Daniel Library – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:39:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Daniel Library – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Student artwork in Daniel Library honors veterans https://today.citadel.edu/student-artwork-in-daniel-library-honors-veterans/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28957 The Daniel Library is currently displaying cadet and student artwork to raise awareness and honor the sacrifices of veterans. ]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

The Daniel Library is currently displaying cadet and student artwork to raise awareness and honor the sacrifices of veterans.

The pieces were created by cadets and students enrolled in Literature of War, a class taught by Jenna Adair, Ph.D., focusing on veteran-written literature like Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” and Phil Klay’s “Redeployment.”

Adair says she’s been learning alongside those taking her classes since she started teaching this literature course in 2018. “It’s been a crash course,” she said. “My understanding of the issues has definitely evolved.”

They work together to understand diverse issues that veterans can face. “I’m a literature teacher trying to teach an experience I’ve never had,” she said.

Most of those who take Adair’s class are not veterans either.

“Many of them knew the hardships and sacrifice of veterans, but they just didn’t realize how extensive it was,” said Adair. “And there were some who said it helped them make sense out of some responses or some attitudes they saw in vets who mattered to them.”

Olivia Hime, ’22, painted the green monochromatic piece, depicted above, which is inspired by a poem the class read.

“In Dr. Adair’s class, I learned that there are different ways in which emotions, such as sorrow and pain, can be felt that can’t be communicated through simple words,” said Hime.

Adair challenges them to recognize that each veteran transitions through reintegration differently, and that there are multiple ways to support those who have served. “There is clearly a need for help,” Adair said.

When given the chance to capture the veteran experience in an image, many students will dedicate their art to relatives who are veterans or current service members. Adair encourages many cadets and students to take their art home over the holidays to share with these loved ones.

Adair joined The Citadel in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

Upcoming News from The Citadel – November and December 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-november-and-december-2021/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:44:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28120 Russ Pace-The CitadelRuss Pace-The CitadelA look at some of the events happening on The Citadel’s campus, including Homecoming 2021, the Christmas Candlelight Service and more.]]> Russ Pace-The CitadelRuss Pace-The Citadel

Photo: Gen. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, president of The Citadel, with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during the Homecoming Review parade in 2019

Day of the Dead celebration

Friday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 5
Daniel Library
Free, open to the public

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated in Latin America, when people honor their loved ones who have passed on.

The Department of History’s Day of the Dead alter in 2019

The solemn celebration of life and death is held annually on campus by the Department of History, in the Daniel Library.

A traditional “Dia de los Muertos” altar will be on display in Daniel Library from Friday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 5. Photos provided by members of the Corps of Cadets, students, faculty and staff will be included on the alter to memorialize their loved ones.

Cadets and the Witting Tree

Monday, Nov. 1 – Thursday, Nov. 11
Outside Summerall Chapel
Free, open to the public

Throughout the first 11 days of November, cadets from Lutheran Campus Ministry will hang 242 blank dog tags on the tree next to Summerall Chapel.

The cadets will hang 22 of the dog tags each day on the Witting Tree. The purpose of that number is to raise awareness that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide daily in the U.S.

This is the third year that the Chapel and members of the Corps of Cadets have participated in the national veteran suicide awareness program.

At 12 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Chapel will hold a brief blessing ceremony. Veteran cadets attending will be invited to remove the dog tags from the tree on that day.

Citadel nursing students hold blood pressure screening

Tuesday, Nov. 2
5 – 7 p.m.
In front of Coward Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

Evening undergraduate nursing students from The Citadel’s Swain Department of Nursing will be using their educations to help members of the local community on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

High blood pressure, a known contributor to heart disease and stroke, led to the death of more than a half million Americans in 2019. According to the CDC, South Carolina has been identified as one of the top ten states for high blood pressure.

That’s why the nursing students will hold a blood pressure screening, from 5 – 7 p.m. in front of Coward Hall, to identify each individual’s risk factors for high blood pressure, check their blood pressure and provide education on high blood pressure prevention.  

Blood pressure screenings, early identification and intervention, and lifestyle modifications can increase health and longevity. 

Cadets’ works of art on display in Daniel Library

Friday, Nov. 5
Daniel Library, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 5, art created by sophomore cadets enrolled in The Citadel’s “Literature of War” class will be on display in Daniel Library.

The exhibit will feature around 25 pieces, collected over the last two semesters, inspired by America’s military engagements — from World War I through the Global War of Terror.

The “Literature of War” course centers on mostly veteran-written fiction and journalism, and it covers themes from combat training to PTSD. In addition to writing two formal papers, the class asks students to artistically express a moment in the reading that connects with them.

The Citadel Commandant publishes book on leadership

Wednesday, Nov. 10

A new leader at The Citadel will release a book on leadership and character development on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Drawing from 30 years of experience leading Marines, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC (Ret.), ’91, wrote Marine Maxims: Turning Leadership Principles into Practice.

Col. Thomas J. Gordon, USMC (Ret.), The Citadel’s Commandant of Cadets, during Matriculation Day 2021

The book is a collection of 50 principle-based leadership lessons that Gordon acquired throughout his career, meant to provide future leaders with a professional development plan.

The book will be available at The Citadel Bookstore, Amazon and other retailers.

Baker Business Bowl VIII: Elevator Pitch round

Thursday, Nov. 11
3 p.m.
Bastin Hall Room 105, streamed via Zoom
Free, open to the public

Ten teams — made up of Citadel cadets and students — will compete for a place in the finals of the Baker Business Bowl VIII. To get into the finals, those teams must make it through the Elevator Pitch round, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, starting at 3 p.m.

This semi-final round consists of a five-minute summary presentation, where teams explain their potential business ideas to a panel of business experts. After the brief presentation, the judges will hold a ten-minute question and answer session with each team.

The teams competing in the semi-final round are:

  • ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting
  • American Drone Delivery
  • Colonic Tattoo
  • HWB Creations
  • Mercurial Fitness – Fitness for Sickness
  • Re-Store Medical Equipment
  • Ryde
  • The Auditory Assistant
  • Trident Jet Nozzle
  • Wound Closure

The top teams will move on to the final round, which will be held in February 2022. The final winning team will earn $10,000 to invest in their proposed business.

The Baker Business Bowl is a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service, and the desire to turn that idea into a business. It’s open to cadets, evening undergraduate students, and graduate students.

Homecoming 2021

Friday, Nov. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 14
Various times
The Citadel campus
Many events are free and open to the public

Homecoming 2021, honoring the classes that end in ‘1 and ‘6, will be held on Friday, Nov. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 14.

The weekend welcoming graduates of The Citadel back to their alma mater is one of the biggest events of the year on campus.

Notable events include: an open house of Bastin Hall for donors and alumni, the Twilight Parade and Homecoming Review parade on Summerall Field, open barracks for parents and guests, a performance by the Summerall Guard and Bulldogs football versus Wofford.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

The Citadel hosts National Collegiate Rugby tournament games

Friday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 21
Various times
The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

The Citadel will be one of six host locations for the National Collegiate Rugby Men’s Regional Championships over the weekend of November 19-21.

The quarterfinals for the south region of both the Men’s Division II and the Men’s Small College Cohen Cup and Challenge will be held on campus.

Formed in 2020, National Collegiate Rugby evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization, which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.

2021 Candlelight Service

Friday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 5
7:30 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to the public

After a pause due to the pandemic, one of Charleston’s longest-running and most memorable holiday traditions will return. The Summerall Chapel’s 2021 Christmas Candlelight Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 5. at 7:30 p.m. 

Cadets from the Corps, Praise Band, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, together with members of The Citadel Regimental Band will join together to provide the holiday celebration that members of The Citadel family look forward to each year.

As in the past poinsettias will be used to decorate the chapel; they may be purchased for $12 each, in honor of a loved one, and then picked up on Monday after the last service. To place an order, call Geri Jones, chapel administrative assistant, at 843-953-5049. The Chapel office must receive these requests no later than Friday, Nov. 19. 

Cookies, Cocoa and Coding

Saturday, Dec. 4
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thompson Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence has a unique way to help get students into the Christmas spirit. It’s called “Cookies, Cocoa and Coding” and there are plenty of all three!

The event will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Thompson Hall, on The Citadel’s campus.

Students and parents are invited to come to the event, which features coding tutorials and treats, including cookies, cocoa and coffee. Students will use code.org’s tutorials, in order to practice different concepts and skills within computer science.

The event is free and open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

To register, click here.

Events from The Citadel Athletics

Media should contact John Brush Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

The Citadel Wrestling vs. Queens

Wednesday, Nov. 3
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Wrestling Bulldog Open Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $10 for adults and $5 for children

The Citadel Basketball Home Opener & Veterans Day

Friday, Nov. 12
12 p.m. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

Athletics would like to invite the retired veterans and active-duty military members of The Citadel community to be honored at our halftime ceremony celebrating Veterans Day. A limited number of free tickets will be provided through the Holy City Hero initiative for those participating in the halftime ceremony. If you are interested in participating, please contact sportmarketing@citadel.edu with your name, rank and branch.

The Citadel Football Homecoming 

Saturday, Nov. 13
2 p.m. (Main Gates open at 12:30 p.m.)
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Tickets starting at $17

The Citadel Basketball vs. Carver College

Thursday, Nov. 18
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

Athletics will be collecting canned food at the doors to help the Charleston Community. Fans can also drop off items at the McAlister Field House Ticket Office the week leading up to the game. 

The Citadel unveils portrait of Col. Myron Harrington https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-unveils-portrait-of-col-myron-harrington/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 20:34:49 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28082 The newest portrait in The Citadel’s Distinguished Alumni gallery is now on display, honoring a lifetime of service.]]>

Photo: Col. Myron Harrington Jr., USMC (Ret.), ’60, speaking at the unveiling of his portrait

The newest portrait in The Citadel’s Distinguished Alumni gallery is now on display in Daniel Library, honoring a lifetime of service to both the nation and the college.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the portrait of Col. Myron Harrington, USMC (Ret.), ’60, was unveiled in front of a crowd which included Harrington and his family, members of the Class of 1960, current and former members of the Board of Visitors (BOV), the college administration, and many others from The Citadel family.

“I am humbled by my inclusion to the portrait collection of Distinguished Alumni and Past Board Chairs,” said Harrington. “I thank my fellow Board members and everyone from The Citadel who helped make this happen.”

The Distinguished Citadel Alumni List is an extremely prestigious award, reserved for a very select group of alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement as a single act, or the cumulative effect of a series of significant acts over time, or having held a nationally, regionally, or locally recognizable and prominent position of unique and great responsibility

Harrington has served his alma mater in numerous capacities for decades, including on the BOV as secretary, general board member, vice chair and, most recently, chair until his term ended on July 1, 2021.

“It was my honor to accept Col. Harrington’s portrait on behalf of the college,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “Future cadets observing his portrait will, I hope, emulate his lifetime of selfless service to his nation, community and The Citadel.”

Harrington served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years. He was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism on Feb 23, 1968, while serving as commanding officer for Delta Company, First Battalion, Fifth Marines during the Battle of Hué, as part of the Tet Offensive in the Republic of Vietnam.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Harrington — who graduated from The Citadel with a degree in History — served in independent school education for which he earned numerous awards.

Col. Harrington’s other military commendations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Vietnamese Staff Honor Medal 1st Class. He also holds numerous service and campaign medals as well as unit commendations such as the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (two) and Vietnam Service Medal (five campaigns).

Share your COVID-19 story to be included in historic records https://today.citadel.edu/share-your-covid-19-story-to-be-included-in-historic-records/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:00:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15854 The Citadel Archives is seeking stories and images from our students, faculty and staff for a permanent collection focusing on their COVID-19 experiences.]]>

The Citadel Archives is seeking stories and images from our students, faculty, staff and alumni for a permanent research collection focusing on their COVID-19 experiences.


Your submission will help future generations and researchers understand what it was like to live in this moment in time. Topics might include your transition to online learning and work, caring for loved ones, concern for friends, or feelings of anxiety or isolation. Many will contain similar themes, but each story is unique and important to tell.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed the way we live, learn, and work around the world. Thank you for helping us to preserve this chapter in Citadel history.

Our Archives collects and preserves institutional history dating back to the school’s founding in 1842. Throughout its history, The Citadel has faced wars, epidemics, rebellions, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, social and cultural changes. Institutional records help to provide important information on specific subjects and events, and personal stories, letters, diaries and photographs help to bring that history to life. Below are vignettes from our collections relating to significant moments in history.

Charleston Earthquake of 1886

From the diary of Oliver James Bond, Class of 1886

Oliver Bond

September 3, 1886

The earth-quake we had the other night was of terrible violence in Charleston. About 35 or 40 people were killed, many wounded, & the whole City laid in ruins. Many of the large & beautiful buildings were demolished, and the entire population sent homeless & frightened to the public parks for safety. The shocks have continued, but of far less violence. One shock tonight approached somewhat the violence of the first – knocking down some buildings in Charleston which were already damaged. The people are terror-stricken & thousands are destitute – but the Cities North, East, South, & West have responded benevolently & probably $150,000 has been raised for their relief. Tents have been sent by the Government & all the public squares present a queer appearance, like the encampment of a mass like the Crusaders.

Assassination of President McKinley, 1901

From the diary of James H. Thayer, Class of 1902

James Thayer

September 14, 1901

All this week the city, aye the whole country, has been waiting in suspense the news from Buffalo concerning the condition of President McKinley, and this morning a little after 2 A.M., tho prepared for it, we were deeply grieved to hear that he had passed away.

With his dying lips he recited a part of “Nearer My God to Thee” and his last articulate words were “Good-bye, all, good-bye. It’s God’s way. His will be done.” So passed away one of, if not the greatest men the American people have produced since the time of Abraham Lincoln.

Pandemic of 1918-1919

From the Board of Visitors Meeting Minutes, 1919

During the last week in September [1918], a wide spread and virulent epidemic of Spanish Influenza set in all over the land, and for a month or more the schools and colleges became practically little more than hospitals. At the Citadel, the epidemic spread so rapidly that in less than a week more than 50 cases of the disease developed in the Corps of Cadets. Not only were our hospital facilities exhausted, but it was impossible to get sufficient trained nurses to attend the sick; and upon the advice of the Surgeon, Dr. Cathcart, the cadets who were not sick were furloughed on September 29th, for 30 days. There was only one fatality, and by the first of November, the force of the epidemic seemed to be spent.

After the Christmas holidays, the normal routine of the Citadel was in operation again. Early in the new year, a second epidemic of influenza developed among the cadets, as elsewhere, and while not so serious in regards the number attacked, it was of a more virulent type than the scourge of the preceding October, and in the space of a week five members of the Corps succumbed to pneumonia.

Missing the annual Doggy Day study break? Here’s a fun look at some cadets and their pets de-stressing at home https://today.citadel.edu/missing-the-annual-doggy-day-study-break-heres-a-fun-look-at-some-cadets-and-their-pets-de-stressing-at-home/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:58:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=15797 Normally, during finals, cadets can soothe their study jitters by playing with dogs brought to campus for the Daniel Library’s Doggy Day.]]>

By Ruby Bolden, Regimental Public Affairs NCO

Each semester during finals, cadets can soothe their study jitters by playing with dogs brought to campus for the Daniel Library’s Doggy Day. It’s always a welcome break from exam stress.

This time around – cadets are with their pets, sheltering from COVID-19 at home. Here are some photos they sent to share with the campus community.

James Gorospe at home in Rock Hill, South Carolina with his pups Ginger and Hamilton. James is a Romeo Company Computer Science Major.

Zachary Henriquez with his iguana, Truck, in Staten Island, New York. He is an Exercise Science major from F-Troop.

Lilly Jones in Summerville, South Carolina, with her pal Franklin. Lilly is an Oscar Company Psychology major.

Ben Snyder, hanging out with Molly. (Photo taken in Iva, South Carolina). Ben is Regimental Commander, and a Business Administration major.

Lauren Sordo at home in Orchard Park, New York, with Krystal the horse. Lauren is a Biology major in Lima Company.

Gabe Wilkening’s dog Abby ready to commission in Summerville, South Carolina. Gabe is a Computer Science major in Romeo.

The Citadel named one of 10 most innovative schools in the South https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-named-one-of-10-most-innovative-schools-in-the-south/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:00:45 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=5451 Photo courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren PetraccaPhoto courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren PetraccaJoseph Taffner, treasurer of the Maker Space Club, goes virtual reality skiing in the Daniel Library. Photo courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren Petracca As seen in The]]> Photo courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren PetraccaPhoto courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren Petracca

Joseph Taffner, treasurer of the Maker Space Club, goes virtual reality skiing in the Daniel Library. Photo courtesy of The Post and Courier, by Lauren Petracca

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

Citadel freshman Joseph Taffner straps on a pair of virtual-reality goggles that make him look like an alien wearing headphones. He chooses a ski run from the digital menu and is off, carving his way down the mountain with no fear of face planting.

At the end of the run, there’s no trudge to the lift line. Taffner is in The Citadel’s “Makerspace” in Daniel Library, an emerging technologies lab and one of the military school’s features that helped its recent recognition from US News and World Report.

The Makerspace lab includes 3-D printers, a milling machine, a large format printer and other technologies, including the VR goggles, computer-assisted design software and lessons in hologram making. Virtual-reality skiing provides Taffner and other cadets a welcome break during finals week.

“I’m in here a lot, probably three or four times a day,” said Taffner, a mathematics major from upstate New York. “You can come here to not be in the barracks. I can make whatever I want on the printers, and it’s very relaxing.”

The Makerspace also is important in providing cadets with the hands-on experience that can pay off in the job market.

“It’s vital, because these are the skills that people will need,” said Dan Hawkins, the academic technology librarian at The Citadel. “Employers are looking for people with the ability to solve problems, for people with practical experience in working with their hands, and people with digital skills. The stuff you can learn here in Makerspace is exactly that.”

Hawkins said cadets from foreign-language classes to art classes and the business school have found applications for the 3-D printers, for example.

“The purpose of the space is to give students some skills that will help them in whatever discipline they are in,” he said. “If you look at industry hiring now, there is a big gap between engineers and unskilled labor; the real need is somewhere in between.”

Other examples of innovation at The Citadel include:

The Swain Dept. of Nursing Human’s Simulation Lab allows cadets and students to practice inserting needles, checking vital signs and responding to heart attack or stroke symptoms on adult and pediatric mannequins.

• The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series brings successful entrepreneurs to speak to cadets each semester at the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.

• Since 2011, seniors in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering have developed self-driving vehicles to compete in an international competition that promotes innovation in the application of numerous technologies to self-driving vehicles.

• The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Distance Education provides leadership and support for innovation in teaching both in the classroom and online. The center recently announced a Teaching, Learning and Technology Lab, which houses a wide range of technologies and applications to support future educators.

• The Sustainability Project teaches cadets how to grow crops in a controlled, indoor farm setting, helping to produce healthy, organic produce regardless of unpredictable weather or crop disease.

Other examples include the business schools’ annual Business Bowl competition; a recent grant to develop campus guidebooks on racial understanding and equity; and a class taught by former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley on the making of the International African American Museum.