News Releases – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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 Citadel Army ROTC cadets in nation’s top ten for two years in a row https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-top-army-rotc-nation/ Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:05:23 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5124 For the second consecutive year a Citadel cadet is among America’s top ten Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets.]]>

2019 top cadets include Matthew Wilder at #2

For the second consecutive year a Citadel cadet is among America’s top ten Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets. Each fall the U.S. Army Cadet Command selects ten college seniors for its national order-of-merit list. Matthew B. Wilder, an electrical engineering major in The South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ November Company is number two on the list. Wilder’s ranking was announced via the Army ROTC social media platforms Dec. 5 as part of a ten-part countdown.

“Cadet Wilder is among the very best and we are fortunate to have him in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. This is a major accomplishment and a testament to The Citadel’s outstanding Army ROTC program,” said Col. John Cyrulik, U.S. Army, professor of Military Science at The Citadel.

Wilder is originally from Apex, North Carolina. He will join the Army Corps of Engineers as a second lieutenant after graduation.

Watch the announcement by Maj. Gen. John Evans at Cadet Command

What it takes to make the list and how The Citadel helps

The order-of-merit list is compiled based on several criteria including grade point average, performance on the Army Physical Fitness Test, college athletic participation, and performance during college ROTC training and Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, according to the command website.

Robert Weigand, who graduated from The Citadel in 2018 with a degree in civil engineering, was #8 on the list announced in Nov. 2017.

“For me, it is the significance of the relationships here at The Citadel that help our cadets succeed,” said Wilder. “My classmates, cadet peers, professors, the TAC officers who help train us, and the officers and non-commissioned officers in the Army ROTC department are the reason I’ve made it to my senior year, and the reason I strive to better myself so that I can serve my country as effectively as possible.”

Citadel Army ROTC field training
Citadel Army ROTC field training

The Citadel has one of three largest programs in America

The Citadel’s Palmetto Battalion is one of the largest Army ROTC programs in America. There are 471 Army ROTC cadets at The Citadel at this time, 112 of whom are seniors expected to accept commissions to become Army officers shortly before graduating May 4, 2019.

For more information about the Army ROTC program at The Citadel, please call (843) 953-5224 or email arotcroo@citadel.edu .

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Cadet Richard DeKold named Schwarzman Scholar https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-cadet-schwarzman-scholar/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:32:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5065 Cadet Chad Dekold stands in front of the Ashley RiverCadet Chad Dekold stands in front of the Ashley RiverCadet Richard "Chad" DeKold, a member of The Citadel Class of 2019, and 2nd Battalion Commander for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, is one of the students selected to receive a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship.]]> Cadet Chad Dekold stands in front of the Ashley RiverCadet Chad Dekold stands in front of the Ashley River

Cadet Richard “Chad” DeKold, a member of The Citadel Class of 2019, and 2nd Battalion Commander for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, is one of the students selected to receive a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. DeKold, who attends The Citadel on a U.S. Army ROTC scholarship, is in the Honors Program and is pursing two majors: Intelligence and Security Studies, and Political Science with a focus on International Politics and Military Affairs. He is studying Chinese as his minor.

The Schwarzman Scholars program was started in 2016 with the goal of preparing the next generation of global leaders. The 147 college students selected for the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2020 will pursue a Masters in Global Affairs with concentrations in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Schwarzman College which is part of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

According to the program announcement, the selection process is designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The site’s description of DeKold is as follows:

“Richard DeKold reformed the leadership development program at The Citadel as one of its top Cadet Commanders and pioneered interfaith dialogues on LGBT inclusion. He has interned for the Institute for the Study of War’s Afghanistan Project in D.C. and analyzed the security of Chinese investments in Qatar for the Pudong Institute in Shanghai. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Richard plans to serve as an Infantry Officer and identify areas for Sino-American security cooperation. Richard is 21 years old and from the United States.”

DeKold was one of 400 semi-finalists who interviewed in one of four cities around the world before a panel of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents and other global leaders. The final selection of scholars was announced Dec. 3.

“Our newest class includes a diverse group of future leaders from around the world. They join a global network of Scholars who have committed themselves to being a force for change, regardless of where their professional or personal passions take them. My hope is that a year in Beijing will inspire and challenge these students in ways they haven’t even imagined. I look forward to seeing how this new class will leave its mark,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Chairman of Schwarzman Scholars.

Some of DeKold’s other accomplishments include completing the Army Ranger Challenge in 2015 and 2016. He prepared a Charleston Port security analysis for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, competed as a member of the The Citadel ethics bowl team, and studied abroad in Taiwan as part of the Department of Defense’s Global Officer Program. Additionally, DeKold managed a team of college and high school students for a candidate for U.S. Senate, is a member of the Cordell Airborne Ranger Society at The Citadel, and is an Eagle Scout.

Additionally, DeKold is featured in the college’s Our Mighty Citadel campaign for his work as a volunteer during Hurricane Florence. Watch his video here.

 

 

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Citadel Alumni Association recognizes Alumnus of the Year https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-alumni-association-recognizes-alumnus-of-the-year/ Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:00:55 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4951 Citadel 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, US Army (Ret.) on leftCitadel 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, US Army (Ret.) on left"Lt. Col. Doug Kelley's deeds and and actions reflect and recognize the importance of his education at The Citadel. He exemplifies our core values of honor, duty and respect. The Citadel Alumni Association is proud to recognize him as the 2018 Alumnus of the Year," said Tom McAlister, interim executive director for the CAA.]]> Citadel 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, US Army (Ret.) on leftCitadel 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, US Army (Ret.) on left
On Left: The Citadel 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, USAF (Ret.) 

 

Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, USAF (Ret.), Citadel Class of 1982, is The Citadel Alumni Association‘s (CAA) Alumnus of the Year for 2018.

According to the CAA award citation:

Kelley has selflessly served The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association for decades. He has attended countless events to support the recruiting efforts of the college as a volunteer alumnus and is the National Chairman of The Citadel Volunteer Recruitment Program which is a vital component of The Citadel’s overall recruiting plan. Doug is also the president of the Tennessee Valley Citadel Club, which has continually earned Gold Star Club status due to the time, talent and philanthropic support the club provides to benefit The Citadel and the CAA.

“Lt. Col. Doug Kelley’s deeds and and actions reflect and recognize the importance of his education at The Citadel. He exemplifies our core values of honor, duty and respect. The Citadel Alumni Association is proud to recognize him as the 2018 Alumnus of the Year,” said Tom McAlister, interim executive director for the CAA.

Kelley was recognized at The Citadel homecoming parade on Nov. 10.

The Alumnus/Alumnae of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement, acts of humanity or service to The Citadel Alumni Society, or the nation, city, state or an organization. The actions or achievements may be career-oriented, heroic efforts, special recognition in their field, work on special significant projects, or other significant personal achievement. This action or achievement must bring honor and credit to the individual receiving the award and represent The Citadel and its core values of honor, duty and respect in the recipient’s private and professional life.

Other CAA members honored for their contributions:

CAA District Director of the Year
Lucien “Lucky” Lane, ’70, District 11

CAA Club President of the Year
Duane Flemming, ’82, The Citadel Club of Greater Washington D.C.

CAA Large Club of the Year
The Citadel Club of Charleston

CAA Small Club of the Year
Pittsburgh Area Citadel Club

CAA Star Clubs 2018
Atlanta
Beaufort
Central Savannah River Area
Charleston
Charlotte Area
Chester-Fairfield
Chicago-Midwest Area
Colleton County
Columbia
Delaware Valley
Greater Greenwood
Greater Washington
Greenville
Horry
Lexington
Maine
New Jersey
North East Florida
North Texas
Pacific Northwest
Pee Dee Area
Piedmont Triad
Pittsburgh Area
Rock Hill
Savannah
Southern California
Southside Atlanta
Summerville
Tampa Bay
Tennessee Valley

 

 

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Gravity, traction, and trajectory – the winning formula for Storm The Citadel 2019? https://today.citadel.edu/gravity-traction-and-trajectory-the-winning-formula-for-storm-the-citadel-2019/ Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:50:19 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4954 Storm The Citadel 2018 - The Mid Evil Miracles celebrate as their ball lands in the bucket for 3-points at Storm the Citadel, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Charleston, SC.Storm The Citadel 2018 - The Mid Evil Miracles celebrate as their ball lands in the bucket for 3-points at Storm the Citadel, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Charleston, SC.The Feb. 9, 2019 event will once again bring up to 3,000 visitors to campus for what is now a tradition for many of the teams that compete. But as STEM teachers from K-12 schools, engineering mentors, business, community, college and military team leaders consider their strategies, some of them have a have a new puzzle to ponder.]]> Storm The Citadel 2018 - The Mid Evil Miracles celebrate as their ball lands in the bucket for 3-points at Storm the Citadel, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Charleston, SC.Storm The Citadel 2018 - The Mid Evil Miracles celebrate as their ball lands in the bucket for 3-points at Storm the Citadel, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Charleston, SC.
The Mid Evil Miracles celebrate as their ball lands in the bucket for 3-points at Storm the Citadel 2018

The 2019 Storm The Citadel competition will bring changes presenting trebuchet competitors with increased math and engineering challenges as they design, build and test their medieval-style catapults.

The Feb. 9, 2019 event will once again bring up to 3,000 visitors to campus for what is now a tradition for many of the teams that compete. But as STEM teachers from K-12 schools, engineering mentors, business, community, college and military team leaders consider their strategies, some of them have a new puzzle to ponder.

 

Jamison Mahoney, 17 in grey, and Byron DeJesus, 17, both of Chapin, SC., and the Center for Advanced Field Studies, prepare their trebuchet for competition at Storm the Citadel 2018
Jamison Mahoney, 17 in grey, and Byron DeJesus, 17, both of Chapin, SC., and the Center for Advanced Field Studies, prepare their trebuchet for competition at Storm the Citadel 2018

The rules are changing for competitors in the Centurion division which includes 6-12 grade students, college students and military personnel. They can plan and they can practice, but they won’t know the actual target distance they’ll be aiming for until just days before the competition. The teams will be informed of three possible distances to be used in the matches two weeks out. They will have to choose one of them and report their selection a week before competition day.

“We are excited to implement this rule change and give many teams that have competed with us before a new challenge,” said Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director of The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence. “We also hope that this change will allow each team the opportunity to hit a target.”

Back for its second year will be the Trebuchet Video Award, which shows competition attendees the stories behind building and testing the trebuchets. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related activities will be available for students between competition times for the second year as well.

Registration open for 2019

Storm The Citadel 2018 Lego robotics competitions
Storm The Citadel 2018 Lego robotics competitions

Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence along with the School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education and the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, Storm The Citadel promotes STEM education and allows students to use the skills they learn in the classroom in tangible, exciting ways. This will be the ninth year teams from around the state travel to campus to battle in the day-long event that includes four competitions:

  • bridge building
  • Lego robotics
  • trebuchet
  • water bottle rocket competitions

    Cadet Kiara Parrish, of India Co., launches water rocket at Storm the Citadel 2018
    Cadet Kiara Parrish, of India Co., launches water rocket at Storm the Citadel 2018

“The event is a chance to focus on the importance of educating the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so it’s great to see so many K-12 students be excited about these concepts and participate in the competitions year after year,” said Albert.

Teams interested in participating in Storm The Citadel 2019 have until Friday, Dec. 14 to register. To register, or for more information, please visit the Storm The Citadel website.

More STEM fun in 2019

Other 2019 events sponsored by The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence include:

Feb. 23 – Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Newberry College  (Div. B & C)

March 2 – Regional Science Olympiad Competition at The Citadel (Div. A, B, & C)

March 16 – State Science Olympiad Competition at The Citadel (Div. B & C)

May 11 – KidWind Challenge at The Citadel

For more information on any of those events please visit this website, or email jalbert@citadel.edu.

 

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81st annual Christmas Candlelight Services at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/81st-annual-christmas-candlelight-services-at-the-citadel/ https://today.citadel.edu/81st-annual-christmas-candlelight-services-at-the-citadel/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:21:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4820 The Citadel Candlelight Christmas ConcertThe Citadel Candlelight Christmas ConcertOne of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. ]]> The Citadel Candlelight Christmas ConcertThe Citadel Candlelight Christmas Concert

One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, along with the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band join together to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

The 2018 services will take place Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music by The Citadel Brass Ensemble beginning at 7 p.m. The services are free and open to the public. 

For those unable to attend, The Citadel will provide a livestream of the Sunday service via Twitter and YouTube.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by the community to honor a loved one.

Poinsettias may be purchased for $12 each. To place an order, call Geri Jones, chapel administrative assistant, at 843-953-5049. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 16.

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Four finalists announced for The Citadel provost and dean of the college https://today.citadel.edu/four-finalists-announced-for-the-citadel-provost-and-dean-of-the-college/ Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:38:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4772 The CitadelThe CitadelThere are four finalists from the field of applicants who have applied to become The Citadel’s next provost and dean of the college. The position is the second highest-ranking administrative role at the college. ]]> The CitadelThe Citadel

Drs. Beatty, Burkhalter, Ryan and Selden to make campus presentations Nov. 12-15

There are four finalists from the field of applicants who have applied to become The Citadel’s next provost and dean of the college. The position is the second highest-ranking administrative role at the college. The provost and dean of the college leads the institutional strategic planning, governs the operations of the five academic schools and The Citadel Graduate College, and plans academic fundraising and development efforts.

“We want a provost who will advance our academic programs, embrace our military culture and demonstrate commitment to our mission of developing principled leaders,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC. “The four leaders selected as finalists are accomplished educators from broad field of qualified applicants who can make outstanding contributions to the quality of our cadet and student experiences.”

The Citadel received 230 applications for the position since beginning the search in June. An interdisciplinary faculty search committee interviewed numerous applicants during several hiring stages, selecting the four finalists listed below.

Robert C. Beatty, Doctor of Business Administration

Dr. Robert Beatty

Beatty is currently the dean of Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University where he leads three academic units: the Lutgert College of Business, the School of Resort and Hospitality Management, and the Professional Golf Association Management Program. In addition, he oversees the operations of four university institutes and centers. Beatty has worked in other positions at Whitworth University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to his university experience, Beatty worked for the Kellogg Company and Amerada Hess Corporation, and served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years. He earned a doctorate and master’s of business administration from Mississippi State University, a master’s in computer systems management from Creighton University and a bachelor’s in computer science from Texas Christian University.

Carmen L. Burkhalter, Ph.D.

Dr. Carmen Burkhalter

Burkhalter is the University of North Alabama (UNA) dean of arts and sciences. She joined UNA in 2015 to run the school, which is comprised 250 faculty, 19 departments and 10 academic centers, equaling 60 percent of the campus. Prior to becoming dean, she served as a tenured professor of communicative disorders and other leadership positions for 20 years at the University of Alabama.  She was senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2013, and senior information officer for the college prior to that. Burkhalter earned a doctorate and Master of Science in Audiology from University of Alabama. She acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Audiology from Columbia College.

 

Karen Ryan, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Ryan

Ryan served as the Stetson University dean of the college of arts and sciences from 2012 to 2017. There she managed 19 academic departments and six interdisciplinary programs. During that time, she recruited more than 50 fulltime faculty as she addressed diversity goals. Before joining Stetson she was a professor of Russian language and literature at the University of Virginia where she also served as associate dean of the arts, humanities and social sciences, and as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Ryan earned a doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from Cornell University.

Sally Selden, Ph.D.

Dr. Sally Selden

Selden is provost and vice president for academic affairs for the University of Lynchburg, where she has worked for 18 years. She has overseen the university’s strategic planning process and served as associate dean of academic affairs, faculty chair, MBA director, chair of management, and research director of the Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies program. Selden earned a doctorate at the University of Georgia and an MPA and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Virginia. She holds the senior professional in human resources certification, and her primary teaching interests are in the areas of management, human resource management and leadership.

Campus presentations

On-campus presentations by each candidate will take place at 1:45 p.m., Nov. 12 to 15 in the Bond Hall 165 auditorium. Cadets, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and to provide feedback following each presentation.

The schedule for each candidate is:

Monday, Nov. 12th           Dr. Bob Beatty

Tuesday, Nov. 13th           Dr. Carmen Burkhalter

Wednesday, Nov. 14th     Dr. Karen Ryan

Thursday, Nov. 15th          Dr. Sally Selden

The candidate chosen for this position is expected to be announced before the end of 2018. The new provost will replace Mark A. Bebensee, Ph.D., who is serving as the interim provost and has been a member of The Citadel faculty in a variety of leadership positions since 1977.

About The Citadel
The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The approximately 2,300 members of the S.C. Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military, but about one-third of each class earn commissions to become officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Citadel alumni have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since 1842. The Citadel Graduate College, founded 50 years ago, offers 25 graduate degree programs with 22 concentration options, 25 graduate certificate programs and 10 evening undergraduate programs in the evening or online. Named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report for eight consecutive years and No. 1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South. Learn more about Our Mighty Citadel here.

 

 

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Oldest regimental commander at 102 to meet the youngest at homecoming https://today.citadel.edu/oldest-regimental-commander-at-102-to-meet-the-youngest-at-homecoming/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:34:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4691 Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Just before this year's Homecoming Review Parade, Smoak and Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn will meet to shake hands before the Corps]]> Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938Photo by Courtney Vinopol. mbassador Marion Smoak, Citadel Class of 1938

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Nov 9-10 includes two homecoming parades, reunions, eagle sculpture dedication and game

The pageantry and celebrations during The Citadel Homecoming 2018 will include a meeting between the oldest living Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets who is 102, and the youngest, who is 21. Ambassador Marion “Joe” Smoak, will make his way from Washington D.C. to visit campus during what would be his 80th reunion since graduating. Just before the Homecoming Review Parade, Smoak, and Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn will meet to shake hands before the Corps.

Cadet Marion Smoak, 1938

After graduating from The Citadel with an English degree, and then from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Smoak served in the U.S. Army as an officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1961. During those years, he was a Judge Advocate Officer in both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. That was followed by tours with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions during which Smoak accumulated 58 jumps earning master parachutist status.

Smoak then entered politics in South Carolina helping organize the state’s Republican Party working his way onto the national stage. From 1969-1974, he was Chief of Protocol for President Richard Nixon, retiring from the Department of State in 1974 with the grade of Ambassador. He later served as part of Ronald Regan’s campaign and transition team.

“We are truly honored that Ambassador Smoak can join us at The Citadel Homecoming 2018 as a representative of the Class of 1938,” said Thomas McAlister, interim executive director for The Citadel Alumni Association. “His zest is inspiring to all of us and we wish him the best at his 80th reunion.”

Smoak, a native of Aiken, South Carolina, has homes in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida and “enjoys a daily martini” according to his family, and the Washingtonian.

The parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and is open to the public.

The Citadel’s new guardian to be dedicated

Original Bond Hall eagle
Original Bond Hall eagle

The original eagle often referred to as the college’s guardian sat atop Bond Hall as a sentinel overlooking campus for more than 86 years until it was removed due to deterioration caused by the elements related to a campus on the marsh.

Bond Hall Administration Building 1930
Bond Hall Administration Building 1930

The eagle was an original part of Bond Hall’s design, included in this 1930 blueprint for the building. That concrete and wire eagle was repaired repeatedly over the years until it was determined in 2012 that it was no longer salvageable.

Bond Hall eagle model and sculptor Scott Penegar
Bond Hall eagle model and sculptor Scott Penegar

The Class of 1983 raised $200,000 to have a new one made and to endow the maintenance of the new eagle. The class commissioned sculptor Scott Penegar to create the new eagle, which he developed as a model. It was then sent to a foundry for scanning and casting in bronze.

Bond Hall eagle being replaced
Bond Hall eagle being replaced

The 4 ft. by 6 ft. bronze eagle was finally hoisted into place Oct. 24.  The steel flagpole situation directly behind the eagle had also deteriorated and needed replacing. The Class of 2006 raised the funds for a new aluminum pole.

The new Bond Hall Eagle and flagpole will be dedicated during a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Citadel's new Bond Hall sentinel watches over campus
The Citadel’s new Bond Hall sentinel watches over campus

Homecoming parades and Bulldogs vs. Samford

Homecoming weekend kicks off Friday, Nov. 9 with an alumni memorial service, academic open houses and a memorial parade at 5:10 p.m. On Saturday, barracks are open for visitors from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and the nationally renowned Summerall Guards precision drill troupe performs at 8:50 on Summerall Field. Kelly is the National Citadel Volunteer Recruiters Chairman.

The Citadel Alumnus of the Year, Lt. Col. Doug Kelley, U.S. Army (Ret.), a member of the Class of 1982, will be honored during the 11 a.m. parade.

Kickoff time for The Citadel Bulldogs vs. the Samford Bulldogs is at 2 p.m.

The full homecoming schedule is here.

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Tuition rates for 2019-2020 released early to help cadets, families plan https://today.citadel.edu/tuition-rates-for-2019-2020-released-early-to-help-cadets-families-plan/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:55:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4665 The Citadel Board of Visitors released the 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates earlier than usual, and with an increase that is lower than the projected Higher Education Price Index rate.]]>

The Citadel Board of Visitors released the 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates earlier than usual, and with an increase that is lower than the projected Higher Education Price Index rate. The Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI), an inflation index designed to track cost drivers in higher education, projects a 2.8 percent increase nationally. Tuition for both in and out-of-state cadets at The Citadel will increase 2.5 percent.

“The Board of Visitors determined that while a modest tuition increase is necessary, the on-going efforts to control costs and increase efficiency across campus support a raise of 2.5 percent, rather than the higher national projection for all institutions,” said Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., chair, The Citadel Board of Visitors. “We made the decision to set the tuition rates now to give cadets, students and their families more time to plan as they apply for financial assistance or make decisions about what college or graduate college to attend.”

The Board of Visitors and college leadership continuously assess ways to improve operational efficiency while supporting the college’s mission to educate and develop principled leaders. The Citadel is one of the only two remaining 24/7 military institutions for undergraduates, aside from the federal academies.

“The Board of Visitors is to be commended for keeping tuition as low as possible without compromising the quality of The Citadel experience,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC, president of The Citadel. “The high number of applicants makes it clear that a Citadel education provides a value that resonates strongly with families across America.”

When comparing college tuition rates it is important to note that The Citadel’s fee structure is different because the costs of room and board and multiple sets of military uniforms comprise the overall “all-in” rate. This is because members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets─ the undergraduate population─ must live in the barracks, eat all meals in the mess hall, and wear uniforms while on campus. Laundry, dry-cleaning and books are also included in the all-in rate, with those costs calculated as part of each cadet’s Quartermaster Account. The all-in rate does not include other items such as lab fees that vary according to the academic major or schedule of each cadet or student.

The costs of attendance for the 2019-20 academic year are below. Freshman year charges are higher because of first-year uniform purchases.

All-in Cost for Cadets In-State Out-of-State
Upper-class $25,055 (+617) $48,089 (+1,179)
Freshmen $30,265 (+602) $53,299 (+1,164)

The Board of Visitors also approved an increase of 2.5 percent for Evening Undergraduate Program students managed by The Citadel Graduate College. That represents a raise of about $12 per hour for instate and $23 a credit hour for out of state Evening Undergraduate Program students. Graduate level students in on campus and online programs will not see an increase.

Citadel Graduate College Programs (*per credit hour) In-State Out-of-State
Evening Undergraduates $497 (+12) $925 (+23)
Graduate Students $595 (no increase) $1,020 (no increase)
Online Undergraduates $500 (no increase) $500 (no increase)
Online Graduate Students $695 (no increase) $695 (no increase)

Many of The Citadel’s programs are supported through the generosity of alumni and donors, as funding from the State of South Carolina currently provides only about 7 percent of the college’s operating budget. Still, the cadet and student experiences continue to evolve, and outcomes continue to surpass national averages supported by increased academic offerings and alumni salary rates. The Citadel is the #1 Public College in the South as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year based on such criteria.

 

 

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Citadel changes grooming policy to match DOD standards https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-changes-grooming-policy-to-match-dod-standards/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:33:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=4644 The Citadel HaircutThe Citadel HaircutThe new policy follows Department of Defense standards and will improve the recruiting of women and give the Corps of Cadets a more professional look.]]> The Citadel HaircutThe Citadel Haircut

Citadel Commandant retired Navy Capt. Geno Paluso, ’89, is implementing a change to the current grooming guidelines outlined in the Blue Book. Under the new guidelines fourth-class male cadets will get one initial fourth-class haircut at matriculation. After the initial haircut, they will follow existing upper-class haircut standards. Fourth-class female cadets will follow U.S. Army standards and will not be required to cut their hair at matriculation. These changes will go into effect in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The new policy follows Department of Defense standards and will improve the recruiting of women and give the Corps of Cadets a more professional look.

“I spent 25 years in the Navy,” said Paluso, “and I don’t think The Citadel should have a stricter grooming standard than the Department of Defense—the very people defending our nation, our freedom and our right to have this institution.”

In the 1997 Blue Book the male haircut regulation changed from one initial freshman-standard haircut to a yearlong freshman-standard haircut. The return to pre-1997 regulations means a cost savings and an improvement in the quality of life for cadets.

Paluso remembers his own freshman haircut in 1985. “We were all in a race to see who would be the first one to part his hair,” Paluso said.

In July 1996 before the first group of women entered The Citadel, the Board of Visitors approved a policy that said that women cadets must have “a distinctive haircut.” For fourth-class women that haircut was a pixie-style haircut. Upper-class females were allowed to have slightly longer hair that could not touch the top of their dress blouse. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the regulations changed to allow upper-class women to have long hair worn in a bun that met the Department of Defense grooming standards.

The new standard for upper-class women, however, meant that sophomore women growing their hair out have an unruly mop that requires a lot of attention and a lot of bobby pins.

“Good for the women who were willing to come here and cut their hair, but the haircuts just look bad,” said Paluso.

A look back at cadet regulations from 1849 shows that hair standards were essentially unchanged for almost a hundred years. There was no fourth-class haircut. Regulations prohibited long hair, mustaches and whiskers. In 1956, the regulations changed to prohibit sideburns, and it was not until the 1960s that the buzz cut was given to freshmen cadets. It was at this same time that the freshman moniker “knob” began to replace the terms “plebe” and “rat.”

Gen. Glenn M. Walters, ’79, who served as assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps before he became in the 20th president of The Citadel in October, is very familiar with Department of Defense standards.

“I support Capt. Paluso’s decision wholeheartedly,” said Walters. “In fact, I asked him to make the change as soon as possible. To be competitive as a college, we need to be current, and hairstyles should not define who we are.”

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Presentation by the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Davit Bakradze

6:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

David Bakradze, the Georgian Ambassador to the U.S., will have an open discussion with students, faculty and staff of The Citadel, the College of Charleston and members of the Charleston community during a visit to The Citadel campus on Thursday, Nov. 1. 

The discussion, “The New Cold War: Democracy v. Authoritarianism in the Post-Soviet Era,” is free and open to the public.

Bakradze will invite the audience to weigh in on questions such as, “How serious is the threat posed by resurgent authoritarianism across the globe?” and “What must the world’s democracies do to compete successfully in the years ahead?” 

Before he was the Ambassador to the U.S., Bakradze served as Georgia’s Ambassador to Greece, Counselor of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

His visit is sponsored by the International Politics and Military Affairs and Intelligence and Security Studies programs in The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Citadel professor of history and author of new textbook, Keith Knapp, to present at College of Charleston

5:10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Education Center 116, College of Charleston
Free and open to the public

Keith Knapp, Ph.D., professor in The Citadel Department of History, will discuss violence in medieval Chinese tales during a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 1 on the College of Charleston campus. The presentation, “Filial Murderers: The Inescapability of Violence in Medieval Chinese Tales of Filial Revenge,” is free and open to the public.

Knapp is one of the co-editors of the recently published Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. He is also the author of Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China, and together with Albert Dien, he is editing the Cambridge History of China: Volume Two, The Six Dynasties 220-581. Additionally, Knapp is finishing a manuscript entitled “The Lives of Filial Children: A Study of Two Medieval Chinese Manuscripts Preserved in Kyoto.”

The presentation is sponsored by the College of Charleston Asian Studies Program.

The Citadel Symposium on American Leaders and Leadership in World War I

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

Experts and scholars on World War I will give presentations and join a panel discussion during The Citadel Symposium on American Leaders and Leadership in World War I Saturday, Nov. 3.

The all-day symposium will feature Edward Lengel, scholar and author; Richard Faulkner, professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Herbert Frandsen, professor emeritus at the Air War College; Lawrence Sondhaus, professor in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Indianapolis; and Matt Davenport, scholar and author.

The event is sponsored by The Citadel Department of History, Daniel Library, and The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. To view the full symposium schedule, please view the Symposium Itinerary webpage.

Bulldog Business Bowl announces semi-finalists

5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5

The Citadel Bulldog Business Bowl will announce semi-finalists in its first round of competition on Monday, Nov. 5. The announcement will be listed on the Bulldog Business Bowl webpage.

Up to eight teams will be selected for the semi-finals based on business ideas they submitted in October.

Semi-finalists will present an elevator pitch to a panel of judges to move on to the final round of competition. The winning team will receive $10,000 and the second-place team $5,000 to start their businesses.

The Bulldog Business Bowl, hosted by the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, is a competition aimed at budding Citadel entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service and the desire to turn that idea into a business.

Keynote presentation by Professor Scott Buchanan

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Savannah, Georgia
Registration required

Scott Buchanan, Ph.D., professor in The Citadel Department of Political Science and executive director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, will be the keynote speaker of the Georgia Political Science Association’s fall conference on Friday, Nov. 9 in Savannah, Georgia.

The annual conference brings together political science practitioners and educators in Georgia and is one of the largest state associations in the nation.

Registration for the conference is $90 for faculty and non-students, $45 for retirees and $25 for graduate and undergraduate students. To register, or for more information, please visit the Georgia Political Science Association Fall Conference webpage.

Lecture and book signing with John Warley

5:45 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Daniel Library
Free and open to the public

The Friends of the Daniel Library will present a lecture with John Warley on Friday, Nov. 9. Warley is a graduate of The Citadel Class of 1967 and the author of Stand Forever, Yielding Never: The Citadel in the 21st Century. A reception and book signing will immediately follow his lecture.

The event is part of the Friends of the Daniel Library’s fall lecture series. Books will be available for purchase during the event.

Homecoming 2018

Citadel Football EntranceFriday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11
The Citadel campus
Tickets required to some events

Graduates are welcomed back to The Citadel for an action-packed Homecoming 2018 weekend. Beginning Friday, Nov. 9, the college will host various festivities including alumni receptions and a football game against Samford. Religious services including Catholic mass and a general protestant service at Summerall Chapel will close out the weekend.

To view the complete schedule of events, please visit the Homecoming Weekend 2018 webpage.

100th anniversary commemoration of World War I

11 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11
The Citadel War Memorial
Free and open to the public

A ceremony honoring Citadel alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during World War I will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at The Citadel War Memorial. The commemoration will take place after the general protestant service at Summerall Chapel.

The ceremony will include readings by members of The Citadel Military Living History Society as well as a benediction by Chaplain Joe Molina.

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim speaks at 9/11 Memorial Museum

7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
9/11 Memorial Museum
Ticket required

While groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have lost ground in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and extremist ideologies have spread across many African nations.

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, executive director of Quilliam and assistant professor in The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, will join Katherine Zimmerman, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and research manager for AEI’s Critical Threats Project, to discuss terrorism threats in Africa.

The presentation, “Africa and the Expanding Front of Violent Extremism,” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. To purchase a ticket for the presentation, please visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum event webpage.

Bulldog Business Bowl teams present elevator pitches

4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

The Citadel Bulldog Business Bowl semi-finalists will present elevator pitches in the second round of competition on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The pitches will include a brief summary presentation of the teams’ business ideas as well as a Q&A session with a panel of judges.

Based on the presentations, five finalist teams will be selected. The finalists will be announced on the Bulldog Business Bowl website on Friday, Dec. 7.   

The Bulldog Business Bowl, hosted by the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, is a competition aimed at budding Citadel entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service and the desire to turn that idea into a business. The winning team of the competition will receive $10,000 and the second-place team $5,000 to start their businesses.

81st annual Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel

7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, along with the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band join together to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

The 2018 services will take place Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music by The Citadel Brass Ensemble beginning at 7 p.m.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by the community to honor a loved one.

Poinsettias may be purchased for $12 each. To place an order, call Geri Jones, chapel administrative assistant, at 843-953-5049. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 16.

The Citadel Archives and Museum website launches

The Citadel Archives and Museums is launching its new website featuring selectively digitized and transcribed materials from the college’s collections. Institutional records, letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts will be available to view and read about on the new site.

Early collections from the antebellum period and the Civil War as well as collections for The Citadel Class of 1968 are currently available to view, and additional collections will be added over time.

To view the new site, please visit The Citadel Archives and Museums webpage.

Important dates ahead

Thanksgiving Furlough: Nov. 16-25
Winter Furlough: Dec. 13-Jan. 6

November 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 is introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.

Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Security Studies and executive director of Quilliam. He is an expert on violent extremism issues both domestically and overseas with areas of specialty on transnational terrorist movements, counterterrorism, Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America, contemporary theology in the Muslim world and African affairs. Fraser-Rahim has conducted research in more than 40 countries on the African continent and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East.

Fraser-Rahim’s newest project, Enslaved and Freed African Muslims: Spiritual Wayfarers In the South and Lowcountry, is now live, as part of the collaborative Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.

Prior to his current role, he served as a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace where he lead their Horn of Africa Programs and served as an expert on preventing/countering violent extremism issues at the institute. He also worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center for more than a decade. In his role, he provided strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on countering violent extremism issues to the White House and the National Security Council.

Fraser-Rahim is the author of numerous policy reports, op-eds and journal articles and is a frequently sought media contributor with contributions made on on MSNBC, CNN, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC, France 24 and NPR.

He completed his Ph.D. in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity Issues at Howard University. He also received his master’s degree at Howard University and his bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston.

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