Campus Life – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:53:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Campus Life – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 A “General” review of the closed weekend https://today.citadel.edu/a-general-review-of-the-closed-weekend/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:53:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=20176 Cadets, who can't leave campus before returning home for the long Thanksgiving/winter furlough, enjoyed some fun diversions for the on-campus weekend.]]>

Photo: Citadel mascot Gen. Mike D. Groshon, also known as G3, reviewing the food trucks on campus

With just over a week of on-campus classes left, cadets at The Citadel are doing what leaders do: making sure they stay safe so they can keep others safe.

Since they will soon be returning to their hometowns, and due to increasing cases of COVID-19 nationwide, cadets can’t leave campus during their last two weekends before the long Thanksgiving/winter furlough.

But with the goal of keeping the cadets engaged (while squeezing in some early holiday celebrations), The Commandant’s Office and the Office of Cadet Activities arranged some fun diversions for the two on-campus weekends.

The cadets (occasionally joined by G3) were kept busy with activities like intramurals, swim meets, corn hole games, DJ entertainment and food trucks. But if it sound like the cadets are having too much fun — don’t worry — the weekend kicked off with a Spirit PT across campus.

The closed weekend also opened new doors.

“For the first time in my cheerleading experience, I had the opportunity to cheer on the Bulldogs at a wrestling match,” said Cadet Lauren Sordo, a junior Biology major from Orchard Park, New York. “It was a great way to start the day. After the match, my team and I went to the food trunks and played games. The activities on the parade deck were a fun way to engage with other cadets and increased moral for a few hours.”

Next weekend will also include battalion cookouts and Thanksgiving festivities.

The last day of classes this fall for cadets and students at The Citadel is November 24. They will take finals from home following Thanksgiving and will not return until January.

The Citadel President, Provost and Commandant will update parents on how the fall has gone and on what to expect for the spring semester return during the final Virtual Town Hall for the semester. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., November 19 and will be livestreamed on The Citadel Facebook page.

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Community Knows No Distance https://today.citadel.edu/community-knows-no-distance/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:00:13 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5360 Matthew HammondMatthew HammondAs a freshman, Matthew Hammond joined his Kilo Company classmates working with Metanoia, a nonprofit organization that focuses on holistic community development. Three years after becoming involved with the Metanoia project, Hammond is one of the co-leaders of the Kilo Company service project, and develops lesson plans, coordinates cadet schedules and actively volunteers.]]> Matthew HammondMatthew Hammond

There are 2,500 miles between Fillmore, California, and North Charleston, South Carolina. But for Cadet Matthew Hammond, who grew up in California and moved across the country to pursue a computer science degree and a military career, community knows no distance.

In high school, Hammond volunteered with the local sheriff’s department for four years, doing everything from organizing toy drives to responding to domestic abuse calls. Fillmore Fire Chief and Assistant City Manager Rigo Landeros, who served as Hammond’s mentor, fostered his enthusiasm for service. During Hammond’s senior year of high school, Landeros unexpectedly passed away.

“Chief Landeros’s death had a profound impact on me. And when I was awarded a scholarship in his name for service above self, it was something that stuck with me and motivated me to keep going.”

Hammond was also driven by his goal to become an Army officer, and in The Citadel, he found a college where he could continue the fire chief’s legacy of service by pursuing a four-year Army ROTC contract.

As a freshman, Hammond joined his Kilo Company classmates working with Metanoia, a nonprofit organization that focuses on holistic community development. Three years after becoming involved with the Metanoia project, Hammond is one of the co-leaders of the Kilo Company service project. Along with Kilo Company classmate Cadet Michael Lima, Hammond develops lesson plans, coordinates cadet schedules and actively volunteers.

For the 15 Kilo Company cadets who volunteer at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Monday afternoons find them working with a group of school children from one of the poorest neighborhoods in South Carolina.

From finger painting to playing the piano, the children Hammond encounters at St. Matthews are eager to explore all the experiences the cadets have to offer—art, music, educational activities and dance.

Work at St. Matthews is not without its challenges. A fourth grader who was having trouble learning a song reminded Hammond what it was like to be young and frustrated. With calm and encouraging words, Hammond helped to break the song down into something more manageable. Learning the notes one at a time, the fourth grader finally mastered the song.

The look on the child’s face cemented Hammond’s purpose in life. Even though small, that one smile reminds him why he serves.Click To Tweet

Although Mondays tend to be Hammond’s busiest day of the week, knowing that he gets to spend the afternoons with the children at St. Matthews re-energizes him, reminding him what really is important in life.

“It’s humbling to realize the effect we have on these children, and I am gratified to have had the opportunity to play a part in their lives.”

To view more student and cadet stories, visit mighty.citadel.edu.

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