Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:08:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 A preeminent servant-leader retires after dedicating 42 years to The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/a-preeminent-servant-leader-retires-after-dedicating-42-years-to-the-citadel/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:48:56 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8718 Dr. Mark Bebensee, Interim Provost at The Citadel,Dr. Mark Bebensee, Interim Provost at The Citadel,The futures of many Citadel alumni were fortified by Dr. Mark Bebensee, the man some call the "saint" of The Citadel.]]> Dr. Mark Bebensee, Interim Provost at The Citadel,Dr. Mark Bebensee, Interim Provost at The Citadel,

Photo above: Dr. Mark Bebensee, The Citadel interim provost and 42- year professor of business

Thousands of men and women passed through Lesesne Gate over the past 42 years. Many of them have gone on to lead armies, governments, corporations, churches and community organizations. And, many of them had their futures fortified by this one man, Mark Bebensee, Ph.D., the man some call the “saint” of The Citadel.

Dr. Mark Bebensee, always seen as the consummate gentlemen, assisting his wife, Mary.

Now, Bebensee’s many admirers are wishing him well as he retires after dedicating his life to lifting those around him toward higher goals through a Citadel education.

“During his decades of service as an educator at The Citadel, Dr. Mark Bebensee helped steer the successful development of thousands of principled leaders,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, president of The Citadel. “A legendary leader and teacher, Dr. Bebensee exemplified the servant leadership he worked to instill in every class of cadets during his time as a professor, department head, assistant dean and as interim provost.”

A leader in many areas of campus

Dr. Mark Bebensee seen in his uniform at The Citadel in 1978
Dr. Mark Bebensee in 1978

Bebensee joined The Citadel in 1977 as an assistant professor of economics with a B.A. from Millsaps College and an M.A., Ph.D. from Duke University.

He quickly moved through the administrative ranks as assistant to the dean of undergraduate studies as well as department head, and then associate dean of the School of Business Administration for eight years.

Bebensee’s roles continued to grow, to include being named associate provost for academic affairs in 2009, a position he held until being named interim provost in 2018. Despite his many duties, he never stopped teaching in the classroom. Bebensee has won every teaching award The Citadel has, and his instruction extended to a second generation of students who are as generous with their praise of his teaching as their fathers were when they were cadets.

Dr. Mark Bebensee, front, second from right, with other Citadel faculty, 1980

Mark Bebensee is an amazing guy…kind, intelligent, strong, creative and incredibly dedicated. I was at The Citadel when he arrived and blessed to get to know him well. He was the advisor for my son in the early 2000s and guided him to graduation.

He has graciously touched so many lives and made The Citadel a much better place. My wife and I established the Mark A. Bebensee Business School Scholarship after our son graduated. I encourage everyone to donate to the Scholarship and cement his legacy. He deserves the very best retirement has to offer! Daniel Kohl, ’78

READ MORE LETTERS TO DR. BEBENSEE HERE

Modeling what he taught

Dr. Mark Bebensee presenting award to Dr. Sarah Imam in 2019

The cadets, students, faculty and staff who learned through Bebensee’s work saw a model of servant leadership before their very eyes in the classroom, at events around campus and out in the community.

Most recently, the college community saw that servant-leader in the role of interim provost, celebrating the achievements of the faculty he was leading, helping develop a new general curriculum and long range plan, in addition to being inducted into the Baker School of Business Hall of Fame, the very same school he helped shape over his career.

In addition, many know Bebensee for his talent and generosity exhibited in another role. He was an organist and tireless advocate for The Citadel Cadet Chorale. He’s also known for being the organist at his church, St. Andrews in Mount Pleasant.

Dr. Mark Bebensee addressing freshmen about musical opportunities through The Citadel Cadet Chorale

In the words of Dr. Bebensee

Q. Why is a Citadel education as relevant to young people today as it was when you began teaching here 42 years ago?

A. For members of the Corps of Cadets, our mission really hasn’t changed very much — we have always been in the business of developing future leaders for all walks of society, military and civilian alike. What has changed is our relatively more recent emphasis on developing principled leaders. 

As our society saw evidence of a lack of ethical decision-making through examples like Enron and WorldCom, we realized that we needed to spend more time talking with cadets about the need to make moral, ethical decisions and then giving them some tools they could use to do that. 

In my early years, we talked about the barracks being a “learning laboratory for leadership,” but the assumption was that most of that learning was supposed to happen through osmosis! Over time, we have developed and refined a four-year leader development model, we have an added an academic department devoted to Leadership Studies, and we have infused leadership education throughout our four-year curriculum.

For both the Corps and our Citadel Graduate College (CGC) students, I believe our educational offerings have become more relevant over the past 40 years as we added new degree programs such as Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering, Intelligence and Security Studies, and Cyber Operations, to name a few.

Q. What means the most to you when you consider the contributions you have made to the lives of thousands of cadets and students?

A. I feel amazingly blessed to have found a place to be for 42 years that is in the business of transforming people’s lives — and that’s what happens at The Citadel in both the Corps of Cadets and in the CGC, because education does that. Who gets to work at a place they love for 42 years these days?

In addition, it has been such a privilege as an academician to be associated with an institution whose students tend to stay connected to the school — and therefore to its faculty and staff — long after they have graduated. Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have some type of communication from a former student, and nothing warms the heart of an old teacher more than being remembered fondly by someone years after a class is finished.

In my administrative positions, I have had a chance to influence the hiring of a great many terrific faculty and staff members over the years.

My greatest satisfaction, though, comes from the friendships I still maintain with former students and with people with whom I’ve worked. The thing we all have in common is respect for and admiration of The Citadel. There are great things ahead.

  • Dr. Mark Bebensee
  • Dr. Mark Bebensee congratulating a newly promote professor, Lauren Rule Maxell at banquet in 2019
  • Dr. Mark Bebensee, Interim Provost at The Citadel,
  • Mary and Mark Bebensee with daughter Lorraine Parks at her wedding
  • Dr. Mark Bebensee; Lt. Gen. John. B. Sams, USAF (Ret.); Director Dan Coats, DNI; Capt. Geno Paluso USN (Ret.) at The Citadel Sep.25, 2018
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Letters to Dr. Mark Bebensee https://today.citadel.edu/letters-to-dr-mark-bebensee/ https://today.citadel.edu/letters-to-dr-mark-bebensee/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 20:30:08 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8685 As word traveled about the retirement of Mark Bebensee, Ph.D., letters and notes were sent to the college. They came from Bebensee's former students, their parents, friends and colleagues.]]>

Photo above: Dr. Mark Bebensee in the Sphinx 1993

As word traveled about the retirement of Mark Bebensee, Ph.D., the man who dedicated more than four decades of his life to educating and developing principled leaders at The Citadel, letters and notes were sent to the college and posted on social media sites. They came from Dr. Bebensee’s former students, their parents, friends and colleagues.

Here is a collection of just some of the remembrances and well wishes from those who are grateful for having been taught or guided by their beloved “Dr. B.”

Words of thanks for his wisdom and kindness

Mark Bebensee is an amazing guy…kind, intelligent, strong, creative and incredibly dedicated. I was at The Citadel when he arrived and blessed to get to know him well. He was the advisor for my son in the early 2000s and guided him to graduation.

He has graciously touched so many lives and made The Citadel a much better place. My wife and I established the Mark A. Bebensee Business School Scholarship after our son graduated. I encourage everyone to donate to the Scholarship and cement his legacy. He deserves the very best retirement has to offer!
Dan Kohl, ’78

Prof. Jim Bryant, The Citadel Class of 1980

I don’t really have a memory but rather a statement: that Dr. Bebensee was one of the top professors I ever had in my 44 academic years as a student and professor. He, Bland Mathis and MG Barrett were clearly the best professors I had during my cadet tenure from 1976-1980.

Dr. Bebensee has a razor-sharp mind and, intellectually, is in a class all by himself. He conveyed money and banking concepts that I leverage to this day and his economics’ teachings were truly extraordinary.

He is richly deserving of Professor Emeritus status for being one of the best professors The Citadel ever had the privilege of having at the college.

Dr. James A. Bryant, ’80

Congratulations Dr. Bebensee. Thanks for your dedication to The Citadel these many years. You have touched so many lives it is hard to comprehend. I still apply Samuelson Economics which you artfully shared with me in 1979.

Eric Fernandez, ’80, via The Citadel Alumni Association Facebook page

Thank you Mark for all you did for Our Mighty Citadel. Enjoy your retirement. You are one of the finest, and your contributions will be realized and experienced by The Military College of South Carolina for many years to come. Many blessings to you and family! Thank you, Sir!

Alexander F. Giles III, ’83, via The Citadel Alumni Association Facebook page

Dr. Mark Bebensee was my professor, mentor, music director (of the St. Alban’s chapel choir) and friend. He taught me so many things…both academic and “real life” lessons. His example and his excellence were guideposts for me throughout my cadet years and beyond. When I think of how much he did for me in just four years…and that he has accomplished for countless cadets for 40 years…it’s mind-boggling!

God Bless and Godspeed, Mark.
“How can I be sure…
in a world that’s constantly changing?
How can I be sure?
I’ll be sure with you.”

Charleston Manship, ’83

Brendan Shanahan, The Citadel Class of ’84

Dr. Bebensee basically rewrote my resume that helped me land my first job as an accountant at KPMG in NYC. Dr. Bebensee helped reword my summer work as a bouncer to be a “guest relations” position, if my memory is correct. He was one of my most favorite professors at The Citadel.

Brendan Shanahan, ’84

As “Academic TAC Officer” for the ‘85 knobs of Romeo (and many others) you offered us some common sense, kindness and humanity as we were orienting ourselves to the confusion of the 4th Class system. You reminded us that we were at The Citadel for an (excellent) education. Thank you for your service to our Citadel. Godspeed!

Hank Reed, ’85

I will never forget then-Major Bebensee, nor the Original Thirteen, which he led and directed for those fortunate enough to have a voice to sing and a willingness to do more than the daily cadet life regimen entailed. He was an ever-patient, kind and generous soul that expected great things, but tempered this with the understanding that young men, locked away from the rest of the world, could be wild animals at times. Singing before 6,000+ BMTs at Fort Jackson, in 1988, and other large shows we did back then, set us up for success by teaching us poise, humility and comfort in front of large crowds.

Thank you so very much, Dr. Bebensee, for lessons, character and memories that have lasted a lifetime. God bless and keep you as you move into your retirement and a new, personal milestone. 

Jeffrey Bertrand, ’90

A great man, servant leader, and an excellent example of Honor, Duty, and Respect. God bless you sir!

Justin Pearson, Sr., ’91

Dr. Bebensee, I wish you a enjoyable retirement. You are a great human being.

Rodney Johnson, ’92

Dr. Bebensee was often teased by cadets for his “filing system”

Jacob Billy Jenkins II, '94
Jacob Billy Jenkins II, ’94

This man should be a saint. Col. B. and Miss Mary welcomed me into their home as a cadet and made me feel like I had a safe place. At their home I was able forget the problems in the barracks and be a part of their family. I remember when Lorraine (his daughter) came to this wonderful family.

I will never forget all the things this man has done for me, and there are probably some I do not even know about. He protected and fought for me like I was his son. His talents are never-ending, and his ability to play the piano and organ are amazing. Academically, he always knew what to say to encourage me to do my best.

Without Mark, I would have never been on the dean’s list or be a gold star recipient. He has always been a pillar of support and encouragement, mentally, academically, and spiritually. Alan and Lorraine couldn’t have had a better father. The Citadel couldn’t have had a better man to run their School of Business and be a part of of the college’s administration.

The State of South Carolina and The Citadel should recognize this man like no other, for his selflessness and all the time he has given of himself to make The Citadel a better college, and the students of the college successful. Mark, thank you for everything. I am glad God put you in my path to adulthood. Your Friend 

Jacob “Billy” Jenkins II, ‘ 94, via The Citadel Alumni Association Facebook page

As the smallest cadet of my class, and from Philadelphia, I was a pilgrim in a strange land when I arrived at The Citadel. I was allowed to sign up for a sponsor family, as I was not a local cadet, and was assigned to Col. Bebensee. His home and family became an oasis of peace in an otherwise “full” experience my knob year was delivering. Sunday meals, use of their phone and just general wise words and empathy were only a few of the most valuable contributions Col. Bebensee and his wife offered. I remain in their debt and wish Col. B. all the blessings he deserves after serving our institution.

Andrew M. Barbone, Regimental Band, ’96

Jeremy Farber, The Citadel Class of 1999

I was at The Citadel from 1995 to 1999; however, I was three classes short of getting my degree, which was pretty stupid. In 2011 I reached out to the school to talk to someone about finishing the three courses that I needed to get my degree finally. It was a tough phone call to make for, as you might guess, I was highly embarrassed about the stupid decision I had made not to complete my degree. When I called, I was eventually transferred to Dr. Bebensee. I explained to him my situation and how I wanted to finish my degree. Dr. Bebensee was kind, and I never felt judged at all, just encouraged that I could finish.

Over the next several years, I worked with Dr. Bebensee to find approved classes at approved institutions. At times I didn’t think I could do it, but he kept on cheering for me and encouraging me. In 2016 I received my diploma.

I honestly don’t think I would be a Citadel graduate if it weren’t for him. He’s a fantastic educator and has probably changed thousands of lives over his tenure. God bless him and his family,

Jeremy Farber, ’99, CEO, Securis

Incredibly grateful for the inspiration this man was to me early in my life. He encouraged with a sincere interest in seeing me succeed. I don’t think of The Citadel without “Col. Bebensee” coming to mind, and though I’m sorry to see him leave after so many years of service– I know that he’ll continue to have a profound impact on the lives of anyone around him.

Thank you, Sir.
Ross Simpson, ’03

Col B was not only my advisor when I was a cadet, but he waas also my father’s (class of 1978) when he was a cadet. I have known Col B majority of my life.

Whenever I am back in Charleston, not as often as I would like, I make it a point to go to campus and pop into his office just to say hi even if it just for a moment during his constant and busy schedule. No matter how busy he is or what he is in the middle of doing he always had time to shake my hand, ask how I was, how my family was doing, etc.

He is a friend, a teacher, and a leader. It was an honor to have him as my advisor but even more so for me to continue to call him a friend.
Thank you Sir for being such an amazing person and friend to me for such a long time. I wish you all the best in your retirement. I know we will see one another again in the very near future.

Jared Kohl, ’04

Dr. Bebensee is a remarkable individual that help shape me into the person I am today. I remember his impact on the religious organizations on campus and in particular offering cadets and myself insights and perspectives that were not only thoughtful but unique. Level headed, patient, thoughtful, kind-hearted, generous and honest are all words that describe the Dr. Bebensee. His impact on The Citadel, cadets and the society as a whole will forever live on. I thank him for what he provided me and cadets alike.

Congrats, Dr. Bebensee, your work will forever be remembered.

Joshua Rogers, ’13

I finished my 4 years but had to return 3 years later due to the lack of some requirements. Col. Bebensee was nothing but supportive and wanted nothing but to see me succeed. He was generous and flexible with his time but extremely compassionate. I will never forget what he helped me accomplish. I couldn’t have had a better advisor in my corner after suffering from a major motorcycle accident, as he motivated me to pursue the “end goal”. Thank you for your support!

Joseph Clyburn, ’14/’18

It was great working with you, Dr. Bebensee, through our shared  involvement with The Citadel Gospel, Chorale and Christmas Candlelight services. You are an awesome organist!

David Days, ’19

He is the greatest father anyone could have ever asked for. I am very proud to be his daughter. If I could be half as successful as he is, I will be doing great. Reading all of these comments just make me more proud of him. I didn’t even think this was possible. We have never been on a vacation in all my 28 years that someone didn’t recognize him from The Citadel. It became a game between my mom, brother and me. Dad has been telling me since I was young that I would be teaching. I am hard-headed and needed to learn that for myself.

Fast forward all these years and here I am working on my masters in secondary school counseling at The Citadel. It will be very strange to go to class and not go to my dad’s office first to get dinner at the Chick-fil-A on campus. Everyone at The Citadel will miss him, including me.

Lorraine Parks, Col. Bebensee’s daughter

The Bebensee family. Alan, Mary, Lorraine, Bruce and Mark. Mr. Bruce Besssensee, Mark's father, has since passed away.
The Bebensee family. Alan, Mary, Lorraine, Bruce and Mark. Mr. Bruce Bebensee, Mark’s father, has since passed away.
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Through the eyes of the Charleston hospital workers movement: 50 years later https://today.citadel.edu/through-the-eyes-of-the-charleston-hospital-workers-movement-50-years-later/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:00:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8714 The Post and Courier shares the words of strikers, community leaders and others remembering the Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Stephen Hobbs

In March 1969, African American hospital workers had enough.

Underpaid and overworked, hundreds, mostly women, took their grievances to the streets of Charleston. They demanded better treatment, the rehiring of 12 co-workers fired by the Medical College Hospital, now the Medical University of South Carolina, and the recognition of the Local 1199B union.

Below are the words of strikers, community leaders and others remembering the more than 100 days of activism in Charleston that followed. The comments have been edited for length. 

Kerry Taylor, professor of history at The Citadel, speaking at an April commemoration for the hospital strikers.

What we remember as a workers strike, a hospital workers’ strike, was really part of a broad hospital workers’ movement, and we should think of it as a broad movement. Of course, the women who initiated the strike, who led the strike, were at the center, but it really drew upon the support of wide segments of the African American community here in Charleston that included, of course, most immediately, their family members, but also faith leaders, students, other area low-wage workers and some elements of organized labor.

Outside of Charleston, of course, there was great support from elements of the labor movement and from the civil rights movement, most notably coming from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was kind of in the midst of its Poor People’s Campaign of 1968-1969. This was (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s) last crusade after the folks left Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1968 as part of the Resurrection City, they looked to Charleston as a continuation of the values and the goals of the Poor People’s Campaign. So really the eyes of the broader civil rights movement were looking to Charleston as kind of the next step in the future of the civil rights movement.

It’s also important to remember that the three months or so of the strike were part of a much longer struggle, that the organizing at the medical college began at least two years earlier. And was triggered in late-1967 by the firing of five African American workers who were subject to racist abuse at the hand of their supervisor. That’s really what triggered Ms. Mary Moultrie to begin talking to community leaders about how it is they could get those women’s jobs back and it was through that longer conversation that they contacted (Local 1199) in New York City, contacted (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference) and brought some much needed resources to bear in the hospital workers campaign. So it was built at the hospital, built on that long history of struggle going back to ’67. But, of course, it was built on a tradition of a freedom struggle tradition in Charleston that goes back to emancipation, if not many years before.

Louise Brown, one of 12 fired hospital workers at Medical College Hospital and a striker, speaking at a March event honoring the hospital workers’ strike.

We wanted better pay. We was tired of being worked so hard. All we wanted was a little bit of money for the hard work that we’d done. We didn’t get that. Instead, we got jailed. We got put in jail. We got whipped. We got beat. I got kicked out my house.

It was horrible. Racism is bad. But we cannot stop here. We got to fight on for what is right … What are we going do about it? We gonna stand still and let it happen to us all over again?

Let’s pass the torch. Let’s don’t leave it where it’s at. We started in ’69, we can finish in 2019. 

We changed the system. Herbert Fielding got his job as representative, for the first black African American man since Reconstruction. He got his job. (James Clyburn) got his job. Mayor (Joe Riley) got his job. They hired more people in the city council because of the 12 women that stood up for what we know is right. We were not going to be defeated regardless of what happened.

Julia Davis, Mary Moultrie, Coretta Scott King, Rosetta Simmons, Juanita Abernathy and Doris Turner lead a march in support of striking hospital workers on April 30, 1969. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
Julia Davis, Mary Moultrie, Coretta Scott King, Rosetta Simmons, Juanita Abernathy and Doris Turner lead a march in support of striking hospital workers on April 30, 1969. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)

Mary Moultrie, one of 12 fired hospital workers at Medical College Hospital and a strike leader, in a March 2009 interview for The Citadel Oral History Program.

I left Charleston for a few years, lived in New York. I returned in ’67 and got the job at the medical university hospital, and that’s when I became kind of active. I had worked at a hospital in New York, and when I got back here I found that things were completely different.

There were all kinds of grievances that people had. You know, it was not just being fired by students, but it was a lot of discrimination, was a lot of heavy workload, was nurses, they’re referring to blacks as monkey grunts, and all sorts of things that they had to either tolerate it or you’re fired. But we didn’t have no means of grieving, you know, if you had a grievance, you know, that was your business. You had no place to take it.

During that time, we had very few white nurse’s aides, but the few that were there didn’t get the heavy workloads that we got. And it was my understanding that they were paid differently. Nothing I could prove, you know, but I was told that they were making more than the $1.30 an hour that we were making. And they certainly didn’t work as hard as we did, so it was a difference.

Vera Smalls-Singleton, one of 12 fired hospital workers at Medical College Hospital and a striker, speaking at a March event honoring the hospital workers’ strike.

I was afraid. I was only 22 years old with two babies in the stroller. My husband at the time, the children’s father, he got laid off. I got fired. Rent was only $52 a month and we weren’t able to pay rent.

And I thank God we were the 12 that got fired. Because of us, that’s why the strike took place. Because everybody stayed out and support us. And that’s what we have to do today. We have to support one another.

I’ve never seen so many police, and National Guard and billy clubs. It was really, really a hard time in my life. I don’t know where I would have been because sometimes you have to go through some things to get to the next thing.

I am also blessed to be at the Medical University (of South Carolina), and retired. A lot didn’t do that. I retired from the Medical University with 31 years of service. And thanks be to God.

Rosetta Simmons, one of 12 fired hospital workers at Medical College Hospital and a striker, in a March 2009 interview for The Citadel Oral History Program.

Management needed to know that we are human beings, and we ought to be treated with dignity and respect. Money will come later, but just those things, being treated as human beings and being treated with dignity and with respect. And I think, when I think about all of what we went through, we got some respect, in a sense. Monies, a few pennies, came. But it was not overall the big thing. The big thing, as far as I was concerned, is that we were being treated as a human being, and before that, we weren’t.

When you are treated badly, and there’s a way where you can correct some of it, you stick with what you know, what you have, the help that’s been out here for you … I didn’t realize that some of the workers who were at Memorial Hospital were receiving the same kind of treatment over there, and this was how I started organizing at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

Johns Island native Bill Saunders was an organizer and lead negotiator of the Charleston hospital workers’ strike. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
Johns Island native Bill Saunders was an organizer and lead negotiator of the Charleston hospital workers’ strike. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)

William “Bill” Saunders, among the earliest community advocates of the striking hospital workers, in a March 2009 interview for The Citadel Oral History Program.

So then they fired those 12, that really put us in a spot. Because we were not prepared to strike. And the (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) was here, and even the union was, but we were not prepared to strike. And the hospital, with the political wing, had hired a labor lawyer from Greenville. They decided if they fired those 12, which were the leaders, and then even if they strike they would get everybody back except for the people that they didn’t want back. That was the game plan. And they did, so they fired those, and they were assured that within, you know, 10 or 12 days, everything was going to be back to normal. But again, we also had our own plans.

It was the only thing except for Hurricane Hugo that I saw that brought the community together. I mean, we had the beauty shops doing people’s hair for free, and barber shops cutting for free. The ministers came together, white and black ministers that had never got together. The Catholic priests did so much, I mean, it stood up a lot, and there were some sisters and stuff … We understood, some of us that did some of the planning, we understood that the thing that drives everything, that especially drives Charleston, is the economics.

But it really brought some respect to people that never had respect before. I don’t know that the folks that was in charge would never believe that poor people could stop the city of Charleston.

Cecil Williams, an Orangeburg-based photographer who covered the hospital workers’ strike for Jet Magazine, in a May interview.

Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)

I was really, really jubilant when my picture was selected of (Coretta Scott King) to be on the front cover. It was one of the most happiest moments of my time.

The Charleston hospital workers’ strike in history was probably about the last of those great marches. And if that is so, from the perspective of a journalist like me, who saw the beginning in Clarendon County, that means that really the civil rights movement began in South Carolina (with the Briggs v. Elliott case) and ended in South Carolina with the Charleston hospital workers’ strike. So it was great to contribute to this historical milestone.

The Rev. Nelson Rivers, civil rights advocate and pastor at Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, speaking at a March event honoring the hospital workers’ strike.

The Rev. Nelson Rivers III, pastor at Charity Missionary Baptist Church. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
The Rev. Nelson Rivers III, pastor at Charity Missionary Baptist Church. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)

The memory kindles this longing in me, for where are the movement churches now? Because, on the front line of that march … it was pastors, fathers, leaders and even elected officials.

We remember the students who went to jail during the strike. Along with (the Rev. Ralph Abernathy). Trade unionists who stood with the hospital workers. The clergy and the church … sanitation workers and even the Georgetown steelworkers who organized their union for recognition months after the strike.

The Rev. William Barber II, civil rights advocate, speaking at a March event honoring the hospital workers’ strike.

It began as a dispute between employers and employees but it became, right here, a national, listen, an international debate.

In 100 days, they began to change. They boosted the pay. That’s the other side we’ve got to tell: they didn’t just protest, they won. They gained respect. They hastened the end of Jim Crow. Even many politicians today, that are active today, owe, whether they remember it or not, they owe their political lives to what these women did.

The Rev. John Reynolds, civil rights advocate and strike participant, speaking at a March event honoring the hospital workers’ strike.

One of my tasks here was to keep people from going downtown to shop. Because we put a boycott on. And if you remember, there were not that many malls back then. So you shopped downtown. The fine ladies would come downtown and my task was to keep them out of the store. Or if they went in the store to get them out of the store. 

So I had a group of teenagers and we controlled King Street. We had cowbells and basketballs. And we went down the street dribbling basketballs and ringing cowbells. And we were going in department stores and these ladies would look at us and we’d just say, “We’re having a good time. There’s no time to shop because we about to party.”

It was important to the whole community that that movement took place. Because out of that movement you have better health care now in Charleston. 

Out of what they did we have better schools. Because of what they did we have more black professional medical folks. Because of the sacrifice that they made.

A photograph by Cecil Williams featuring Andrew Young (right) and Ralph Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
A photograph by Cecil Williams featuring Andrew Young (right) and Ralph Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Andrew Young, civil rights activist, hospital strike participant and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in a speech at a hospital strike commemoration event in May.

I felt an obligation to kind of carry on the things that (Martin Luther King Jr.) stood for and the things that he gave his life for. So we came here with the hospital workers because we had been with him with the sanitation workers. And he made a particular point of not wanting to be in New York or Washington at the time of his death. I think he knew his days were numbered.

I think we came here because we felt we were following in his footsteps. But I wasn’t trying to win a strike. I was trying to get a hospital going again. And I read in the Time magazine that (hospital President William McCord) was the son of Presbyterian missionaries in South Africa. And I said, “He can’t be all bad.”

Joe Riley, Charleston mayor from 1975 to 2016 and state legislator during the strike, in an interview and at a hospital strike commemoration event in May.

Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who was a state legislator during the 1969 hospital strike. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who was a state legislator during the 1969 hospital strike. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)

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I think the strike gave momentum and encouragement and reinforcement for the search for racial justice and civil rights in the community. I think when it was over African Americans felt empowered.

During the time, the Civil Rights Act had been passed, the Voting Rights Act had been passed, and both added substantial momentum to racial progress and civil rights here. So I think that the community was different after that. And I think the African American leadership, as I said, was more empowered, and had reason to be more confident and more determined.

Hospital workers on strike march past Roper Hospital on Calhoun Street on May 12, 1969. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
Hospital workers on strike march past Roper Hospital on Calhoun Street on May 12, 1969. (Courtesy: The Post and Courier)
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An Amazing Life Journey https://today.citadel.edu/an-amazing-life-journey-conway-saylor-collegiate-school/ Sat, 08 Jun 2019 22:00:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8622 Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor '73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate's Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor.Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor '73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate's Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor.Photo: Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor ’73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate’s Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor. As seen on the Collegiate School]]> Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor '73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate's Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor.Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor '73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate's Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor.

Photo: Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor ’73 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Collegiate’s Commencement May 24. Neely Markel, Alumni Association president, bestowed the honor.

As seen on the Collegiate School website, by Weldon Bradshaw

The plan, always, was to teach.

Where? What level? What subject, even? Eighteen-year-old Conway Fleming wasn’t sure back in 1973 when she left the comfort zone of Collegiate and her hometown of Richmond and headed west to Colorado College.

All she knew was that she wanted to work with kids, and she’d do whatever it took to achieve her goal, even though she wasn’t exactly certain what that goal would look like. Little could she imagine the amazing life journey upon which she was embarking.

“I went to school as an education major,” she said. “One of the requirements was that education majors spend 60 hours helping in a school, which I did. It was a pretty rough elementary school in Fort Carson, a real eye-opener after attending Collegiate.

“I enjoyed myself and learned a lot. I saw situations that I’d honestly been pretty sheltered from: children who had drugs in their homes, teachers having to take on 30 kids at a time, children who didn’t have clean clothes to wear to school.

“I have a letter that one student wrote to me at the end of the year. She was a sixth grader who had been reading at a second or third grade level and was embarrassed and bitter that she had to sit and do extra work with me. She wrote, ‘Dear Miss Fleming. At first, I thought you were a bother, but then I decided you were OK.’ I still have that as my most cherished award.”

That’s saying a lot because during her distinguished career, Dr. Conway Fleming Saylor, professor of psychology and director of service learning and civic engagement at The Citadel, has received myriad prestigious awards for her scholarship and leadership.

Among them, she was recognized in 2012 as South Carolina Professor of the Year and, in early 2019, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, which was presented by Wendell Gilliard, who serves the 111th District (Charleston) in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

On May 24, she returned to North Mooreland Road to receive yet another accolade: Collegiate’s Distinguished Alumni Award which honors lifetime achievement in her sacred calling devoted to teaching, research, clinical service, and advocacy for at-risk children and families.

“I was bowled over and so moved to be named,” Dr. Saylor said. “There’re a lot of lifetime achievers coming out of Collegiate School. It’s touching to be in those numbers.”

Defined by humility, selflessness, compassion, and inclusivity, Dr. Saylor’s professional journey which began in that elementary classroom in Colorado included several meaningful stops and well-chosen mentors.  

After declaring a psychology major, she worked at the Boulder Mental Health Center under the guidance of Dr. Joye Fuller, who ran a cutting-edge program for at-risk pre-schoolers with severe behavioral disorders.

“She helped me understand what clinical psychology was,” Dr. Saylor said. “Her modeling and my experience really made the difference in my getting in a good graduate school, Virginia Tech. I wanted to work with children, but there was no clinical child track. The programs that specifically train you in pediatric psychology were just originating.

“Another turning point was that (Dr.) Tom Ollendick came to Virginia Tech to start our clinical child program. He said, ‘If you’re from Richmond, you should look up Dr. Al Finch at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. I volunteered there as a research assistant one summer, then worked for him between my third year of graduate school and my internship.

“In that year, I learned so much about clinical child psychology. The early work I did in childhood depression and anger really originated at the Virginia Treatment Center with Al Finch. One of my duties as the research assistant was to show the new psychology interns around. One of them was Dr. Bart Saylor from Texas Tech. So I actually not only learned about clinical child psychology but also met my husband.”

She interned in 1981-1982 at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“It was a significant opportunity to get in on the pediatric psychology field from the ground up,” she said. “I was in the right place at the right time. I was particularly interested in children whose psychological needs were secondary to health or developmental issues, children and families who were facing a trauma or a chronic illness or an environmental event like a natural disaster. That became my passion.”

While Dr. Saylor was in Chicago, Dr. Finch left Richmond to start the pediatric counseling service at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston

“He called and told me how lovely it was on Isle of Palms Beach,” she said. “I compared the Chicago winter to the South Carolina spring. I interviewed and accepted my first job in Charleston. We never left.”

From 1982 until 1991, Dr. Saylor served as a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at MUSC.

“The mentor-mentee relationship is a theme that comes across during these years,” she said. “The first decade, I was mentored by people I worked with day-to-day and colleagues who were very encouraging. I loved that interaction and that capacity to grow, and I grew to be someone who loved teaching.”

In 1991, a position opened at The Citadel. By that time, she had three children. She and her husband were rebuilding their home after Hurricane Hugo. Balancing intense professional demands and her personal life was running her ragged. A nine-month contract with summers at home was quite appealing.

“It was a personal choice to step out of the fast lane so I’d have enough time and energy for my family,” she said. “As it turned out, the fast lane followed me there. I never lost ground. In fact, I gained ground because I had a rich environment and encouragement at The Citadel.”

In addition to teaching, Dr. Saylor has written prolifically and spoken eloquently and empathetically about issues relating to adolescence and family dynamics. Her most recent research has focused on bullying (especially of special needs youth) and child and adult concepts of heroism.

During her time in Charleston, Dr. Saylor has mentored countless medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate cadets and shared her commitment for experiential learning with her protégés.

“One of my passions,” she said, “has been to get my students out into the community to do work that complemented what I was teaching. I’m teaching a course in disabilities. I’m having them work one-on-one with young adults in the community with disabilities. I’m teaching about developmental psychology, and I’m having them in schools talking about how a kindergartner is different from a third grader.

“That’s the exciting part of learning. It makes the book come alive. What could be more ghastly than sitting in a dark room talking about child development for a whole semester without ever meeting a child?”

That approach, her students’ buy-in, and the respect she’d commanded led to her appointment in 2012 to lead The Citadel’s service learning and civic engagement initiatives.

“I didn’t know completely what that meant,” she said. “They sent me to a meeting about it, and I came back with a vision that became the program I run now. We were at a point where we were getting serious about what principled leadership looks like. For the 21st Century, what do we need to be authentic, principled leaders, and how do we teach that? We’ve integrated the service leadership model into our curriculum.”

Dr. Saylor has developed more than 35 partnerships between The Citadel and the community. In 2012-2013, cadets’ documented service hours totaled 13,074. This past school year, they totaled 34,900.

“Every one of our freshmen and sophomores gets involved in service,” she said. “They’re exposed to diversity that many of our students have never had. Students who have volunteered in Charleston County Schools have come back and said things like, ‘It never occurred to me that some children don’t have enough to eat and really need a school lunch.’”

Dr. Saylor plans to retire in 2020 and focus on family and volunteer work.

“I’ve had such a rich life,” she said. “I’ve had this really extraordinary career while raising my family at the beach. It’s paradise. Every day, I try to be sure I’m explicitly and intentionally grateful that I’ve had this.”

Her advice to Collegiate students?

“Use every opportunity you have,” she said. “I use the word ‘engagement’ a lot. It’s in my title. You have this opportunity to go to a great college. You could be that person who shuffles into the back row in your pajamas and texts somebody, or you could be that person who sits on the front row and talks to your professor afterwards. Be the one who connects and meets people and gets mentors and signs up for service learning.

“I understand how lucky I was to have gone to a school that helped me learn to write. As much as I sweated through Mrs. (Julia) Williams’ English class and Miss (Helen) Moon’s English class, I knew how to write a thesis and support it and do research, and I’ve used it every day of my life and every stage of this career. I’m so happy that Collegiate students are getting those opportunities and the tools they need to make a difference.

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Is Your Data Safe? A Cybersecurity Expert’s Perspective https://today.citadel.edu/cybersecurity-expert-citadel-shankar-banik-security/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:00:48 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8487 Dr. Shankar Banik The CitadelDr. Shankar Banik The CitadelDr. Shankar Banik, a cybersecurity expert at The Citadel says cybersecurity is a problem that is managed, not solved. You can take precautions to minimize your vulnerability, but as recent high-profile attacks on the state of South Carolina, Target, Facebook, Twitter, Marriott Hotels and many, many other organizations demonstrate, no one’s information is totally safe. The more online services you use in your daily life, the more vulnerable you are, Dr. Banik warns.]]> Dr. Shankar Banik The CitadelDr. Shankar Banik The Citadel

Above: Shankar Banik, Ph.D., The Citadel

As seen in The Journal

For decades, security meant locking the doors and windows of your home, maybe turning on an alarm system, keeping your banking information and credit cards away from strangers, and placing your personal papers and passport in a safe.

Today, you have hundreds of doors and windows into your life, and your banking, credit card, passport and other personal information are housed in databases you don’t own or control. You can take steps to secure it all, but there are thousands of malicious actors from all over the world employing sophisticated tools to hijack your data and profit from it.

Or just ruin your life.

And there is only so much you can do about it.

That’s the sobering conclusion, the more you know about cybersecurity.

Dr. Shankar Banik, a professor in the Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences, NSA/DHS CAE-CDE program director and co-director of the Center for Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Studies at The Citadel, says cybersecurity is a problem that is managed, not solved. You can take precautions to minimize your vulnerability, but as recent high-profile attacks on the state of South Carolina, Target, Facebook, Twitter, Marriott Hotels and many, many other organizations demonstrate, no one’s information is totally safe.

Cybersecurity in The Lowcountry

Dr. Banik teaches a cybersecurity course as part of the MS in Computer and Information Sciences (jointly offered by The Citadel and College of Charleston). While initially offered at the Lowcountry Graduate Center, classes today for the joint program are taught on the main campuses of the two institutions in Charleston. Students in the course use hands-on techniques in a closed environment to learn how to detect and prevent cyberattacks.

There are some actions he says we can all take to reduce our vulnerability to cyberattacks.

  • Use multiple passwords online.
  • Use complex passwords that include upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Only download apps and software from trusted providers.
  • Be wary of all emails and scrutinize the email address before opening.
  • Never open email attachments you aren’t sure about.
  • Don’t share sensitive personal information on social media.
  • Turn off the microphone on your smart speaker when you’re not talking to it. Otherwise it is constantly listening to everything said and done around it.

“The more online services you use in your daily life, the more vulnerable you are,” Dr. Banik warns.

People Are the Weak Link

Cybersecurity analysts detect vulnerabilities in systems via a variety of tests. These include penetration-pressure testing to find weak points, inventorying all the devices in a network, and constantly scanning systems.

Once vulnerabilities are identified, they establish controls to strengthen the weak points, build firewalls to manage what comes into the network and conduct “system hardening” – ensuring software updates are all installed.

The greatest weakness in any network is beyond the control of cyber security experts – it’s the users.

“Humans are the weakest link,” Dr. Banik says. “You can have all the most sophisticated software and hardware, you can have the best virus protection, but at the end of the day, all a hacker needs is one entry point into a network.”

Dr. Banik cautions against opening those spearfishing emails that look like emails from friends and professional contacts. He says cybersecurity experts find themselves in the education business, teaching network users what he calls “cyber hygiene” — ways to avoid becoming some malicious hacker’s victim.

“We’re teaching it in middle school now because they’re already using the internet,” he says.

Dr. Banik teaches students the three pillars of network security — confidentiality, integrity and availability. That translates to keeping private information out of unauthorized hands, protecting the system from attack and keeping it running all the time. He says a big part of the course is showing the engineers he teaches how to write more secure code.

But even with all the protections, your information is going to get stolen from some organization with which you do business. The defenses keep getting more sophisticated, but so do the hackers.

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Dr. J. Goosby Smith on Inclusive Leaders & Spiritual Growth https://today.citadel.edu/j-goosby-smith-on-inclusive-leaders-spiritual-growth/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 10:00:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8465 Applied WisdomApplied WisdomDr. J Goosby Smith leads a module for the Applied Wisdom Institute, meant to help emerging leaders understand who they are and why they do what they do.]]> Applied WisdomApplied Wisdom

From the Applied Wisdom Institute

Dr. J Goosby Smith leads the Ethical and Inclusive Leadership Development seminar at AWI; her module helps emerging leaders understand who they are and why they do what they do.

Jaye is on the faculty of the Baker School of Business at the Citadel, where she also holds the position of Assistant Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her personal path of spiritual growth brought her talents to AWI where she can now include the role of the spirit in the formation of inclusive leaders. Jaye reminds us that things done in the spirit of love are unifying, and that is just good business.

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Citadel professor’s thoughts now that it’s game over for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” https://today.citadel.edu/michael-livingston-questions-answers-hbo-game-of-thrones/ Thu, 23 May 2019 13:01:48 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8398 Michael Livingston, Ph.D., Citadel English professor, answers some final questions after the season finale of the popular TV show.]]>

Photo: Game of Thrones, Season 8 Episode 6 (Courtesy: Helen Sloan/HBO)

The Citadel’s Michael Livingston, Ph.D., answers some final questions after the season finale of the popular TV show

Spoiler warning

After eight years, 73 episodes, and countless theories, memes, and articles – Game of Thrones has come to and end.

Game of Thrones (Courtesy: Helen Sloan/HBO)

When season eight was just getting started, though, Michael Livingston, Ph.D., earned national attention. He was interviewed by multiple news outlets, from Vice to Live 5 News, asking the big question: who will win the game of thrones.

The Citadel’s website also received a shout-out on a CNN article recapping the final episode, but we’re pretty sure it was an accident.
(Search for “Citadel” and tell us what you think!)

Livingston is often interviewed on medieval matters due to his regular column on tor.com, a science fiction and fantasy website. He is also an award-winning writer who has published a trilogy of historical fantasy novels and multiple nonfiction books.

Here are some of his thoughts about this season.

Overall, how do you feel about the ending of Game of Thrones? Do you think Bran is the right person to rule?

Game of Thrones (Courtesy: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Game of Thrones has always been filled with flawed figures making difficult decisions in a fractured world. So as this final season came to a conclusion, was anyone “right” for the throne?

Cersei was pathologically narcissistic. She cared for no one and nothing but herself. I’ve heard suggestions that her death, as she embraces Jaime, reveals that she has been at some level redeemed, but I certainly don’t see it. She’s accepting his embrace to make herself feel better. Good leaders are selfless; Cersei’s life is about herself.

Dany took Cersei out (rather indirectly, which is one of the many writing choices that bothered me in this season), and in the sense that she “won” this final war, she “won” the game of thrones, which is what we thought would happen as the season unfolded. I mean, except …

Jon Snow finally knew something: his lover/aunt/queen went bonkers and had no business holding the throne she won. He assassinated her. So that might mean he won the throne, except he still doesn’t want it. Which is probably good, since Jon is an awful military commander and more war is surely on the way whether the series ended or not.

I’ve been #TeamTyrion as the seasons were unfolding. Through all the flaws and sins of his past he was learning to have a pragmatic sense of governance in a world whose leaders were so generally flawed. But then this season he failed again and again to use his head. So he wasn’t right, either.

Does Bran work? If everyone accepts his rule, then sure. Governments rule through the consent of the governed. But I honestly don’t know why anyone would accept him as a leader. He earned it by doing … what, exactly? Knowing stuff but keeping it secret?

Frankly, I would’ve preferred King Gendry.

Is there any medieval precedent for kings or queens being chosen by committee?

There is. The Holy Roman Emperor was technically chosen by a council of electors. Even more recognizable to most folks would be the kings of Anglo-Saxon England: a body of the largest landholders and highest ranking churchmen called the Witena-gemot selected the king from among those who could make a claim upon the throne.

What about a medieval precedent for kingdoms splitting peacefully? Is it even believable to think none of the other parts of the kingdom would also want independence?

Peaceful splitting of a political body is relatively uncommon in history — medieval or modern. People don’t like to give up power, so there would need to be an enormously powerful social and/or economic incentive to make it work without bloodshed. And, as you point out, giving one group independence almost begs for further fracturing: other holdings would likely view it as evidence of a weakening central power and would either break away or attack that central power to claim everything for themselves.

What did you think about the two big battles of this season? Were they historically accurate? Which battle in the entire series made the most sense to you?

Game of Thrones (Courtesy: Helen Sloan/HBO)

George R R Martin’s Westeros isn’t a historical place, and it certainly introduces some very otherworldly elements of dragons and white walkers, for instance, but it has also made strides to remain true to our own historical examples in terms of being a world of largely “medieval” technologies.

In that sense, this season’s battles were not very good for historical plausibility: in both cases, people inside a besieged fortification chose not to use their fortifications. Instead, they put their army in front of their walls. Jon and Dany added to their own idiocy by putting their trebuchets in advance of these forward lines (thus rendering them useless), forcing their own retreating troops through choke points, and just generally making military historians like me want to jump out of windows.

Of all the battles in the series, my favorite was the so-called battle of the bastards. It, too, had some questionable tactics, but the way the event was filmed was extraordinary. Once it got going it was one of the best medieval battlefield melees I’ve ever seen on film.

On a personal note, reaction to this last season seems very split. What’s your personal opinion of this season, compared to the previous seven?

This season was really disappointing to me. The writers seemed to be just trying to connect plot points without a care for whether those connections made sense in terms of character or even consistency. Last season, one of the undead couldn’t escape a wooden crate; this season the undead were smashing through stone tombs. Last season, Jaime had a character arc pointing him in one direction; this season, the writers had him decide to go against that because … well, because. The whole season felt like that, and it was sad to see how much was lost as a result.

Nevertheless, I must say that I’m deeply grateful that the show captured so many imaginations around the world. It has brought new attention to the periods of history that I study, and from my point of view that can lead to good things for the preservation and understanding of our past. That I’ve been able to be a part of that phenomenon — and thus make The Citadel part of the show’s extended story — has been nothing short of thrilling.

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Former Citadel commandant and an alumnus both among those selected for 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Fame https://today.citadel.edu/former-citadel-commandant-among-those-selected-for-82nd-airborne-division-hall-of-fame/ Wed, 22 May 2019 22:00:20 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8348 Maj. Gen. Reuben H. Tucker, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, as photographed in 1968Maj. Gen. Reuben H. Tucker, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, as photographed in 1968The 82nd Airborne Division will induct its second Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, May 22, during All American Week, the North Carolina-based division's celebration of paratroopers past and present.]]> Maj. Gen. Reuben H. Tucker, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, as photographed in 1968Maj. Gen. Reuben H. Tucker, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, as photographed in 1968

(Above) Maj. Gen. Reuben Henry Tucker, III, while commandant of cadets at The Citadel.  He is seen here as photographed in the college library’s Rare Books Room in 1968.

Note: Maj. Gen. Reuben Tucker, III, served at The Citadel leading the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, first as an active duty colonel from 1955 – 1956, then again after retiring from the military from 1963 – 1968. Brig. Gen. R. Dennis Kerr is a member of The Citadel Class of 1965. He graduated with a degree in business administration before commissioning into the Army.

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As seen in Stars and Stripes, by Rachel Riley (Tribune News Service)

The 82nd Airborne Division will induct its second Hall of Fame class on Wednesday, May 22, during All American Week, the North Carolina-based division’s celebration of paratroopers past and present.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place at Fort Bragg’s Hall of Heroes.

Twenty-one paratroopers were inducted in the inaugural class last year. Sixteen will be added this year, including paratroopers involved in conflicts going back to World War II.

This year’s class includes the Hall of Fame’s first chaplain, first chief warrant officer and its third woman.

Here are this year’s inductees:

• Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Allen, who served as command sergeant major for the 82nd’s Airborne Division Support Command from 1999 to 2002. He helped maintain the unit’s readiness during the post 9/11 Global War on Terrorism during Operations Allied Force and Joint Guardian. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the 18th Airborne Corps’ command sergeant major.

• Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, who commanded the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during Operation Safe Haven in Panama. He later served as the division’s chief of staff and commanded the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He commanded the 18th Airborne Corps while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, commanded the U.S. Forces-Iraq during Operation New Dawn and was commander for U.S. Central Command, overseeing development and execution of Operation Inherent Resolve.

• Maj. T. Moffatt Burriss, who died Jan. 4, led Company I, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in combat during the Waal River Crossing as part of Operation Market Garden and fought with the division in North Africa, at Anzio Beach, Sicily, and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart after convincing a German general and about 15,000 German soldiers to surrender to him and two other paratroopers.

• Lt. Col. Robert E. Chisolm, who enlisted as a paratrooper with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, served as a corporal during Operations Neptune and Market Garden and participated in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He was the only noncommissioned officer in his regiment to receive the Legion of Merit after taking charge of 83 paratroopers during Operation Market Garden and leading an orderly withdrawal to the forested high ground at Berg-en-Dal while in enemy contact. He later received his commission and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

• Lt. Gen. George A. Crocker, who commanded the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and deployed to Grenada as part of Operation Urgent Fury in 1983. He commanded the division’s 1st Brigade, deploying to Honduras in response to a Nicaraguan incursion and later served as the division’s operations officer and chief of staff, where he supervised the planning and execution of Operation Just Cause. He was the division’s 38th commander from 1995 to 1996, and he completed his service as commanding general for I Corps and is a Silver Star Medal recipient.

• Lt. Col. Gordon “Duke” Dewey, who served during the division’s short-notice deployments to support Operation Power Pack and as part of Task Force Detroit. As a staff sergeant, he deployed with Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment to Vietnam, where he organized and trained the “Golden Brigade’s” Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol team and was a chief planner for Operation MOT, a combat operation against the 22nd North Vietnamese Army Regiment. After his service in the division, he assisted in founding the Headquarters, Joint Casualty Resolution Command, where he trained and instructed search and recovery teams to look for missing Americans in Vietnam.

• Pfc. Robert W. Dodson, who died Oct. 25, 1943, at the age of 22. He served with the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion in Sicily during World War II. During Operation Husky, he used his 75mm Pack Howitzer to destroy a German “Tiger” tank, disable another and destroyed a number of enemy gun positions, turning the Battle of Biazza Ridge in favor of his fellow paratroopers. His actions helped stop a key German counter-attack against the Sicily beachhead, and he was awarded the Silver Star.

• Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. England, who served 36 years in uniformed service with multiple deployments. From 1991 to 2000, he served as the 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment operations sergeant major during Operation Desert Storm. He also served as command sergeant major for the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the brigade command sergeant major for the 2nd Brigade and as the division command sergeant major. He later became the 18th Airborne Corps command sergeant major and has earned the Distinguished Service Medal.

• Brig Gen. chaplain Augustus F. Gearhard, who died March 19, 1974, at the age of 80. He was commissioned as an Army chaplain in 1918 and assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces in France. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his ministry while serving with the 328th Infantry Regiment. After World War I, he served for 17 years in the Army Reserves and then transitioned to the U.S. Army Air Force. Serving as the fifth Air Force chaplain in the South Pacific Theater during World War II, he received the Silver Star Medal for his ministry. In August 1950, after transitioning to the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he was appointed the Air Force deputy chief of chaplains.

• Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, who died Jan. 2, 2004, at the age of 28. Hampton served as the Delta Troop commander for 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment from 2002 to 2004. An OH-58D Kiowa pilot-in-command, she was the Army’s first female combat pilot killed in action and the first female in the 82nd Airborne Division to die from hostile fire. She was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Air Medal for her actions.

• Lt. Gen. James H. Johnson Jr., who was a platoon leader and company commander in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. He commanded 3rd Brigade for three years and served as the division chief of staff. He was deputy commanding general for operations during Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras. As the division commander, he was the first jumper during the invasion of Panama in Operation Just Cause. He also commanded the division during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, becoming the first commander to lead the division into combat in two separate conflicts. He commanded the division for 32 months, the longest command tour since 1948.

• Brig. Gen. R. Dennis Kerr, who served in the division a total of seven years from 1976 to 1991. He is credited with developing the Army’s model for a divisional aviation brigade, activating the 82nd Airborne Division Aviation Brigade, and serving as its first commander from April 1987 to August 1989. He also served as assistant division commander from January 1990 to December 1991, ensuring the division’s successful deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. He later commanded the U.S. Army Safety Center, developing “The Risk Management Process” that is used across all military services to this day.

• Gen. Carl W. Stiner, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1972 as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and later served as the assistant chief of staff for operations. In 1982, he returned to the division to serve as an assistant division commander for operations. From 1987 to 1988, he was commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was the Joint Special Operations commander from 1984 to 1987; the 18th Airborne Corps commander from 1988 to 1990; and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command commander from 1990 to 1993.

• Maj. Gen. Reuben H. Tucker, who died Jan. 6, 1970, at the age of 58. He commanded the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in combat from 1942-1945 from Sicily to Germany and, at 31 years old, was the youngest regimental commander during World War II. During his command, while fighting at Anzio beachhead, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment earned the nickname the “Devils in Baggy Pants.” He also commanded the 504th during the Waal River Crossing, capturing the Nijmegen Bridge as part of Operation Market Garden. As a colonel, he was one of the most decorated officers in the Army. For his actions during World War II, he was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses and a Silver Star. He later served as the commanding general of Fort Dix and the commandant of cadets at the Citadel.

• Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who commanded the 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment during Operation Just Cause in Panama, where the battalion executed a combat parachute assault onto Torrijos International Airport. He also commanded the battalion when it deployed as part of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He later served as the assistant division commander for operations from 1996-1997 and distinguished himself as the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division from 2000-2003, where he also commanded Coalition Task Force-82 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He later served as the 18th Airborne Corps commander and Multi-National Corps – Iraq commander.

• Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnathan A. Ward, who died Jan. 17, 1998, at the age of 87. He was an original member of the Army’s Parachute Test Platoon and was integral to the formation of the 504th Parachute Battalion and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He designed and fabricated the A-6 and A-7 aerial delivery containers and played a lead role in the development of the T-10 parachute assembly. He served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment throughout World War II in Sicily, Italy, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Germany and was the Army’s first parachute rigger warrant officer.

A board of senior leaders selected this year’s honorees from nominations submitted by subordinate units in the division.

Inductees were selected based on service within the division, lifelong commitment to the division’s values and either valorous combat action or contributions outside of the division, officials said.

Nominees must have been either awarded the Medal of Honor or served at least two years within the 82nd Airborne Division. They must no longer be eligible for service within the division and must be five years removed from their last service with the division.

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AAC&U visits The Citadel while on the road https://today.citadel.edu/aacu-visits-the-citadel-while-on-the-road/ Wed, 15 May 2019 10:00:57 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8270 AAC&U visits The CitadelAAC&U visits The CitadelAAC&U’s Tia Brown McNair conducted a site visit at the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center at The Citadel.]]> AAC&U visits The CitadelAAC&U visits The Citadel

Photo: AAC&U’s Tia Brown McNair (third from right) conducted a site visit at the TRHT Campus Center at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

As seen on the Association of American Colleges & Universities News

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella, in her capacity as president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, presided over installations of new chapters at Mississippi State University on April 2, Loyola Marymount University on April 4, Chapman University on April 18, and Florida State University on April 22. In addition, she spoke at an event on “Higher Education in the Headlines” with Phi Beta Kappa Secretary Frederick Lawrence at the William and Mary Washington Center in Washington, DC, on April 30. Pasquerella moderated an AAC&U webinar, “Connecting the Branches: Insights from the National Academies’ Report on Integrative Learning,” on April 9 and participated in an EdWeek Virtual Summit on “Workplace Literacy” on April 16. She presented at the Inside Higher Ed Conference, “Why General Education is More Important Than Ever,” at the  Gallup Center in Washington, DC, on April 17 and at the inaugurations of Nancy Cable at the University of North Carolina at Asheville on April 25 and Leocadia Zak at Agnes Scott College on April 26. On May 2, Pasquerella received an honorary doctorate degree during the commencement ceremony of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. On May 3, President Pasquerella delivered a keynote address at Brown University for their celebration of “Opening the Curriculum.”

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships,gave a talk at Saint Louis University on April 5 titled, “Invisible Learning: The Shared Imperative of Student Wellness for College Success.” Finley also joined the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement for a workshop in Phoenix, Arizona, with representatives from each of the Maricopa Community College District’s community colleges. Finley gave a talk at the event titled “Powerful Pathways: Equitable Outcomes, Practices, and Assessment” and cofacilitated a breakout session with participants. From May 1 to 2, Finley joined Tia Brown McNair for the “Ensuring Students Are Learning” project’s planning meeting in Austin, Texas. Finally, from May 6 to 7, she cofacilitated a series of workshops at the University of Alabama–Birmingham with Kate McConnell regarding general education reform efforts.

Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, participated in two site visits to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at Spelman College and Millsaps College on April 4 and 5, respectively. On April 9, McNair facilitated a workshop titled “Intentionality by Design: Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality” at Trinity University in San Antonio. On April 10, McNair delivered the opening keynote, “Equity and Assessment: Inextricably Linked for Student Success and for Social Justice,” at the Assessment Network of New York’s 7th Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. On April 24, McNair participated in a site visit to the TRHT Campus Center at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. On April 25, McNair delivered a keynote and a virtual module titled “Advancing Equity Goals through Accountability” at the University of Southern California’s “Engaging Equity LIVE!” event in Los Angeles. On April 26, McNair attended the investiture of President Kirk A. Nooks at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. On May 2, McNair and Ashley Finley attended the “Ensuring Students Are Learning” project meeting for AAC&U’s Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning grant in Austin, Texas. On May 3, McNair participated in a site visit to the TRHT Campus Center at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. On May 6, McNair, along with senior fellow Patricia Lowrie, facilitated discussions with campus stakeholders to assess progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

From April 4 to 5, Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president in the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, participated in the Harvard Summit on Excellence in Higher Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From April 22 to 23, Whitehead met with faculty and staff at the University of Florida and delivered the luncheon keynote, “High-Impact Learning Beyond the Classroom,” at the 2019 Interface: Learning Beyond 4 Walls event in Gainesville, Florida. On April 26, Whitehead presented a session, “Developing Globally Competent Students: Separating Misconceptions and Truths,” at the Maryland International Education Consortium’s Conference on Developing Globally Competent Students at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland. On May 8, Whitehead delivered a workshop, “Integrating Global Perspectives in Coursework and Programs” for faculty, associates, instructors, and academic staff in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

On April 9, C. Edward Watson, CIO and associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Oxford College at Emory University in Oxford, Georgia, to meet with faculty, staff, and leadership to develop strategies supporting a college-wide rollout of ePortfolios. On April 11, he was in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to meet with Middle Tennessee State University’s general education redesign team. He also provided a campus address titled “Fostering Integrative Learning Across the Curriculum.” On April 17, he attended the Future of General Education Conference in Washington, DC. On May 2, he traveled to Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, to deliver a keynote titled “Interdisciplinarity in Teaching: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” as part of their inaugural faculty development forum.

On April 7, David Scobey, director of Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), took part in the Leadership Forum cosponsored by Arizona State University and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Held in San Diego, this daylong convening brought together higher education leaders and innovators to discuss current challenges and creative innovations in equity, student success, educational design, and institutional change.

On April 10, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, made a site visit to the New School in New York, where she is serving as a consultant with Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy for an institutional climate study on diversity, equity, and student success. On April 25, Musil spoke on the panel, “The Role of Universities in Cultivating Spheres of Engagement,” for the Second Annual Public Service Symposium: Building Capacity for Inclusive Civic Engagement at Suffolk University in Boston.

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Two Citadel nursing professors are recognized for excellence in practice https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-nursing-professors-palmetto-gold-award-2019/ Thu, 09 May 2019 10:00:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8107 Two nursing professors from The Citadel are the proud recipients of an award that honors registered nurses in our state who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Robin Matutina, Ph.D., Amy Joseph, Ph.D., and Helen Ballestas, Ph.D.

Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., and Robin Matutina, Ph.D., recognized at the 18th Palmetto Gold Gala

Two nursing professors from The Citadel are the proud recipients of an award that celebrates registered nurses in our state who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the profession.

Both Helen Ballestas, Ph.D., and Robin Matutina, Ph.D., were presented a Palmetto Gold Award at a gala held on April 27 in Columbia.

“It’s been a monumental year for The Citadel’s nursing program. In addition to graduating The Citadel’s first class of nurses, two of our faculty members were recognized as some of the very best nurses in the state,” said Amy Joseph, Ph.D., head of the Swain Department of Nursing. “Both Helen and Robin are active leaders in the nursing community and this award is well deserved.”

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.

Proceeds from the Gala provide an annual $1,000 nursing scholarship to each registered nurse undergraduate program in our state.

This recognition of The Citadel’s nursing program happened just days ahead of the pinning ceremony and commencement for the first nursing class to graduate from the Swain Department of Nursing.

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