Alumni – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 04 Jan 2021 21:27:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Alumni – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Meet the retired Atlanta attorney who pledged his entire $20 million estate to The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/meet-the-retired-atlanta-attorney-who-pledged-his-entire-20-million-estate-to-the-citadel/ Tue, 05 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21243 The former assistant solicitor for the state of Georgia and Fortune 500 CEO named The Citadel as the sole beneficiary of his entire estate.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jenna Schiferl

When he was growing up, William Baer Endictor’s parents used to give him a piece of advice that he still carries with him today: “You have a responsibility when you leave this life to leave it in a better condition than you found it.”

“It’s indelibly imprinted in my brain,” Endictor, 82, said.

Today, the retired Atlanta attorney and 1959 graduate of The Citadel has dedicated his life to fulfilling that responsibility.

The former assistant solicitor for the state of Georgia and Fortune 500 CEO made headlines in 2009 when, to celebrate his 50th class reunion, he named the public military college as the sole beneficiary of his entire estate. Only a handful of other donors in the school’s 178-year history have made such a commitment.

In the decades that followed, Endictor’s estate has grown significantly, allowing him to substantially increase his donation.

The value of his legacy gift today totals approximately $20 million, one of the largest contributions the school has ever received.

Endictor’s gift will be processed through The Citadel Foundation, an independent nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the school.

Bill Yaeger, the foundation’s senior director of legacy giving, said half of the donation, or about $10 million, will go toward the nonprofit’s annual academic endowment. This money is aimed at supporting educational enrichment opportunities, such as scholarship support for faculty and students, program enhancements and technology upgrades or improvements.

The rest will be classified as “unrestricted giving,” meaning the money can go toward whatever endeavors the school requires most.

“Academic enhancement is the lifeblood of this institution, supporting our mission to educate principled leaders,” Gen. Glenn Walters, Citadel president, said in a statement. “By generously supporting this fund, Bill’s estate gift secures his legacy of leadership and reinforces his lifetime of service to his alma mater.”

Flexible donations like this are often rare. But, Yaeger said, it wasn’t surprising that Endictor opted for this type of gift.

“One of Bill’s favorite things to say that he learned a long time ago is, ‘You hire good people, you give them a job and you get out of their way,’” Yaeger said.

The legacy donation will have a profound impact on the military college and its operations, Yaeger said.

“It’s a huge gift for The Citadel,” he said. “We’re a relatively small college, and we’ve got less than 25,000 living alumni.”

Over the years, Yaeger and Endictor have maintained a longstanding friendship.

Endictor is deeply passionate about The Citadel, Yaeger said, not only because of his financial contributions but also his heavy involvement in the school’s operations after graduating.

Endictor is a former president of The Citadel’s Alumni Association, and he previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee and The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors.

He is a member of The Citadel Legacy Society and the Society of 1842 lifetime giving societies, and in 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school.

“He’s a good man with a big heart that loves his college and the people he went there with,” Yaeger said. “He has always come back and tried to help out in any way that he can.”

Life lessons

Endictor was born and raised in Detroit. When he was 7 years old, his family relocated to Charleston, where he spent the remainder of his adolescence. His maternal grandfather lived nearby in Summerville as a farmer.

His family’s home on Dunnemann Avenue sat just 40 feet from The Citadel campus. After befriending a Citadel cadet as a high school senior, Endictor used to make frequent trips across the street to visit the school’s mess hall and barracks.

“You can’t do that now,” he said with a laugh.

But more restricted access to the campus isn’t the only thing that’s changed in the 61 years since Endictor was a student himself.

“I thought I knew what The Citadel was all about. I didn’t have a clue,” he said.

Long gone are the days when disorderly freshmen had to scrub the insides of the 50-gallon communal trash bins at the barracks, he said.

“In terms of the military, that freshman year was a very rude awakening. But I learned how to take orders,” he said.

Endictor credits his tenure at The Citadel for two other important life skills: a commitment to hard work and persistent punctuality.

“I always do what I say I will do. It’s tattooed in my brain,” he said. “If I tell you I’m going to be doing something, you can take it to the bank.”

Endictor graduated from the college in 1959 as a pre-med major with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He briefly attended the Medical College of Virginia before realizing his true passion was law. He transferred to the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, and he was admitted to the Bar in 1963.

During his time as assistant solicitor for the state of Georgia, Endictor became well-known for his work to combat child pornography and organized crime. He even litigated two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the ’70s, Endictor joined E.T. Barwick Industries, one of the largest international manufacturers of floor coverings, as its corporate lawyer. He eventually advanced to the position of CEO and member of the board of directors. Under his leadership, it became a Fortune 500 company.

“In business, just like in the military, you have a mission statement,” Endictor said. “And I have one invaluable rule: ‘The customer is always right. No exceptions.’”

Manufacturing leaders

After receiving a quadruple cardiac bypass surgery in the early 2000s, his thoughts in the recovery room often returned to the childhood advice he received from his parents. He wanted to ensure that he left the world better than the way he found it.

“I have no way to explain it. I decided that no matter how hard I worked, I was never going to be the richest person in the graveyard,” Endictor said.

He terminated his private law practice and shifted his entire focus to humanitarian work, most notably at Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, along with several local hospitals.

“I just want to do as much as I possibly can to make sure people aren’t hungry,” he said.

In addition to combating food insecurity, Endictor is passionate about cultivating talented leaders. 

He hopes his legacy donation will help his alma mater continue to further this training at the military institution. 

“At The Citadel, they are manufacturing leaders,” he said. “And this country desperately needs leadership.”

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How this Air Force captain turned her late-night sketches into an activewear line https://today.citadel.edu/how-this-air-force-captain-turned-her-late-night-sketches-into-an-activewear-line/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20555 Charleston native and Air Force Capt. Angel Johnson recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the ICONI activewear line she created. ICONI/ProvidedCharleston native and Air Force Capt. Angel Johnson recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the ICONI activewear line she created. ICONI/ProvidedAngel Johnson -- originally from Hanahan, SC -- graduated from The Citadel in 2013 with a Bachelor of Art degree in History. ]]> Charleston native and Air Force Capt. Angel Johnson recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the ICONI activewear line she created. ICONI/ProvidedCharleston native and Air Force Capt. Angel Johnson recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the ICONI activewear line she created. ICONI/Provided

Note: Angel Johnson — originally from Hanahan, SC — graduated from The Citadel in 2013 with a Bachelor of Art degree in History. She also served as the Regimental Public Affairs Officer during her senior year.

As seen in Oprah Magazine, by Regina R. Robertson

In life, as in business, a year can make such a difference. That’s surely been the case for Angel Johnson, who launched the activewear line, ICONI, last October and received news that she’d landed on Oprah’s Favorite Things list this October. “I was in the parking lot at work, just freaking out in my car,” Johnson recalls of receiving the confirmation email.

Along with expanding her new brand, the Charleston native has quite the demanding day job, serving as a captain in the Air Force. As a child, she dreamed of being a lawyer, but after graduating from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Johnson decided to follow her older brother, a long-time Navy man, and give military life a try.

Currently stationed in Denver, she’s traveled and lived in countries around the globe during her seven-year tenure—including Kuwait, Korea, and Afghanistan. In fact, it was during her time in Afghanistan in 2017 that a fellow service member sparked her interest in mapping out a plan for her post-military life.

“I met an Army officer who had businesses outside of the Army and I remember thinking, How does he have time to do all of this?” she says. Not only did that officer, now a good friend, teach her to manage her time more effectively, he encouraged her to look beyond the present. “I started thinking, What does the future of Angel Johnson’s life look like, not Captain Johnson’s?”

With ICONI—who’s leggings are constructed with moisture-wicking fabrics (to help the clothing dry faster) and did we mention that the waistbands don’t roll down?—Johnson is on her way to charting another course, one pair of leggings at a time. She sat down with Oprah Magazine to discuss her mission to motivate.

What inspired you to launch ICONI?

I was tired of spending $80 to $90 on leggings, then going to the gym and discovering that they were see-through. That’s the most embarrassing thing…and so frustrating.

The idea came to me [while on break from her desk job] working the night shift on September 15, 2019. I started sketching out some legging ideas, then turned to my sergeant and said, “I’m going to create an activewear line.” He said, “Okay, Captain Johnson, but…right now? It’s one o’clock in the morning!”

When I told my friends the next day, they all said, “Go for it!” So, I did a bunch of research and two weeks later, I filed for the LLC for ICONI. Three weeks after that, I started working on the legging design, [researching to manufacturers, both domestically and abroad], to get [items] produced, but because of COVID, our first product wasn’t available until January 2020.

That was fast! What’s the story behind the name ICONI?

I knew I wanted the activewear to have motivational words or a motivational logo, something that would remind anyone who’s working out to keep going.

I’m a super big African-American and African history buff, and I’ve traveled to Ghana. Because I love everything about West Africa, I wanted to include some of those cultural elements in our branding. The base of the logo is a “power” button and the Ghanaian symbol stands for strength and versatility. I was looking at African countries and cities on a map and when I saw Iconi, a town on Grande Comore island in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Africa, I wondered if I could create an acronym that was motivational. That’s how I came up with “I Can Overcome, Nothing’s Impossible.”

Who are your customers and how did they discover ICONI?

First, it was people I knew, then my customer base grew through word-of-mouth, Instagram, and Facebook. From the beginning, I embraced them all. I responded to every, single DM and if someone sent me a photo of themselves wearing ICONI, I took the time to comment.

Just recently, I was bragging to my customers—I call them my ICONI crew!—because they helped me create a sample hoodie. I’d posted it in Instagram Stories and asked for feedback. They asked me to add thumbholes, expand the size of the hood, and helped with the colors.

I want the brand to be inclusive, so I’m making sure all of our products are available in larger sizes and working on a men’s line, too. Those are the goals for 2021.

As a new business owner, what are your thoughts on supporting Black-owned businesses this holiday season?

From my clothing to the facial products, soaps, and make-up that I use, I always try to support. It shouldn’t be a seasonal thing.

So, the holidays are quickly approaching. Which items from your line would you suggest for gifting?

I’d say the Confidence Hoodie, which my ICONI crew helped me create, and the Confidence Jogger because they’re warm, cozy, and comfortable for this season.

Speaking of the season, do you have any holiday heroes this year?

My mom is my holiday hero. She raised me and my brother as a single mother and she’s worked in the fast-food industry for 35 years. I remember the days we’d walk around downtown Charleston because we didn’t have a car and when we’d catch the bus to-and-from school. We’ve come a long way. My mom perseveres through everything in life and continues to inspire me.

Okay, last question! Do you wear fatigues to work or can you wear ICONI?

It’s fatigues, but I have thought about making a tan-colored shirt that says ICONI across the front to wear underneath!

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Gov. McMaster Names SCHP Veteran Robert Woods, a Citadel alum, to Lead S.C. Department of Public Safety https://today.citadel.edu/gov-mcmaster-names-schp-veteran-robert-woods-a-citadel-alum-to-lead-s-c-department-of-public-safety/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:04:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20541 Robert Woods graduated from The Citadel in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and was awarded gold stars in every semester he attended.]]>

Photo: Governor Henry McMaster and Robert Woods, front right, at the nomination announcement (Courtesy: South Carolina Department of Public Safety)

As seen in Greenville Business Magazine, by David Dykes

Note: Robert Woods graduated from The Citadel in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and was awarded gold stars in every semester he attended.

Gov. Henry McMaster nominated Robert G. Woods, IV as director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). Woods has been serving as the acting director of SCDPS since February and is a 29-year veteran of the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP). 

“Nobody is better suited to lead the South Carolina Department of Public Safety than Mr. Woods,” McMaster said. “His proven ability to lead and solve complex problems through innovative policy decisions and public outreach will continue to serve South Carolina well and will help the agency maintain its status as one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.”

During his time as acting director, Woods has worked to increase department communication, improve employee morale, and implemented data-driven programs to create safer highways. 

Going forward, Woods plans to strengthen relationships with state and local law enforcement leaders and increase recruitment and retention efforts. 

Before being named acting director at SCDPS, Woods oversaw the Highway Patrol’s administrative support section as a Highway Patrol major. 

Before that, he served as commander of the Highway Patrol Emergency Traffic Management Unit. 

Woods is a 1988 graduate of The Citadel and holds a master’s degree in human relations and conflict management from Columbia College. He is also a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Leadership Institute and holds a certified public manager credential. 

“Serving as director of SCDPS was something I would have never imagined during my time with the South Carolina Highway Patrol but serving this department and my state in an interim director capacity has truly been one of the greatest privileges of my career,” Woods said. “My primary goal has been to stabilize the department and break down any barriers leading to inefficiencies so that our personnel are energized and excited about their jobs and the challenge of serving this state’s citizens with excellence.” 

“The SC Department of Public Safety cannot be the DPS of 20 years ago. We must take advantage of technology, equipment and training to ensure the safety of our law enforcement and in turn the safety of the citizens and visitors to our state,” Woods said. “We must provide our law enforcement and civilian support personnel with sound training and empower our employees to lead as we tackle the challenges of 21st century policing.”

The governor’s nomination is subject to Senate approval. 

Woods, 54, is a resident of Lexington County and is married with five children. 

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Citadel School of Engineering recognizes four leaders in the profession https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-school-of-engineering-recognizes-four-leaders-in-the-profession/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18291 The Academy of Engineers honors those who have helped educate and develop principled engineering leaders to serve a global community.]]>

The Citadel School of Engineering is honoring four new industry leaders by inducting them into the Academy of Engineers. The four are being recognized for their professional successes, as well as for making a significant contribution to their community.

Every year, The Citadel School of Engineering honors engineers who have lived a life consistent with the school’s mission, which is to educate and develop principled engineering leaders to serve a global community.

“The Citadel, home to one of the country’s first five engineering education programs, has a long history of cultivating the future of engineering while also recognizing and working alongside the current leaders in the field,” said Col. Ron Welch, USA (Ret.), dean of the School of Engineering. “That’s one reason why we’re so pleased to annually induct new members – those who have succeeded in their profession and contributed to their communities – into our Academy of Engineers. Though the pandemic prevented us from giving them the in-person recognition they deserve, we couldn’t be more proud to claim these four servant-leaders.”

The academy’s 2020 inductees include the following professionals:

Richard A. Day, Citadel Class of 1977

Richard “Rick” Day is a vice president with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm with offices throughout North America and abroad. Day is a registered professional engineer in five southeastern states and has practiced civil engineering for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has served in a leadership role in numerous significant engineering projects. Currently he is serving as the project manager for the planning and design for the widening of I-526 in Charleston County from Paul Cantrell Blvd. to Virginia Avenue, an estimated $1.1 billion program.

Day has been active in a number of professional engineering societies throughout his career. He has served these organizations in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels. Day was awarded the Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award in 2016 from the Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Donald E. Stone Jr., Citadel Class of 1980

Donald E. Stone Jr. is the chief executive officer of Dewberry, a 2,200-person engineering, architecture and construction firm with more than 50 offices nationwide. This month he is celebrating 10 years as Dewberry’s CEO and 12 years with the firm overall, which he joined as chief operating officer in 2008. He leads and implements Dewberry’s corporate and market strategies, corporate growth initiatives and has achieved company consolidation and alignment so the firm may better serve its clients. Over the past ten years, Stone has also integrated six acquisitions, adding more than 350 employees to the firm and contributing to Dewberry’s continued expansion into the Southeast and California. 

Graduating as a Distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and branched to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer in 19 states and a member of The Society of American Military Engineers.

Robert L. Van Antwerp Jr.

Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp Jr., USA (Ret.), known to most simply as General Van, is currently the Vice Chairman of the Flippen Group, a Texas based leadership and organizational development company that specializes in talent assessment, development and alignment. 

Van Antwerp is widely respected across industry and the military as a “leader of leaders,” embodying the traits of successful leadership throughout his long and varied career working with civilians and the military. He retired from the Army after 39 years of service and most recently served as chief of engineers and commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He was the senior military officer overseeing a $40+ billion program including most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction on 250 Army and Air Force installations worldwide.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Long Island University and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a registered professional engineer. Van Antwerp is also a former chairman of the board of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, board director at USAA, Calibre, Cardno GS, and is on several advisory boards for non-profits.

Glenn M. Walters, Citadel Class of 1979

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel and member of the Class of 1979, returned to lead his alma mater after serving 39 years as an officer in the Marines. Prior to his arrival, he served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer. As Assistant Commandant, Walters oversaw approximately 184,000 active duty and 38,000 reserve Marines and a $42 billion budget. His duties included representing the Marine Corps at the Department of Defense and leading decisions about defense policy and resourcing in alignment with the National Defense Strategy.

Upon graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Walters was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After initially serving as an infantry officer, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in 1981. Walters later trained and served as a test pilot and was instrumental in testing systems for the AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter. He also served as the first Commander of VMX-22, the initial squadron to field the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for operational testing.

In April 2018, Walters was selected by The Citadel’s Board of Visitors as the 20th President of the college. He is joined by his wife, Gail. A marketing and communications professional, she eagerly embraces her role as The Citadel’s First Lady.

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Unbroken: Giving thanks for those working to restore the iconic stained-glass windows of Summerall Chapel https://today.citadel.edu/unbroken-giving-thanks-for-those-working-to-restore-the-iconic-stained-glass-windows-of-summerall-chapel/ Mon, 23 Nov 2020 21:38:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20351 The hundreds of panels of stained-glass windows provide a distinctive aurora, surrounding visitors with kaleidoscopic artistry. ]]>

The Citadel Foundation continues fundraising for $2 million window restoration project 

With many thousands of hand-cut bits of glass held together by lead, they have poured shimmering colors and rays of hope down upon generations of cadets, faculty, staff and visitors. Whether praying in solitude or singing in the Gospel choir; attending religious services or funerals; or simply taking refuge in the quiet beauty of The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel, the hundreds of panels of stained-glass windows provide a distinctive aurora, surrounding visitors with kaleidoscopic artistry. 

Each window panel has thousands of individually hand-painted, kiln-fired stained-glass pieces. But the lead holding those bits of glass in place is deteriorating. They are slowing falling apart.

Lela Sijtsma, Summerall Chapel’s Administrative Assistant, point out bowing and damage to the stained glass windows in Summerall Chapel

Though difficult to capture in a photograph and despite patching, sections of some windows are buckling in a manner pointing to future ruptures.

The reason the windows are bowing is Charleston’s excessive heat, combined with cooling the chapel interior, and the many dramatic temperature fluctuations between, according to the company that created the windows when the chapel was constructed in the 1930s. Not an unusual peril for old stained-glass windows in hot, humid climates. 

The original group of artisans who build the stained-glass windows in Summerall Chapel

The good news is that the original team of artisans with Pittsburg Stained Glass Studios who worked on the designs and instillations were meticulous artists and record keepers. That same company, still in business, is consulting on the case. They have the original copies of the designs for the windows, for example. In fact, the current president of the company, Kirk Weaver, is the grandson of the man who was originally awarded the contract for the windows about 80 years ago. 

“In order to repeat the same design accurately hundreds of times brass stencils were made of all the decorative vignettes that are found in the borders and other decorative areas of the windows. Having these stencils is invaluable in accurately restoring damaged or previously repaired mismatched pieces. We have every stencil that was used when we made the windows originally.”

Weaver says his grandfather came across an article in the 30s reporting that The Citadel was building a chapel with stained-glass windows. “He drove to Charleston and expressed interest in bidding for the project. Of course, it was the depth of the depression era and Grandfather’s company was about to close its doors. Once granted the contract, it saved the company.”

The windows were designed in the manner of the Gothic period and the color scheme follows that of the stained-glass of the thirteenth century. The human figures, however, are in a more modern form. Some of the windows have up to 25 scenes and symbols within. 

Funding the restoration of the Summerall Chapel stained-glass

The restoration project, estimated to cost $2 million, will consist of each individual window panel being removed, packaged and safely shipped to the selected contractor. The contractor will then dismantle and refinish every panel to look the exact way they did 80 years ago.

A contractor is expected to be selected to be selected in 2021 with the restoration beginning shortly thereafter. It would likely take three years to complete. 

Some have already stepped forward to help. The Class of 1974 jump-started this campaign in conjunction with their 45th Class Reunion in 2019, and have raised over $120,000 toward its goal of $250,000 by December 31, 2021. 

The Citadel Foundation will now coordinate the broader fund-raising effort sparked by the efforts of the Class of 1974.

Gifts can be made securely online by visiting: https://foundation.citadel.edu/StainedGlassWindows

Office of Communications and Marketing graduate assistant Demi Lewis assisted in writing this article.

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From the Corps of Cadets to a clinical calling; alumni share their scholastic successes https://today.citadel.edu/from-the-corps-of-cadets-to-a-clinical-calling-alumni-share-their-scholastic-successes/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 20:57:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20272 The Citadel Health Careers Society invited four Exercise Science alumni to visit (via Zoom) and discuss their successes.]]>

The main consensus: have a healthy GPA

Especially in the current climate, the word “exposure” has a lot of negative connotations — but, even from a medical point of view, exposure can also be a good thing.

In fact, exposure to positive alumni outcomes is very important to healthcare-bound cadets and students — that’s according to Sarah Imam, M.D., faculty administrator for The Citadel Health Careers Society and a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance.

That’s why, for the society’s holiday meeting, they invited four Exercise Science alumni to visit (via Zoom) and discuss their successes.

“It gives our current students hope,” continued Imam. “Sometimes the goal of being a doctor or dentist, or any health professional seems like an unattainable dream. Seeing alumni that were in their shoes not so long ago makes the dream obtainable.”

The guest panel included:

  1. Fernando Gonzalez, medical student at USC-Greenville. He has an HPSP Naval Scholarship and is a Medical Officer, 01 Ensign USNR
  2. Kyle Smith, dental student at MUSC. He has an HPSP Army Scholarship and was the founding Vice President of The Citadel Health Careers Society.
  3. Taylor Baucom, Physician Assistant student at MUSC. Current MUSC Public Relations chair for MUSC College of Health Professions and former president of The Citadel Health Careers Society.
  4. Christian Shave, Physical Therapy student at MUSC. Commissioned 2LT, Army.

One main theme of their conversation: grades.

“The most important part of coming out of The Citadel is: they give you a great opportunity to have a high GPA. Which, sometimes isn’t the most important thing on your bucket list, but I really want to emphasize that having this high GPA will make you super competitive,” said Smith, Class of 2018. “I think The Citadel gives you ample opportunity to boost your GPA, not only through the extra classes you take but also the study programs they have and the help that is provided to you.”

Kyle Smith, Class of 2018

And while everyone stressed the important of grades, they also point out that there are plenty of other things that make for a distinctive application to healthcare programs.

“I also have two medical mission trips under my belt,” said Gonzalez, a member of the Class of 2016. “They do help you to stand out from everybody else if you pursue them with the right mentality. I think they’re a great opportunity for anyone who can do that.”

Fernando Gonzalez, Class of 2016

But, ultimately, applications are not only about grades or extracurriculars — they’re about the applicant. And The Citadel’s leadership laboratory produces some of the best and most competitive.

“Just being at The Citadel gives you a one up on most other candidates,” said Shave, who graduated in 2020. “The director of the MUSC Physical Therapy program — after I got my acceptance — he actually sent me an email personally saying ‘Hey, we really value what you guys do at The Citadel, and we know you’ll bring great things to this program because of your experience at The Citadel.’ So they know that you guys are really doing good stuff and, even though your time may be limited in other areas, they recognize that and they know what you guys are learning.”

Christian Shave

The Citadel Health Careers Society is a student-led organization, for cadets and students — from any major — wanting to pursue any career within healthcare. The society helps members be more competitive applicants for postgraduate studies.

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Congress’s new faces include ex-astronaut, Citadel’s first female grad https://today.citadel.edu/congresss-new-faces-include-ex-astronaut-citadels-first-female-grad/ Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:41:58 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20147 Nancy Mace, Citadel Class of 2000, will represent South Carolina’s Lowcountry after beating freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham.]]>

Photo: Nancy Mace, then and now, on the left as a cadet at The Citadel

As seen in The Wall Street Journal, by Natalie Andrews

More women and people of color are headed to Congress after an election in which Republicans cut into the Democrats’ majority in the House but left the Senate up for grabs. A retired astronaut, a former football coach and the first woman to graduate from the Citadel are among the new lawmakers on their way to the Capitol, with some races still left to be called.

Republicans are on track to boost the number of women in the House significantly, after starting the current Congress with just 13, and only one new woman in the freshmen class. This year at least 26 women will be part of the House GOP conference.

The gains reflect longstanding efforts by GOP organizations such as the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressional Leadership Fund and Winning for Women, which invested heavily in 2020 races. Many of the new GOP women won back seats lost to Democrats in the previous cycle.

While Democrats lost seats this year in the House, they are set to bring more Black members and women to their caucus, and more young faces. The overall split in the House currently stands at 218 Democrats and 202 Republicans, with several seats still to be decided.

Some people to watch for in the next Congress include:

Nancy Mace: She will represent South Carolina’s Lowcountry after beating freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham to move the seat to Republican control. In 1999, she became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, the military school in South Carolina. Ms. Mace, 42, is a single mother of two children, which she spoke about in the race. She served in the state legislature.

To see the full list on The Wall Street Journal’s article, click here.

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Spartan veteran, nurse breaks barriers https://today.citadel.edu/spartan-veteran-nurse-breaks-barriers/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 21:27:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20135 Adrienne Crosby and six of her peers made history in 2002 as the first class of African American women to graduate from The Citadel.]]>

Photo: Adrienne Crosby, a member of The Citadel Class of 2002 — the first class to include African American women (Courtesy: UNCG News)

As seen on the University of North Carolina Greensboro News

“Never let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do.”

Those words that Adrienne Crosby’s father told her as a little girl have helped guide her throughout her life – as a member of the U.S. Army, as a wife, as a mom to twin boys, and as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse.

“The word ‘can’t’ doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. My goal has always been to break barriers, especially for women,” said the 2020 School of Nursing graduate.

Crosby knew she wanted to be a leader and serve in the military since high school. Upon graduating, she heard about The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina that was a predominantly male school from which a Black woman had yet to graduate. Crosby was determined to be the first.

Adrienne Crosby as a Citadel cadet

“I wanted to be able to show my family and the world that as an African American woman, I was not going to be held to anyone’s lower standards. I was going to do this for myself and for all women.”

And she did just that. Crosby and six of her peers made history in 2002 as the first class of African American women to graduate from The Citadel.

Over her 13 years of service in the Army, Crosby served across the nation and internationally, but the deployment that was most impactful was her tour in Iraq. There she served as a major and was responsible for training Iraqi Armed Forces on securing their communication and computer networks and assisting Iraqi women and children on receiving medical attention and providing them with necessary supplies.

“Serving in Iraq helped me appreciate the privileges and opportunities I have as an American. Seeing women begging on the streets, children with their stomachs swollen, and houses on the verge of collapsing truly humbled me.”

Adrienne Crosby on tour in Iraq

In 2015, Crosby became pregnant with twin boys who were born prematurely at 31 weeks. Her newborns spent two month in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“There I was – a leader to soldiers for 13 years – and yet I wasn’t able to take care of my own babies. Seeing the love, compassion, and professionalism those NICU nurses had for my sons was the moment that I knew I wanted to be a nurse.”

After her twins were born, although she aspired to become a one-star general, Crosby left the Army to prioritize her family. Two years later, watching nurses care for her father before he passed was the final push that made her realize it was finally time to fulfill her lifelong dream of pursuing a career that would allow her to take care of people.

Adrienne Crosby with her father

While researching nursing programs, UNC Greensboro’s School of Nursing stood out to her because of the Veterans Access Program, which streamlined the admissions and course credits transfer process for her. She began her studies in the fall of 2018.

“Nursing school is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. Being a wife, a mom, and an adult student at the same time was tough, but I had the support of the staff at UNCG, especially Dr. Hoffman, the academic enhancement coordinator for the nursing school.”

Crosby graduated in May, and is now a nurse in the NICU at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Crosby compares giving back to the moms and babies in the NICU to giving back to those that fought before her in the military.

“To me, Veterans Day means honoring all of the men and women who fought for the freedoms of this country before me, giving me the opportunities and freedom that I have today. I served in the military because I wanted to give back to my country and to the veterans before me. Now, I get to help the mothers and babies in the NICU fight for their health, just like the NICU nurses fought for me and my sons.”

Crosby isn’t finished serving others yet. Her ultimate goal is to be a women’s health nurse practitioner, fulfilling her passion of helping and empowering women.

“We as women can accomplish anything when we put our hearts and our minds to it.”

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Clear sailing ahead: water culture restored to The Citadel campus https://today.citadel.edu/clear-sailing-ahead-water-culture-restored-to-the-citadel-campus/ Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:52:57 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19187 Thanks to a generous donation, The Citadel is again taking advantage of the Ashley River, bordering tidal basin, Charleston Harbor and more.]]>

Photo: An undated photo of cadets with a sailboat on campus (Courtesy: The Citadel Archives and Museum)

New Swain Boating Center at The Citadel is open for cadets and the campus community to enjoy

Built along the Ashley River, bordered by a tidal basin, and located around the corner from Charleston Harbor means The Citadel has not only sublime views, but great access for marine activities. A number of complications over the past few years forced the closure of the college’s boating center and related activities as improvements were made. Now, there’s clear sailing ahead.

The docks and construction of the Swain Boating Center in August 2020

Sailing on the open “Cs” – The Citadel, Charleston, cadets, canoes and more

The Swain Boating Center at The Citadel is restoring the campus water culture with some major upgrades, thanks to a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Swain, Class of 1981. New docks, a picnic pavilion and new equipment including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and fishing gear are ready to be used by cadets, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

A state-of-the-art boathouse will be completed at the end of October for use by cadet clubs and other members of the campus community. It will also function as a premier event space on campus, similar to what The Citadel Beach Club offers on Isle of Palms.

The front of the Swain Boating Center in August 2020

In addition to the new gathering spaces, the center features a boat rental service that is available to all Citadel students, faculty, staff and alumni. The center was designed primarily for cadet use, and they will receive priority in rentals, but all members of The Citadel family are also welcome to reserve the boats.

Dale Tallent, the Swain Boating Center supervisor, says the Carolina Skiff, which holds seven people, is the most popular choice this fall; a Boston Whaler is another option. Tallent also hopes to add to the collection of sailboats that are currently being used by the newly reestablished Sailing Club, which has been heavily supported by alumni. The club, which disbanded in 2016, hasn’t sailed from campus in nearly two decades — but that’s about to change.

The Citadel currently has five sail boats that have been refurbished and is waiting to receive twelve new boats that will be used to race and compete. The hope is that the five refurbished boats will then be added to the collection of available rental boats. The college is also looking for additional boat donations to add to the current fleet.

Cadets with sailboats, ahead of the club’s upcoming tryouts in October (Courtesy: The Citadel Sailing Club)

On the way to the water

A boating license is required to rent any watercraft from the Boating Center. However, anyone without a license can get one in a two-step process that involves an online course followed by an on-water test, provided by The Citadel at no cost. The online course is $34.99 and will take approximately three hours to complete, while the on-water test is run out of the boating center. This on-water test will consist of four to five people going out at a time to spend about 45 minutes on the water, completing various tasks. The on-water test can be taken as many times as needed in order to pass. While the tests are weather-dependent, they will usually to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday while the boats are available for use. More information on testing days and times can be found via DogNews and also by checking in at the rental center by the docks.

Once boaters have a license, the rental process is relatively simple. Members of The Citadel community can reserve boats online, up to two weeks in advance; rentals are $20 for cadets and $40 for faculty, staff, and alumni. That fee includes the rental for the day, as well as all necessary safety equipment, which the renter is responsible for returning upon their return to the boating center. Rental fees, however, do not include fuel.

A point of distinction

The boating center is a unique facility for The Citadel, and makes the Military College of South Carolina one of a select few academic institutions that have open-water access, along with a multi-million-dollar facility and event space overlooking it.

An additional feature of the Swain Boating Center, the Class of 1981 Pavilion, opened during Homecoming 2019 weekend and provides a space for cadets and other groups to socialize, featuring a gas log fireplace, picnic tables and two charcoal grills. Though the maximum capacity is currently set at 25 people, to accommodate social distancing restrictions, groups are allowed to schedule a time to use the pavilion.

The return to the river and its connected waterways is made possible through the leadership of Dr. Chris Swain, ’81, and the help of numerous alumni donors, all with the continued goal of enhancing the cadet experience on campus. The new boating center and pavilion bring a new and unique element to The Citadel experience, providing cadets with a unique place to relax and exercise while taking advantage of The Citadel’s location along the banks of the Ashley River.

Images and captions courtesy of The Citadel Archives and Museum
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Charleston County’s staff attorney, a Citadel alumnus, picked to become federal judge by Donald Trump https://today.citadel.edu/charleston-countys-staff-attorney-a-citadel-alumnus-picked-to-become-federal-judge-by-donald-trump/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:30:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19147 President Donald Trump has picked Charleston County’s senior government attorney, Joe Dawson III, Class of 1991, to be a federal judge.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Schuyler Kropf

President Donald Trump has picked Charleston County’s senior government attorney, Joe Dawson III, to be a federal judge.

If confirmed by the Senate, Dawson would be the only Black male currently serving on the state’s U.S. district court level, alongside two Black females.

Dawson was nominated by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who worked with Dawson previously when Scott was a member of Charleston County Council.

Joe Dawson III, senior yearbook photo

The vacancy is for a seat in Greenville, Scott’s office said, adding the senator is not issuing a statement on the selection at this time because he opts to wait until after screening hearings to comment.

The spot is the only open court seat among the state’s 10 federal district judgeships. Five of the state’s current district judges were nominated by Democrats and four by Republicans.

Dawson’s White House announcement shows no previous work experience as a judge.

It says he’s served as Charleston County’s “attorney where he is responsible for managing and overseeing all legal matters for the county and its officials.”

The announcement continued that “Dawson also operates his own solo law practice and focuses on general civil litigation and providing strategic advice to small businesses.”

Dawson graduated from The Citadel, Class of 1991, and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Dawson also declined to issue a statement or provide a comment on the nomination, the county said.

County Council Chairman Elliott Summey said he has known about the pick for some time, adding there was an in-depth vetting process and that he was interviewed by screening officials.

“It’s a huge loss for the county, but a great gain for the federal bench,” Summey said. “He’s one of the fairest, smartest individuals I’ve ever met.”

Dawson also ran the county’s recycling program.

Dawson was the county’s top paid official, earning $421,357.91 in compensation in 2019, according to a county spokesman.

District court judges earn $216,400 annually, according to U.S. courts judicial pay data. 

The two Black women on the federal district bench in South Carolina are judges J. Michele Childs and Margaret Seymour.

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