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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.

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An update on The Citadel Study Abroad, Global Scholars, and Study in D.C. programs https://today.citadel.edu/an-update-on-the-citadel-study-abroad-global-scholars-and-study-in-d-c-programs/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22624 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 VisitWhales.com.

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 studyabroad@citadel.edu 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 studyabroad@citadel.edu, 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 seglez1@citadel.edu.

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Closing the cyber workforce gap: the first Citadel Dept. of Defense Cyber Institute team at work https://today.citadel.edu/closing-the-cyber-workforce-gap-the-first-citadel-dept-of-defense-cyber-institute-team-at-work/ Wed, 10 Mar 2021 15:52:09 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22554 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 dhoward2@citadel.edu 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.

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Citadel Graduate College Masters in Intelligence and Security #10 in U.S. by Best Value Schools https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-graduate-college-masters-in-intelligence-and-security-10-in-u-s-by-best-value-schools/ Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:48:08 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22490 Photo above: Citadel Graduate College students meeting with the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, on campus in 2018 As seen on BestValueSchools.org It is easy for individuals that are]]>

Photo above: Citadel Graduate College students meeting with the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, on campus in 2018

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It is easy for individuals that are not familiar with the complex nature of security professions to assume that a security education is part of criminal justice. The truth is that there are many types of security specialists. The growing need for security professionals leads to the need for those interested in security to receive a a high-quality education, such as a masters in security degree. 

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What Can I Do with a Master’s in Security Degree? 

There are a variety of master’s in security programs available to individuals that have an interest in providing security at national and international levels. Pursuing a masters in security in the field that a person wants to enter requires selecting the right program. This helps to determine what a person can do with a master’s degree in security.

Consider a master’s degree in security studies if you want a career that focuses on security leadership, crisis management, or security analysis. Individuals that want a career in cybersecurity or homeland security often find ideal master’s in security programs that fulfill the goals or requirements for working in these fields. Do you want to focus on the security of populations or on security efforts after a disaster? Earning a master’s in security that focuses on human security is an option that leads to a rewarding career.  

The pay and job growth in security is likely a reason that some people choose to earn a master’s degree in security. The 2019 median pay was $99,730 for information security analysts, with an anticipated job growth of 31 percent through 2029. The National Security Agency (NSA) lists the entry level pay for a mid-level investigator at more than $72,000, and the pay for an NSA Forensic Analyst starting at $93,822 a year. 

Some schools allow students to complete program requirements online to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Other programs require on-campus coursework and other face-to-face meetings. Exploring the best master’s in security programs allows for determining the best school and program that meets your goals and interests.

About The Citadel Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies: an online program offering real-world skills

DNI Coats speaking during the 2018 Intelligence and Cyber Security Conference at The Citadel
Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, speaking during the 2018 Intelligence and Cyber Security Conference at The Citadel

The Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Intelligence and Security Studies (ISS) prepares students to enhance national security through intelligence and homeland security leadership. Best practices for intelligence collection and analysis and national security combined with current theory, research, and experience give students the background necessary to cultivate critical thinking, concise writing, and effective briefing. By introducing applicable management principles and policy analysis, the program fosters the leadership skills to successfully address security and intelligence challenges facing the United States.

Unlike traditional graduate programs that take a theoretical and conceptual track in preparing students for further academic research, The Citadel’s ISS program combines theory and practice to provide the real-world skills necessary to enter and advance in the public and private intelligence arenas.

This program is entirely online to provide maximum flexibility for students, and at the same time allow the ISS program to attract instruction from intelligence professionals located around the world. Our program is taught by internationally recognized experts, with real-world experience at agencies like the FBI, CIA, DHS and at the White House.

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Learn more and find information about how to apply to The Citadel Graduate College here.

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Members of The Citadel African American Society are presented club patches https://today.citadel.edu/members-of-the-citadel-african-american-society-are-presented-club-patches/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:57:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22405 A new generation of cadets are officially patch-holding members of The Citadel's African American Society.]]>

A new generation of cadets has officially earned The Citadel African American Society membership patches. The cadets received their patches — fittingly — in February, Black History Month, in the lobby of Daniel Library.

As far as records show, this is the first time cadets in the African American Society have been able to earn club patches.

Cadets who have paid their membership dues, and attended a certain number of meetings, are eligible for their club patch. For cadets who had paid their dues, the first round of patches were free, paid for by The Citadel African American Alumni Association.

The African American Society was founded in 1971. In the 1972 yearbook where, the organization made its debut, the caption underneath says it was founded for “the purpose of providing members with a spectrum of Black History, fine arts, and American life style. Members are involved with social work, which gives them knowledge and insight about problems facing Black people today.”

Cadets from The Citadel African American Society pose with their patches in Daniel Library

Before the pandemic curtailed their volunteering opportunities, cadets with the African American Society would travel to local public schools — such as Charleston Development Academy and Burke High School — to help students with their homework, or sometimes to just speak with — and encourage — them.

“The Society has been very instrumental in my cadet career. We talk about our history in our institution, as well as our history outside of it,” said Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Affairs Public Officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “I have a sense of pride when I say that I am a part of a society that represents all of me! The bonds we make in our Society come from our experiences — both good and bad — and our triumphs as a people.”

The Society was the concept of Joseph Shine, ’71, and Larry Ferguson, ’73.

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Most distinguished cadets named to fall 2020 President’s List https://today.citadel.edu/most-distinguished-cadets-named-to-fall-2020-presidents-list/ Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:11:20 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22377 The President’s List, awarded for academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel.]]>

Photo: General Glenn Walters, UCMC (Ret.), Class of 1979, during the Gold Star and President’s List presentation on Feb. 25, 2021

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2020 semester:

First nameLast name
TrevorAtkins
MaryBallentine
JackBeehler
CarletonBeiliff
CharlotteBrailsford
TylerBurgess
PatrickCamatcho
BrentonCarnes
JackCasazza
AlbertCastro
JonahCharles
Yen RuChen
RyanCherrier
PatrickCherry
AlexanderClark
JoshuaCoats
HunterCongdon
GrantConner
WilliamConnor
CharlesCorte
JonathanCribb
AydenDevlin
MaximillianDonegan
JacksonDulay
DakotaDurham
MayaElassal
ChaseErvin
GraysonFree
NicholasFricchione
ZavierGebrayel
CharlesGeiger
JeremyGentle
CollinGleco
CarrettGraettinger
CodyGreen
CatherineGuenther
MitchellHamm
ThomasHammerstone
BuddyHerring
ElijahHolder
KienenHolmes
MichaelHooks
MalcolmJackson
IanJenkins
StephenKaiser-Parlette
JacobKnapp
RomanKokowsky
PatrickKrese
SamuelLittle
AveryLollis
StevenLynch
BrandonMacDonald
TriniMartinez
DavidMcBain
JakeMcPherson
JohnMichne
ZacharyMooney
JosephMurphy
GrantNorman
BrooksO'Brian
TizianaOrtega
TimothyOverend
IsaacPatterson
SamuelPoulin
RonaldPrince
MethRanaweera
WilliamRathke
StevenReisinger
KevinRevuelta
JackRose
IanSchultz
HadouSlimani
GrantSpeer
EthanStanley
JosephStilwell
BradleyStone
DanielStone
RichardStuckey
WilliamTempleton
CionnorThomas
BraxtonWeaver
JonathanWestmoreland
MadelynWojciehowski
JesseYoung
SamuelZuschlag
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Citadel Physics Department makes virtual learning into a physical reality for high school students https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-physics-department-makes-virtual-learning-into-a-physical-reality-for-high-schoolers/ Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:33:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22171 The Physics Department offers a virtual, but still hands-on, “class” for high school students about physics and its practical applications.]]>

Photo: Physics professor Kaelyn Leake, Ph.D., leading cadets and high school students through The Citadel Applied Physics Experience.

There’s a big difference between knowing the equations that explain gravitational forces and actually being hit in the head by an apple.

One is theoretical, and the other is a real-world effect of those theories.

Working to help high school students bridge the divide between physics equations and physical events: The Citadel’s Department of Physics.

Faculty and cadets in the department are working with high school students three times a year through The Citadel Applied Physics Experience. It’s a virtual, but still hands-on, “class” that teaches high school students about physics and expands their knowledge of the study’s practical applications.

“The goal of our Citadel Applied Physics Experience is to help high school students understand that physics is more than theory, through tactile experiences demonstrating real-world uses,” said Hank Yochum, Ph.D., head of the Department of Physics. “We don’t want to just tell students why physics is important — we want to demonstrate and discuss. It’s a chance to build something together, even via Zoom in the COVID environment, and to talk about how and why it works.”

Cadets help guide high school students in breakout sessions during The Citadel Applied Physics Experience

The department is currently accepting registrations for both the spring and summer sessions, after having kicked off the program in the fall semester. Faculty and cadets in the Department of Physics will continue to hold events like this three times a year — in both semesters and during the summer.

The experience is not limited to certain high schools. Physics faculty members will send a kit, for the hands-on portion, to registered students — so anyone who can receive mail can participate. Any student can participate regardless of STEM background.

Current Citadel cadets and faculty will help the high school students assemble a light-seeking, biology inspired robot that looks a lot like a bug.

The next Applied Physics Experience will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. A two-day summer session is planned for July 8-9.

The event is open to any high school sophomore, junior or senior who enjoys problem solving, science, math and hands-on projects.

The cost for all materials is $20. Space for each session is limited.

To register for the spring session, click here. The deadline for this session is March 12.

To register for the summer session, click here. The deadline for this session is June 15.

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At the Citadel, a three-step approach to keeping college-age Eagle Scouts involved https://today.citadel.edu/at-the-citadel-a-three-step-approach-to-keeping-college-age-eagle-scouts-involved/ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:22:40 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22319 Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaMembers of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaThese Eagle Scouts take trips together, host events for local packs and troops, and complete acts of service in the community.]]> Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaMembers of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina

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By Bryan Wendell

Photo above: Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina

The saying, repeated at Eagle Scout courts of honor for generations, goes something like this: “The Eagle Scout Award isn’t the end of your journey. It’s the beginning.”

It should sound like a challenge — something to remind young people that they remain Eagle Scouts for life.

And yet, when Eagle Scouts turn 18 and are no longer youth members of the BSA, the Scouting part of their journey often does end.

They move away to attend college or start a career, effectively closing their Scouting chapter until they have kids of their own.

Ted Fienning and his colleagues at the Citadel have a plan to change that.

“As an Eagle myself, I’m very familiar with the feeling many young Scouts have that it’s, ‘get it done by 18 or you’re out!’” he says. “That’s a consistent message to our Scouts: You’re done at 18. In effect, it means that at a time when Scouts are leaving their home towns to head to college, we allow them to disappear. And we do so right when they’re at the pinnacle of training, having earned Scouting’s highest award.”

Fienning is the staff advisor for the Citadel Eagle Scout Association, or CESA — a group of 50 Eagle Scouts who attend the senior military college in Charleston, S.C. These Eagle Scouts take trips together, host events for local packs and troops, and complete acts of service in the community.

They’re led by CESA President Jackson Jenkins, an Eagle Scout from Troop 392 of the Quapaw Area Council in Arkansas and a junior political science major at the Citadel.

“It was always taught to me by my Scoutmasters — Mr. Ken, Mr. Scott, Mr. Mark and others — that giving back to the program as an adult is one of the most important things I could do,” Jenkins says. “When I learned that the Citadel had an Eagle Scout Association, I jumped at the chance to get involved with the group and stay involved with Scouting as a college student.”

Through CESA, Jenkins says he’s been able to make friends, serve others and “continue to grow both myself and other young Eagles as leaders, all while being able to have fun and fulfill that promise I made to give back to the program that gave so much to me.”

So how do they do it? How has CESA bridged the gap between youth and adult Scouting? By taking a three-pronged approach.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association in Fall 2017. (Courtesy of CESA)

1. Give them a shared purpose

Young people, especially those in college, want to make an impact. They want to know that their work matters.

For the members of CESA, that shared purpose is serving others.

“We identify an annual project or two that they can plan, serve and sink their teeth and skills into,” Fienning says.

Last year, they launched a Cub Scout Adventure Rodeo. This year, they’re hosting a Scouting University (at an actual university), as well as designing and building a trail for a nearby state park.

“We also train them on adult Scouting opportunities and connect them to packs and troops to help out where they can,” Fienning says.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association in Fall 2016. (Courtesy of CESA)

2. Remove financial barriers

CESA members pay no dues.

CESA covers all costs, including transportation to and from service events, like CESA’s “Mom & Me” and “Dad & Me” camps or support at the Coastal Carolina Council’s other Scouting events.

To make this work, you need an advocate who works for the college. In addition to his role as CESA advisor, Fienning is the associate director for professional leadership programs at the Citadel, meaning he has the administration’s ear.

Fienning worked with the college’s foundation to build a Citadel Eagle Scout Association Fund. The fund raised more than $6,000 in a campaign last year, which will go a long way toward meeting the group’s $1,500 annual budget for some time.

Over the years, this fund will kick out 5% of endowed funds to keep these Eagles serving in perpetuity. The fund will pay for equipment, logistics, food and more.

“Working with the college foundation really reduces the administrative burden of tracking accounts and donors, plus it lends credibility to the Eagle Scout Association and its ties to the college,” Fienning says.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association volunteered at a Cub Scout day camp in October 2019. (Courtesy of CESA)

3. Feed them

It’s a tradition as old as colleges themselves.

“College students will gather for free food,” Fienning says.

Sure enough, CESA leaders understand that food isn’t the only reason members attend meetings, but it helps. CESA cooks its meals outdoors in large batches — a delicious serving of nostalgia that makes these Eagle Scouts remember time spent in their home troops.

“Scouts bring their mess kits, and we eat well,” Fienning says.

Starting your own collegiate Eagle Scout Association

Want to start an Eagle Scout Association at your school and keep these young Eagles around the Scouting campfire?

To help CESA grow, Fienning says he worked closely with Ray Capp and the BSA Alumni Association. That’s a great place for anyone to start.

To learn more about the Citadel Eagle Scout Association, visit the group’s official Facebook page.

Jackson Jenkins, CESA president

‘One of the greatest influences on my life’

Jenkins, the CESA president and Eagle Scout, is a shining example of why we need groups like CESA.

We need to keep young people like him engaged — especially while their greatest Scouting memories are still fresh on their minds.

Jenkins has been an unofficial Scout since he was 4 and started tagging along on his older brother’s Cub Scout adventures.

The instant he could join, Jenkins did.

“Ever since then, it’s been one of the greatest influences on my life,” he says. “The Scout Oath and Law, the examples of my adult leaders, and the amazing experiences gained on so many countless days and nights of camping have shaped me into the person I am today. I am so very thankful for all of it.”

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Army cadets learn leadership from one of The Citadel’s highest-ranking active duty officers https://today.citadel.edu/army-cadets-learn-leadership-from-one-of-the-citadels-highest-ranking-active-duty-officers/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:41:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22207 Maj. Gen. David Wilson, '91, was -- virtually -- back on his old stomping grounds, teaching senior Army cadets about leadership.]]>

Photo: (top left) Maj. Gen. David Wilson, Class of 1991, speaking with Citadel cadets virtually

“If you don’t like what you do, you won’t do it well or do it long.”

A history-making graduate of The Citadel recently returned to Jenkins Hall, one of the campus locations where his Army career began many years ago.

Though Maj. Gen. David Wilson, USA, was back on his old stomping grounds, he didn’t get to stroll down memory lane. That’s because Wilson, a member of the Class of 1991, visited campus virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Wilson, the first African American Citadel graduate to become a two-star general, was participating in a day-long, virtual leadership development event, hosted by Fort Jackson.

Twelve senior Citadel cadets participated in the opportunity, which brought together senior Army ROTC cadets from nearly 20 colleges and universities. The annual Leader Professional Development Symposium — in its fourth year — included a panel discussion with junior officers and well as speed mentoring with various Army generals, including Wilson.

“Taking care of people is more than making sure that they have the means and resources to care of themselves and their families,” said Wilson during his Citadel speed session. “It’s about making sure they’re empowered and equipped to do the missions that they’re going to embark upon.”

Cadets were also given the chance to ask Wilson questions about his time in the Army, his Citadel experience and more.

Cadets asking Maj. Gen. David Wilson, ’91, questions about leadership and his experiences

“Receiving advice from a Citadel graduate, who is a general in the Army, gives me hope for my future,” said Cadet Pedro Sharpe. “This is true because advice from a graduate is more relatable. They can utilize examples from their experiences at this institution and connect them to real world scenarios.”

Wilson discussed how his time at The Citadel prepared him to operate in a diverse environment and gave him an early lesson in the importance of structure and discipline.

“The Citadel is a leadership laboratory. If you can get a senior private to shine their shoes, get their hair cut — that’s really something,” continued Wilson.

With a hands-on assist from Citadel AROTC Chief Military Science Instructor Sgt. Maj. Willie Murphy, Wilson also presented some of the attending cadets with his Challenge Coin, to honor their achievements.

“Listing to Maj. Gen. Wilson helped me realize that being a leader is about setting the example and putting your people first,” continued Sharpe. “Leadership includes you being the sole individual that is willing to put yourself on the line for your people. It also means being honest with yourself in the Corps and in the Army.”

Wilson wasn’t the only member of The Citadel family to help guide the ROTC cadets across the region. Citadel Military Science professor, Capt. Paul Najarian, sat on a junior officers’ panel, taking questions from cadets with all the participating ROTC units.

Capt. Paul Najarian during the junior officers’ panel

“It was an honor to be able to pass along some lessons that I learned the hard way,” said Najarian. “This is one of the ways in the Profession of Arms that we can continue to grow within our organization, ensuring future leaders learn from our successes and failures. Based on what I saw, and the questions I heard asked during the symposium, it is clear to me that the Army will be getting some fantastic young leaders very soon.”

Najarian also pointed out that all the cadets who participated in the program are less than 100 days away from becoming officers — making the lessons they learned at the event even more vital.

“Life isn’t so much about how much you keep for yourself, it’s about how much energy you pour into other people,” said Wilson. “And you as a leader, pouring into your subordinates, investing in them, is what’s going to allow them to achieve mission success.”

Citadel cadets, virtually joined by hundreds of ROTC cadets at other colleges, standing for the National Anthem
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A look inside the new partnership between The Citadel and Beaufort County School District https://today.citadel.edu/a-look-inside-the-new-partnership-between-the-citadel-and-beaufort-county-school-district/ Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:47:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22017 For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers the opportunity become school counselors.]]>

The Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE) at The Citadel is making it easier for South Carolina teachers to earn their master of education degrees.

For the first time, the ZFSOE is partnered with Beaufort County School District, offering teachers and neighbors the opportunity become professional school counselors.

The partnership lets students work towards earning their Master’s of Education in Counselor Education at a lower cost and closer to where they live and work. The degree is designed for adults who want to enter the school system as guidance counselors, either on the elementary or secondary level.

Students who successfully complete the program will obtain both a graduate degree and recommendation for licensure through the state to become a professional school guidance counselor.

If you or your school district are interested in participating, or creating new partnerships in other counties, please contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., director of program development and enhancement for the ZFSOE, at lwestber@citadel.edu.

Hear more about the program from the Dean of the ZFSOE, Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., and educational leaders from Beaufort County, in the video below.

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