continue to honor his legacy.”

In September 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that they had identified Falk’s remains. He was returned to the United States between 1990 and 1994, when North Korea returned 208 boxes of co-mingled human remains. They turned out to be the remains of at least 400 U.S. servicemen who died during the war.

Falk’s remains were identified using mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, and circumstantial and material evidence.

In February 1951, Falk was in South Korea as a member of Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting the Republic of Korea against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces in the vicinity of Changboing-ni. The 22 year old, who had graduated from The Citadel less than a year before, was reported missing in action on Feb. 12, 1951, along with half of his platoon, or 156 soldiers.

After the war, returning American POWs reported that Falk died in either April or May that year, while being held prisoner at the Suan Bean Camp in North Korea.

Falk's name on The Citadel War Memorial
Falk’s name on War Memorial

According to the DPAA, there are still 7,686 Americans who remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. They continue to work to identify more of the missing, including from Falk’s platoon, and have released the identifications of 200 POWs confirmed through contemporary forensic analysis in the past year.

Several thousand Citadel alumni were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces when the Koran War began. Thirty-one are listed on The Citadel War Memorial as killed in action in that war.

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A statement on the passing of Senator Fritz Hollings https://today.citadel.edu/senator-fritz-hollings-death-citadel-statement/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 14:54:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7220 Fritz Hollings (left) with Citadel president Gen. Mark Clark (right) and Sen. Strom Thurmond, in jeep review of South Carolina Corps of Cadets military paradeFritz Hollings (left) with Citadel president Gen. Mark Clark (right) and Sen. Strom Thurmond, in jeep review of South Carolina Corps of Cadets military paradeAs a cadet, soldier, governor, senator and citizen, Fritz Hollings cared deeply about those who were less fortunate. He focused on the importance of keeping our nation strong and secure. ]]> Fritz Hollings (left) with Citadel president Gen. Mark Clark (right) and Sen. Strom Thurmond, in jeep review of South Carolina Corps of Cadets military paradeFritz Hollings (left) with Citadel president Gen. Mark Clark (right) and Sen. Strom Thurmond, in jeep review of South Carolina Corps of Cadets military parade

South Carolina Governor Fritz Hollings (front, left) taking review of The Citadel’s Corps Day military parade with the college’s president, Gen. Mark Clark (front, right), and Sen. Strom Thurman (middle) in 1959

A statement from Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret), President of The Citadel:

With the passing of Sen. Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, our nation, our state and The Citadel family lost a patriot who devoted his life to serving others. He lived an incredible life, graduating from The Citadel in 1942, serving in the European Theater during World War II, and then using his drive and energy over decades to solve problems for our state and our nation.

As a cadet, soldier, governor, senator and citizen, Fritz Hollings cared deeply about those who were less fortunate. He focused on the importance of keeping our nation strong and secure. He believed deeply in The Citadel’s mission to educate principled leaders, and returned to campus often to participate in projects that made a tremendously positive impact on his alma mater.

Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with the Hollings family as we all reflect on a life well-lived.

Cadet Ernest Frederick "Fritz" Hollings, The Citadel 1942
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Krause Center honors Col. Myron Harrrington, Jr. for distinguished leadership and service https://today.citadel.edu/krause-center-myron-harrrington-leadership-award-citadel/ Sat, 30 Mar 2019 17:14:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6969 Col. Myron C. Harrington, Jr., USMC (Ret.), is the recipient of the 2019 Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.]]>

Col. Myron C. Harrington, Jr., USMC (Ret.), is the recipient of the 2019 Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.

Harrington, a Citadel Class of 1960 graduate, is vice chair for The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV). He served the nation for 30 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, served countless students as an educational administrator, and has served his alma matter in some way, most of his life.

Harrington was nominated for the award by long-time Citadel Board of Visitors member Allison Dean Love who has served on the BOV alongside Harrington since he first became BOV secretary in 2006.

“Col. Myron Harrington is immensely qualified for this award,” wrote Dean Love. “He is a very humble, quiet leader who consistently exhibits The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty and respect in both his professional life and his private life. Without exception, he embodies the values and ethical character of a principled leader and exemplifies service before self in actions and deeds. He serves as a role model for all of us who serve with him.”

As a cadet, Harrington studied history. He was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps in 1961. One of the highlights of his military career included service as company commander, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968 during the Battle for Hue City during the Tet Offensive. He has been sought out over the years as a contributor providing his accounts from that historic battle for major media outlets including, most recently, CNN and C-Span. Other highlights included serving as commanding officer 3rd Recruit Training Battalion Parris Island, commanding officer 24th Marine Amphibious Unit in Beirut, Lebanon, and chief of staff of Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Citadel BOV Emeritus Member Doug Snyder presenting Palmetto Award to Col. Myron Harrington in 2013
Citadel BOV Emeritus Member Doug Snyder presenting Palmetto Award to Col. Myron Harrington in 2013

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Harrington served in independent school education for which he earned numerous awards. He was headmaster (now headmaster emeritus) for Trident Academy in Mt. Pleasant, an independent school specializing in the remediation of students with learning disabilities. He is past vice president and headmaster for the South Carolina Independent School Association, and past president of the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools.

Additionally, Harrington served as co-chairman of the Medal of Honor Convention 2010 Committee and helped raise more than $1.5 million for the organization. He has served as a volunteer board member, president, leader, or regular member of more than 12 other organizations, including St. Phillip’s Church.

Harrington’s military commendations include the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Vietnamese Staff Honor Medal 1st Class. He also holds numerous service and campaign medals as well as unit commendations such as the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (two) and Vietnam Service Medal (five campaigns).

Harrington is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto from the state of South Carolina and the Palmetto Medal from The Citadel and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by The Citadel Alumni Association.

Myron, and Ann Harrington have two children and six grandchildren.

The Citadel’s  Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics creates and advances collaborative programs, ethics education, and community engagement to develop principled leaders. The center creates opportunities for leader development through structured courses, ethics bowl competitions, leadership conferences, and service learning & civic engagement programs for Citadel cadets, students faculty and staff.

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Remembering Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier, The Citadel Class of 1949 https://today.citadel.edu/maj-gen-carroll-letellier-citadel-1949-ravenel-bridge/ https://today.citadel.edu/maj-gen-carroll-letellier-citadel-1949-ravenel-bridge/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2019 13:39:45 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6947 Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier U.S. Army photoMaj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier U.S. Army photo“Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier is respectfully remembered by many in The Citadel community,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel. “He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for almost three decades, was known for his engineering designs and direction related to major projects around the nation including the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, and served in numerous capacities as a leader on campus. He will be greatly missed.”]]> Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier U.S. Army photoMaj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier U.S. Army photo

Engineering great with life-long Citadel and Charleston ties exemplified principled leadership

Charleston native, accomplished engineer and Citadel Class of 1949 alumnus, Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier, is being remembered for his service to the nation, his career, and for his life-long devotion to his alma mater. He passed away at the age of 90 on March 27, in Charleston.

“Maj. Gen. Carroll LeTellier is revered by The Citadel community,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel. “He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for almost three decades, was known for his engineering designs and direction related to major projects around the nation including the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, and served in numerous capacities as a leader on campus. He will be greatly missed.”

LeTellier’s leadership in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

LeTellier began serving in the Army Corps of Engineers after his graduation from The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT.

During his 27 years with the Army, he was deployed overseas six times including during three conflicts in Korea, Lebanon and Vietnam (twice). Additionally, LeTellier served as district engineer in St Louis, and as division engineer in Atlanta. He led groups responsible for projects including the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, numerous dams and floodwalls, and oversaw the military construction program for the Southeastern United States.

LeTellier earned the Distinguished Service Medal, and five awards each of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. His military education included the Advanced Engineer Officer’s Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and The Navy War College.

Engineering feats after the Army

Major General Carroll Letellier
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After retiring as a major general in 1976, LeTellier became Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, which later became Jacobs. In this role, he oversaw the design and construction or upgrades for both physical and technical security for 44 U. S. embassies around the world. LeTellier was involved in the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the upgrade of the Northeast Rail Corridor from Washington to New York for high-speed trains, and several subway stations. He directed the engineering of the Santee-Cooper Re-diversion Canal and Power Plant, and in his final four years before retiring, created the preliminary designs for the cable-stayed Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston.

“Following his retirement, Maj. Gen. LeTellier was involved in the design and construction of the Holliday Alumni Center and Hollings Hall at The Citadel, in addition to serving as head of civil engineering,” said Col. Ron Welch, US Army (Ret.), Ph.D., dean for The Citadel School of Engineering. “He served on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council since its inception in 1996 and the School of Engineering Advisory Board for 9 years. His devotion to our program was tireless, as was his father’s, Louis S. LeTellier.”

LeTellier earned an honorary degree in civil engineering and the Palmetto Medal from The Citadel. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 1998 by The Citadel alumni Association. In addition, LeTellier was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

LeTellier Family Legacy at The Citadel

Carroll LeTellier was one of four family members to graduate from, attend, or serve The Citadel.

Louis LeTellier, The Citadel
Louis LeTellier, The Citadel

Louis S. LeTellier, Carroll’s father, joined the college’s faculty in 1908, later becoming the head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He served as Acting President of The Citadel in 1953 upon the retirement of Gen. Charles P. Summerall, transitioning to Dean of the College after Gen. Mark Clark became president. LeTellier Hall, constructed in 1937, is named for Louis and still houses The Citadel School of Engineering. Created in his name, the Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award is presented to the senior cadet attaining the highest academic grade point average in civil engineering every spring.

Louis S. LeTellier Jr., who graduated with The Citadel Class of 1948, was Carroll’s brother and is now deceased. His son, Louis LeTellier III, Carroll’s nephew, graduated as a member of The Citadel Class of 1976.

LeTellier and his departed wife, Frances Melsheimer LeTellier, were married 63 years and had four children. Their sons Francis R. LeTellier and Carroll N. LeTellier Jr., and their daughter, Norma Louise, preceded them in death. Their daughter Mary C. LeTellier, of Charleston, survives them.

Devoted alumnus

LeTellier touched the lives of many in The Citadel community during his decades of dedication to his alma mater.

“One could look a lifetime and never find a man that more fully embodied the characteristics The Citadel’s principled leadership mission demand of its graduates than Major General Carroll LeTellier. A true patriot and warrior in all aspects of his life, his passing will be a great loss to the college and the community at large.

Carroll was a faithful, loving husband and father, a stellar Army officer, and an accomplished business executive but also, the most ardent of supporters for The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association. His vison, leadership and determination has helped insure the success of both for decades to come. The Holiday Alumni Center and Hollings Hall stand as a memorial to this selfless and untiring devotion to these institutions. The Citadel family will grieve the loss of Carroll and wish him only fair winds and following seas as this last chapter of his life closes.”

Rick Raybon, Controller, The Citadel Alumni Association

“Carroll was literally born into The Citadel Family, raised on The Citadel campus, and faithfully followed his family’s Citadel traditions. His optimism in the face of great suffering and his humility, considering his talent and accomplishments were his hallmarks.  He landed in the Pusan Perimeter within a month of North Korea’s 1950 invasion and led a black engineering unit in the Korean War with colorblind leadership.

Carroll was a two-star general with a solid chance to be the Army’s chief of engineering and wear a third star when he was stricken with cancer. Still, he lived 44 years more and outlived his two peer generals who did achieve the Army billet he might have had.”

Lt. Col. Fred Whittle, USMC (Ret.), Citadel Class of 1980, former president of The Citadel Alumni Association, Honorary Doctor of Commerce

 

 

 

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Top principled leaders receive Palmetto Awards https://today.citadel.edu/four-principled-leaders-to-receive-palmetto-awards/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:00:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6807 The Palmetto Medal Award, one of the highest awards presented by The Citadel, was given to four people who embody the college’s definition of principled leaders during the military review]]>

The Palmetto Medal Award, one of the highest awards presented by The Citadel, was given to four people who embody the college’s definition of principled leaders during the military review parade during the 2019 Corps Day Weekend.

Logan R Barber

A member of The Citadel Honors Program, Cadet Barber is a gifted student who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. In the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, he holds the rank of Echo Company commander, a responsibility he takes to heart. Barber spends hours tutoring, mentoring, advocating for and encouraging freshmen in both Tango and Echo companies, as demonstrated by the improvements earned in company grade point averages.

Described as a natural servant-leader, Barber spends much of his free time helping others. He has provided nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer service, working with numerous nonprofit organizations and most notably the American Red Cross, helping those who have suffered from the effects of natural disasters.

For his compassion, his devotion to service and his commitment to helping others in need, The Citadel Board of Visitors awards Cadet Logan R. Barber the 2019 Palmetto Medal.

Ronald C. Plunkett

Ronald C. Plunkett is a 1964 graduate of The Citadel who has served his country, his community and his alma mater with distinction. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Plunkett earned a commission in the U.S. Army. From 1964 to 1967, he served on active duty, earning the rank of captain. He then served in the Army Reserves for four years while he went to work in the shipping industry.

Plunkett is a natural leader whose civic engagement spans from his alma mater to his church and the Boy Scouts of America. At The Citadel, he served on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board and spearheaded the display presentation of the Commandant’s Department, which includes curating the biographies of alumni flag officers, commandants and Greater Issues speakers. He is a generous supporter of the college and has freely given of his time and his talents.

In recognition of his long-lasting accomplishments and his devotion to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is pleased to present Mr. Ronald C. Plunkett with the 2019 Palmetto Medal.

James Harrison Whetstone

While a cadet, James Harrison Whetstone was a Gold Star student and a member of the Summerall Guards, the elite precision drill platoon. Following his graduation in 1960 with a degree in political science, he began a career in the textile industry, eventually becoming the corporate director overseeing the global operations of Unifi Inc., the largest producer of textile yarns in the U. S. and one of the largest international companies of this type. As a senior leader there, Whetstone sought opportunities to mentor and help develop junior colleagues.

After retiring, Whetstone returned to Charleston, joining forces with his alma mater to expand mentorship opportunities for cadets of all majors and career goals. Out of his commitment grew a new initiative, the Cadet Corps Leaders Mentor Program, a mentorship program open to cadets serving in key leadership positions throughout the Corps. Assembling a diverse group of leaders from the military, civilian, government and private sectors,Whetstone built a thriving program benefitting hundreds of cadets.

For his dedication to his alma mater and his noble ambition to mentor the next generation of principled leaders, The Citadel Board of Visitors is awards James H. Whetstone the 2019 Palmetto Medal.

Sarah J. Zorn

Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn, Regimental Commander, The South Carolina Corps of Cadets
Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn, Regimental Commander, The South Carolina Corps of Cadets

Cadet Colonel Sarah J. Zorn earned her rank in the Corps of Cadets through hard work, determination and a spirit of selflessness that graces her every action. As the 2019 regimental commander, she has embodied principled leadership and embraced opportunities to foster excellence in the Corps.

Zorn arrived in August 2015 as a cadet recruit with an Army scholarship and a drive to excel, and she concludes her four-year tenure as the highest-ranking cadet at The Citadel with a long list of accomplishments, including a record of civic engagement and outreach. An ambassador representing both The Citadel and the U.S. Army, Zorn spent the summer of 2018 at the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Mons, Belgium, working with other representatives from NATO countries.

In the wake of her cadet leadership, Zorn leaves a legacy of generosity, commitment and moral courage that will continue to inspire cadets for years to come. For her indomitable strength and her service to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, The Citadel Board of Visitors awards Cadet Col. Sarah J. Zorn the Palmetto Medal.

 

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Citadel’s part-time MBA ranked among best in nation by U.S. News & World Report https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-part-time-mba-ranked-among-best-in-nation-by-u-s-news-world-report/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:45:14 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6909 MBA classroomMBA classroomBaker School of Business MBA program now ranked in top 100 for part-time and online programs The Citadel Graduate College’s online and part-time master of business administration (MBA) programs are]]> MBA classroomMBA classroom

Baker School of Business MBA program now ranked in top 100 for part-time and online programs

The Citadel Graduate College’s online and part-time master of business administration (MBA) programs are now both in the top 100 programs in the nation. U.S. News & World Report recently named the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business 89th in the nation for part-time MBA programs. In January, the U.S. News & World Report rankings put The Citadel’s program in the number one position in South Carolina out of all of the state’s institutions offering online MBAs.

The college began offering a fully online MBA program in 2016, and has risen rapidly to be considered one of the best part-time and online programs in the country.

Mike Manesiotis, Citadel MBA student
Mike Manesiotis, Citadel MBA student

“It is a testament to the hard work and the persistence of the faculty and staff at The Citadel,” said Mike Manesiotis, Citadel MBA student, BenefitFocus employee and vice president of The Citadel MBA Association. “I’m pursuing a Citadel MBA to advance my career goals, and I’ve had a great experience. As the Baker School of Business continues earning recognition as one of the best, there are even more reasons to choose The Citadel MBA program.”

Manesitois is one of almost 250 MBA students in The Citadel’s two program options.

“The Citadel’s MBA program has educated busy professionals on campus to contribute to Charleston’s booming economy for decades. These new rankings are especially meaningful because the program has only been offered 100 percent online since 2016,” said Michael R. Weeks, Ph.D., dean for The Tommy and Victoria School of Business at The Citadel. “We now have military service members and MBA candidates studying around the country and the world. They’ve chosen The Citadel because the college is internationally recognized for developing excellent leaders who thrive in their chosen fields.”

Some of the advantages of an MBA from The Citadel include developing essential management and leadership skills that are immediately applicable for students who are working professionals. Additionally, the same expert faculty members who teach on campus teach the online student.

Morgan Spencer, Citadel MBA student
Morgan Spencer, Citadel MBA student

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a combination of average peer assessment score, average GMAT and GRE scores of entering students, average GPA of part-time students, the part time students’ number of years of work experience, and the ratio of full-time to part-time students. For an online program, the methodology is based on a combination of engagement, expert opinion, student excellence, faculty credentials and training, and services and technologies.

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Upcoming news from The Citadel – April 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-april-2019/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:11:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6520 Crawling through mud during Bulldog Challenge 2018Crawling through mud during Bulldog Challenge 2018Some of the big events happening in and around The Citadel's campus in April, including the joint ROTC Awards, Baker Business Bowl and Bulldog Challenge]]> Crawling through mud during Bulldog Challenge 2018Crawling through mud during Bulldog Challenge 2018

Photo: Bulldog Challenge 2018

Joint ROTC Awards Ceremony

Citadel ROTC Awards 2018
Citadel ROTC Awards 2018

April 4
4:00 p.m.
McAllister Field House
Free, open to public

On Thursday, April 4, The Citadel will honor more than 100 men and women from the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The 2019 Joint ROTC Awards will be at 4:00 p.m. in McAllister Field house.

Annually, the departments nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards in order to recognize them for their academic and military leadership and excellence. The awards being presented recognize qualities that range from displaying the traits and characteristics of service through demonstrating the ability to solve problems outside the box.

The Citadel ROTC departments provide cadets with officer training during college to allow them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation. Through the departments, which include Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Marines ROTC and Navy ROTC, The Citadel is one of the nation’s proven producers of top military leaders.

Baker School of Business Hall of Fame

April 4
6:00 p.m.
Charleston Gaillard Center
Tickets required, open to public

Baker School of Business Hall of Fame
Baker School of Business Hall of Fame

The Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel holds its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Charleston Gaillard Center, which is located at 95 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

Honorees include Niall Gannon, Citadel alumnus and lead member of the Gannon Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management; Bill and Rachael Best, founders of Thermal Engineering Corporation; Nick Gavalas, Class of 1972 and co-founder of the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation; and Mark Bebensee, Ph.D., interim provost at The Citadel.

Niall Gannon, The Citadel Class of 1990 Nick Gavalas, The Citadel Class of 1972 Dr. Mark Bebensee, The Citadel

Tickets are $100 per person ($700 for a table of eight) and can be purchased here.

The Citadel Class of 1965 supports The Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.

The mission of The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is to educate and develop innovative leaders of principle to serve a global community.

Gold Star Journal – Parts 1 and 2

April 5, 11
Part 1: 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Part 2: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Bond 165
Free, open to public

Gold Star Journal Part 1
Gold Star Journal Part 1

Some of The Citadel’s brightest cadets and students will present their work from the college’s scholarly publication, the Gold Star Journal. The pieces highlight their writing, research and critical thinking skills.

Two sets of authors published in The Gold Star Journal will discuss their contributions to the publication on April 5, starting at 9:30 a.m., and April 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. The editor-in-chief will also discuss his multi-year experience with the journal.

During Part 2 of the event, editors with the journal will distribute awards and certificates. Awards will be presented for the Best Overall Paper, Best Undergraduate Paper, Best Graduate Paper, Best Presentation and Best Photograph. Afterwards, there will be a journal signing and reception in Daniel Library after.

The Gold Star Journal is The Citadel’s premier scholarly publication, which features cross-disciplinary nonfiction papers written by both undergraduate and graduate students.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of The Daniel LibraryThe Gold Star Journal and The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Lecture on the American South, Politics and Barbecue

April 9
6:30 p.m.
Bond 165
Free, open to public

The leading authority on the American South will give a speech titled “Barbecue and Politics” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in Bond 165.

John Shelton Reed
John Shelton Reed

John Shelton Reed is a scholar, author, sociologist and humorist. He has written and edited more than 20 books, including My Tears Spoiled My Aim, his 2018 volume Mixing It Up: A South-Watcher’s Miscellany, and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South, which examines topics from the civil rights movement to the Moon Pie.

Raised in Kingsport, Tenn., Reed earned his undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the National Humanities Center, and twice a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including a number of universities in India as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, and has held visiting positions at many institutions, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London, and All Souls College, Oxford University.

Reed was Mark Clark Visiting Professor of History at The Citadel in 2007, and has delighted audiences with his witty, insightful talks when he has returned to campus over the years since.

Charleston Gardens Presentation and Gateway Tour

April 11 and 12
1:30 p.m.
Museum Reading Room in Daniel Library and downtown Charleston
Free, open to public

Karen Padgett Prewitt
Karen Padgett Prewitt

A two-part event, with a lecture on Thursday and private walking tour on Friday, offers the local community the chance to learn how gardens in Charleston influenced different gardens around the nation.

Karen Padgett Prewitt will hold a lecture on this topic on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. and a private walking tour on April 12, also at 1:30 p.m. Prewitt is the foremost authority on Loutrel Briggs, a noted landscape architect who designed more than 100 gardens in or around Charleston’s historic district. Prewitt has served as an archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society, where she cataloged a collection of around 1,000 drawings by Briggs. She frequently lectures for garden clubs, preservation groups and symposia.

In her lecture, Prewitt promises to help The Citadel community uncover the secrets of the little-known Loutrel Briggs Garden, which is located at Quarters One on campus, the president’s houe. The garden and house, both created in the 1950s, display some classic Briggs influences that will shape how the community views this campus treasure. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

On Friday, Prewitt will lead a private walking tour along the Gateway Walk, the downtown garden space that connects Archdale St. all the way to Church St. To RSVP for the walking tour, contact Ruby Murray at murrayr@citadel.edu or call (843) 953-6845.

Sigma Xi Annual Dinner

April 16
6 p.m.
Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
Tickets required, open to public

Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., president-designate of the College of Charleston
Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., president-designate of the College of Charleston

The Charleston chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honors Society, is hosting its annual dinner at 6 p.m. on April 16.

This year’s featured speaker is Andrew Hsu, Ph.D., a professor of physics and the new president-designate of the College of Charleston. Hsu was unanimously elected to serve as president in Nov. 2018, and will officially become president in May 2019.

The annual event brings scientists in the tri-county area together with faculty and students from The Citadel, College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina. The dinner gives the society a chance to welcome its new members, as well as congratulate winners of multiple awards.

Sigma Xi is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. The Charleston chapter was chartered in 1981 and has received the Chapter of Excellence Awards in both 2009 and 2013.

Barracks to Broadway cadet show

April 16
6:30 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall
$5 general admission, free with Citadel student, senior or military ID

From Hamilton to Jersey Boys, and from The Greatest Showman, to Grease, Citadel cadets take on popular Broadway melodies, old and new, on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in this annual show, called Barracks to Broadway.

Nancy Lefter, The Citadel music director, and Nakeisha Daniel, the first artist in residence for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will co-lead the performances.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Admission is free with a Citadel, student, senior or military ID. All seating is general admission and available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve seats for a group of 10 or more, email Tiffany Silverman at silvermant@citadel.edu.

Final Round of the Baker Business Bowl V (formerly the Bulldog Business Bowl)

April 17
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
295 Bond Hall
Free, open to public

Baker Business Bowl V
Baker Business Bowl V

The third and final round of the Baker Business Bowl V, originally called the Bulldog Business Bowl, will be on April 17, starting at 8:30 a.m. The program supports hopeful entrepreneurs who have ideas for new products or services, and the desire to turn those ideas into real businesses. Cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students participated in three rounds, until five final teams were left.

This year’s finalists are, in alphabetical order:

  • A1 Engineering Services
  • Dan’s Boot Dryer
  • Drink Up CHS
  • Dynamic Powders LLC
  • Lend A Hand

Those five teams also get the chance to attend a series of educational workshops, meant to educate them on how to develop their full business plan.

This is the first year the competition’s name reflects that it’s presented by the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.

Bulldog Challenge

April 20
6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Downtown Charleston
Registration required, open to public

Bulldog Challenge 2018
Bulldog Challenge 2018

This isn’t your average 10k. The Citadel Bulldog Challenge is a unique, nationally-known endurance race that borrows from all facets of the U.S. Marine Corps ROTC training exercises. The race stretches from The Citadel campus all the way down to the MUSC parking garage and the sand volleyball courts. Teams of competitors cross obstacles like tire flips, a simulated casualty evacuation, a mud pit, a pool and much more.

This is the first year runners have the option to run the race with a two-person team, as well as the traditional four-person team. The race, organized by the Semper Fi Society at The Citadel, gives active duty service members and ROTC units from across the country the chance to come together for a friendly but grueling competition. Funds raised by the Bulldog Challenge support annual scholarships for cadets or active duty Marines within the college’s Naval ROTC Unit, as well as funding time-honored traditions like Mess Night and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

To register for the race, click here.

Easter sunrise service

April 21
6:30 a.m.
Parade Field
Free, open to public

Watch as the sun rises behind the historic Summerall Chapel during an Easter sunrise service that is open to all. The non-denominational Christian Service will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 a.m. outdoors, on the parade field.

Easter is the holiday when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having happened three days after his burial. To many Christians, it’s the most special day of the year.

Palmetto Gold Gala

April 27
5 p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Tickets required

Helen Ballestas, Ph.D.
Helen Ballestas, Ph.D.

Two members of The Citadel’s nursing faculty will receive a prestigious honor for exemplifying excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession on April 27. Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., and Robin Matutina, Ph.D., will be honored at the gala, which will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Robin Matutina, Ph.D.
Robin Matutina, Ph.D.

The Palmetto Gold Gala is hosted by by the Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Program. For the last 18 years, the program has worked to honor both employees and facilities with the Palmetto Gold Award, which recognizes nurses for their outstanding accomplishments.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here. Net proceeds from the gala will be used to provide scholarships to nursing students in South Carolina.

This recognition of the nursing program will happen just days ahead of the first nursing class to graduate from the Swain Department of Nursing at The Citadel.

Shape Note Singing from the Southern Harmony

Wednesdays (April 3, 10, 17 and 24) throughout the month
6 p.m. – 7
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to public

Join cadets, students, faculty, staff, and guests of The Citadel in singing Shape Note tunes from the 1847 edition of the Southern Harmony and Musical Companion at Summerall Chapel on every Wednesday of the month.

Charlestown shape note music
Charlestown shape note music

Shape note singing is a long-running American tradition of learning to sing a capella which uses shaped note-heads to assist a singer to discern tonal intervals quickly by sight. This “FA SO LA MI” system came to the continent from the English, but became uniquely American during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

clefFaSoLa shape note singing
clefFaSoLa shape note singing

The Citadel group sings together Wednesday evenings throughout the spring when the Corps is on campus and classes are in session. Copies of the Southern Harmony and Musical Companion are available for visitors. For more information please email Stephen Jones at sjones3@citadel.edu or call (843) 953- 5876.

April feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.

John Peeples, Ph.D.
John Peeples, Ph.D.

John Peeples, Ph.D. has been teaching electrical and computer engineering at The Citadel since 1999. His scholarly interests span a broad range of physical electronics, from novel techniques of cooling high performance electronics to emerging methods of energy conversion. He teaches at all levels including graduate courses. His emphasis areas including the two-semester senior capstone experience, solid state electronic devices and energy systems engineering.

In March, Peeples is to be honored with the Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. He will be presented the award at the 2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association (ECEDHA) on March 22 – 26 in Tucson, Arizona. That award is given to an individual with a sustained record of leadership and service to ECEDHA, as well as electrical and computer engineering.

Peeples served as The Citadel’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department head for 12 years and as the president of ECEDHA in 2015. He has written numerous technical papers, journal articles and two book chapters, and holds two US patents. Effective January 1, 2015, he was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In this capacity, Peeples helps develop and promote legislation governing the engineering profession, and with his fellow board members adjudicates disciplinary cases concerning the profession of engineering.

Peeples earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel. After that, he competed a tour in the US Air Force and then earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina.

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A Fulbright future for The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-fulbright-canada-establish-visiting-research-chair/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:23:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6339 Gen. Glenn Walters and Michael Hawes, Ph.D.Gen. Glenn Walters and Michael Hawes, Ph.D.The Citadel and Fulbright Canada agreed to establish a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences starting in the fall of 2020.]]> Gen. Glenn Walters and Michael Hawes, Ph.D.Gen. Glenn Walters and Michael Hawes, Ph.D.

Photo: Gen. Glenn Walters, Citadel president, and Michael Hawes, Ph.D., CEO of Fulbright Canada

Soon, The Citadel will bring a little bit of Canada to South Carolina

The Citadel will be the first school in South Carolina to establish a rare, ongoing visiting faculty position through the Fulbright Program. The college and Fulbright Canada agreed to establish a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair located within The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in fall 2020. All Canadian scholars meeting the eligibility requirements of the Fulbright Program are eligible to apply.

Logo for Fulbright Canada

The goal of the joint program is to develop and explore the concepts of leadership and ethics from a research and scholarly perspective, within the context of the humanities and social sciences.

Bo Moore, Ph.D., Dean of School of School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Bo Moore, Ph.D., Dean of School of School of Humanities & Social Sciences

“This extraordinary honor from the Fulbright Program further documents the international recognition that our academic programs have earned,” said Bo Moore, Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences. “And it will provide a wonderful platform from which we and our close friends in Canada can advance the study and practice of principled leadership in service to the values of democratic pluralism that our two nations share.”

Each Fulbright Chair at The Citadel will spend nine months on campus, carrying out the research, teaching and service they outlined in their application for the position. The chair will also explore long-term collaborations and institutional linkages between his or her home institution and The Military College of South Carolina.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with The Citadel on this exciting new opportunity and confident that this will be a tremendous success,” said Michael Hawes, Ph.D., CEO of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States (Fulbright Canada).

The Citadel’s previous Fulbright accomplishments

This new position comes after the recent successes of faculty members in securing Fulbright Scholarships.

Scott Buchanan, Ph.D.
Scott Buchanan, Ph.D.

Most recently, Scott Buchanan, Ph.D., obtained a position as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, starting in August 2019. As chair, Buchanan will spend nine months conducting research and lecturing in Helsinki.

“Being awarded the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies is an enormous honor, and I am proud to represent The Citadel in Finland,” said Buchanan. “While I am excited about teaching the students at the University of Helsinki, education should always be a collaborative venture between professor and student. So, I look forward to what the students there will be able to teach me.”

Other professors recently awarded Fulbright grants include Chip Taylor, Ph.D., head of the Department of Psychology, and DuBose Kapeluck, Ph.D., head of the Department of Political Science.

Lloyd "Chip" Taylor, Ph.D. DuBose Kapeluck, Ph.D.

Taylor was awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Calgary from 2016 – 2017, and Kapeluck was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant at the University of Ljubljana from 2012 – 2013.

According to Fulbright, the Distinguished Chairs program is considered the most prestigious of the organizations scholar appointments.

Additionally, 21 cadet graduates from The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences earned postgraduate Fulbright grants over the last 16 years. That number includes alumnus Brandon Bohrn, who received a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Germany to teach classes in English and American culture.

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