The Citadel Today Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Watch Live: Director of National Intelligence; Deputy Director of FBI speaking at The Citadel Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:32:31 +0000 Tune in on Tuesday, September 25th as Director Dan Coats of the DNI and Deputy Director David Bowdich of the FBI speak at The Citadel.]]>

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with other industry influencers, academics and students, will come to Charleston Sept. 25 – 26 for the 2018 Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference at The Citadel. Daniel Coats and David Bowdich will be the featured speakers at the conference that will also include panels with intelligence professionals from government agencies and private security companies, as well as presentations by academic faculty, cadets and students.

The speeches will be streamed live through The Citadel’s YouTube page.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Q&A with Latino Student Advisor Julio Caceres Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:11:09 +0000 The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social CardI sat down with Julio Caceres, the Latino student adviser, to discuss the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month and to find out about campus activities.]]> The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social Card

By Cadet Rhaei Brown, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Julio CaceresLike many colleges, The Citadel has a growing population of cadets, students, faculty and staff who are Hispanic. In fact, the enrollment of Hispanic cadets has grown more than 3 percent over the past 10 years, with now almost 200 Hispanic cadets attending The Citadel. The Latino Student Services program has also grown, and has a full time Latino Student Adviser.

As the campus marks Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct 15) through activities hosted by the college’s Multicultural and International Student Services, I sat down with Julio Caceres, the Latino student adviser, to discuss the history behind the month and to find out more about The Citadel’s planned activities.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month, and when is it?

JC: In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

What is the difference between Hispanic and Latino?

JC: Well, Hispanic and Latino are often considered interchangeable. However, to get down to splitting hairs, Latino has to do with Latin-based languages, so that would include Brazil, which speaks Portuguese, a Latin-based language. Technically, Brazilians are Latino, but not Hispanic. Being Hispanic has more to do with Spain, the Spanish language and Spanish heritage.

RB: So you would be Hispanic?

JC: Yes, I am Puerto Rican.

What does your Hispanic heritage mean to you?

JC:  We are all a part of the overall picture, but each of our identities are what contribute to the rich colors that make it a realistic picture of who we are as a nation and people. I am an American and am very proud to be. I am also Puerto Rican and am very proud to be. It is not an “either/or,” it is “in addition to.”

My Hispanic heritage is that part of me that brings my own unique identity, and “color,” to the overall tapestry of the American landscape.

As a student adviser, I hope I am able to share that message with cadets at The Citadel. I encourage the Hispanic and Latino students that are in the Corps to reach out to me. I really want to get to know them along with all of the other cadets. I would like to let them know that it is okay to be Hispanic or Latino, and to be proud of it.

Why is Hispanic Heritage Month relevant to The Citadel?

JC:  The Hispanic population in South Carolina is the fastest growing in the South and the third fastest in the nation. The Corps is about seven percent Hispanic, with almost 10 percent of the freshman class being Hispanic. It is necessary that we increase our willingness to recognize and celebrate diversity if we want to remain competitive with this growing demographic.

How will we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on campus?

Hispanic Heritage Month Discussion

JC: We are hosting two main events on campus.

The first was a panel discussion on the topic of Latinos in American Society, specifically finding the balance between integration and identity. It was an honest discussion about the state of Latinos in American culture and included talk about issues ranging from religion, community, legal and immigration issues and higher education.

The discussion was moderated by Chaplin Joe Molina, and panelists included Father Gildardo Garcia, the Catholic Chaplain at Charleston Air Force base; Attorney Dana Fields, founding lawyer of Fields Law Office; and Angela Cozart, Ph.D., associate professor at the College of Charleston.

Latin Art Culture Expo

We will also hold a Latin Art and Culture Expo on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Buyer Auditorium. The expo is a celebration of Hispanic and Latino heritage and will include music by DJ Luigi Bravo of Latin Groove, food trucks, an art presentation by Palmetto Luna Arts, a show of traditional dress from Latin America by the Hispanic Business Association and dancing by Charleston Latin Dance.

Students that are in a modern language course will be able to take advantage of this opportunity for additional credit by giving a table presentation on a country of their choosing. We will have judges from other schools who will evaluate presentations and choose the best one. The winning cadet will be awarded a $50 gift card.

The expo is free and open to the public.

What is the Economic Impact of Tariffs? Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:37:24 +0000 scattered amounts of different currencyscattered amounts of different currencyThe United States suddenly finds itself contemplating what might happen with international tariffs. What kind of impact will this have?]]> scattered amounts of different currencyscattered amounts of different currency

The United States suddenly finds itself in the middle of a vast international kerfuffle about international trade barriers and tariffs apparently arbitrarily imposed to increase the cost of imported goods. Where did this come from? What will the impacts be?

Imposition of Tariffs

The economics of trade embargoes like this are puzzling. Suddenly at the end of August 2018, a curtain went down at ports of entry all over the United States and the price of dozens of Chinese imported goods went up a total of $16 billion. The administration of President Trump began announcing tariffs on imports from countries all over the world, most of which have been economic and political allies. From the first speeches of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, he had complained that other nations were not treating the United States fairly in trade arrangements. The tariffs are designed to punish other countries by increasing the production and consumer cost of imports and reduce the costs of domestically produced goods.

Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Russia, and Mexico will be most affected by the new trade tariffs of 10% on Aluminum and 25% on steel, according to news sources. Canada will be most affected because 16% of the steel used in the US is imported from Canada.

The Politics Behind the Tariffs

The tariffs on steel were part of Trump’s election promise to revive the American steel industry by reducing foreign competition. The action was justified out of supposed security concerns after a Department of Commerce study of the national security risks of current levels of importation of steel and aluminum if the US were to have to “default on its own production.”

Key allies attacked the tariff move, saying that their countries’ imports pose no national security threats to the US because of long-standing political alliances. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister echoed that sentiment saying, “It is entirely inappropriate to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the United States…”

Foreign imports of steel from a total of 10 countries constitute nearly eighty percent (78 %) of the steel used in US manufacturing. Although Trump specifically mentions China as a target of the tariffs, China will be less affected than most nations since it is not among the top 10 importers.

The Risk of a Trade War

A Trade war is one of the potential international impacts of arbitrarily imposed tariffs. Already, many countries including Canada and the European Union have vowed to retaliate by imposing targeted tariffs on US imported commodities. The European Union is looking into imposing import taxes on US bourbon, orange juice, motorcycles, and other agricultural products as retaliation. Trade war means that tariffs could be imposed on imports all over the world, increasing costs and driving up prices on key imports (typically imports that cannot be replaced immediately by domestic industry). This could seriously disrupt the international trading system. China is said to be considering retaliatory tariffs on US soybeans (a $12.4 billion dollar business).

What Does it Mean for Business?

President Trump’s stated intention was to rebuild American business he said was affected by unfair international trade. However, not only are the intended targets affected by a trade war, but there is collateral damage as well. Already a review of corporate earnings suggests there are many times the number of large global companies being hurt by the intensifying trade disruptions than those being helped. There is some evidence that the tariff policy is helping the US steel industry as intended. Steelmakers are apparently increasing production, which helps the railways which haul steel and ore.

The customers of the steel industry are not doing as well. Big buyers of steel like Caterpillar say it is preparing for $200 million dollars worth of tariff-related extra costs. General Motors, Harley-Davidson and a host of other companies say that tariffs are cutting into their profits and forcing them to raise prices. The retaliatory tariffs from American export customers have not yet been felt. For many businesses that use imported products, the cost to produce their items will increase.

Students live, learn, and intern in Washington, DC Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:05:18 +0000 Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participantsThe Citadel in DC is a summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. Students earn nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual and intelligence course.]]> Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participants

The Citadel in DC is a 10-week summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. The program earns students nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual perception course they participate in throughout the summer.

“Internships in DC are very competitive, so students have to start networking pretty aggressively during fall semester, and working with the career center and The Citadel Club of Greater Washington,” says Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career Center. “Most students leave with a number of opportunities, whether to continue interning or a full time offer.”

“Getting the first thing on your resume is very difficult, but once it’s there you’re off and running.”

Darrell Smith, ’86
President and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association
Hosts interns for The Citadel in DC program every year

On weekends students participate in lectures and formal classes for an interdisciplinary course that focuses on how they analyze, articulate, and act upon visual information.  As part of this course, students visit museums and government institutions around the DC metro, and sharpen visual perception, intelligence gathering, and communication skills from both the fine arts and criminal justice perspectives.

The course begins with a creative and art appreciation component. Students learn to look carefully at a piece of art and interpret the information.  Then they use the same observation techniques for a situational awareness and security aspect.

“It’s the environment in and of itself,” says Ed Lugo, professor of criminal justice and former secret service agent. “We take in this city and make it into a living classroom. Listen to what is going on around you. Take that information and develop it into intelligence. The way people look, the way they smile, how wide their eyes are, whether they’re using only one half of their face to exhibit emotions–all of these things are critical in giving us information.”

Students spend the summer living in the dorms at Catholic University, experiencing life as a traditional college student and all that it entails. Social highlights included group outings to the Washington Nationals, attending the Marines Corps 8th and I parade, and more.

“It’s amazing to see studentssome from very small townscome to the city and grow,” says Tisdale.  “They grow professionally, learn how to network, and learn how to see things from a different perspective. It matures them.“

David Days, History and Spanish Major, Senator Tim Scott Office Internship

David Days
Intern for the Office of Senator Tim Scott on Capitol Hill
Class of 2019
History and Spanish major

“There are a lot of cool people in this city and that’s one thing I’m really emphasizing–the people. It really makes the internship, being able to interact with all these people from different walks of life. Pursuing a law career, being here, and interacting and developing relationships with a lot of different types of people is definitely a useful skill, and not just for law–really any career.”

Ryan Adkins, National Waste and Recycling Association internship

Ryan Adkins
Intern for the National Waste & Recycling Association
Class of 2020
Political science major

“My favorite part of this program has been getting to meet and connect with a lot of the alumni. There’s a strong alumni network here, about 1,400.  It’s been really nice, we go to meet and greets, and work with them to recruit high school students to attend The Citadel. We’ve gone to see their work spaces and are introduced to more connections.  And I got to meet the incoming Citadel president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, at the 8th and I parade. That was really cool.”

Roshan Joseph, Veteran Student, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) internship

Roshan Joseph
Intern for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Veteran day student
Intelligence and security studies major

“As a part of the Air Force Reserves, I was tasked to come in during the 2017 hurricane season to help with evacuation and relief efforts.  Charleston was the hub sending out a lot of disaster relief supplies to support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. I saw the smaller scale of sending cargo out, and saw all these airplanes leaving with cargo and coming back empty.  And then I got to come here to FEMA and see the bigger picture; the decision making and all the things that go on behind the scenes.  It helped me fully understand what really goes on, and brought things full circle.”

Cadet Tierra Price, Pyschology Major, TSA and Senator Tim Scott Internships

Tierra Price
Intern for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Office of Senator Tim Scott
Class of 2020
Psychology Major

“I’ve always been interested in different cultures other than mine, so one of my favorite museums in Washington DC has been the Freer|Sackler Museum, which is based on Asian culture. One thing that really stood out to me was Buddhism, meditation and the art of healing.”

Cadet Richard Greve, History Major, National Archives Internship

Richard Greve
Intern for the National Archives
Class of 2020
History Major

“As an archivist you can’t rush filing documents, so this internship has taught me patience.  I’m currently working with Vietnam War documents, and one of my greatest memories this summer was getting the opportunity to see the Vietnam War Memorial in person.  My grandfather fought in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps and it was great to get a more open perspective and an idea of how he may have felt. Maybe in time I’ll convince him to come out here and see the monument himself.”

Where are they working?

National Waste & Recycling Association
Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Senator Tim Scott
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Archives
Institute of World Politics
…and more!

A foundation for success Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:56:13 +0000 Miller Ford Futures MagazineMiller Ford Futures MagazineArmy National Guard Cadet Miller Ford knew from a young age that he wanted to join the Military, but he didn’t realize it could also help him pay for his education. ]]> Miller Ford Futures MagazineMiller Ford Futures Magazine

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Miller Ford Futures

Thanks to a range of education, training and tuition programs, when you commit to serve, the Military commits to supporting your future

Army National Guard Cadet Miller Ford knew from a young age that he wanted to join the Military, but he didn’t realize it could also help him pay for his education. Miller is a junior at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, but when he arrived, a college degree wasn’t his only ambition.

“Going into the Military was definitely a goal of mine,” he says. The Tennessee native joined the South Carolina National Guard and now drills one weekend a month on campus with fellow students while balancing schoolwork and spending time with friends. And the Army National Guard is helping him pay for what would’ve been an expensive out-of-state tuition, providing immense financial relief.

“I don’t have to worry about graduating in $200,000 worth of debt,” Miller says. “It’s taken a huge stressor off my life and my parents’ lives. Being able to get out and have one less thing to worry about has been essential for me, honestly, and it’s allowed me to focus on other things.”

Read similar stories in the 2018 FUTURES Magazine »

Wonder women Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:31:18 +0000 Paige HerbstPaige Herbst"I want to get my hands in there and guide people the right way,” says Paige Herbst, Army National Guard cadet.]]> Paige HerbstPaige Herbst

As seen in FUTURES Magazine

I just love the idea of being a superhero,” says Alejandra Cepeda, a New York City–based nursing student who serves part time as a firefighter in the Air National Guard.

Alejandra Cepeda Futures Magazine“What I wanted to do since I was little was anything pertaining to helping people,” she says. Shortly after completing Air Force Basic Military Training, Alejandra found her calling by becoming the first female firefighter in her squadron’s history. She’s as proud of this as she is of the impact she’s had on others.

“It’s really fulfilling for me, knowing that I’m making a difference in someone’s life,” she says.

Whether she’s serving part time as a firefighter or studying to become a nurse, Alejandra enjoys being able to help others while serving close to home. “I like the closeness to home,” she says. “I like to be able to have a life with my close family, in addition to having this side of life where I am out and traveling with the Guard. It’s the best of both worlds.”

In a few years, when she finishes her nursing degree, she hopes to commission as an officer in the active-duty Air Force and become a flight nurse full time. This is a testament to the impact her part-time military service has had on her. With the skills she’s gained in her nursing classes and out in the field fighting fires, there’s no doubt she’ll find success in the coming years as she commits to serving her country full time.

You can be a pilot! You can be a pilot!”

That’s what Reily Finnelly wishes she could tell every young girl across the country. In a field dominated by men, in both the Military and the civilian
world, Reily’s part of a smaller pool of female pilots she hopes will continue to grow in the coming years. “People just don’t think that women can be pilots,” she says. “That’s the biggest misconception. In reality, anybody can do it.”

Reily Finnelly Futures MagazineReily comes from a long line of pilots. Two of her uncles fly for commercial airlines, just like her grandfather did before them. But it wasn’t until late in college that she decided to follow their lead, first by getting her civilian pilot license, and later when she decided to join the Air Force Reserve.

Now Reily has the opportunity to fly all over the world, including places like Hawaii, Germany, Japan and South Korea. “I operate the C-17 aircraft, and we are focused on air mobility: moving cargo and people, wherever they need to go throughout the world, safely and efficiently.” “Cargo” can be anything from vehicles and equipment to medical evacuation patients. The fact that she has the ability to travel all over never gets old. “I’ve had days
where I’ve woken up in Spain where it’s 85 degrees out,” Reily says, “and then flown to a place like Iceland where it’s 10 degrees. Being able to experience different cultures is definitely a rewarding part of the job.”

Reily likes to think she has the best of both worlds, being a pilot in the Reserve, traveling to all these amazing places, while still knowing she’ll always be able to call the Seattle area home. When she’s not airborne on one of her monthly training missions as part of the Reserve, you can usually find
her in the mountains of Washington with friends and family or putting in time at her local CrossFit gym. In the coming months, she plans to start flying for one of the major commercial airlines, so if you’re ever on a flight out of Seattle, be sure to take a peek and see if Reily’s in the cockpit.

“I want to get my hands in there and guide people the right way,” says Paige Herbst, Army National Guard cadet. While she’s a natural leader, she admits she had a little help. “I’d say that’s who I am, but more so, the Military definitely brought it out in me,” she says.

Paige Herbst FuturesIn high school, Paige participated in Junior ROTC and enjoyed it so much that she joined the Army National Guard after high school graduation. Now she balances college classes and being a varsity athlete at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, with serving part time. During her monthly drill weekends and annual training, she leads a platoon of 40 Soldiers in practice and by example. “I’m very positive around all my Soldiers and I strive to make everyone better, as well as myself, so that way I can learn and grow to be a better person,” Paige says.

During one particularly memorable training mission, her platoon hiked 25 miles a day, with Paige right there guiding them. One of her Soldiers thanked her for her hands-on leadership approach. “That was a proud internal moment,” she says. “I was out there with my Soldiers, getting dirty, getting things done, doing what we have to do to serve the state.”

Read similar stories in the 2018 FUTURES Magazine »

PFC. Ralph Johnson Scholarship Continues Marine’s Legacy Of Changing Lives Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:38:54 +0000 The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social CardMontray Robinson, a Goose Creek High School graduate, is the first recipient of the PFC Ralph Johnson, USMC, MOH Scholarship.]]> The Citadel Social CardThe Citadel Social Card

As seen in the Charleston Chronicle, by Barney Blakeney

Montray Robinson, a Goose Creek High School graduate, is the first recipient of the PFC Ralph Johnson, USMC, MOH Scholarship. Robinson graduated last May in the top third of his class. While in school, he played soccer and was a member of the school’s band. He reported to The Citadel March 11 where he was assigned to the Regimental Band and plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The Ralph Johnson Scholarship was established this summer for the amount of $5,000 per year. The scholarship honors the service and sacrifice of Private Ralph H. Johnson, United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient. A native of Charleston, Johnson sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow marines while serving in Vietnam. His sacrifice forever changed the lives of those with whom he served, said Capt. Taylor Skardon, USN (Ret.), The Citadel.

Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart and the highest U.S. military award, the Medal of Honor. In 1991, the Charleston VA Medical Center was renamed the Ralph Henry Johnson VA Medical Center in his honor. In 2012, the Secretary of the Navy recognized Johnson’s sacrifice and designated a new destroyer as the USS Ralph H. Johnson (DDG 114). The destroyer is one of the most technologically advanced in the Navy’s fleet. March 19, the USS Ralph H. Johnson (DDG 114) cruised into Charleston harbor and moored at the Columbus Street Terminal. The newly built Arliegh Burke-class destroyer officially was commissioned March 24.

Montray Robinson with Family

During the process of planning the commissioning ceremony, members of the committee were struck at how many people in our community did not know the story behind Johnson’s service and sacrifice. They wanted to continue Johnson’s legacy of “changing lives” which can best be done through education. Awarding a scholarship in his name provides the opportunity to remember Johnson’s story each year. That drives the criteria of selecting someone from the local area who lacks the financial resources, but has the desire and skills to attend The Citadel pursuing a degree in one of the STEM fields. Their preference is someone from the African American community.

Robinson is the son of residential and commercial painter Montray Robinson, Sr., owner of “Above and Beyond” and LaTarsha Robinson, a Burke High School graduate and headstart teacher in Berkeley County School District. He has two sisters, Montasia and Taraji Robinson.

LaTarsha Robinson grew up in the North Central peninsula neighborhood where Johnson’s sister, Helen Richards lived. “We thank God for this opportunity,” said LaTarsha Robinson. “Knowing Mrs. Helen and her daughters, I know my son will make her brother proud.” She noted her son only missed one day of school in 12 years due to an asthma attack.

Robinson said her son’s bond with family made the transition to The Citadel challenging especially for his ‘best friend’, his eight-year-old younger sister. But his focus which made him one of two ‘knobs’ to make The Citadel’s drumline, is helping him overcome that challenge. And the scholarship award helps his family overcome the financial challenge tuition presents, she said.

Skardon said normally it takes five years to establish a scholarship, but due to the overwhelming response from the local community, the committee was able to start the scholarship this year. Currently there is enough in the endowment to award $5,000 in perpetuity. “We aren’t satisfied with that amount, so we will continue our fundraising efforts in hope we can raise enough to award a full four year scholarship,” he said.

Those interested in donating to the scholarship can do so by going to The Citadel Foundation’s website at or contacting the committee by e-mail at

Plastics: The Final Straw? Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:43:26 +0000 Gimlet Media Science VsGimlet Media Science VsThis week we tackle the War on Straws and how worried we should be about all the plastic filling our oceans. ]]> Gimlet Media Science VsGimlet Media Science Vs

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We’re back! This week we tackle the War on Straws and how worried we should be about all the plastic filling our oceans. We speak to marine biologist Christine Figgener, environmental educator Carrie Roble, physiology Prof. John Weinstein from The Citadel, and ecology Prof. David Barnes.

Check out the full transcript here.

Selected readings:

Credits: This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman along with Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn and Odelia Rubin. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Caitlin Kenney and Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Michelle Harris, Meryl Horn and Rose Rimler. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music by Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. A huge thanks to all the researchers we got in touch with for this episode – including Dr Chris Wilcox, Dr Denise Hardesty, Prof Anthony Andrady, Dr Carolyn Foley, Dr Tracy Mincer, and  Dr Laurent Lebreton. Thank you! Also thanks to the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
Bulldog Alert: Campus Reconstitution Message #2 Sun, 16 Sep 2018 05:36:39 +0000 The Citadel will have employees return to work on Monday, September 17. The college will return to normal operations on Tuesday September 18.]]>

September 16, 2018

The Citadel’s emergency management team has completed an assessment of the campus to assure safe conditions for return to normal operations. Following coordination with state and county officials, The Citadel will have employees return to work on their normal schedule Monday September 17.

The Citadel will return to normal operations, including all classes, on Tuesday September 18. On Monday the barracks will be reopened to returning cadets starting at 1 p.m., with an accountability formation at 6 p.m. Supper will be available at Coward Hall for returning cadets.  Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Anyone traveling back to campus should closely monitor state and local channels and comply with official travel advisories. At this time several interstate highway routes through North Carolina are impacted by storm conditions. The latest travel advisories for North Carolina are available at the following website: Some local routes in South Carolina are also affected by storm conditions. The South Carolina Department of Transportation maintains a website with the latest information on route closures. You can find the latest information here:

Members of the Corps of Cadets with questions or travel considerations should contact their chain of command and their TAC officer. Faculty or staff members should communicate with their supervisors if they they are experiencing storm impacts that affect their return to work.

College officials are committed to ensuring a quality academic experience for all students this semester, despite the extended cancellation of classes. The Citadel’s faculty have begun planning to enable the achievement of course objectives and preparation for exams later this semester.

September 15, 2018

The Citadel campus remains closed today and all campus activities, including classes, sporting events, visits and meetings are canceled through Monday, September 17. Online classes continue as scheduled.

At this time, Citadel officials are planning a return to normal operations, including classes, on Tuesday September 18. As a state agency, The Citadel will continue to follow the delay and closing schedule of our Charleston County government. The college will continue to coordinate with state and Charleston County emergency response officials to provide updates.

Essential personnel should continue to report for work as required. College officials will continue consulting with state and local officials throughout the day, and will make adjustments to the return schedule for remaining employees based on assessment of conditions caused by the storm.

The Citadel is planning to reopen the barracks no earlier than Monday at 1 p.m., and will conduct an accountability formation for cadets at 6 p.m. Monday. This schedule is also subject to assessment of the campus and local officials’ assessment of travel conditions, and is to be used for planning purposes only. Further details and guidance will follow. Members of the Corps of Cadets with questions should contact their chain of command and their TAC officer.

College officials are committed to ensuring a quality academic experience for all students this semester, despite the extended cancellation of classes. The Citadel’s faculty have begun planning to enable the achievement of course objectives and preparation for exams later this semester.

September 14, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Florence made landfall overnight near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Most weather models predict the storm to move westward slowly with high winds, heavy rains and storm surges varying by proximity to the center of the storm. Charleston County remains under an evacuation order, and we are expected to receive tropical storm force winds and heavy rain starting later today and continuing into Saturday.

As a reminder, all campus activities, including sporting events, classes, meetings and visits are canceled until further notice. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Please continue to monitor The Citadel’s website, social media sites, and campus email for updates. Once we have more information about the impact of the storm, we will communicate instructions about campus reopening and reconstitution.

Noon September 11, 2018

Campus Community,

In accordance with Governor McMaster’s evacuation order for the coast and The Citadel’s emergency response procedures, the Corps of Cadets was released beginning at 5:30 a.m. today. At this time cadets, faculty and staff have all departed. Campus emergency officials are continuing actions to secure the campus and protect campus facilities and resources.

Cadets have been instructed to keep their families informed of their evacuation arrangements and location throughout the process.

As a reminder, all campus activities, including classes, meetings, visits and sporting events are canceled until further notice.

Hurricane Florence has gained considerable strength and presents a significant threat to coastal areas in South Carolina. Although most storm tracks are predicting landfall of the storm in North Carolina, the size and intensity of the storm may create dangerous conditions locally. Some weather models predict substantial rainfall locally, presenting the potential for flooding.

Please continue to monitor The Citadel’s website and social media sites for updates, including the resumption of classes and reopening of the college when post-storm recovery actions allow. We will continue our coordination with state and county emergency response officials and let the campus community know when it is safe to come back.


John Dorrian, Colonel, USAF (ret)
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

4 p.m. September 10, 2018

The safety of our campus community is our primary concern, therefore the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will be released beginning at 5:30 a.m. September 11. Once this order is given, every member of the Corps will depart the campus in an orderly fashion, in accordance with The Citadel’s hurricane evacuation plans.

  • All scheduled campus activities, including classes, sporting events meetings and campus visits are canceled starting September 11 until further notice.
  • All classes on the evening of Monday, Sept. 10, will meet as scheduled.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.

The Commandant’s office designates a representative to account for and monitor the transportation and relocation of all cadets. Under this process, TAC Officers check tracking and accountability rosters to insure that all cadets are included and have a form of transportation out of the evacuation area. Cadets will be instructed to keep their families informed of their departure arrangements and their location throughout the evacuation process.

Faculty & staff members who are non-essential for securing the campus and taking campus closure or emergency actions will be released after their last scheduled duty today. Please continue to monitor our social media, website, and local news for updates.

Campus emergency response personnel will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as necessary. Once evacuation actions are complete, please continue to monitor The Citadel website and social media sites for additional updates, including resumption of classes and the reopening of the college when recovery actions allow. Our top priority at present is the safe evacuation of all members of our community. Cadets, students, faculty and staff should regularly check email, cell phones for updates.

September 9, 2018

Campus Community,

As of 0800 this morning, 9 September, Citadel officials have declared OPCON 3, a status consistent with Charleston County emergency response officials. We remain in contact with County, State and Federal agencies responsible for tracking the storm and taking actions to prepare for landfall.

At this time, according to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence is expected to reach Hurricane strength today and is forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday morning as it moves to the west and west-northwest through the first part of this week. By Thursday afternoon, Florence is forecast to approach the Southeast coastline as a major hurricane. While the National Hurricane Center has shifted the track slightly to the north, the strength and track remain highly uncertain and further track shifts are possible. It remains too early to determine where along the Southeast Coast landfall is possible. The Citadel will continue to monitor the storm and maintain close contact with Charleston County and State officials.

At this time, there have been no cancellations of campus activities–the college remains on its normal schedule.

If not already done, now would be an excellent time for members of our campus community to verify they have plenty of gas not only in vehicles, but gas for any generator equipment, plenty of water and money (cash).

After further consultations with county and state officials today, we will provide an update later this afternoon or early evening.


John L. Dorrian, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Vice President for Marketing and Communication

September 7, 2018

Campus Community,

Citadel officials participated this afternoon in a conference call with the Charleston County government to discuss the progress of Tropical Storm Florence. At the present time, Florence is a Tropical Storm that will be soon upgraded to Hurricane status. The storm track is not yet definitive, but according to the National Weather Service, the storm could potentially affect the East Coast. As of 5:00 p.m. today 7 September 2018, Charleston County moves to OPCON 4. In accordance with our normal procedures, The Citadel will follow suit. OPCON 4 requires all Citadel entities to review their response plans to ensure all necessary steps are in place in the event the storm begins moving more definitively in our direction.

Beyond college response procedures, this would be an excellent time to verify you have plenty of gas not only in your vehicles, but gas for any generator equipment, plenty of water and money (cash). You can find the Citadel’s Hurricane Response Plan at and the Quick Reference Guide at

As we obtain more information from Charleston County officials, we will make adjustments as required. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with required actions and monitor campus email and social media.

First woman to lead Citadel’s cadets says academy has changed “180 degrees” for women Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:58:46 +0000 Sarah Zorn Feature CBSSarah Zorn Feature CBSSarah Zorn might be a historical first but in her mind, what is first, are her fellow cadets.]]> Sarah Zorn Feature CBSSarah Zorn Feature CBS

As seen in CBS This Morning

In our series, Profiles in Service, we spotlight Americans who dedicate their lives to helping others.”CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell speaks with the first woman to lead the corps of cadets at The Citadel. The South Carolina military college first allowed women to join the corps in 1995 under federal court order. Women now make up about nine percent of the undergraduate student body and that number continues to grow.  At the helm of the more than 2,300 cadets is senior Sarah Zorn.

Sarah Zorn might be a historical first but in her mind, what is first, are her fellow cadets.

“I didn’t want to do it because I wanted to be this ‘shatterer of glass ceilings’ or things like that. I wanted to provide the best opportunity to leave the corps better for tomorrow,” Zorn said.

She grew up in a small South Carolina town, in a “give the shirt off your back” kind of household. The selflessness and determination she developed carried her to The Citadel.

“I’m proud to have that title and I’m humbled to have that title but I always try to keep in the back of my mind that it’s not about what I am, it’s about what I do,” Zorn said. “Service to me is selfless….to be a servant leader is to put others’ needs before your own. I personally believe that servant leadership is the only successful leadership because no matter your decision, you are making decisions as a leader on behalf of others.”

It’s that very kind of focus that’s earned Zorn respect, but she did face some initial resistance from the long gray line.

“There was a small amount of cadets who were questioning what she would do simply because she was a woman, not because of her merit,” said regimental executive officer David Days. “But I think as we’ve progressed throughout from last spring until now, more and more people have gotten behind her.”

And yet, Zorn’s rise to top cadet is remarkable given that a little more than 20 years ago, she wouldn’t have even been welcome in the corps. After a legal battle, Shannon Faulkner won the right to become the first woman to attend The Citadel. She left after five days.

Asked if women are treated equally there, Zorn said, “Yes. I would definitely say so.” Though she admits that wasn’t always the case.

“There is a long and lengthy history of the struggles that women felt here, but I feel like we’ve come, you know, 180 degrees from where we were 20 years ago,” Zorn said.

Each day begins at 5 a.m. with a full course load, regimental commander duties, and workouts – sometimes twice a day. Zorn performs at the very top of the corps in physical fitness and can do 65 push-ups in two minutes, which is more than three times the minimum for women.

She’s also been training in karate since she was 10 and holds three black belts. Martial arts, she says, teaches her patience and self-discipline. Her karate teacher has said she’s the most motivated person he’s ever met.

“Motivation is a desire not to disappoint…You don’t want to disappoint yourself because you realize what you’re capable of,” Zorn said.

Zorn gets her mental toughness from her mother, who died when Sarah was 16. She credits her mom, an Air Force veteran, for instilling in her a strong sense of patriotism.

“I hope to be a person of service, empathy, kindness because I think those are some of the fundamental things that people need in this world right now. A little more leadership, a little more empathy and understanding,” Zorn said.

After graduation, Zorn will serve in the U.S. Army for at least five years. She wants to become a military intelligence officer and hopes to spend her career in the army. Right now, with Hurricane Florence approaching, The Citadel has been evacuated.  Zorn took several out-of-state cadets home with her to safety.