People – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:20:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png People – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 My ring story: an active duty Marine’s journey https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-an-active-duty-marines-journey/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:17:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18863 Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21"My time here at The Citadel has been crucial to my personal leadership development."]]> Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21Staff Sergeant Lyndsay Danielle Pires, Beaufort, South Carolina, ’21

Meet Staff Sgt. Lindsay Daniel Pires, MECEP, ’21, Beaufort, South Carolina

Photo above: Staff Sgt. Lindsay Danielle Pires, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program active duty student, ’21, with son JJ

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

In addition to wanting to live in the Charleston area, The Citadel appealed to me for its prestigious reputation and alumni. This institution stands out for its unique educational experience, and opportunities within the Cadet and Veteran community to lead and learn from others within your four years here.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

Being a dual major, a single mother, and an active duty Marine is demanding, but being entrusted with the responsibility to help mentor the future military leaders of America is just as heavy. The small part I had in these young men and women’s lives makes me feel most honored to wear the ring.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

My time here at The Citadel has been crucial to my personal leadership development. Not only has college given me the necessary critical thinking skills needed to succeed moving forward as a commissioned officer, but also the exposure and training within the Navy ROTC program has allowed me to network and continue to thrive in a military environment.

When you put your ring on your finger, what memories about The Citadel will you be thinking about?

Putting the ring on is the culmination of four years of opportunity. The opportunity to develop as an individual and a Marine, the opportunity to earn a valuable education, the opportunity to spend quality time raising my son, and most importantly, the opportunity to serve next to, and learn from some of the greatest men and women this country has to offer.

“We wear the ring” is a phrase alumni often use. What does it mean to wear the ring?

Like ranks in the military, the ring is a representation of past achievements and future responsibilities. In addition to the affiliation of honor and history within this great institution, the ring symbolizes that you are an individual of commendable moral character.

You are connected to thousands of alumni, not only through your Citadel experience but through the ring. How does that make you feel?

Empowered. I’m grateful to all those who paved the way before me, and hopeful for all those who will follow.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

Next to being a mom, being a Marine is the most meaningful work I’ve ever done. The inside of my ring says both Semper Fidelis, signifying my commitment and gratitude to the Marine Corps – and JJ, my sons name and my ultimate reason why.

SSgt Pires is a Criminal Justice and English double major and an active duty Marine enrolled in the MECEP program. She will commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation.

Citadel Class of 2021 MECEP student, Staff Sgt. Lindsay Danielle Pires with her son, JJ.
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My ring story: Self discipline and accountability https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-self-discipline-and-accountability/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:15:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18804 Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2To “wear the ring” means that The Citadel is a unique and shared experience...that we have earned our right to be in the Long Grey Line.]]> Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2Regina-Amber-Mills-and-other-cadets-2

Meet Regina Amber Miles, Aiken, South Carolina, ’21

Photo above: Cadets in order of appearance are Thorne, Miles, Engel and Reen. This picture was taken right after they graduated from Marine Officer Candidate School.

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

I read Pat Conroy’s Lords of Discipline and In the Company of Men, by Nancy Mace, and that was what initially intrigued me. I also knew people who went here. But, the real selling point was when I attended a pre-knob overnight and just had this overwhelming feeling that this is where I belonged.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

I’d say just having the endurance to uphold your commitment to this school, no matter what personal hardships you’re going through, is reason enough to wear the ring. It can be very tempting to give into an easier alternative, especially after knob year, but this institution was not made to be easy or to become easier; that in itself is the whole point of The Citadel.

No one can better themselves by being complacent. There should never be a point in anyone’s life where they can say they “have made it.” One should always seek self-improvement whether they are a private or a general. That is the mindset The Citadel instills within us.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

This institution forces you to grow up in some ways, and I mean that in the best way possible. Self discipline and accountability are drilled into our heads from the start. If we fail, it is completely on us. We have to take responsibility for it, learn from it, and move on.

Why do you think it is important that cadets and/or people in general understand the symbolism and weight that the ring holds?

I don’t think that people outside of the Citadel – other than the alumni, will ever truly understand the magnitude of what the ring means to us because they have not experienced what we have endured. The ring symbolizes four years of pure sacrifice, I hope they understand that, at least.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt. I live my life by this quote. Essentially, it just means your worth does not come from others nor should you let it be influenced by others.

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day?

“Humble Beginnings by Bazzi.” The chorus reflects how I imagine I’ll feel when I get my ring. We have been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s going to feel surreal when we have finally earned it: “Can’t believe that we made it, can’t believe that we made it. We was broke, we was breakin’…now I’m here and I’m stayin’…”

“We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean?

It’s a really moving concept, honestly.

To “wear the ring” means that The Citadel is a unique and shared experience. The Ring also means that we have earned our right to be alumni in the Long Grey Line when we graduate. Historically speaking, every cadet does not undergo the exact same Citadel experience, but we are all connected in having been part of the Corps of Cadets. We will always have each other’s backs because we have that mutual respect.

Miles is a part of the mascot cadet handing team. She is the senior dog handler and team captain. Miles will commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation. She was included in this local news story about the mascot handlers.

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Money magazine ranks Citadel #2 in SC, #87 nationally https://today.citadel.edu/money-magazine-ranks-citadel-2-in-sc-87-nationally/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:26:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18778 Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel comes in at #87, second in South Carolina to Clemson, which comes in at #67 nationally.]]> Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Knobs from the Class of 2024 take part in morning drill during Challenge Week at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

As seen on Money.com

Note: To see the Money rankings for South Carolina’s 4-year colleges, go to the Build Your Own Rankings section here. Money magazine published its most recent college rankings August 25, 2020. When looking at the complete, national list, The Citadel comes in at #87, second in South Carolina to Clemson, which comes in at #67 nationally.

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In addition, The Citadel is ranked at #29 out of 50 in America for the magazine’s sub-set of “Best Colleges Where More than Half of Applicants Get In.”

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Citadel President General Glenn M. Walters ’79, USMC (Retired) speaks to upperclass cadets in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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My ring story: Humility over pride https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-humility-over-pride/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:20:31 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18757 "...an individual wearing The Citadel band of gold will not be someone who will give up easily."]]>

Meet Cadet Tromaine Cobbs, Reevesville, South Carolina, ’21

…the first and last thing that I will see is the big ring statue at the campus entrance symbolizing one point in my life where I chose not to turn and take the easy way out.

Tromaine Cobbs, Citadel Class of 2021

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

I chose to attend The Citadel because my grandmother always loved seeing me in my JROTC uniform and she told me to always continue to be great. I have also been working with two men who are brothers and who are both alumni of The Citadel at a W&B Enterprises. I have known them all my life.

Cades with Bruce Alexander marking in MLK Day Parade
Cadet Tromaine Cobbs seen on left holding banner during Charleston’s Martin Luther King Day parade

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

The most difficult obstacle would be being more outgoing because I am naturally an introvert, but over these past years I began to talk more and made friendships with new brothers and sisters.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

This institution has continued to help me grow as a leader by introducing me into a whole new environment with countless opportunities to learn.

Why do you think it is important that cadets and/or people in general understand the symbolism and weight that the ring holds?

It is important for people to understand what the ring means because it represents much more than just an indication that I graduated from college. It stands for all the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed before me. Additionally it shows that an individual wearing The Citadel band of gold will not be someone who will give up easily.

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day?

“Struggle No More” by Anthony Hamilton is a song that describes my emotions over these years, because the song takes about the hard times and how loved ones will help to lift you up and then being able to provide for your family without struggling through hard times.

What obligations do you feel you have in the future as a member of the Long Gray Line who wears the ring?

As a member of the Long Grey Line, I feel as though it will be my duty to not bring discredit to myself, family and the institution. I also feel that I should always continue to motivate others to be brave and to step out of their comfort zone in order for them to grow as a person.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

A phrase that I have in my ring is “Humility over Pride.” To me, this means that a leader must be humble themselves in order to receive the loyalty of their followers and then everyone would be able to be prideful of what has been accomplished.

You are connected to thousands of alumni, not only through your Citadel experience but through the ring. How does that make you feel?

Having the chance to wear the ring will be a unique and unreal experience, because the first and last thing that I will see is the big ring statue at the campus entrance symbolizing one point in my life where I chose not to turn and take the easy way out.

Cobbs is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps, a Civil Engineering major, and enjoys being a member of The Citadel Gospel Choir.

Note: This is one in a series stories intended to show the different journeys members of The Citadel Class of 2021 have undertaken to earn their bands of gold. The Regimental Public Affairs team, Cadet Ruby Bolden, public affairs officer, and Cadet Samantha Walton, public affairs NCO sent a list of questions to participating cadets. These are the resulting stories.

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Department of Intelligence and Security Studies launches lecture series on national security https://today.citadel.edu/department-of-intelligence-and-security-studies-launches-lecture-series-on-national-security/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:27:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18730 one of The Citadel's fastest-growing programs is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover topics related to national security.]]>

The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover a wide range of topics related to national security.

The Emerging Topics Lecture Series is open to the public, and is especially designed for Citadel cadets and students, and others interested in hearing national security issues by Citadel faculty members, alongside other international experts.

Due to the COVID-19 environment, the Emerging Topics Lecture Series will be held virtually, via Zoom.

The first three forums will be held on different days — and at different times — in October.

The lecture names, panelists and Zoom links can all be found below.

Foreign adversarial election interference: Where do we go from here?

Date: October 1, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom

Moderator: Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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Domestic terrorism, Violent Extremism and Rehabilitation: How to provide programs that are effective to prevent and intervene against all forms of extremist activity in the US and globally

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom

  • Mubin Shaikh, Professor of Public Safety, Seneca College and Counter Extremism Specialist
  • Brandon Blackburn, Former CIA Officer and Media Producer
  • Myrieme Churchill, Executive Director, Parents for Peace
  • Haras Rafiq, Quilliam International

Moderator – Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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Emerging threats and topics in Africa

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Zoom

  • Pat Hendrix, Ph.D., The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Dr. Yusuf Abu Bakar, Deputy Director, Nigerian Defense College
  • Fauizya Abdi, Lecturer, Yale University and President of Women in International Security, Horn of Africa Chapter
  • Fatma Ahmed, Senior Advisor, UNDP, Africa
  • Audra Grant, Ph.D., NORC, University of Chicago

Moderator: Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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My ring story: Striving to lead https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-striving-to-lead/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18677 I believe the ring shows that you are willing to do what it takes to successfully manage any task that may be thrown your way]]>

Hampton Rowe, Sumter, South Carolina, Regimental Executive Officer, ’21

I hope to become a game warden for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Cadet Hampton Rowe, ’21

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

I have had a lot of family come through The Citadel, which played a role in my attending this institution. Primarily though, I came for the challenge and to prove to the ones who told me I would never make it the first year, that they were wrong. 

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

Honestly, the most difficult challenge I have had was trying to keep developing into the leader I was asked to be, and wanted to be for each level of rank that I achieved in the Corps. I wanted to become a leader that left an impression on the ones in lower ranks, that helped them achieve their goals, as well as my classmates. I am not perfect, but I have tried to be an effective leader and one I hope some people will remember. 

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

My ring holds the initials of a friend of mine that committed suicide the summer before arriving as a knob. Every day I think of him and try to live my life the way he did when it came to how well he treated his close friends and anyone he met. We were inseparable basically since we were born. I have his initials in my ring so when people look inside of my ring they will ask and I can tell them about how great of a guy he was. 

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

Our college has helped me become an individual that people recognize as someone who goes to The Citadel — by that I mean a sense of values and standards. It has helped my self-confidence and decision making. It has also helped me develop respect for other people and those who might be different from me, both on campus and outside of The Citadel. 

When you put your ring on your finger, what cadet memories will you be thinking about?

I think probably the ring will give me memories of all the hard work I have put in as a cadet. Also it will always allow me to look back at all the friendships that I have created while being here. 

“We wear the ring” is a phrase alumni often use. What does it mean to wear the ring?

It represents the hard work, commitment and responsibility that a graduate put toward earning the band of gold. I believe the ring shows that you are willing to do what it takes to successfully manage any task that may be thrown your way. I also believe that it shows people outside of this school that you are a person who strives for high achievement, and that you carry that with you when you exit the gates for good. 

What obligations do you feel you have in the future as a member of the Long Gray Line who wears the ring?

Always striving to lead by example, with the goal of inspiring people to then also lead in a way that symbolizes the true meaning of being a servant-leader.  

You are connected to thousands of alumni, not only through your Citadel experience but through the ring. How does that make you feel?

It makes me feel like I am part of the closest group of people that there is. Once a you’ve earned that ring, no matter what year you graduate, or where you go, you will always run into alumni that will share great stories look out for each other.

Rowe is a Business Administration major and hopes to become a game warden for the state of South Carolina.

Cadet Hampton Rowe with his prized wild turkey after hunting during spring furlough

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No Parents Weekend October 2 – 4 due to COVID-19 precautions https://today.citadel.edu/no-parents-weekend-october-2-4-due-to-covid-19-precautions/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:52:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18658 Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos; Parents Weekend events scheduled for October 2-4 cancelled]]> Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos

All Parents Weekend events originally scheduled for October 2 – 4 are cancelled due to precautions underway to keep campus as safe as possible by reducing possible COVID-19 spreading events.

There will, however, be an opportunity for parents to engage with The President of The Citadel. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), will hold a virtual parents’ engagement on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Parents can connect with Walters by submitting questions via the Facebook Live link while watching the event.

“We understand that it is hard for things to be different, and that it may be disappointing for parents not to be able to enjoy a traditional Parents Weekend, but we greatly appreciate your understanding in the knowledge that everything possible is being done to keep your sons and daughters safe and the campus operating safely during this challenging time,” said The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, CAPT Geno Paluso.

Parents, family members and friends are strongly discouraged from coming onto campus during what would have been Parents Weekend, in support of the college’s efforts to minimize COVID-19 exposures on campus with the goal of continuing in-person instruction until Thanksgiving furlough.

The Commandant’s Office is making decisions about leave, based on conditions, on a week-to-week basis. If leave is granted that weekend, it will not be announced until late in the week.

Everything you need to know about the Ring Presentation, photos and leave

Members of the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a livestreamed, traditional Ring Presentation at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House. Only ring-eligible cadets, veteran and active duty students will attend the event.

“The Citadel is committed to helping ring recipients and families celebrate this special day,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president, Office of Communications and Marketing. “As a member of The Citadel Class of 1990, I know just how much this day means to cadets, and to those who love and support them. We also know our ability to continue in-person on campus until Thanksgiving is fragile and relies on the cooperation of everyone in The Citadel family. We are providing the richest experience possible during these unusual circumstances and greatly appreciate the understanding of parents.”

As the presentation event is restricted, the college is providing the following:

  • Watch the event livestreamed on The Citadel’s Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Professional photographers will take a picture of each cadet or student receiving a ring. (No other photographers are permitted into the event.)
  • At no charge, cadet ring presentation photos will be available with yearbook portraits in October on the college’s intranet, Lesesne Gateway. Cadets will have access to download them. An announcement of the availability of those pictures will be made later.
  • Veteran and active duty students will receive their ring presentation photos via email, also at no cost.
  • Our photographers will also be at the chapel, the War Memorial and on the parade ground taking photos. On Saturday, those photos will be available for families to download, at no charge, here. 

Leave policy for seniors on Sept. 26 and 27

There will be no leave for any cadets following the Sept. 25 Ring Presentation.

The Commandant’s Office is granting the following leave to ring-eligible seniors: Saturday Sept. 26 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Those seniors also have the option to spend Saturday night off campus.

Parents are asked to respect the college’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and are discouraged from entering campus Sept. 25−26 other than for the purpose of picking up a cadet who is eligible for leave.

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My ring story: Don’t tell me I can’t do it https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-dont-tell-me-i-cant-do-it/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18610 This is a group of people who have become family to me. This picture was taken after our first SMI. First Row Left to Right Alfred Gregg, Desmond Lewis, Ruby Bolden, Myself, Dennis Hathorn, Jacob True, Kienen Holmes. Second Row Olivia HimeThis is a group of people who have become family to me. This picture was taken after our first SMI. First Row Left to Right Alfred Gregg, Desmond Lewis, Ruby Bolden, Myself, Dennis Hathorn, Jacob True, Kienen Holmes. Second Row Olivia Hime"When people back home heard that I was thinking about going to a military college they kept telling me that I wasn’t going to make it."]]> This is a group of people who have become family to me. This picture was taken after our first SMI. First Row Left to Right Alfred Gregg, Desmond Lewis, Ruby Bolden, Myself, Dennis Hathorn, Jacob True, Kienen Holmes. Second Row Olivia HimeThis is a group of people who have become family to me. This picture was taken after our first SMI. First Row Left to Right Alfred Gregg, Desmond Lewis, Ruby Bolden, Myself, Dennis Hathorn, Jacob True, Kienen Holmes. Second Row Olivia Hime

Zachary Joseph Henriquez, Staten Island, New York, ’21

Photo above: “This is a group of people who have become family to me. This picture was taken after our first SMI this semester.” Left to Right: Alfred Gregg, Desmond Lewis, Ruby Bolden, me, Dennis Hathorn, Jacob True, Kienen Holmes. Front: Olivia Hime.

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

It was not a “who” that inspired me to attend The Citadel but, a “what.” When people back home heard that I was thinking about going to a military college they kept telling me that I wasn’t going to make it, and I think that that was one of the biggest driving factors. I feel when someone tells me that I can’t do something or can’t make it through something, then I have to prove them wrong. I show them just how strong I am.

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

I’m originally from Staten Island, New York, so that is 745 miles away from the front gates of The Citadel. Being so far from home and out of my comfort zone was only made worse by that fact that I was 10 hours and 47 minutes away from my family and if anything happened, I would not be able to get there in time.

A few months before I graduated high school my uncle was diagnosed with liver cancer. We were very very close. After I matriculated, there was one thought always on my mind: will I get to say goodbye to him? We knobs made it to Thanksgiving and I was able to go home. I was extremely happy to spend the holiday with him. He passed away during winter furlough and being away from family after losing a close family member was the toughest thing ever and sometimes, I thought I wouldn’t make it through, but I did. Knowing that I made it through what was probably one of the most difficult things in my life, and stayed on track, makes me confident I earned the honor of wearing the ring.

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

I have met people who have become great friends, mentors, and family. I would probably never change this experience for anything. I have learned so much in these past years that I would never learn elsewhere.

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

On the inside of my ring it says “And still, I rise, ” a quote from poet and philosopher Maya Angelou. I chose this quote because one thing that I have held onto is no matter what you face, it’s not the end. After losing my uncle to liver cancer my freshman year, I found in my junior year that my aunt had breast cancer. I thought it was the end of the world. I was lucky enough to have my closest friends to lean on. I went from thinking it was the end of the world to knowing that no matter what comes my way, it will not stop me.

When you put your ring on your finger, what will you be thinking about being a cadet?

Of course, I will remember all the stuff from knob year, but I will never forget the people here. They are what make everything worth it. I think one of the scariest parts about this year is knowing that soon, I won’t be able to see some of these people everyday who have become like family.

What is a song that describes your emotions leading up to Ring Day?

“Started from the bottom” by Drake. We all started this as knobs, at the very bottom of the totem pole, and now we are the seniors that run the Corps.

You are connected to Alumni, not only through your Citadel Experience but through the wearing of the ring. How does that make you feel?

Knowing that I’m connected to the people that came before me is amazing. Knowing that I will now wear the same ring, alongside the people that I looked up to before, makes me even more proud of this accomplishment.

Why do you think it is important that cadets and/or people in general understand the symbolism and weight that the ring holds?

It is important for cadets to understand the elements in the ring that we wear. It symbolizes a bond. We have all been molded, bent and shaped to be the men and women we now are. The weight of the ring is like the weight of the standards the school has set; we must carry them everywhere we go.

Henriquez is a Health and Exercise Science major.

Note: This is the first in a series stories intended to show the different journeys members of The Citadel Class of 2021 have undertaken to earn their bands of gold. The Regimental Public Affairs team, Cadet Ruby Bolden, public affairs officer, and Cadet Samantha Walton, public affairs NCO sent a list of questions to participating cadets. These are the resulting stories.

This is me as a knob during my first week, with Marcus Milhouse who graduated in 2019. He was my cadre squad leader and my mentor.
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Cadets and students named to The Citadel’s spring 2020 dean’s list https://today.citadel.edu/cadets-and-students-named-to-the-citadels-spring-2020-deans-list/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:40:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18630 Recognizing the academic successes of Citadel cadets and students is a special tradition each semester, even one as atypical as this.]]>

Recognizing the academic successes of Citadel cadets and students is a special tradition each semester, even one as atypical as this. But these cadets and students earned their grades in unique circumstances and were able to focus on their studies while transitioning to virtual learning in March 2020.

The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.

The following are cadets and students named to the dean’s list for their work accomplished in the spring semester of 2020:

South Carolina Corps of Cadets

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FletcherAbee
LoganAbel
DavidAbernathy
CarsonAdams
D'AndreAdams
JennaAdcock
ZacharyAdkins
AdrianAlizadeh
JacksonAll
NathanAllen
KyleAllen
KhalilAl-Nakhala
IsaacAl-Tamimi
ChristalAltidor
AllysonAnsell
ShannonArias
TrevorAtkins
BrodyAustin
DonaldAustin
RylandAyers
JoshuaBabcock
BrentBachelor
JaceBaer
EmmaBaguer
ChaseBailey
NathanBailey
MasonBailey
CarletonBailiff
ChristopherBaker
HeathBaker
JohnBaker
AdamBalawi
IsabelleBaldi
KevynBanda
MichelleBanzon
MadelaineBarbee
WalkerBarber
EverettBarkley
AndrewBarnes
WilliamBarnes
JoelBaslot
CameronBates
JoshuaBaxa
JasonBeal
PorterBeal
ChandlerBeale
EvanBearden
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The Citadel is committed to promoting a better understanding of America’s history https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-is-committed-to-promoting-a-better-understanding-of-americas-history/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18636 "The enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress."]]>

As seen in The State, by Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel

Leaders vexed by our nation’s season of discontent should recommit to ideas that seemed radical 244 years ago: the enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress.

Unfortunately, too few Americans know and understand these founding principles; even fewer recognize the context in which those principles were developed and applied by every generation since.

Indeed a 2018 survey revealed that:

▪ Only one in three Americans would pass the multiple-choice U.S. Citizenship Test.

▪ Only 24% knew why the colonists fought the British.

This lack of knowledge about history and civics may help explain both the confusion and misguided ideas we are seeing in recent public discourse.

UNIQUELY AMERICAN STORY

It’s fair to point out that we have at times fallen short — sometimes appallingly short — of the overarching ideals outlined by our founders.

Slavery was a shameful episode in our history that took our nation’s bloodiest war to dismantle — and it was only 100 years ago that Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to give women their long overdue right to vote.

These historic events are uncomfortable to discuss. But they also reveal the genius behind our constitutional framework created by the same imperfect men who sanctioned these disaffecting conditions.

The framers of our Constitution recognized their own imperfections and created a process that has allowed the document to be amended, resulting in progress and reform.

This is a uniquely American story.

It started with the radical idea that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence — a powerful idea that reappeared many times in our history, driving progress for civil rights and reform.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. masterfully reasoned that “when an ordinance is used to preserve segregation and deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceable assembly and protest, then it becomes unjust.”

King also pointed out the injustice of tactics used to deny African Americans their voting rights.

The prominence of these arguments set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

UNDERSTAND AND CONTRIBUTE

In short, we don’t need to “burn down the system” — our citizens need to better understand the system so they can contribute to making progress and reforms.

With that in mind The Citadel has added a timely new course requirement so our graduates will be fully prepared to help lead the process of forming “a more perfect Union.”

The course, Leadership in American Government and Society, is an interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present.

Every cadet will examine selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America’s fundamental principles amid the needs of changing times.

Many of our cadets will commit to defending our Constitution through military service after graduation, and we believe all of our graduates should understand civics well enough to help constructively guide our nation through times of trouble.

Nationally our schools should place more emphasis on our nation’s history and civics. At The Citadel, I can assure that we will do our part.

Retired Gen. Glenn Walters became the 20th president of The Citadel in 2018. A member of The Citadel’s Class of 1979, Walters previously served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

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