People – The Citadel Today Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:20:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 People – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 School of Engineering announces three finalists for Dean Tue, 16 Mar 2021 18:28:53 +0000 Three finalists for the position of Dean of The School of Engineering at The CitadelThree finalists for the position of Dean of The School of Engineering at The CitadelThe search for a new dean The Citadel School of Engineering is now focused on three finalists for the position.]]> Three finalists for the position of Dean of The School of Engineering at The CitadelThree finalists for the position of Dean of The School of Engineering at The Citadel

The search for a new dean The Citadel School of Engineering is now focused on three finalists for the position. The school was one of the first five engineering programs in the nation, and is consistently ranked in the top 25 in America by U.S. News & World Report. Graduates from the schools undergraduate programs have a near 99% job placement rate within the first 6-months of graduation.

The Citadel initiated the search in December, with the announcement of the impending retirement of the current Dean, Col. Ronald W. Welch, U.S. Army (Ret.), PH.D., P.E., FASCE following the end of the 2021 academic year.

The finalists and their biographies are listed below.

Andrew Williams, Ph.D.

Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., M.B.A., is an Associate Dean for the University of Kansas (KU) School of Engineering and the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In this role, he led the strategic planning, fundraising, and implementation efforts to catapult the KU IHAWKe (Indigenous, Hispanic, African American, Women, KU Engineering) Diversity & Women’s Programs to receive the highest inaugural Diversity Recognition Program Award with exemplary distinction given by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2019.

Williams’s career spans higher education and the private sector, including positions at Apple Inc., GE Medical Systems, and Allied Signal Aerospace Company. He was also a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow and GE Edison Engineer. Williams served as a department chair for Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College in Atlanta, and as a research affiliate in the Human-Automation Systems Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Williams was the John P. Raynor Distinguished Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, where he founded and directed the Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab.  His research and education work in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, and human-robot interaction has resulted in over 100 technical publications and presentations. His collaborative grant writing and fundraising efforts have resulted in approximately $29M in research and educational funding, corporate support, and private donations. He is the author of the book, “Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives.” 

Williams serves on a National Academy of Engineering workshop committee for diversity, the ACM Education Advisory Committee, and the National GEM Consortium Alumni Advisory Board as Treasurer. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from KU, his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University, his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence from KU, and his Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University.  He was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, the son of a WWII and Korean War veteran. He is married to Anitra Williams, his wife of 28 years, and together they have three adult children.

Craig Harvey, Ph.D., P.E.

Craig M. Harvey, Ph.D., P.E., is associate dean for Academic Affairs for the Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Engineering, a professor of Industrial Engineering, and holds the institution’s F.J. Haydel, Jr. Kaiser Aluminum Professorship. Prior to his current role at LSU, he was program director for Industrial engineering.

Harvey teaches and conducts research in the area of Industrial and Human Factors Engineering. His research has ranged from investigations into engineering design process, medical product usability, health care productivity, construction safety, and control room management. Harvey’s work has been funded by the Keck Foundation, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Federal Aviation and Hospitals, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Louisiana Board of Regents, Baton Rouge Area foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining the academic community, Harvey was a consultant of business process reengineering for KnowledgeWar, where he worked with Whirlpool and Ford Motor Company. Before that, he was manager of business process reengineering for the Student Loan Marketing Association (SallieMae) where he was responsible for the reengineering portion of the implementation of a $55 million document imaging system.

Harvey served un the U.S. Air Force in active duty for seven years and in the reserves for 13. During his time in the Air Force, he was an Air Force Civil Engineer. Harvey has more than 790 technical publications and is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Human ?Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Joseph Rencis, Ph.D., P.E.

Joseph Rencis, Ph.D., P.E., is a first-generation college graduate from a working-class family in a small town in rural Northwestern New Jersey. He received an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural and Building Construction Engineering technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Rencis earned a Master of Science from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Civil Engineering.

Rencis is currently a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, where he previously served as dean. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Rencis was a professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Engineering Mechanics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served as department head for Mechanical Engineering, and as Twenty-First Century Leadership Chair at the University of Arkansas. Rencis was the dean of Engineering and Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership at Tennessee Tech University.

Rencis has published over 140 journal and conference articles in boundary elements, finite elements, molecular dynamics, and engineering education. He’s earned over $8 million in research funding.

Rencis is a fellow of the ASEE, ASME, and Wessex Institute of Great Britain. He served as ASEE President and was a director of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council Executive Board. Joe was elected to serve as the chair of the ASME Mechanical Engineering Department Heads Committee and was a member of the ASME Center for Education Board of Directors. Rencis has been an ABET program evaluator and has conducted reviews of new graduate programs. He is a recipient of ASEE awards for leadership, teaching, and service.

Presentations to campus

Each finalist will provide presentation for the campus community. They will all be held in Bastin Hall 207, and on Zoom. In-person attendance will be limited due to COVID-19 precautions, thus Zoom attendance is recommended.

Zoom links will be send to faculty and staff on the morning prior to the presentation.

  • Dr. Andrew Williams: Monday, March 22 from 1:30-2:40 p.m.
  • Dr. Craig Harvey: Tues., March 30 from 1:30-2:40 p.m.
  • Dr. Joseph Rencis, Thurs., April 1, from 1:30-2:40 p.m.

Engineering professor uses sabbatical to strengthen collaboration between The Citadel and Army Research Lab Mon, 15 Mar 2021 15:21:17 +0000 Mazzaro has been working closely with Army researchers to develop a unique type of radar for detecting deadly hazards.]]>

Electrical engineering professor Gregory Mazzaro, Ph.D., splits time between labs at The Citadel and ARL’s headquarters in Adelphi, MD

Gregory Mazzaro, Ph.D., a professor in The Citadel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is using his sabbatical, awarded for 2020-21, to focus full-time on research that he’s been conducting with the Army. Since August, Mazzaro has been working closely with Army researchers in Adelphi, MD to develop a unique type of radar as part of a suite of sensors for detecting deadly hazards.

Since joining The Citadel in 2013, Mazzaro has worked part-time as a consultant for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) on several different technologies, including:

  • Harmonic radar — for detecting electronics such as those used to trigger explosives
  • Acoustic radar — for finding metallic objects such as landmines
  • Passive radar — for locating radio-frequency circuits such as those found in (2-way) communications gear and (1-way) scanner/listening devices

Mazzaro and his colleagues in the Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate at ARL have developed a variety of novel techniques for implementing these radars. This past spring, his team was awarded a pair of patents:

  • Method and Apparatus for Detecting Objects using a Combination of Radio and Acoustic Signals (US patent # 10,564,280)
  • Passive Non-Linear Synthetic Aperture Radar and Method Thereof (US patent # 10,649,080)

To date, Mazzaro is a named inventor on nine radar-related patents.

This year, Mazzaro and his team at ARL’s Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) designed, fabricated, programmed and tested a non-linear junction detector (“non-linear radar”) intended to be carried by a mobile platform (e.g. a drone) for detecting explosives. The initial design of the radar was conceived by Mazzaro; specifications were guided by experiments that he conducted on-site during prior summers at ALC. 

One of Mazzaro’s teammates, technician Khalid Salik of Ideal Innovations Inc., fabricated a prototype transceiver for transmitting very clean high-power probe signals while receiving very low-power radar-target responses. Another of Mazzaro’s teammates, Army electronics engineer Kyle Gallagher, programmed the software-defined-radio controller which generates and captures radar waves through that transceiver. In the fall, Mazzaro traveled to ALC to test the capability of this radar hardware to detect particular targets-of-interest, in different configurations:

  • At different distances away from the radar
  • Behind walls (i.e. inside nearby buildings)
  • Near ground (i.e. at different heights above a dry sandy surface)

Between his trips to ALC, Mazzaro processed the data he collected into actionable information which fed back into multiple redesigns of the radar. The latest incarnation of the radar was successfully tested in a desert environment as part of the Army’s Blood Hound Gang Program

This spring, Mazzaro is using his lab at The Citadel — an anechoic chamber located in the old coin-laundry building behind Letellier Hall — to evaluate his team’s radar against targets placed in different orientations (e.g. tilted, upside-down). Data that he gathers will further refine the radar’s design — widening its capabilities while reducing its size, weight, power and cost.

Despite not teaching, Dr. Mazzaro enjoys staying in-touch with his fellow Electrical & Computer faculty and students. “I bump into my students in Grimsley Hall and they ask me, ‘Aren’t you on sabbatical?’ and I say ‘Yes, of course.’ Then I smile and wait for the inevitable, ‘Hold on, what is a sabbatical?’ to which I reply, ‘I’m excused from teaching, which means I have more time to do real engineering.’”

With three more papers he’s written, expected to be released in conference proceedings this April, Mazzaro will reach a personal milestone: 100 technical publications. “I need to share credit for that accomplishment with my Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Michael Steer of North Carolina State University. He emphasized equal importance for both sides of research: advance the state-of-the-art, and communicate your advances to the scientific community.”

Mazzaro looks forward to sharing the latest-and-greatest in radar technology with his students when he returns to teach ELEC 426 Antennas and Propagation in June.

Charleston native transforming warehouse into new fitness site Ethos Sun, 14 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000 The 34-year-old Citadel graduate is spending about three-quarters of a million dollars to renovate and outfit his own gym on Huger Street.]]>

Photo: Joey Welling talks on March 5 about the space under construction for Ethos Athletic Club, a new 21,000-square-foot fitness center he plans to open in May off Huger Street on the Charleston peninsula. (Courtesy: Lauren Petracca, The Post and Courier)

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Charleston native Joey Welling has been involved in fitness in one way or another since junior high school when he started playing baseball at Bishop England and later in college.

Now, the 34-year-old Citadel graduate is spending about three-quarters of a million dollars to renovate and outfit his own gym on Huger Street in a rapidly changing part of the Charleston peninsula where nearly 40,000 people live within one mile, many of them in new multistory apartment developments that have sprung up in the past few years.

Ethos Athletic Club, a new 21,000-square-foot fitness center off Huger Street, is expected to open in May. This is what it looked like on March 5, 2021, as construction was underway. (Courtesy: Lauren Petracca, The Post and Courier)

Welling recently leased 21,000 square feet in a barrel-vaulted building beside High Wire Distilling. Construction is underway, and he plans to launch Ethos Athletic Club in May.

For the past few years, he and former business partner Jason Fiutem ran Exemplar Fitness in a 6,000-square-foot space on James Island, but the two parted ways when the lease expired in February and both are now on their own. Fiutem recently started 1014 Fitness in West Ashley.

Welling is temporarily operating out of a 9,000-square-foot space at 483 King St., where the former human resources software startup PeopleMatter once operated in an annex and ugly holiday sweaters could later be found in a pop-up shop.

He lost about half of his 700 clients when he moved operations downtown, but he already has about 300 signed up for the new space and is shooting for another 400.

“Epicenter of positivity’

The new location, an L-shaped shell used more recently by an events company for storage and decades ago as a backup warehouse for the long-gone Sears department store, is undergoing a complete overhaul.

The framework for new interior walls is up, plumbing for new bathrooms with lockers, showers, saunas and steam rooms is being installed and café equipment for smoothies and other healthy items sits along one wall.

Turf will run along a side and back walls over a polished concrete floor, and an elevated cardio area will face a large movie-playing screen. Each cardio machine also will have TV monitors.

“I might put up a few TVs, but they won’t be showing any news programs,” Welling said. “This is meant to be the epicenter of positivity.”

One aspect of the new gym will be a 60-foot, tunnel-like hallway that leads from the front check-in station, café and retail area through the center of the gym to the workout zones.

Joey Welling flips through plans for the space for his new fitness center, Ethos Athletic Club, off Huger Street on the Charleston peninsula on March 5. (Courtesy: Lauren Petracca, The Post and Courier)

“We are trying to create the mindset of an athlete walking into an arena,” he said.

Welling chose the name “Ethos” after reading a book a couple of years ago by Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and one-time owner of the Seattle SuperSonics basketball team.

The gym owner noticed the word “ethos” in the book, and looked it up for a better understanding of what it meant.

Merriam-Webster describes ethos as “the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature or guiding beliefs of a person, group or institution.” Think ethics.

“I told myself if I ever do another gym, that’s what I’m going to call it,” Welling said. “It perfectly embodies the culture of the gym.” It’s one where he often tells his team, “We are not in the fitness business serving people but rather the people business serving fitness.”

Gem of a gym

Welling tried for several months last year to find a large-enough place with parking and a price per square foot he could afford on James Island, but was unsuccessful and eventually turned to Ross Armstrong with MoRE Commercial real estate in Charleston.

Armstrong showed him about 15 different properties on the peninsula, but when Welling saw the vacant warehouse next to the distillery, he was sold and signed a seven-year lease with an extension option.

“It was love at first site with the unique ceilings and the size and the overall location of it,” Welling said. “I think it’s a very positive and up-and-coming area. The more I visit it, the more I realize how central it is to the entire Lowcountry.”

Joey Welling points out features on a blueprint on March 5 for Ethos Athletic Club, a new 21,000-square-foot fitness center off Huger Street which plans to open in May on the Charleston peninsula. (Courtesy: Lauren Petracca, The Post and Courier)

The fitness facility will offer all of the traditional free weights, treadmills and rowing machines, but it also will come with classes for yoga and high-intensity training and will include a dedicated space for physical and massage therapists. Individually numbered net bagging for sweaty gym clothes also will be offered for on-site laundry service.

The gym space wraps around the rear of High Wire Distilling. There, three large roll-up doors lead to a concrete dock overlooking what will become the Lowcountry Lowline linear park running beside the Interstate 26 offramps next to the distillery. 

The deck can be used for outside training as well, and eventually a canopy will be installed.

At the front of the gym, a garage door opening will be added where Wyatt Morris’s Tres Palmas Açai Café will offer smoothies, salads and açai bowls. Chef Owen Bernstein of Cramer’s Cuisine also will have pre-made meals to grab and go.

Fitting start

Welling credits his longtime interest in fitness to Mike Darnell, the head baseball coach at Bishop England.

“He got me interested in working out and being fit in the seventh grade when I started playing baseball,” he said. “It was his first year there, and he’s still there.”

He also said Donnell Boucher, his strength and conditioning coach when he played baseball at The Citadel, was instrumental as well.

“He was a huge influence on my life and my career,” Welling said.

Joey Welling, owner of Ethos Athletic Club, poses for a portrait on March 5 in what will become a tunnel-like hallway in a 21,000-square-foot space which will house his new fitness center off Huger Street in downtown Charleston. (Courtesy: Lauren Petracca, The Post and Courier)

Welling’s entrepreneurial spirit also runs back a couple of generations.

Some longtime Charleston residents may remember his mother’s late father, Henry A. Kennedy Sr., who launched the former Kennedy’s Economy Drug Store, one of the first pharmacies in West Ashley, in 1954. He, too, was a Citadel graduate.

At the new gym, Basic Projects is doing the interior design work, Stumphouse is the architect, and Interior Woodworking is the contractor.

International African American Museum launches first digital exhibit Sat, 13 Mar 2021 19:00:00 +0000 The IAAM assigned interns to gather history from across the Lowcountry. One of those interns is Keyshawn Gascey, a junior at The Citadel.]]>

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You can now experience the Charleston International African American Museum before its construction is even completed.

The museum launched its first digital exhibit today.

The exhibit gives people a chance to take a closer look at Sol Legare Island located on the coast of South Carolina on James Island. 

Historians say the Sol Legare community is a surviving example of a largely African American community in the South Carolina Sea Islands, where most community members are descendants of its African American Freedmen founders. 

Toni Carrier, Director of the Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, said having a digital exhibit launch before the opening of the museum gives people a chance to see the amount of information that their team is collecting.

“It’s important to us to get out in the community…[and] involved our stakeholders in work that we’re doing,” said Carrier.

One of the methods they use to gather history across the Lowcountry is by assigning interns to certain locations in the area.

One of those interns is Keyshawn Gascey, a junior at The Citadel, who has been assigned to Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.

He’s a part of an upcoming digital project that the museum hopes to open in the future.

“One of the exhibits that they’re going to have is creating a digital map of the state and so the guests…will be able to click the state and then they’ll be able to have information on that part,” said Gascey.

Gascey is lifelong Lowcountry resident, born and raised in Goose Creek, so when he saw there was an opportunity to help provide material for the historic opening of a museum in his hometown, he couldn’t refuse.

“Knowing how many people it’s going to impact…and how many lives it’s going to touch and even changing with the genealogy center. It was kind of a no brainer for me like there was no way I could say no to it,” he said.

This digital exhibit is only the beginning of the rich history that will be presented by the International African American Museum.

“There are so many ways in which the Lowcountry is special. The culture, the history here is very significant and that’s something that the world should know.”

Toni Carrier

The museum is scheduled to open in 2022.

Remembering Col. Robert S. Adden, The Citadel Class of ’44 Sat, 13 Mar 2021 11:00:47 +0000 Col. Bob Adden, The CitadelCol. Bob Adden, The CitadelAs seen on Robert S. Adden, 98, a long time resident of Charleston, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021 after a brief hospitalization in Reston, Virginia. Born January 1, 1923]]> Col. Bob Adden, The CitadelCol. Bob Adden, The Citadel

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Robert S. Adden, 98, a long time resident of Charleston, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021 after a brief hospitalization in Reston, Virginia. Born January 1, 1923 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to the late Mary Elizabeth Heggie Adden and John Augustus Adden. His father died months before he was born and he was raised lovingly, along with his siblings “Toots” and Jack, by his mother during the difficult Depression era.

He attended The Citadel as a member of the Class of 1944, of which the entire class was called to active duty following their Junior Year. He served as a 2nd lieutenant in World War II with the 84th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was severely wounded in combat in November 1944 in Prummern, Germany, attributing his life being saved by God’s hand causing his dog tags to deflect a machine gun bullet that was directed towards his heart. He was discharged from the Army in 1946.

He graduated from The Citadel in 1947 as the first honor graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Two days later he began his teaching career at The Citadel, leaving the college only for a short time to earn his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Chapel Hill he met the love of his life, Norma Sue Sligh, and they married on December 27, 1953.

He enjoyed teaching accounting and taxation. He served as the Head of the Business Administration Department at The Citadel from 1962-1982, during which time he was instrumental in launching the Master of Business Administration and the evening undergraduate programs at what is now the School of Business Administration. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985. The Citadel recognized his service to the school awarding him the coveted Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1984; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2008; and the School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award in 2011. He and Sue were loyal supporters of Citadel athletics, rarely missing any home football, basketball or baseball game and listening on the radio to many of the away games.

He was a faithful Lutheran who proudly donated to the church. When his older brother Jack (USMC) gave him $100 that he had won playing poker in the South Pacific during WW II, he donated the money to the Orangeburg Lutheran Church. He taught an adult Sunday School Class for more than 50 years at St. John’s Lutheran Church, served on its Vestry and was a former President of the Vestry. He was also a lifetime member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and a member of the Charleston Rotary Club.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Norma Sue Sligh Adden; daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Rose and her husband Col. Michael G. Rose (USA, Ret) of Herndon, VA; son, Robert S. Adden, Jr. and his wife Kimetha Hunt Adden of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Virginia Sue Barrett and her husband Hazle Barrett of Camden, SC; four grandchildren, Robert Anthony Adden, Daniel Spencer Adden (Kayla), Caroline Jordan Christian (Jack) and Thomas Caldwell Jordan; four great-grandchildren, Mary Caroline Christian, Eleanor Christian, John Christian and Frances Christian and many loving nieces and nephews.

“He had such a calm sweet spirit & will be missed by many. “

Remembrance by family friend Mike Wiggins

“Col. Adden was a great accounting teacher during my years at the Citadel. He was kind and caring to the cadets. His quality as a man is undisputed. He supported the Citadel in many ways after his retirement. You could see him at basketball, baseball, and football games cheering on his team. God Bless his family and many friends.”

Roy DeHaven, ’81

Leave a remembrance about Col. Adden here.

J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel is serving the family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Citadel Foundation Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409 or to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Read more about Col. Robert “Bob” Adden in this story by The Post and Courier

With a Citadel graduate serving as navigator, Coast Guard tall ship ‘Eagle’ to be in Charleston with free port-side exhibits Fri, 12 Mar 2021 19:33:07 +0000 Lt. Will Singletary, the navigator of the Coast Guard tall ship ‘Eagle,’ is a native of Charleston and a 2013 graduate of The Citadel.]]>

Photo: The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle traveling for Charleston Harbor Fest 2009. Fort Sumter is pictured in the background. (Courtesy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen, U.S. Coast Guard)

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

The Coast Guard tall ship ‘Eagle’ will arrive in Charleston on Friday.

The ship, known as “America’s tall ship,” is scheduled to arrive at the Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal on Friday afternoon and will remain in the harbor through Sunday afternoon.

Those who wish to see the ship can enjoy free pier-side exhibits and discussion with officer candidates and members of Eagle’s crew.

The Eagle’s navigator, Lt. Will Singletary, is a native of Charleston and a 2013 graduate of The Citadel.

You can enjoy the port-side exhibits at the following times:

  • Friday, March 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service.

It was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy. Coast Guard officials say the ship was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.

The Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 6,797 square meters (22,300 square feet) of sail and 9.7 kilometers (6 miles) of rigging.

Remembering Major Gen. Arthur H. Baiden, III, U.S. Army (Ret.), The Citadel Class of 1962 Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:34:55 +0000 Maj. Gen. Arthur Hamilton Baiden, III, U.S. Army, (Ret.) of Greenville, S.C., passed away on March 8, 2021 after living the life of a principled leader.]]>

Maj. Gen. Arthur Hamilton Baiden, III, U.S. Army, (Ret.) of Greenville, S.C., passed away on March 8, 2021 after living the life of a principled leader.

Baiden was a member of The Citadel Class of 1962 and dedicated much of his life to serving his alma matter. He was Chairman of the Board of Visitors, Vice Chairman of the Board and President of The Citadel Alumni Association during his lifetime.

Baiden earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and recognition as the second honor graduate when he graduated. He accepted a commission as an officer in the Army, a career that spanned more than three decades. He then has a second, civilian career lasting almost as long.

Baiden retired from his 32-year long civilian career in 2005 as president and CEO of what was then called Potter Shackelford Construction Company in Greenville. Prior to that, he retired with the rank of major general after serving America for 35 years in active duty and the reserves.

While in the Army, Baiden served three combat tours, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Vietnam. His awards and decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal. He was a master parachutist and ranger. In 1994, South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell presented the Order of the Palmetto, to Baiden, the state’s highest honor, for his service as commanding general of the 120th Army Reserve Command in support of Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently served as the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Command and as a member of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee at the Pentagon.

Baiden served his community as president of the Wade Hampton Sertoma Club; Chairman of the Board of Carolinas AGC, the largest construction trades organization in the Carolinas; and was vice chairman for the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

In addition to his degree from The Citadel, Baiden earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University; and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Military Science from The Citadel. Additionally, Bainden graduated from the U.S. Army War College.

Baiden was married for 54 years to Jean Parsons of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who passed away on Aug. 8, 2020. She was also known for her expansive philanthropic service. Her obituary can be read here.

The Baidens are survived by a daughter, son, brother, and three granddaughters.

The Baiden family invites friends and family to leave remembrances about “Art” and Jean at this website where information about services will be posted at a later date.

An update on The Citadel Study Abroad, Global Scholars, and Study in D.C. programs Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:33 +0000 There are five planned, faculty-led summer study abroad programs for 2021.]]>

Photo above: Aberystwyth, Whales, one of The Citadel Global Scholars locations. Photo courtesy of

As the spring 2021 semester and the coronavirus pandemic continue, The Citadel Office of Study Abroad is continually assessing summer and fall programs.

Here is an update from Zane Segle, Ph.D., director for The Citadel Study Abroad, International and Domestic Programs.

Summer 2021 Study Abroad

There are five planned, faculty-led summer study abroad programs for 2021. They include:

Estonia, led by Dr. Terry Mays, Ph.D.
France, led by Dr. Caroline Strobe, Ph.D.
Hungary, led by Dr. Sarah Imam, M.D.
Spain, Cadiz, led by Dr. Eloy Urroz, Ph.D.
Spain, Mallorca, led by Dr. Maria Jose Hellin-Garcia, Ph.D.

The programs are contingent upon Covid-19 travel restrictions which vary from country to country, as well as vaccinations for participants, and student interest.

Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain. Photo by Livia Bühler.

Cadets and students interested in studying abroad through independent programs to Germany, Ireland, Italy, London or Japan are encouraged to contact The Citadel Office of Study Abroad at or for assistance with process navigation.

Fall 2021 study abroad with The Citadel Global Scholars Program

Thus far about 30 cadets are signed up for the college’s four Citadel Global Scholars Program locations, and more are welcome to participate.

The Citadel Global Scholars Program is an initiative to make semesters abroad feasible for all cadets. The program offers cadets enrolled in nearly every academic major at The Citadel to spend a semester abroad, taking courses relevant to their majors, while paying nearly the same amount for all study abroad costs as they would pay for a semester of study on campus.

The locations include:

  • Athens, Greece
  • Rome, Italy;
  • Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Aberystwyth, Wales.

In addition, two cadets will be participating in the annual UK Parliament program.

Those interested in signing up for fall 2021 should contact the office by emailing, by going by the office at 202 Richardson Ave. in person, or by calling (843) 469-7817.

The Citadel in D.C. fall 2021 semester

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim teaching The Citadel in DC students
Citadel professor Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D. teaching The Citadel in D.C. students.

Approximately 12 cadets and students will take part in this program. The focus of the experience is Intelligence and Security Studies, though other academic disciplines are welcome. The program provides academic and internship credit.

Those interested in this program should contact Dr. Segle at

Lu Parker, ’94: Citadel Graduate College alumna, journalist, former Miss USA, and kindness entrepreneur Thu, 11 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000 We strive to help all people better understand and embrace the power of kindness.]]>

“Never underestimate the power of a kind woman.” Lu Parker

Lu Parker doesn’t dawdle in the slow lane. She’s flying along numerous professional pathways, and while she’s navigating, she’s deliberate about conveying one key message: Be kind.

“The best is when someone sees my t-shirt or hoodie while I’m wearing it and stops me to say “I love your shirt!” or “What a great message!”  When that happens, it makes me realize that I am doing the right thing. It’s working,” Parker shared with The Citadel.

As a journalist with two decades of experience (including with WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina) and multiple Emmy awards, Parker anchors four hours of news daily for KTLA in Los Angeles. Additionally, she is an inspirational speaker, an author, and the founder of Be Kind & Co. which recently launched a line of apparel.

Lu Parker in the studio at WCSC-TV, Live 5, in Charleston in the late 1990s.
Lu Parker in the studio at WCSC-TV, Live 5, in Charleston in the late 1990s.

Prior to her career in broadcasting, Parker was a ninth-grade English Literature teacher. In 1994, while she was a teacher, Parker captured both the Miss South Carolina USA, and Miss USA titles, going on to place fourth in the Miss Universe Pageant.

But, before all of that, Parker graduated from The Citadel Graduate College in 1993 with a Master of Arts in Education, after earning a BA in English Literature from the College of Charleston.

After seeing the launch of the Be Kind & Co. apparel line, The Citadel Graduate College reached out to Parker to ask her to share some reflections.

This is what she said.

An interview with Lu Parker, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 1994 and founder of Be Kind & Co.

What is your goal for Be Kind & Co.?

We strive to help all people better understand and embrace the power of kindness. My goal is to use Be Kind & Co. as a way to share content, experiences, and merchandise that inspires all of us to be a bit more kind each day. I truly believe that each kind act, even if small, helps to collectively heal the world.  

In 2021, we launched our BKC Apparel line and we are thrilled to be seeing so many people wearing our merchandise around the country, including in South Carolina. We like to say it’s “Merchandise with a Message.” We share small sayings like, “Be a Kind Human” – “Born Kind” – Be Kind Y’all – “Never Underestimate the Power of a Kind Woman.” 

 Why did you create Be Kind & Co.?

The original concept of Be Kind & Co. was created after I experienced an unfortunate situation where I was attempting to be kind to someone and it backfired on me. At the time, the experience made me seriously question kindness. I questioned my urge to help people and literally almost gave up on being kind ever again.  But eventually, I came to my senses and realized that kindness is a gift that I cherish. Be Kind & Co. was originally a blog but now it’s more of life-style media company that shares content, offers merchandise with messaging, and creates a space where people can share insights into the power of kindness.  

I am also in the early stages of writing a book about my experiences and how I handled it.  I am also looking forward to traveling again to speak around the country at conventions and venues on “How Kindness Creates Success.”

Lu Parker accepting her diploma for a Master of Arts in Education
from The Citadel Graduate College in 1993.

Why did you pursue a Masters of Education and why did you select The Citadel Graduate College?

I was already interested in English Literature and hoped to one day teach on a college level. My Mom suggested that I apply to The Citadel because I was living in Charleston at the time and she said the program had a great reputation. 

I have fond memories of attending the Citadel Graduate College.  My professors were helpful and the process was a smooth experience. I believe that anytime you set a goal in life, personally or professionally, you must complete each small task while staying focused on the future goal. Studying at The Citadel allowed me to further my education so I could eventually teach high school. I did teach high school at North Charleston High School after graduating from The Citadel. 

What do you miss most about Charleston?

Ahhhh, Charleston. The city has my heart in so many ways. I spent over two decades there growing up, going to college and graduate school. I also taught in the city, and eventually returned to work in tv news there at WCSC. I often say I have a memory on every corner of the city.  I love the beaches, the Southern accents, the people and the style. I even miss the heat, humidity and rain.   

What is your greatest achievement to date?

To answer your question about my greatest achievement to date, I would say I have been very fortunate in my life and had the opportunity to experience a lot of wonderful moments including attending college, winning Miss USA, winning Emmys, traveling the world, working in TV news, meeting celebrities, going to Hollywood events, and even writing a book….But I still don’t consider those accomplishments. They were all wonderful experiences. To answer you question about my greatest achievement to date, I would say it’s the fact that I have never given up on the belief that kindness can create huge change. Kindness can save a life.  Kindness can shift the world. Kindness is strength. It’s a daily practice that I hope I can continue to share through my writings, my company and my voice. 

What would you say to young women considering various careers about innovating their own pathways or even multiple careers?

I am a huge believer that life is better when you love what you do. I always suggest to young women and men to find a career or a path to that career that lights a fire inside of you. I love my job as a tv news anchor because I am able to combine my love of writing, reading, and interacting with people.  It’s the same with my company Be Kind & Co. Creating a company takes a lot of behind the scenes work. It’s challenging and can be overwhelming, but when you feel good about what you are doing, then it’s worth it. I also totally believe that it’s never too late to change your profession or start a company, non-profit or passion project. It may require you to work after your “real” job, but again, when the passion is there, it won’t always feel like work. It’s a joy.  

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to add that I 100% believe that when women support each other’s success, we all succeed.  There is so much success available out in the world, let’s help each other along the path and celebrate each other!  That’s true kindness!

Closing the cyber workforce gap: the first Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Institute team at work Wed, 10 Mar 2021 15:52:09 +0000 First cohort of students for The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber InstituteFirst cohort of students for The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute"I believe that through this program and the leaders who are sharing their knowledge with us, I will be more than equipped for the cybersecurity world when I graduate.]]> First cohort of students for The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber InstituteFirst cohort of students for The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute

The first group of cadets and students selected to study under the umbrella of The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI) is hard at work, with the goal of being immediately ready to join America’s cybersecurity workforce after graduation. The cluster of future cyber warriors includes one active duty Marine student, one veteran student, and 19 cadets.

The CDCI mission is to ensure the delivery of principled leaders who are experts in cybersecurity and have the skillset and experience required to begin working for the U.S. Department of Defense as soon as they earn their degrees. The program will help expand America’s cyber capability by addressing the critical national security need for a larger cybersecurity workforce.

All of the CDCI participants are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations, or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with a minor in Cybersecurity, or, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Data Science.

Among the students is Cadet Trey Stevens, a junior with a triple major in Computer Science, Cyber Operations and Intelligence and Security Studies. “I feel very fortunate that I’ve been selected to not only advance my own cyber education, but to be better prepared for the agency that I work with post-graduation so that I may perform my job as best as I can,” Stevens said. “This is a unique opportunity where professionals and experts are pouring in their knowledge in order to pave the path for future cybersecurity professionals. I’m planning on maximizing my engagement with this amazing program.”

The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI) cadets and students being led by Lt. Col Linda Riedel, SCARNG, and Dr. Shankar Banik, professor of computer science and cyber operations, and director of CDCI and numerous other programs at The Citadel.

The Citadel and the nation’s other five Senior Military Colleges (SMC) have each received approximately $1.5 million of federal money to establish a cybersecurity institute as pilot programs on their campus. The funds are part of a $10 million Department of Defense (DOD) appropriation to the National Security Agency (NSA) for these institutes, included in the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

“It is an honor to be selected for such a program,” said Cadet Jalen Singleton, a junior Computer Science major with a minor in Cybersecurity. “I am included in an extremely talented cohort that has been given access to top cybersecurity knowledge and tools. I believe that through this program and the leaders who are sharing their knowledge with us, I will be more than equipped for the cybersecurity world when I graduate.”

The Department of Defense outlined three priorities for the SMC institutes: sustain a cyber-ready workforce, enhance the nation’s cyber talent and establish a top talent management program. The Citadel is helping achieve these goals.

“Being a part of CDCI is already an amazing experience,” said Cadet Hannah Collee. She is a sophomore double-majoring in Computer Science and Cyber Operations. “There is hands-on learning and countless opportunities for growth. This program helps students get in contact with numerous businesses and internships too. I can’t wait to continue with our team.” 

The 21 cadets and students selected to participate in the college’s first CDCI cohort include:

All, Jackson A.
Collee, Hannah E.
Deans, Conor W.
Freeman, Lydia S.
Hanulcik, Avery
Jensen, William M.
Johnson, Jared M.
Lilling, Eric R.
Lindenmeyer, Andrew R.
Ling, Nathanael C.
Race, Benjamin R
Reynolds, Aaron G.
Roser, Robert G.
Ruiz, Ashley
Singleton, Jalen A.
Skibicki, Ryan
Smiles, Shiloh O.
Stevens, Trey J.
Toomer, Timothy C.
Wells, Noah M.
Whitlock, Benjamin T.

Prospective cadets and students wanting more information should email or call (843) 953-1089.

The Citadel is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, as named by the United States Department of National Security Agency and Homeland Security.