The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:42:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 General who commands US operations in space speaks at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/general-raymond-space-command-citadel-greater-issues/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:49:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6220 General John “Jay” Raymond, United States Air Force, delivered the first Greater Issues address of 2019. Every day, the life of almost every person in America is affected by what]]>

General John “Jay” Raymond, United States Air Force, delivered the first Greater Issues address of 2019.

Every day, the life of almost every person in America is affected by what the nation’s military is doing in space. That’s according to the man in charge of it all, General John “Jay” Raymond.

In his February address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Gen. Raymond discussed how essential space operations are to both the American way of life and the American way of war.

“There is nothing that we do as a joint force, absolutely nothing, that isn’t enabled by space capability. Whether it’s humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations or combat operations and everything in between, there’s nothing we do that isn’t enabled by space,” said Gen. Raymond.

Another thing space command is responsible for is tracking all everything that’s orbiting the earth. Gen. Raymond says that’s a total of about 24,000 objects. He said, “We act as the space traffic control for the world. So if one object is going to hit another object, we provide warning to make sure that domain stays safe.” Gen. Raymond went on to say, “It’s a congested environment, if you will.”

General Raymond during Greater Issues Address
General Raymond during Greater Issues Address

After the address, Gen. Raymond took questions from cadets. In response to a question about leadership, Gen. Raymond said, “To be a leader, the first thing that you have to be able to do is make sure that everybody in your organization understands their link to the mission. The second thing that I think a leader needs to do is set really high standards.” On leadership, Gen. Raymond went on to say, “The main thing in, my personal opinion, is you have to be a good person. You have to treat people with respect, you have to treat people with dignity and you have to treat people like you want to be treated.”

General John “Jay” Raymond is the Commander of Air Force Space Command and Joint Force Space Component. As Commander, Gen. Raymond is responsible or organizing, training, equipping and maintaining mission-ready space forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. His command comprises approximately 30,000 space professionals around the world.

Before taking command of the Air Force Space Command, Gen. Raymond was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984.

About the Greater Issues Series

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage Citadel cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel, its cadets, students, faculty and staff and the Charleston community.

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The revival of The Citadel Gospel Choir https://today.citadel.edu/revival-the-citadel-gospel-choir/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:40:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6185 Photo: Citadel Gospel Choir performing at MLK Picture Awards By Cadet Rhaei Brown “It’s a family.” That’s what Regimental Executive Officer David Days says that The Citadel Gospel Choir means to]]>

Photo: Citadel Gospel Choir performing at MLK Picture Awards

By Cadet Rhaei Brown

“It’s a family.”

That’s what Regimental Executive Officer David Days says that The Citadel Gospel Choir means to him. It is a sentiment shared by over 60 diverse men and women who sing together every week on campus. Senior cadet Michael Rice says, “The Gospel Choir means everything to me, because it’s my family.”

Cadets and students volunteer to be part of the choirs, using their voices to share songs of joy and praise intended to touch hearts and lift spirits. Cadet Rice went on to say, “When we’re in practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays the rest of the world and all my problems don’t matter. I want everyone who joins to have that same experience. We’re a volunteer organization, we have a lot of people doing it, and it’s a diverse group.”

Thanks to a lot of practice and a growing presence, the Gospel Choir can be heard singing not only on campus, but around the Charleston area as well.

“Each member in our choir is completely committed to our mission of making the love of Jesus famous. The love we’re spreading represents a gift, which has been given freely to all people. Having a choir that represents people of every crowd is indicative of the power that gospel music has to transcend homogeneity and even cultural upbringing,” said Marcus Milhouse, 2nd Battalion Religious Officer.

Group photo of The Citadel Gospel Choir
Group photo of The Citadel Gospel Choir

According to Days, Milhouse, and Rice, The Citadel Gospel Choir was originally started in the 80s, but was revived when they arrived on campus in August 2015. Recounting the early days of the group, Rice said, “I remember sitting with Marcus Milhouse and David Days for Chapel Orientation during Challenge Week, and we heard about the different choirs we could join on campus and we thought a Gospel Choir sounded good. We were all trying to find something that was like back at home, because our first week here was tough.”

When discussing the first time the new group started singing together, Rice said, “We all loved singing for Christ, which is something we had been doing our whole lives. We started with three, and then others joined like Christina Capers, who was part of our first performance, Octavia Wolfe and Sheldon Herbert. As we have progressed, nothing has changed except the numbers.”

Today, The Citadel Gospel Choir is led by Reverend Rodney Barrentine and Class of 2000 alumnus Momolu Cooper, who have worked with the group for two years.

“We grew up doing it, and we find joy in singing. That is our way of saying how good God is to us. That’s what Gospel is; telling the Good News of Christ which is that he died for us, and is living in us today,” said Rice.

For the second year, they had their own float in Charleston’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, which was received with much love from the crowds lining King Street. The choir also represented The Citadel at the 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Awards, hosted by Rep. Wendell Gilliard, and Black History Month Intercollegiate Consortium’s MLK Awards Ceremony at Trident Tech.

Days says, “It’s just really cool to be part of a new generation of the Gospel Choir, and hopefully when I come back as an alum for homecoming and different events and can see it still thriving, and I can know that I was able to help revive something that I believe is fairly important on campus.”

An Evening of Inspiration and Unity

The Citadel Gospel Choir will host a Black History Month concert at 4 p.m. on February 24 in Summerall Chapel. The concert will be live-streamed on The Citadel’s Facebook page and YouTube.

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Upcoming news from The Citadel – March 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-march-2019/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:49:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6064 Cadets on Recognition Day 2018Cadets on Recognition Day 2018Photo: Recognition Day celebration run 2018 Women’s History Month “CitListen” Session March 1 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bond 295 Registration required, open to Citadel community and media Women’s History]]> Cadets on Recognition Day 2018Cadets on Recognition Day 2018

Photo: Recognition Day celebration run 2018

Women’s History Month “CitListen” Session

March 1
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bond 295
Registration required, open to Citadel community and media

Women’s History Month kicks off with a “CitListen” session. The sessions are offered by the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center at The Citadel as a means of encouraging conversation to create an understanding of human differences. Participants will be asked to respond to non-threatening questions specifically designed for the group that prompt them to share personal stories. The experience is meant to allow 10 – 20 participants to listen, absorb information and engage in dialogue with women across campus in a relaxed, environment that highlights the diversity that exists between all types of people.

The Citadel’s TRHT Campus Center was founded in September 2017,  after the college applied for and was selected for a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The Citadel’s center is one of 10 such centers on campuses around the United States funded through the grants. Contact kendra.snipe@citadel.edu for more information.

4th Annual Joan Thompson Memorial Freedom Lecture, featuring Richard Ebeling, Ph.D.

March 1
University of The Bahamas
Admittance with a $75 donation

Richard Ebeling, Ph.D.
Richard Ebeling, Ph.D.

BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, Richard Ebeling, Ph.D., will deliver the 4th Annual Joan Thompson Memorial Freedom Lecture, sponsored by the Nassau Institute at The University of The Bahamas. His talk will be titled, “Why the Global Economy Needs More Freedom and Less Government.” Ebeling’s lecture will focus on his believe that tariff wars, increased government regulations and intensified immigration barriers will hinder the continued betterment of everyone, especially the poorest in the world.

Ebeling is a world-renowned business professor who is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics. He also served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education from 2003 – 2008. The Nassau Institute is a research institute that promotes capitalism and free markets.

More information can be found by clicking here.

One of the first women with 3-star general Army rank to speak for Women’s History

March 4
4 p.m.
Holliday Alumni Center
Free, open to Citadel community

One of the first women to make rank as a U.S. Army 3-star general, Lt. Gen Patricia McQuistion, U.S. Army, (Ret.) will speak to Citadel cadets for Women’s History Month at 4 p.m. on March 4.

Lt. Gen Patricia McQuistion, U.S. Army, (Ret.)
Lt. Gen Patricia McQuistion, U.S. Army, (Ret.)

McQuistion served in the army for 35 years. She received the rank of lieutenant general in 2012, and then served as deputy commander and chief of staff for the U.S. Army Materiel Command until her retirement in 2015. McQusition is currently the vice president of membership and meetings for the Association of the United States Army.

McQuistion medals and accomodations: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Staff Identification Badge; and the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold.

The event is hosted by The Citadel Army ROTC department and the newly formed Bulldog Company, a subchapter of the Charleston Chapter Association of the United States Army.

Ash Wednesday Services

March 6
12:15 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to public

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance. Ash Wednesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Old Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics and some Baptists. Because it is the first day of Lent, many Christians, on Ash Wednesday, often begin marking a Lenten calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and abstaining from a luxury that they will not partake in until after Easter Sunday.

The Citadel Chaplain, Joe Molina, Reverend Rob Sturdy and Reverend Frank Seignious will be distributing ashes to those who attend the service at Summerall Chapel. All members of the campus community and our neighbors are welcome.

A detailed list of religious services can be found by clicking here.

Traveling art installation brings awareness about veteran suicides rates

March 12 – 13
Citadel campus, near Daniel Library
Free, open to public

Preview of 22-13 art exhibit
Preview of 22-13 art exhibit

Artist Scott LoBaido will erect a special exhibit on campus near the library to raise awareness about veteran suicides. The statue will be made of two “2s” facing each other, creating an empty heart in the center. It will be accompanied by 22 life-size figures, 22 pairs of empty boots lit with 22 battery-operated candles. The number 22 is used because The Department of Veterans Affairs says 22 veterans die by suicide each day.

The Citadel will be the second stop of the tour, which starts in Georgia and travels up through 12 other states.

A lecture and book signing: Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940

A New World Plantation book cover
A New World Plantation book cover

March 14
2 – 6:30 p.m.
Museum Reading Room, Daniel Library
Free, open to public

A New Plantation World: Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940, examines the transformation of architecture and landscape involved in the making of “sporting plantations” in coastal South Carolina by wealthy sporting enthusiasts. By examining the process that remade former sites of enslaved labor into places of leisure, author Daniel Vivian, Ph.D. explores the meaning of plantations in American culture, how new sporting estates affected historical memory of slavery, and the consequences for contemporary views of the South Carolina coast and it’s past.

Vivian is a historian and preservation specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He chairs the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

This event is presented by The Friends of the Daniel Library.

31st Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation Auction

March 15
6:30 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Tickets required

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is hosting the fundraising event at 6:30 p.m. on March 15. The annual fundraiser will include a silent and live auction, raffle boxes, a wine raffle, and a cash raffle.  The event will also include a buffet style dinner with an open bar.

The primary purpose of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is to raise money from the private sector for athletic scholarships allowed by the NCAA. The annual event is the foundation’s largest fundraiser. Importantly, it provides an opportunity for supporters at all levels to contribute to athletic scholarships through the purchase of tickets to the event, donation of items, large and small, to the auction block and live and silent bidding.

Last year, the banquet raised nearly $180,000 for athletic scholarships, and a record 505 Citadel Athletics supporters attended the event, representing a 26% increase over 2017’s auction attendance. The 2018 auction featured nearly 200 donated items including fine art, jewelry, furniture, a Boykin Spaniel puppy and well-curated trips home and abroad.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Friends of the Daniel Library Women’s History Month Keynote Address

March 19
6:30 p.m.
Museum Reading Room, Daniel Library
Free, open to public

Miriam Crawford Grant, '06
Miriam Crawford Grant, ’06

The Friends of the Daniel Library will celebrate Women’s History Month with a keynote address from a former Citadel cadet who has worked in multiple professions after her graduation. Miriam Crawford Grant, ’06, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, following the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month which is “Persistence: You, Me, Her, Us.”

Grant has successfully leveraged her Citadel leadership skills and makes servant leadership a part of her everyday existence. Her short work published in Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose published by Kent State University Press in 2018 talks about her first day experience as student nurse in a VA hospital.

Grant is a nurse, actress, writer, model, and currently works in the film industry in Burbank, California.  Miriam worked for the Army Wives production company and appeared in episodes of the show in 2008-2009 filmed in Charleston, SC. Mariam is married to Shawn Grant who is also a 2006 graduate of the Citadel Corps of Cadets. They often return to the Citadel sharing their experiences and encouraging Cadets to be their best.

Lowcountry Aviation Association’s Aviation Day & Open House

March 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Charleston Executive Airport, 2700 Fort Trenhold Rd., Johns Island
Free, open to public

LCAA staff with planes and Citadel cadets
LCAA staff with planes and Citadel cadets

The grand opening to celebrate the official start of full operations for the Lowcountry Aviation Association will be March 22. The Citadel Flying Club is expected to participate at the event, which will give inspired youth from across the community the chance to be “pilots for a day” by exploring various aircraft displays and talking with aviation professionals and aircrew. Attendees will even have the chance to take to the skies in a discovery flight.

The LCAA is a non-profit organization created to help provide aviation education to members of the community, including cadets at The Citadel. It’s made up of representatives for groups like college and high school flying clubs, pilots associations, flight schools, and military aviation entities from the Charleston area. The association’s goal is to educate, inspire and empower diverse Lowcountry youth through formalized aviation education and training.

The Charleston Inter-religious Soiree

March 25
6 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Free, open to public

The Atlantic Institute and religious leaders with The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel invite the community to an evening of fellowship and discussion about the many inter-religious events taking place in Charleston during 2019.

Special guests, Mayor John and Sandy Tecklenburg, will share their thoughts on diversity and inclusion during this celebration of diverse faiths and cultures that make up the community of believers in the growing Holy City. Light hors d’oeuvres will served. Business Casual attire is requested. No reservations required.

9th Annual Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Speaking Contest

March 26
5 p.m.
Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall
Free, open to public

Gervais Del Porto presents the first-place award to Hudson Imhoff, the winner of the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.
Gervais Del Porto presents the first-place award to Hudson Imhoff, the winner of the 2018 Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Contest.

Five cadet finalists will participate in the third and final round of the 9th Annual Henry Dale Smith Corps-Wide Public Speaking Contest, which will be held at 5 p.m. on March 26 in Mark Clark Hall.

Cadets who enter the contest must speak for five to seven minutes on any topic that is informational, persuasive or inspirational. The winner of the competition receives the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award, which is presented at the college’s annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation, along with a cash prize. The runner-up also receives a cash prize.

The speaking competition is hosted by The Patricia McArver Public Speaking Lab, where students, faculty and staff can polish their public speaking skills. From timid talkers to confident communicators, The Public Speaking Lab works one-on-one with a variety of individuals to create great presenters.

12th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium

March 27 – 29
The Citadel campus
Presentations are free and open to public, media welcome to select presentations

Cadets particiate in 2018 Principaled Leadership Symposium
Cadets particiate in 2018 Principaled Leadership Symposium

The Principled Leadership Symposium brings together the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Citadel graduate students, around 70 college student delegates from regional institutions of higher learning, senior military colleges and the federal service academies, faculty, staff, alumni and other special guests. The symposium will run from Wed., March 27 – Fri. March 30. The 2019 theme is Empowering Others and Building Bridges.

The symposium, planned by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel’s five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences. More information on the speakers and registration for the event can be found by clicking here.

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet

March 28
5:30 – 9 p.m.
USS Yorktown, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Ticket required, open to media

The Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics is hosting the 12th Annual Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet on March 28 on the USS Yorktown. The banquet honors the academic accomplishments of exceptional cadets and students, outstanding faculty and distinguished alumni.

Alumni and faculty to be honored at this year’s banquet will include:

CASM Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • Col. Randy Bresnik, ’89; NASA astronaut, TOPGUN pilot, explorer and military leader
  • Douglas Carnes, Ph.D., ’64; educator, businessman, and entrepreneur
  • Louis Quin, Ph.D., ’47; scientist, educator, and mentor
  • MG Wallace Anderson, Ph.D., ’34 (posthumous); scholar, educator, mentor and leader of The Citadel faculty

Distinguished Faculty Award:

  • Randy Blanton, Ph.D. (retired); Chemistry Department head

Early Career Faculty Award:

The goal of The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics is to foster an enhanced awareness of the science and mathematics mission of The Citadel and pride in the work undertaken by cadets, students and faculty.

Tickets to the banquet, which includes dinner and an open bar, are $100 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Corps Day and Recognition Day

March 29 – 30
Citadel campus, Marion Square
Select events are open to the public

Freshmen cadets march to Marion Square
Freshmen cadets march to Marion Square

Celebrations for the 176th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will coincide with the same weekend as Recognition Day, when freshmen cadet candidates are officially recognized as members of the Corps of Cadets after rigorous training exercises. That process begins with what is known as The Gauntlet and culminates with a march to Marion Square and the iconic Freshmen Oath Renewal Ceremony. It is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet. This year, Recognition Day will actually be separated into two days.

Corps Day is the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events.

A detailed schedule of events can be found by clicking here.

Shape Note Singing from the Southern Harmony

Wednesdays (March 6, 20. and 27) throughout the month from 6 – 7 p.m.
Sunday (March 31) from 2 – 4 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to public

Join cadets, students, faculty, staff, and guests of The Citadel in singing Shape Note tunes from the 1847 edition of the Southern Harmony and Musical Companion at Summerall Chapel on three Wednesdays of the month, as well as a two-hour concert on March 31.

Charlestown shape note music
Charlestown shape note music

Shape note singing is a long-running American tradition of learning to sing a capella which uses shaped note-heads to assist a singer to discern tonal intervals quickly by sight. This “FA SO LA MI” system came to the continent from the English, but became uniquely American during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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clefFaSoLa shape note singing

The Citadel group sings together Wednesday evenings throughout the spring when the Corps is on campus and classes are in session. Copies of the Southern Harmony and Musical Companion are available for visitors. For more information please email Stephen Jones at sjones3@citadel.edu or call (843) 953- 5876.

Citadel Baseball at The Joe

Throughout the month
Joseph P. Riley Park
Tickets required

Throughout the month, fans will have multiple opportunities to come out and support the Bulldogs baseball team.

Every Sunday home game will celebrate family day; kids 12 and under will receive one free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. And baseball fans can bring their dog with them to The Joe for “Bark in the Park,” which will be during every home game Monday – Thursday (don’t worry, animals get in free). Citadel faculty and staff will receive discounted, $5 tickets for every home game, and every Friday home game is Citadel Faculty and Staff Friday, where The Citadel community can get up to four tickets buy-one-get-one.

The home schedule for The Citadel baseball team stretches from the middle of February through Sunday, May 12. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.

March feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.

Richard Ebeling, Ph.D. is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. Among the courses he offers are “Entrepreneurial Leadership and Capitalist Ethics” and “Ethical Entrepreneurship and Profit-Making.”

Ebeling and Chinese edition of Monetary Central Planning and the State
Ebeling and Chinese edition of Monetary Central Planning and the State

In December 2018, a Chinese translation of Ebeling’s eBook, “Monetary Central Planning and the State” (2015), was published by Hainan Publishing House in the People’s Republic of China, in a paperback edition. He says he hopes the book will help increase awareness of the “Austrian” theory of money and the business cycle, and the case for private, competitive free banking in that great land of 1.3 billion people.

Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics and is the author of Austrian Economics and Public Policy: Restoring Freedom and Prosperity (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2016); Monetary Central Planning and the State (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015); as well as the author of Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge, 2010) and Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003).

Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014). He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillside College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003), and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Dallas in Texas (1984-1988).

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at kkeelor@citadel.edu or 843-953-2155. Industry experts may be contacted directly, but please note that to ensure student privacy all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus.

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Face of The Citadel, Kannapolis native featured in school’s promotional campaign https://today.citadel.edu/face-of-the-citadel-kannapolis-native-featured-in-schools-promotional-campaign/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:00:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6132 Citadel cadets featured in airport advertisementCitadel cadets featured in airport advertisementAs seen in The Independent Tribune, by Kyle Ingram Kannapolis native Logan Miller’s face is greeting visitors in the Charleston airport in a giant banner for The Citadel, the military]]> Citadel cadets featured in airport advertisementCitadel cadets featured in airport advertisement

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Kannapolis native Logan Miller’s face is greeting visitors in the Charleston airport in a giant banner for The Citadel, the military college in South Carolina.

Miller, a senior cadet at the Citadel, was featured as a part of the school’s “Our Mighty Citadel” campaign.

“We wanted to showcase individual cadets who are standouts, like Logan Miller,” Kara Klein, The Citadel’s director of marketing said. “The campaign is designed to help the public get to know our students on a personal and relatable level.”

Miller said he first became interested in The Citadel after touring colleges his senior year.

“What I thought was amazing was the discipline and the structure and just how well the cadets conducted themselves,” Miller said. “Those were the tools I knew I needed to be a better leader.”

During his time at The Citadel, Miller has taken on leadership roles in the school and studied abroad in several countries.

“I’m the regimental public affairs officer so I’m the spokesperson for the school,” Miller said. “If there are any media on campus I’m there to direct the media and direct interviews.”

This past summer, Miller studied healthcare in Lithuania. He said the trip solidified his decision to go to medical school to be a physician’s assistant. During his trip, Miller shadowed specialists in endocrinology, neurosurgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, and abdominal and thoracic surgery.

Miller said he was also inspired to be a PA after he sustained an injury in high school.

“I used to work at the Gem Theater (in Kannapolis), and I had an injury at the job, and I went to the hospital and we were there for 8 hours overnight waiting on a doctor to stitch me up,” Miller said. “A doctor didn’t show up, which is all fine because a PA did. This woman was very nice, her energy radiated through the room. She was just very understanding, very thorough and she stitched me up in 5 minutes.”

After he graduates, Miller will begin attending PA school at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Miller said he thanks God, his mother and his school for his success.

“The Citadel is going to challenge you mentally, physically, and emotionally,” Miller said. “You learn how to cope with failure, you learn how to be humble, you learn how to problem solve and think critically and you learn how to have a holistic view about life.”

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’82 alumnus becomes South Carolina’s adjutant general on Feb. 16 https://today.citadel.edu/south-carolina-adjutant-general-citadel-mccarty/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:27:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6090 Maj. Gen. R. Van McCarty, a Citadel alumnus, takes command as South Carolina's adjutant general Feb. 16 during a ceremony at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. ]]>

Maj. Gen. R. Van McCarty takes command as South Carolina’s adjutant general, the head of the state’s Military Department, on Saturday, Feb. 16 during a ceremony at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. As adjutant general, McCarty will administer the affairs of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, and the Youth Challenge Academy, which consist of about 12,000 people combined.

McCarty was named to the position by Governor Henry McMaster in January, replacing Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston who served as as adjutant general for eight years. McCarty had previously been deputy adjutant general.

McCarty, who is originally from Saluda, graduated from The Citadel in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and earned an Army National Guard commission through the college’s ROTC program. McCarty graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia and served for 24 years in the Law Enforcement Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, McCarty served with the National Guard in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, Adjutant Generation for South CArolina Military Department, Citadel Class of 1982
Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, Adjutant Generation for South CArolina Military Department, Citadel Class of 1982

McCarty’s awards and commendations are as follows:

Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 2)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 2)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal
South Carolina Meritorious Service Medal
South Carolina Achievement Ribbon
South Carolina Active State Service Medal (with 1 Silver Star Device)
South Carolina Mobilization Ribbon (with Numeral 1; Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
South Carolina Governor’s Unit Citation

McCarty is the first head of the South Carolina Military Department to be appointed, rather than elected. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2014 changed the naming process.

 

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Lowcountry Weekend: Storm The Citadel gives students a hands-on learning experience https://today.citadel.edu/lowcountry-weekend-storm-the-citadel-gives-students-a-hands-on-learning-experience/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:13:35 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6098 Students at Storm The Citadel 2019Students at Storm The Citadel 2019As seen on WCSC – Live 5 News The Citadel’s STEM Center for Excellence and Google give students from elementary school to college a hands-on learning experience at the annual]]> Students at Storm The Citadel 2019Students at Storm The Citadel 2019

As seen on WCSC – Live 5 News

The Citadel’s STEM Center for Excellence and Google give students from elementary school to college a hands-on learning experience at the annual Storm The Citadel event. In an interview with Live 5 News, Ron Welch, Dean of Engineering at The Citadel, says in part, “It makes my heart warm and it also gives me hope, because I’m seeing the future.”

A list of winners from 2019 Storm The Citadel can be found here.

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Citadel freshman cadets in jeopardy: The 2019 Citadel Math Jeopardy Contest https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-freshman-cadets-math-jeopardy-contest/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:46:01 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6039 Cadets participating in 2019 Math JeopardyCadets participating in 2019 Math JeopardyClue: An annual event where cadets competed for vouchers to the school’s canteen and Chick-Fil-A. Answer: What is The Math Jeopardy Contest for Freshmen? After two rounds of math questions,]]> Cadets participating in 2019 Math JeopardyCadets participating in 2019 Math Jeopardy

Clue: An annual event where cadets competed for vouchers to the school’s canteen and Chick-Fil-A.

Answer: What is The Math Jeopardy Contest for Freshmen?

After two rounds of math questions, lasting just over two hours, team “Crystal Math” went home with the first place prize. This year, three teams made up of 11 cadets competed in the event. “Floating Point Integers” came in second place and “Fracturing Fractals” placed third.

Team "Crystal Math" accepting first place awards at 2019 Math Jeopardy
Team “Crystal Math” accepting first place awards at 2019 Math Jeopardy

In the first round, “Crystal Math” pulled ahead, answering question after question. In the second round, the other two teams started to catch back up, but the big prize still went to “Crystal Math” in the end.

Team "Fracturing Fractals" at 2019 Math Jeopardy
Team “Fracturing Fractals” at 2019 Math Jeopardy

“This year’s participants were very enthusiastic about their responses, often continuing to talk about the question after it had been answered. There were also times when there would be absolute silence as the students worked to figure out the problem before the two minute timer ran out. We had one response that lost points for a wrong answer as they forgot to phrase it as a question, but that only happened once,” said Cadet Elizabeth Spoehel, one of this year’s organizers.

Team "Floating Point Integers" at 2019 Math Jeopardy
Team “Floating Point Integers” at 2019 Math Jeopardy

The topics covered in the competition included: Lazy Day Limits, Allegedly Difficult Antiderivatives, Intriguing Intervals, and Continuity Curiosities.

The Math Jeopardy Contest for Freshmen is hosted by The Department of Mathematical Sciences. Those who compete are studying a variety of majors, ranging from Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and more.

The cadets who participated this year are:

Crystal Math Fracturing Fractals Floating Point Integers
Grayson Gasque William Childress Mathew Daugomah
Will Jensen William Hobbs Alexander Delorme
Dylan Roland Jared Johnson Noah Wells
Eric Skinner Jake Norris

 

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Hundreds of students Storm The Citadel for 2019 STEM competition https://today.citadel.edu/stem-storm-the-citadel-2019-award-winners/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:01:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5988 Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019Students from around the state are celebrating the result of their hard work after a successful showing at the ninth annual Storm The Citadel event. Hundreds of students, from K-12]]> Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019

Students from around the state are celebrating the result of their hard work after a successful showing at the ninth annual Storm The Citadel event.

Hundreds of students, from K-12 to college, visited The Citadel campus Feb. 9 to compete in trebuchet, bridge building, robotics and water bottle rocket competitions.

Student participates in the robotics competition during Storm The Citadel 2019
Student adjusts the trajectory of his robot during Storm The Citadel 2019

This year, the rules were a little different for competitors in the Centurion division which includes students in grades 6-12 and in college, plus military personnel. They could plan and practice, but they did not know the actual target distance they would be aiming for until just days before the competition. The teams were informed of three possible distances to be used in the matches two weeks out. They had to choose one of them and report their selection a week before competition day.

The Citadel's own Storm The Citadel trebuchet team 2019
The Citadel’s own Storm The Citadel trebuchet team 2019 took 1st place in their division

Storm The Citadel is co-hosted by Google and The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence along with the School of EngineeringZucker Family School of Education and the School of Science and Mathematics, The event promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and allows students to use the skills they learn in the classroom in a new and exciting way.

Kindergarten Trebuchet team from Healthwood Elementary School
Kindergarten Trebuchet team from Healthwood Elementary School

Results of the trebuchet competition

After spending months learning about the physics behind the medieval-style devices and designing and building their own, teams competed in Storm The Citadel’s trebuchet competition. The teams were split into two different divisions – Hoplite and Centurion – and were judged on accuracy, distance, spirit and design.

Centurion Overall

Boy Scouts Troop 502 Isle of Palms accepting Overall Accuracy Award
Boy Scouts Troop 502 Isle of Palms accepting Overall Accuracy Award
Cane Bay Middle School accepting Overall Distance Award
Cane Bay Middle School accepting Overall Distance Award

First Place Accuracy Award – Boy Scouts Troop 502 Isle of Palms

Second Place Accuracy Award – Cane Bay Middle School

Third Place Accuracy Award  (tie) – St. Stephen Middle School

Third Place Accuracy Award (tie) – Palmetto Scholars Academy

Distance Award – Cane Bay Middle School

Centurion Middle School

St. Stephen Middle School accepting Accuracy Award
St. Stephen Middle School accepting Accuracy Award
Cane Bay Middle School accepting Distance Award
Cane Bay Middle School accepting Distance Award

First Place Accuracy Award – St. Stephen Middle School

Second Place Accuracy Award – Cane Bay Middle School

Third Place Accuracy Award – College Park Middle School

Distance Award – Cane Bay Middle School

Spirit Award – Marrington Middle School

Centurion High School

Boy Scouts Troop 502 Isle of Palms accepting High School Accuracy Award
Boy Scouts Troop 502 Isle of Palms accepting High School Accuracy Award
Palmetto Scholars Academy accepting High School Distance Award
Palmetto Scholars Academy accepting High School Distance Award

First Place Accuracy Award – Boy Scout Troop 502 Isle of Palms

Second Place Accuracy Award -Palmetto Scholars Academy

Distance Award – Palmetto Scholars Academy

Spirit Award – Boy Scout Troop 502 Isle of Palms

Centurion College/Professional

Citadel cadets accepting college distance and accuracy awards
Citadel cadets accepting college distance and accuracy awards

First Place Accuracy Award – The Citadel

Distance Award – The Citadel

Hoplite Division

First Place Accuracy Award – Wild Knights – Buist Academy

Second Place Accuracy Award – Kingsbury Knights Lambda Squad – Kingsbury Elementary School

Third Place Accuracy Award – Kingsbury Knights Gamma Squad – Kingsbury Elementary School

First Place Spirit Award – Dragon Builders – Devon Forest Elementary School

Second Place Spirit Award – Launching Ladies – St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science

Third Place Spirit Award – Wild Knights – Buist Academy

Design Poster Award – Wasabi Warriors – Buist Academy

Video Award – Launching Ladies – St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science

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Providing wrap around support and services – CCSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week https://today.citadel.edu/ccsd-national-school-counseling-week/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5983 Charleston County School District Counselors (Courtesy: The Moultrie News)Charleston County School District Counselors (Courtesy: The Moultrie News)Naquita Page-Dawson, a Professional School Counselor at Jerry Zucker Middle School, received her Master of Education in Counselor Education from the The Citadel.]]> Charleston County School District Counselors (Courtesy: The Moultrie News)Charleston County School District Counselors (Courtesy: The Moultrie News)

As seen in The Moultrie News

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is celebrating National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), February 4 – 8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. CCSD has 148 school counselors.

National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who “implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century,” according to Fronde Stille, CCSD’s Director of Guidance and Counseling Services.

In CCSD counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents.

Naquita Page-Dawson is a Professional School Counselor at Jerry Zucker Middle School. She has been working in the field of education for over 20 years. Her previous work experiences as a Youth Specialist, Teacher, Student Concern Specialist, and Human Service Specialist fueled her passion for helping students. Subsequently she went back to school to receive her Master of Education Degree in Counselor Education from the The Citadel – College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

“Due to the vast needs of our schools and our communities, it is essential that every school have full-time school counselors,” said Page-Dawson. “We are leaders, advocates, collaborators and agents of change. Our mission is to make sure that we promote equity and access for all scholars daily.”

At Zucker Middle, the motto is “Every student. Every Day. No Exceptions. No Excuses,” said Page-Dawson. “There are no excuses. Students are at the core of our work. We are here for every student – every day.”

The role of a school counselor can be a difficult question to answer because our jobs are so complex. School counselors have lots of variety in their days, and they spend a lot of time working with students either one-on-one or in group settings.

“The most important part of our work is providing direct services to our students in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development. We provide individual counseling sessions, small group sessions, classroom guidance lessons, responsive services, college and career readiness and school-wide programs for staff, parents, and students,” said Page-Dawson. “It is our jobs to advocate and make sure students have wrap-around support and services, which are essential in helping them reach their maximum level of success.”

Hunley Park Elementary School guidance counselor Jelani Myers was drawn to the profession while working as a teacher’s assistant.

“While working closely with the students I realized the potential of elementary school students,” said Myers. “I wanted to help foster their growth and as well as support the teachers, and find ways to help them support the students. Once I found out that a school counselor was my best opportunity and avenue to do that, I wanted to start pursuing it.”

This is Myers’ second year at Hunley Park.

“We are Title I school and the needs of the students can vary,” explained Myers. “My job is to meet the needs of the students whether personal, social, emotional, academic or even career based. I meet them where they are in order to better serve them.”

Myers said his service to children is adaptive and customized to the needs of the students.

“Getting to see a student succeed and knowing that they are able to find the coping skills they need to deal with adversity or tough times makes it all worthwhile to me,” said Myers. “Even to just greet them in the morning and be a friendly face for them; just knowing I am making some difference in their life is what it is all about.”

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, schoolcounselor.org.

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The Charleston Chronicle: Minority leadership at The Citadel Demonstrates its Evolution https://today.citadel.edu/charleston-chronicle-minority-leadership-citadel-evolution/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:00:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5972 South Carolina Corps of Cadets 2018-19 Regimental OfficersSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets 2018-19 Regimental OfficersThe Charleston Chronicle's Barney Blakeney reports on The Citadel's top officers for 2018-19.]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets 2018-19 Regimental OfficersSouth Carolina Corps of Cadets 2018-19 Regimental Officers

As seen in The Charleston Chronicle, by Barney Blakeney

For the first time in its storied 175-year history, The Citadel’s two most senior regimental officers both are minorities. Cadet Sarah Zorn is first in command as the cadet corps’ regimental commander and Cadet David Days is the corps’ second in command as its executive officer.

As one of the nation’s foremost military colleges, The Citadel since its founding in 1842 has represented the epitome of a culture of white male dominance. And it has been a training place for some of the nation’s most prominent military, business and political leaders. However that culture of exclusivity began to change in 1966 when the first African American cadet, Charles Foster, was enrolled. In 1996 The Citadel enrolled its first female cadet, Shannon Faulkner. The 571-member class of 2017 included 50 African Americans, 38 females, 36 Hispanics, 27 Asian or Pacific Islanders and 14 Native Americans. In the fall of 2018, Zorn and Days became the first female and African Americans to lead the cadet corps.

Zorn said the institution has come a long way. At The Citadel today, it’s not about gender or race, but about one’s credibility, Zorn said. Respect must be earned, said the Zephyrhills, Fla. native who has lived in Aiken since age 16. As a colonel in the corps of cadets, Zorn feels her fellow cadets and the commandant department have confidence in her ability to lead. She works to maintain their confidence by fulfilling her duties coordinating the day to day activities of the corps. Zorn says that culture of responsibility and fulfillment is universal at The Citadel. It’s no different for women, she emphasized.

Despite the relatively brief time women have been a part of the corps of cadets, Zorn says the positive support she and others experience is overwhelming. A product of the corps’ four-tiered class system, the Army ROTC field artillery cadet who majors in Business Administration always has aspired to military career. The Citadel was her first and only choice for college, she said.

Days said he appreciates that the path which has led him to leadership in the corps was cleared by many others who came before him. Often reflecting on the strength and courage exemplified by former cadets such as Foster and Joseph Shine, he’s committed to keeping that path clear. Last year he started a mentoring program for Citadel freshmen.

Also committed to becoming an Air Force officer, he hopes to go on to law school eventually serving as a JAG officer then returning to his home in Rock Hill to practice law. His commitment to service is rooted in his Christian faith, Days says. It’s led him to missionary tours to Ecuador, Rwanda and his mother’s native home of Jamaica. Using money he raised himself, Days has funded several of the tours himself. Days says The Citadel’s values of honor, duty and respect are at the core of his vision for his future. The Citadel has been an inspiration in his quest for success, he said.

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