COVID – The Citadel Today Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:55:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 COVID – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Army cadets learn leadership from one of The Citadel’s highest-ranking active duty officers Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:41:47 +0000 Maj. Gen. David Wilson, '91, was -- virtually -- back on his old stomping grounds, teaching senior Army cadets about leadership.]]>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capt. Paul Najarian during the junior officers’ panel

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

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

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

Citadel cadets, virtually joined by hundreds of ROTC cadets at other colleges, standing for the National Anthem
Behind the Scenes: 1989 grad talks planning at the CDC Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:36:37 +0000 It’s been a little over a year since the novel coronavirus first hit the radar of CDC employee Bill Howard, Class of 1989.]]>

It’s been a little over a year since the novel coronavirus first hit Bill Howard’s radar, and life has changed dramatically in those 12 months. The 1989 graduate no longer makes the 40-mile commute through Atlanta traffic to his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead, he grabs a cup of coffee from his kitchen and heads to work in an office he’s set up in his home in Locust Grove, Georgia. He doesn’t miss the commute, but he does miss the office camaraderie and the ease of dropping in on a colleague to discuss a project. Now, a phone call, a Zoom meeting, an email or a text has to suffice.

“Part of what we normally do for a response,” said Howard, a team leader for preparedness exercises, “is come together to the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center and provide an agency-wide coordinated response to the public health threat, in this case, COVID-19.” 

After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government adopted the National Incident Management System in 2004 to facilitate coordination among all levels of government. The CDC uses NIMS to create public health plans for responding to incidents—incidents such as the coronavirus. After serving in field artillery branch of the U.S. Army, where he coordinated complex, multinational preparedness exercises, Howard joined the CDC in 2012, and the job was a perfect fit.

“At the CDC, we’ve increased our public health response capacity to give public health professionals the ability to distribute guidance, to deploy rapidly to locations upon request, to help augment, support and provide subject matter expertise to a local jurisdiction or a state, and to coordinate and communicate with numerous key stakeholders at all levels of government,” said Howard.

As an emergency management specialist, Howard helps CDC public health professionals maximize their response by using incident management structure to create task forces focused on epidemiology, laboratory, state coordination, at-risk populations, and worker safety and health.

Five years ago, long before Zoom became a commonplace virtual meeting platform in offices and households everywhere, Howard brought Zoom to the CDC to conduct virtual preparedness exercises across the nation. And long before the arrival of the novel coronavirus, Howard and his colleagues were conducting pandemic emergency exercises, which included difficult scenarios involving potential school closures. Last spring, when Ohio Governor Mike DeWine became the first to shut down schools statewide, Howard and his crew saw their pandemic planning coming to fruition. 

“It was amazing, and the closings spread like wildfire,” said Howard. “And while it created challenges for schools, parents and employers, everybody knew that’s what had to happen.”

Howard grew up in Bradenton, Florida. His father, also named Bill, is a 1961 graduate. As a high school student, Howard knew he did not want to be on the six-year plan, like some of his friends who were attending Florida colleges, and The Citadel’s compulsory evening study period appealed to him. “I liked the fact that there was a focused time for your academics,” said Howard, “which is the main reason you’re in college.”

After a 20-year career in the Army in planning, the CDC job was, according to Howard, “God’s plan, because he always laughs at mine.”

Not long after Howard arrived at the CDC, back pain sufferers in the United States who had been treated with a contaminated epidural steroid were coming down with fungal meningitis. The contamination occurred at a compounding pharmacy, and because of the CDC’s swift response, the threat was contained. 

Polio eradication has been an ongoing effort of the CDC, and when Howard first arrived, there were three countries in the world where wild polio* remained endemic—Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This fall, thanks to the CDC’s efforts and international partners, Nigeria was declared to be wild polio free. 

Perhaps still part of God’s plan for him, Howard’s experience combating epidemics across the globe was suddenly put to use in the U.S. last January, as the novel coronavirus spread across the nation. He never expected all those years of readiness exercises and planning for public health crises would prove invaluable so close to home, but he and his CDC colleagues were ready to spring into action.

“Even though this coronavirus is totally new to scientists, discovered little more than a year ago,” said Howard, “I have peace of mind knowing that the United States has such a wealth of dedicated, intellectual public health experts working hard every day to draw us out of this unprecedented pandemic.”

*Note: Wild polio is naturally occurring polio. A weakened strain of poliovirus, which was included in the initial oral polio vaccine, led to vaccine-derived polio. For additional information, see the CDC’s page on Vaccine-derived Poliovirus.

The Citadel looks to prevent spreading COVID amid holiday travel Mon, 23 Nov 2020 22:02:04 +0000 All year long, officials have tried to make the campus something of a bubble to keep the virus controlled.]]>

As seen on WCSC – Live 5 News, by Nick Reagan

Despite health officials pleading for people to stay home, more than 50 million could be traveling for Thanksgiving according to AAA.

Fred Roark and his family will not be traveling because of the virus.

Normally, his sister comes down from Indiana but this year the risk of spreading the disease is just too high.

“I have multiple risk factors, so consequently I have to be conscience of my own personal involvement with other people,” Roark said. “I’d like my sister to be down here because I only see her once a year, and this year it will be zero times.”

While the travel estimate is a substantial decrease from the 2019, it is still a lot of people who could potentially spread the coronavirus. However, not everyone has the option to stay where they are.

Many college campuses are shutting down between Thanksgiving and the New Year, requiring students to return home.

The Citadel is taking a slightly different approach.

All year long, officials have tried to make the campus something of a bubble to keep the virus controlled. Cadet Colonel Nicholas Piacentini is in charge of the entire cadet corps and is responsible for their success and wellbeing.

“Everyone knew this year was going to be different,” Piacentini said. “It was tough at first. It’s hard to wear a mask. It’s hard to be 6-feet apart from people, but the more and more we did it, the more it became daily routine.”

At the beginning of the year, cadets were prohibited from leaving campus for two weeks. That was to protect fellow cadets, staff and faculty. Now, before anyone leaves for the winter break the quarantine is back.

Starting last weekend, cadets were required to stay on campus and away from the general public.

“This two week period is not only to protect the campus community but also to protect our friends and family at home, because now this is bigger than just campus,” Piacentini said. “We could easily take COVID home . . . going home is what’s going to be pretty deadly or can be. By staying on campus and quarantining we are really protecting our loved ones and other people’s loved ones as well.”

The ability to restrict a student’s movement is not something most colleges can do, but then again The Citadel is not like most colleges.

“Our military structure gives us a huge advantage of implementing and enforcing policies, but what is unique about The Citadel is our peer leadership structure is exquisite here,” Piacentini said. “That’s what allows us to exceed so much. It’s each one of us looking out for each one of us to do the right thing. That has been the biggest attribute to our success.”

Click here to see the current number of COVID cases on campus.

Despite the lockdown, Piacentini is making sure there is some rest and relaxation during the closed weekends. Last weekend, food trucks were brought in and cadets could participate in a variety of activities.

This weekend there will be a cookout and the annual Thanksgiving festivities. Once cadets leave campus for Thanksgiving they will not come back until January.

A first place prize for “Pride” Fri, 06 Nov 2020 20:58:46 +0000 Two cadets will be named a Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award Winner at the college’s annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation. ]]>

“Pride is a great servant, but a horrible master.”

For the first time, two cadets will be named a Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award Winner at the college’s annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation.

It is not because of a tie, however — but because the pandemic and campus closure postponed last year’s competition.

Each year, cadets compete in three rounds, presenting their own, unique speech each time — they make the same speech for all three rounds, though they are encouraged to make improvements as they move through the contest.

The first round was held in Spring 2020 but, due to the pandemic, the second and third rounds of that year’s competition had to be postponed.

In a rescheduled competition, Cadet Angelea Lance, a junior, won the first place prize with a speech called “Pride.” The speech focused on how her she allowed her pride to hold her back, but also how she’s used her pride to push herself further.

Lance also made it to the final round of the 2019 speaking competition.

The second place prize went to William Hope who, though he graduated with the Class of 2020, came back to deliver his speech called “The Power of Probability.”

William Hope, runner up

The contest for the next Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award will be held in 2021, during the spring semester.

Cadets speak for five to seven minutes on any topic that is informational, persuasive or inspirational. In addition to the Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award, both the winner and runner-up also receive a cash prize.

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

The knowledge that some of the most famous leaders in history have mastered the power of public speaking inspired Henry Dale Smith, Class of 1947, and his wife, Betty, to establish the Public Speaking Lab. The goal is to give cadets, students, faculty and staff the chance to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

Spring 2021 Course Registration Updates Mon, 19 Oct 2020 18:42:05 +0000 Due to COVID-19, The college is making adjustments to offer maximum flexibility and opportunity to maintain or accelerate academic progress.]]>

It is time for cadets and undergraduate students to prepare for spring 2021 semester. Since the academic calendar has been adjusted because of the COVID pandemic, the college is making adjustments to offer maximum flexibility and opportunity to maintain or accelerate academic progress.

Some of these changes include:

  • The registration time for all student populations will begin at 8 p.m. EST on the assigned registration day. Cadets are approved to utilize their ESP for course registration.
  • The registration date for Graduate College students has been moved from Monday, October 26th to Sunday, November 8th.
  • To help cadets and undergraduate students continue or accelerate their progress in meeting course requirements, The Citadel will offer a compressed term December 28-January 17 with 13 high-demand courses, with New Year’s Day off as an observed holiday.
    • Registration and advisement will be conducted as part of spring enrollment
    • NOTE: Tuition for “J-term” courses is a flat $1500 per course. All courses are delivered online. This compressed term is not eligible for scholarship or Pell grant funding. If needed, student loans are available to cover costs.

Complete information about the registration process – including registration time periods, dates, course offerings, and tutorials – can be found on The Citadel website at

It is critical that every cadet and student completes their course registration promptly in accordance with the protocol set forth on the registration website. For questions, concerns, or assistance with the course registration process, please contact the Office of the Registrar by email at or by phone at (843) 953-6969.

Business as usual at The Citadel Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:47:27 +0000 There is nothing ordinary about The Citadel, including the way the college is responding to the challenges presented by the coronavirus.]]>

By Cadet Merritt Reeves

There is nothing ordinary about The Citadel, and the way the college is responding to the challenges presented by the coronavirus is no exception. While many college and universities have canceled in-person semesters, The Citadel has resumed the campus experience with modifications for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Throughout campus, hand sanitizing stations have been erected, masks are required of everyone, social distancing is enforced and many everyday activities have been modified or cancelled. Despite these changes, The Citadel is business as usual.

July 29, the day that 55 fall freshmen athletes matriculated, marked the return of students to campus since the quarantine began last March. With only a few caveats, new changes and safety precautions were incorporated, and the athletic freshmen were trained to standard. The next milestone was matriculating 700 more freshmen Aug. 8. Faculty, staff, and cadre — the group of cadets responsible for training the freshmen — were prepared for a new but effective training period.

Now, the college is constantly monitoring cadets as a safeguard against COVID-19. Once a week, four cadets are selected randomly from each company to be tested for the coronavirus. The status of the virus on campus is regularly updated for all to see on The Citadel Today newsroom too. As of October 15, there have been 123 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 120 of which have recovered; three others are in quarantine.

In addition to routine monitoring, new learning alternatives and safety protocols are in place. Most classes, for example, employ a hybrid mode of learning, alternating between in-class instruction and online Zoom lectures to limit population density in the physical classrooms. One change that is as unusual as it is novel, is seeing an instructor’s iPad mounted in a holder that resembles a type of robot in classrooms. Professors wear a Bluetooth lanyard that signals the head of the bot holding the iPad. The Swivl homing devices then follow the professors as they move, so those attending remotely have similar experiences to those there in person during the lectures.

Except for the occasional “Oops! Wrong class, wrong day,” cadets have acclimated to the new pace of learning and are responding well to the changes.

“Although COVID has made our lives tough, there has been plenty of good that has come out of us being able to be on campus,” said Palmetto Battery Company Commander, Cadet Colton Webster. “As leaders, we’ve been forced to improvise, adapt and overcome the challenges from the virus. Our determination is making this year successful and shows that even when things are hard The Citadel and its cadets can be an example for others to follow.”

Cadet Merritt Reeves is an intern in the Office of Communications and Marketing. A junior majoring in English with a Spanish minor, she has earned Gold Stars for academic excellence. After graduation, she plans to return to her home town of Columbia and attend law school.

Drilling down into the details; freshmen cadets compete in Kelly Cup 2020 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:15:51 +0000 One company can spend the year bragging about the quality of their military training after ten of their freshmen cadets proved best-drilled.]]>

One of the primary responsibilities for upperclassmen at The Citadel is to provide military instruction to the freshmen class. And now, one company on campus can spend the year bragging about the quality of their training.

Just before the clock on the tower of Padgett-Thomas Barracks struck 7 p.m., the cheers from Echo Company, the winner of this year’s Kelly Cup, reverberated off the walls.

One of the annual traditions at The Citadel is the drill competition. This year, under a Citadel-blue sky as clear as the knobs’ stripe-less shoulder boards, was no different.

“Even with the obstacles that COVID-19 has brought us, we were still in it to win it,” said Cadet Sergeant Aaron Daninger, Echo squad’s leader. “Every single person on the squad had a hunger to win and to be the best they could possibly be.”

The Kelly Cup usually occurs on the Saturday during Parents Weekend — but, as with most everything else in the world, the pandemic forced the college to make adjustments.

However, like every year before, each of the college’s companies chose their ten best-drilled freshmen cadets for their squad. The 21 companies participated in a preliminary competition; four of those moved onto the finals, held on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

After Echo, in order of their final scores, the other competitors were Golf, Lima and Charlie Companies.

Upcoming News from The Citadel – October 2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 A look at some of the events happening in and around The Citadel’s campus, including a virtual town hall for parents and more.]]>

President’s Virtual Engagement with Parents

Thursday, October 1
7 – 8 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

In order to make campus operations as close to normal as possible, the President of The Citadel, Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), will hold a virtual town hall for parents on October 1 at 7 p.m. EST.

He will be joined by the Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D, SPHR and the Commandant of Cadets, Capt. Geno Paluso, USN (Ret.).

Parents can connect with Walters, Selden and Paluso by submitting questions via the Facebook Live link while watching the event.

This event is intended to replace the annual engagement that the president holds for cadets’ family members during Parents Weekend; all of those events had to be cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Emerging Topics Lecture Series about national security issues

Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 29 at 8 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Homeland Security
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., moderator for the series

The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover a wide range of topics related to national security.

The Emerging Topics Lecture Series is open to the public, and is especially designed for Citadel cadets and students, and others interested in hearing national security issues by Citadel faculty members, alongside other international experts.

Due to the COVID-19 environment, the Emerging Topics Lecture Series will be held virtually, via Zoom.

The first three forums will be held on different days — and at different times — in October.

The lecture names, panelists and Zoom links can all be found here.

Thinking of pursuing a Master’s degree? Join a virtual information session for prospective graduate students interested in an MBA, Project Management or Leadership Studies degree

Wednesday, October 7 at 6 p.m.
Monday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

With the pandemic changing how prospective students find the right degree program, The Citadel Graduate College is hoping to make things easier. The college will be hosting multiple virtual information sessions for prospective students. The sessions on Wednesday, October 7, and Monday, October 28, will be focused on The Citadel’s MBA, M.S. in Project Management and M.S. in Leadership programs.

The information sessions are program-specific, with representatives from the three departments, to better address questions from anyone attending.

The presentation will focus on the flexible course options available through the graduate college, as well as information on the application and admissions process. There will be an interactive Q&A session at the end of the session.

To register for the October 7 session, click here.
To register for the October 28 session, click here.

Citadel team helping with Soldiers’ Angels Food Drive

Friday, October 9
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Elks Lodge; 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, S.C.
Free, open to the public

The Citadel community always looks for opportunities to give back to those who served and sacrificed for their country. That’s why The Citadel Health Careers Society will be volunteering with Soldiers’ Angels, working to supply low-income veteran families with food assistance.

The event will be held outside, regardless of weather.

Cadets and students can sign up to volunteer on GivePulse. Credit will be given for travel time along with the time given for service and will be considered healthcare community service hours.

Soldiers’ Angles has a global network of volunteers — representing all 50 states and 12 countries abroad — who work tirelessly to ensure that those who serve or have served are supported, uplifted and remembered through a variety of support programs.

Contact Dr. Sarah A. Imam at or Dr. Kimbo Yee at for further information. 

From the football field to restaurant franchise ownership, Bulldogs talk entrepreneurship

Tuesday, October 13
8 – 9 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, pre-registration required, open to the public

They started as Bulldog football players, and now they’re co-owners of a Zaxby’s franchise.

Through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speakers Series, The Citadel community and the public can hear from former quarterback Duran Lawson. He is a member of the Class of 2008 who graduated with a degree in Business Administration. His business partner, Andre Roberts, Class of 2009, currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.

In the virtual webinar, Lawson will discuss franchises as a business opportunity, how to build partnerships and more. Additionally, he will discuss how The Citadel experience, both on and off the field, prepared him for this opportunity.

“It was not foreign to me to have long days, and this is very important when you launch your business,” said Duran. “Second — what was the secret sauce between the both of us and the basis of our partnership — we were both military brats, came through sports together, we have similar values and share similar desired outcomes. We knew what we wanted in a business.”

To register for the webinar, click here.

Thinking of pursing a Master’s degree? Join a virtual information session about graduate degrees in Intelligence and Security Studies, International Politics, Military History or Social Science degrees

Wednesday, October 21
11 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

With the pandemic changing how prospective students find the right degree program, The Citadel Graduate College is hoping to make things easier. The college will be hosting multiple virtual information sessions for prospective students. The session on Wednesday, October 21 will be focused on The Citadel’s Intelligence and Security Studies, M.A. in International Politics, M.A. in Military History and Social Science programs.

The information sessions are program-specific, with representatives from the all of the departments, to better address questions from anyone attending.

For more information about this information session, please contact The Citadel Graduate College at

New Citadel physics and leader to speak at Exchange Club luncheon

Wednesday, October 28
12:30 p.m.
Halls Chop House; 434 King St, Charleston, SC
Open to members of the Exchange Club and their guests

One of the newest professors in the Physics Department, Scott Curtis, Ph.D., will speak to the Exchange Club of Charleston about the climate of water in the city — specifically, how trends in flooding and extreme precipitation affect the city, and how those issues can be addressed.

Scott Curtis, Ph.D., on the roof of Grimsley Hall at The Citadel

Curtis, who will serve as the John Lining Professor of Physics, joins The Citadel as the director for the new Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., ’77, Center for Climate Studies. The center is under development, and was recently named for Near, who passed away in March of 2020, an alumnus, veteran and physics professor.

Curtis has authored more than 150 books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific white papers for presentations. He is engaged frequently to speak around the nation on issues including climate change, coastal water hazards and flooding. Curtis has participated as an editor for five scientific journals.

The Exchange Club is an all volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Biloxi Blues

Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m.
South of Broadway Theatre Company; 1080 East Montague, North Charleston
$30 for general admission and $20 for students, open to the public

Delayed by COVID-19, the Biloxi Blues performance is on its way back to the state. Though it was originally going to be held on campus, it’s been moved to a theater in Park Circle; however, it’s still supported by The Citadel Fine Arts program and has multiple Citadel cast members, as well as a Citadel alumnus as the director.

Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II. On his quest to find love, achieve fame, and attain his manhood,

Last performed at the military college in 1988, the new production is directed by Citadel alumnus Bob Luke ‘76. Luke runs a successful acting studio in New York City and has enjoyed an illustrious career as an on-set acting coach for Hollywood movies including RansomRacing Stripes, and Enchanted.

Due to social distancing requirements within the theater, please contact to reserve tickets.

A Night in the Archives: Cadet Rebellions from Citadel History

Saturday, October 31
6 – 8 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

It started with five seniors sneaking out at night to go to a party, and ended with a riot that brought police to campus and resulted in the expulsion of 60 cadets. The biggest rebellion in Citadel history, The Cantey Rebellion in 1898, is just one of the events that will be discussed during a virtual version of A Night in the Archives.

On October 31, The Citadel Archivist, Tessa Updike, and the Archives Assistant, Alex Adler, will present stories of cadet rebellions dating back to the 1850s. In addition to rebellions, the event will focus on hunger strikes, food fights and more that have occurred over the years.

The Zoom discussion will be held on Halloween night, from 6 – 8 p.m. A link to the Zoom meeting will be posted here closer to the event.

Faculty expert spotlight

Lee Westberry, Ph.D., is a professor in the Zucker Family School of Education and the program coordinator for Educational Leadership.

She arrived at The Citadel with extensive educational experience, having served the last 21 years in Berkeley County Schools as a high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, Executive Director of Secondary Programs and Executive Director of Accountability and Assessment. 

Westberry’s recent scholarship activities include presenting at the National CTE Best Practices Conference, which highlighted her work with career academies. She recently published Putting the Pieces Together: A Systems Approach to School Leadership, which helps school leaders understand how to develop the systems to support the critical work of schools, in order to prevent the “putting out fires” mode of operation. Westberry will release a second title, focused on student support systems and the culture system, in December.

In addition to coordinating the program that helps train more educators in South Carolina, Westberry continues to work with schools across the state to assist with school improvement efforts — including curriculum and assessment alignment, principal mentoring, the learning process and more.

No Parents Weekend October 2 – 4 due to COVID-19 precautions Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:52:49 +0000 Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos; Parents Weekend events scheduled for October 2-4 cancelled]]> Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Padgett-Thomas Barracks is seen before sunrise from Summerall Field during Matriculation Day for the Class of 2024 at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

College providing Sept. 25 Ring Presentation livestream and individual photos

All Parents Weekend events originally scheduled for October 2 – 4 are cancelled due to precautions underway to keep campus as safe as possible by reducing possible COVID-19 spreading events.

There will, however, be an opportunity for parents to engage with The President of The Citadel. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), will hold a virtual parents’ engagement on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Parents can connect with Walters by submitting questions via the Facebook Live link while watching the event.

“We understand that it is hard for things to be different, and that it may be disappointing for parents not to be able to enjoy a traditional Parents Weekend, but we greatly appreciate your understanding in the knowledge that everything possible is being done to keep your sons and daughters safe and the campus operating safely during this challenging time,” said The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, CAPT Geno Paluso.

Parents, family members and friends are strongly discouraged from coming onto campus during what would have been Parents Weekend, in support of the college’s efforts to minimize COVID-19 exposures on campus with the goal of continuing in-person instruction until Thanksgiving furlough.

The Commandant’s Office is making decisions about leave, based on conditions, on a week-to-week basis. If leave is granted that weekend, it will not be announced until late in the week.

Everything you need to know about the Ring Presentation, photos and leave

Members of the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a livestreamed, traditional Ring Presentation at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House. Only ring-eligible cadets, veteran and active duty students will attend the event.

“The Citadel is committed to helping ring recipients and families celebrate this special day,” said Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), vice president, Office of Communications and Marketing. “As a member of The Citadel Class of 1990, I know just how much this day means to cadets, and to those who love and support them. We also know our ability to continue in-person on campus until Thanksgiving is fragile and relies on the cooperation of everyone in The Citadel family. We are providing the richest experience possible during these unusual circumstances and greatly appreciate the understanding of parents.”

As the presentation event is restricted, the college is providing the following:

  • Watch the event livestreamed on The Citadel’s Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Professional photographers will take a picture of each cadet or student receiving a ring. (No other photographers are permitted into the event.)
  • At no charge, cadet ring presentation photos will be available with yearbook portraits in October on the college’s intranet, Lesesne Gateway. Cadets will have access to download them. An announcement of the availability of those pictures will be made later.
  • Veteran and active duty students will receive their ring presentation photos via email, also at no cost.
  • Our photographers will also be at the chapel, the War Memorial and on the parade ground taking photos. On Saturday, those photos will be available for families to download, at no charge, here. 

Leave policy for seniors on Sept. 26 and 27

There will be no leave for any cadets following the Sept. 25 Ring Presentation.

The Commandant’s Office is granting the following leave to ring-eligible seniors: Saturday Sept. 26 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Those seniors also have the option to spend Saturday night off campus.

Parents are asked to respect the college’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and are discouraged from entering campus Sept. 25−26 other than for the purpose of picking up a cadet who is eligible for leave.

That Citadel vs. Alabama tape grabbed South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s attention Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:58:47 +0000 The Citadel’s 10-10 halftime tie with No. 1-ranked Alabama in 2018 was on new South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s must-watch list for his players]]>

Photo: Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) rolls out to pass against Alabama during a game in 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Courtesy: Butch Dill, Associated Press – File)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

There’s no particular reason why a football player at the University of South Florida should know much about The Citadel, a tiny FCS military school in South Carolina.

But you can bet almost every Bulls player knows something about superpower Alabama and legendary coach Nick Saban.

And that’s why a video of The Citadel’s 10-10 halftime tie with a No. 1-ranked Alabama team in 2018 was on new South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s must-watch list for his players. Scott, the former Clemson co-offensive coordinator, is set to make his college head-coaching debut when the Bulls host the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Alabama ended up beating The Citadel 50-17 that day in Tuscaloosa, but the first 30 minutes were all Scott needed to make his point.


When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa


Tickets: None

“We went back and showed our guys clips from that game,” Scott said last week. “And one of the best lines came after The Citadel scored its first touchdown. The commentator said, ‘That’s the first points the Alabama defense has given up in 11 quarters.’

“That gets everybody’s attention right there.”

The Citadel ran for 275 yards against Alabama, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and holding the ball for 36 minutes, 23 seconds.

“Nick Saban told his guys, ‘This is a group over there who want to shrink the game,’ Scott said. “It’s limited possessions.”

At USF, Scott is replacing former coach Charlie Strong and taking over a squad that was 4-8 overall last season and 2-6 in the American Athletic Conference. Strong went 10-2 and then 7-6 in his first two seasons with the Bulls.

There might be easier ways for a coach to make his debut than against a triple-option team with a jones for FBS upsets (The Citadel beat Georgia Tech last year, the only FCS team to beat an FBS squad in 2019). But Scott said USF chose The Citadel from among several candidates when revamping its schedule after the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of college football for the 2020 season.

“We chose The Citadel,” Scott said. “And part of the reason, other than that we have a lot of respect for them and their program, is that we are going to play Navy later in the year. And Navy is always tough in our conference. Our goal is to find a way to compete and win in this conference, so we have to find a way to beat the option.

Former Clemson assistant coach Jeff Scott is now the head coach at South Florida. (Courtesy: Andrew Whitaker, The Post and Courier)

“It was the same way for us at Clemson with Georgia Tech. You better go attack it and figure it out.”

In a 35-3 loss to Navy and its triple-option last year, the Bulls allowed 434 rushing yards and 7.4 yards per attempt.

“To face this type of offense in the first game, it’s different,” Scott said. “In a normal year, the first game is about us and what we do. But the option is a different task for everyone, and this defense is going out there for the first time against a well-oiled machine. These guys are very confident, and they know what they are doing. It reminds me of the Georgia Tech teams when they had experienced guys back.

“If we’re not ready, not prepared and not reading our keys, we can get embarrassed very quickly.”

South Florida’s defensive coordinator is Glenn Spencer, who has held the same title at Florida Atlantic, Charlotte and Oklahoma State. 

One of Spencer’s main jobs is to fix USF’s run defense. In 2018 and 2019, the Bulls  ranked 122nd (247.5 yards per game) and 114th (208.6), respectively, in run defense, allowing 17 individual 100-yard rushing efforts during that 25-game span.

Spencer coaches a “30-float” scheme, with three down linemen up front and lots of movement in the back eight.

The Bulls lost three senior defensive ends from last season, but return a trio of linebackers in Antonio Green, Andrew Mims and Dwayne Boyles. Devin Gil, a transfer linebacker from Michigan, has opted out of the season.