General Glenn Walters – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:56:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png General Glenn Walters – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Plaque honoring fallen Citadel alumni added to National D-Day Memorial https://today.citadel.edu/plaque-honoring-fallen-citadel-alumni-added-to-national-d-day-memorial/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:56:14 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=32523 Members of The Citadel leadership participated in the dedication ceremony the plaque, honoring 16 graduates and former cadets of The Citadel.]]>

On June 6, 1944, thousands of soldiers were killed or wounded during D-Day, one of the most pivotal and well-known events of World War II.

Among those are 16 Citadel alumni who gave their lives to ensure the success of Operation Overlord, the codename for the Allied invasion of Normandy and liberation of France.

Now, the names of those alumni are forever included in the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.

On Saturday, June 4, members of The Citadel leadership participated in the dedication ceremony for the new plaque, honoring those graduates and former cadets of The Citadel.

Additionally, multiple alumni attended and gave remarks, including those who helped to make the event possible. Julia Godek — the granddaughter of Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, ’29, one of the alumni included on the plaque — was also at the ceremony.

Julia Godek — the granddaughter of Maj. Thomas Dry Howie, ’29, at the National D-Day Memorial.

“As the Military College of South Carolina, our commitment to those who have served and died for their nation is fundamental,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “These 16 men, including some from The Class that Never Was, fought and died in defense of freedom – not just for the United States, but for the world. These members of The Citadel’s Long Gray Line belong here, where we remember all those brave heroes who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy.”

To read more about some of those who died during D-Day and Operation Overlord, click here.

The effort to have the plaque installed in the memorial began about two years ago, when Maj. Jeremy Flake, U.S. Army, ’08, realized The Citadel was not represented.

Flake, also a member of The Citadel Alumni Association Board of Directors, began to work with the D-Day Memorial Foundation to fix that.

“My motivation to get this project completed was to ensure The Citadel was represented at this national memorial,” said Flake. “I felt it was my duty to ensure that a plaque was created and placed at the memorial to honor those men who paid the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Overlord, and also to be a place for fellow alumni, family and visitors to pay tribute to them.”

Once approval by the CAA, The Citadel Club of Greater Washington, DC, helped support the fundraising efforts for the plaque.

Walters served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Other members of The Citadel delegation included Provost Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR; Vice Chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors Peter McCoy; and next year’s Regimental Commander Cadet Benjamin Johnson.

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Most distinguished cadets named to fall 2021 President’s List https://today.citadel.edu/most-distinguished-cadets-named-to-fall-2021-presidents-list/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 21:56:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30369 The President’s List, awarded for academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. ]]>

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The cadets were recognized at the awards parade on Jan. 28 where they were presented their ribbon, which they may wear on their uniforms throughout the semester following their achievement.

To learn more about the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, click here.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2021 semester:

First nameLast name
RyanAiton
JuanAlejandro
JaceBaer
CadenBaker
HaroldBennett
WilhelmBirkholz
ZacharyBishop
JacksonBlase
KenyazBoston
JustinBrannon
Chia-FengChiang
TrevorCompton
ElliottCont
AshleyCoplo
NathanielDenne
MicahDersch
KyleDiLiddo
MaximilianDonegan
RyanDowning
JamesDunn
LukeEafano
JackFawcett
ThomasFitzpatrick
IsabelFlores
TrentonGambrell
CharlesGeiger
JuliusGibson
CollinGleco
WilliamGreene
RyanHarper
CharlesHeaton
TavinHeisig
SebastianHerbert
BlakeHill
OliviaHime
AnthonyHopkins
JamesJeffcoat
BrandonJohnson
BrandonJohnson
AbigailKanewske
CharlesKellett
BrianKelley
SebastianKlincewicz
CalebMatthews
MadisonMatthews
AvaMcLaughlin
LukeMeetze
DrakeMiller
PhilipNewman
SullivanNewsome
BlakeO'Quinn
TimothyOverend
IsaacPatterson
NoahPearson
NoahPlunkett
JaretPrice
JohnQuarterman
MerrittReeves
SamuelRieger
JohnRourke
WilliamSargent
DavidSeymour
BriannaSikes
JohnSimone
DanielSmith
SarahSmith
JosephStilwell
BradyStone
SamuelStravolo
DavidStringer
CarlSullivan
WilliamTempleton
KarrinaTremblay
NoelTurner
RogerVera
JackWalker
PatrickWalsh
BraxtonWeaver
BraxtonWeaver
JustinWhite
MasonWilkinson
SamWilson
DylanWood
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The Citadel photographer’s top 21 images from 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-photographers-top-21-images-from-2021/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29559 "Building and nurturing our community, supporting one another and marching forward together is, to me, what principled leadership looks like."]]>

Cameron Pollack has served as The Citadel’s Manager of Photography since 2020. Prior to joining The Citadel, he graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and completed internships with the Boston Red Sox, NPR, Detroit Free Press and The Philadelphia Inquirer. If he doesn’t have a camera in his hand, you can find Cameron reading on his porch, trying every new restaurant in Charleston or roller skating in Hampton Park.

“I had no idea how 2021 would pan out. Would we spend the year masking and social distancing with a perpetual drone of anxiety over our heads as we had in 2020? Or would we get vaccinated and quickly return to something resembling the before times? Not knowing what the outcome would be, I resolved to do what I always do — document what makes The Citadel unique; and show the strength of our community whenever I saw it.

Whether it’s General Walters cheering on the basketball team by himself, Sergeant Major Jason Moffitt getting vaccinated by one of our own nursing cadets, knobs embracing on Recognition Day, our Regimental Commander Kathryn Christmas welcoming her VMI counterpart at parade, Sierra Company commander Jaret Price leading a stair climb commemorating 9/11 or our Volleyball team supporting each other at the NCAA tournament, I was always drawn to the moments when we lifted each other up.

In this time of perpetual flux, building and nurturing our community, supporting one another and marching forward together is, to me, what principled leadership looks like. Going into 2022, I’ll still be photographing with that in mind.”

Cameron Pollack, Manager of Photography for The Citadel

Cameron’s top 21 images from 2021

The moon sets behind Padgett-Thomas Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Knobs take part in a Leadership Reaction Course, which involved an individual movement training segment, a rope bridge, and learning to navigate the USMC obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, president of The Citadel, watches with Commander William Lind, USN (Ret.), ’91, as The Citadel basketball plays Furman at McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Saturday Morning Inspection in dress whites takes place in Watts Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
The rehearsal flight for the HMX-1 Operational Test Event in support of the VH-92A Presidential Replacement Helicopter, deployed to Charleston by Marine Helicopter Squadron One, in coordination with the White House Military Office, takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Knobs embrace after hearing the 4th Class System is no longer in effect after participating in The Gauntlet on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Sergeant Major Jason Moffitt receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Citadel nursing cadet Victoria Conley during a vaccination clinic for Citadel faculty and staff at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Cadet Kevin Pham jumps into the water with his rifle during Palmetto Battalion Army ROTC’s combat water survival test at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Cadets TyShonna Jones and Olivia Montgomery work on their respective paintings in a class led by Professor Rick Sargent in Bond Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Senior cadets preside over a pass in review during the 2021 Long Grey Line Parade on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
The cadet change of command takes place during the Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021 on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Thousands of people, including sisters Izzy and Hannah Leland, seen dancing, descended onto Summerall Field for an American Ballet Theater performance on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Lima Company Cadet Isabel Flores watches over the Law Barracks quad as knobs matriculate to The Citadel on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Cadets Jerry Higgins and Douglas Karam, accompanied by Biology professor John Weinstein, Ph.D., deploy an experiment to measure how face masks, rubber gloves and hand wipes decompose in the salt marsh behind Inouye Hall on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
Sierra Company commander Cadet Jaret Price climbs his company’s tower during a group stair climb to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Stevens Barracks in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The cadets, the Commandant of Cadets, the college chaplain and other members of the commandant’s team climbed 110 flights of stairs in unison.
November Company cadet (and The Citadel quarterback) Jaylan Adams puts on his Citadel class ring for the first time during a ceremony in Summerall Chapel on Friday, October 1, 2021.
The Citadel regimental commander Cadet Colonel Kathryn Christmas, and Virginia Military Institute regimental commander Cadet First Captain Casey Meredith swap covers during Parents’ Day parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This year marks the first year in which both of the rival military schools’ Corps of Cadets are commanded by Women.
The Citadel linebacker Brian Horn flexes while wearing the Silver Shako trophy after defeating Virginia Military Institute in a Southern Conference game at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. It was the first victory for the Bulldogs in The Military Classic of The South since 2018.
A cadet sitting guard is silhouetted in the 5th Battalion sally port prior to Twilight Memorial Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 12, 2021.
The Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s elite silent drill platoon, marches on before their performance on Summerall Field during Homecoming on Saturday, November 13, 2021. (Editor’s note: This photo was made using a UAV.)
The Citadel volleyball huddles before their first set against Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at O’Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, December 3, 2021. The Bulldogs’ match against the Yellow Jackets is the first appearance in an NCAA Tournament by a women’s team in the history of The Citadel.
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Most distinguished cadets named to spring 2021 President’s List https://today.citadel.edu/most-distinguished-cadets-named-to-spring-2021-presidents-list/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:11:30 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26708 The President’s List, awarded for academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel.]]>

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the spring 2021 semester:

First nameLast name
JuanAlejandro
WilliamAllen
PaulAnderson
TrevorAtkins
ChaseBailey
ZacharyBieda
JaydenBossian
JustinBrannon
JacksonBridges
AustinButtle
AveryCanady
ThomasChapman
JohnCharles
JonahCharles
ChristianChekroun
RyanCherrier
CameronCole
SamuelCorley
DakotaDurham
CarterEddlemon
WilliamEggers
KennethGalsgaard
TrentonGambrell
JoshuaGibson
ThomasGiles
WilliamGinn
CollinGleco
GarrettGraettinger
OliviaHime
ChristianHines
ElijahHolder
JoshuaHowell
JamesJeffcoat
RobertJennings
LaneJohnson
CharlesKellett
EmoryLatimer
EricLilling
ElizabethLockridge
AlexanderLoser
TravisLott
PeiLu
VincentMassaro
MadisonMatthews
DavidMcBain
LukeMeetze
LoganMichael
HaydenMoore
PaulOelkers
StephanieParris
AkhilPrathipati
JaretPrice
ChristopherRohrer
KallanStephens
WilliamSummers
WilliamTempleton
CharlesTompkins
JackWalker
KimberlyWinkler
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Media reports on The Citadel’s COVID success https://today.citadel.edu/media-reports-on-the-citadels-covid-success/ Mon, 17 May 2021 19:25:08 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24409 As the in-person commencement ceremonies approached, local media outlets reported on The Citadel’s success managing the COVID-19 crisis.]]>

As the in-person commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9 approached, local media outlets reported on The Citadel’s success managing the COVID-19 crisis throughout the academic year.

Those reports featured thoughts from cadets and college leaders, including The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.).

As seen on WCSC – Live 5 News

Other in-person events held during this year’s commencement week include the awards convocation, a joint commissioning ceremony and the Long Gray Line parade.

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Katie Turner

The Long Gray Line parade is a centuries-long tradition at the Citadel. On Friday, more than 500 cadets lined up on Summerall Field for their final march as students.

 “I’ve said it before, I’m just grateful,” says Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Public Affairs Officer.

Because of strict COVID-19 guidelines, this is the first and last parade of the school year for the military college. While every student typically participates in the tradition, the ceremony was limited to seniors, freshman and a few juniors.

The tradition of the Long Gray Line dates back to the school’s earliest roots in the 1800s. It’s symbolism stands for a cadet’s transition from student to alumni. The group of more than 27,000 alumni is also known as the Long Gray Line.

“Overwhelmed, I guess. Thrilled, ecstatic — I don’t know what to say honestly,” says Cadet Aiden Massey as he joins his family after the ceremony.

Massey says standing in that line is an indescribable experience, especially knowing this may be one of the last times they see their classmates.

“Those are the guys you live with for 4 years and you’re leaving each other now. I’m very happy it’s done, but it’s bittersweet because it’s sad too,” says Massey.

Bolden says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to experience this tradition after a challenging senior year.

“Because of our resilience and our cohesion as a corps, we were able to accomplish this. I’m just really grateful,” she says.

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will begin on Saturday, May 8th at McAlister Field House. Click here for more details.

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The Citadel gets a preview fit for a president https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-gets-a-preview-fit-for-a-president/ Wed, 24 Mar 2021 20:14:37 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22926 Two VH-92A helicopters — the model of aircraft that will soon serve as Marine One — performed a test landing on Summerall Field on March 24.]]>

Two VH-92A helicopters — the model of aircraft that will soon serve as Marine One, transporting the President of the Unites States — performed a test landing on Summerall Field on March 24.

Not only did Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff get to see the helicopters in action — some were even able to walk through and tour the inside of the helicopter.

“This is the newest helicopter in the Marine Corps inventory and it’s used on the Presidential Lift mission,” said The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “I think it’s a wonderful thing that our cadets, faculty and staff get to take a look at these magnificent machines on a beautiful day in Charleston.”

The helicopter is only considered to be Marine One when it’s carrying the president.

“It’s a phenomenal day for The Citadel, to have the presidential helicopters land and to showcase what the Marine Corps is doing, not only for national security, but to take care of the president,” said Chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors Col. Myron Harrington Jr., USMC (Ret.), ’60. “Professionalism just exudes from these guys, and I think they’re a good role model for our cadets to see what you can become in all the services, but especially the Marine Corps. I think this is a great day for The Citadel, a good day for the Corps and I’m just blessed to be here and be part of it.”

Both helicopters also participated in a touch-and-go practice the day before.

Before the Marine flight team departed The Citadel, they presented Walters with a commemorative photo.

Public Affairs Statement about test landing at The Citadel

Marine Helicopter Squadron One, in coordination with the White House Military Office, deployed a detachment of VH-92As® and MV-22Bs to Joint Base Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina to conduct Operational Testing of the Presidential Replacement Helicopter. This testing continues the evaluation of the squadron’s ability to deploy the new aircraft using USAF Strategic Lift and USMC organic assets to conduct the Presidential Lift mission. The squadron will conduct multiple test flights while in Charleston, with practice landings planned to The Citadel. The White House Military Office will determine specific timing for the VH-92A to begin performing the executive transport mission.

Headquarters, Marine Corps; The White House Military Office; and the Program Executive Office, Air ASW, Assault and Special Missions Program

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Most distinguished cadets named to fall 2020 President’s List https://today.citadel.edu/most-distinguished-cadets-named-to-fall-2020-presidents-list/ Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:11:20 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22377 The President’s List, awarded for academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel.]]>

Photo: General Glenn Walters, UCMC (Ret.), Class of 1979, during the Gold Star and President’s List presentation on Feb. 25, 2021

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2020 semester:

First nameLast name
TrevorAtkins
MaryBallentine
JackBeehler
CarletonBeiliff
CharlotteBrailsford
TylerBurgess
PatrickCamatcho
BrentonCarnes
JackCasazza
AlbertCastro
JonahCharles
Yen RuChen
RyanCherrier
PatrickCherry
AlexanderClark
JoshuaCoats
HunterCongdon
GrantConner
GraceCooper
WilliamConnor
CharlesCorte
JonathanCribb
AydenDevlin
MaximillianDonegan
JacksonDulay
DakotaDurham
MayaElassal
ChaseErvin
GraysonFree
NicholasFricchione
ZavierGebrayel
CharlesGeiger
JeremyGentle
CollinGleco
CarrettGraettinger
CodyGreen
CatherineGuenther
MitchellHamm
ThomasHammerstone
BuddyHerring
ElijahHolder
KienenHolmes
MichaelHooks
MalcolmJackson
IanJenkins
StephenKaiser-Parlette
JacobKnapp
RomanKokowsky
PatrickKrese
SamuelLittle
AveryLollis
StevenLynch
BrandonMacDonald
TriniMartinez
DavidMcBain
JakeMcPherson
JohnMichne
ZacharyMooney
JosephMurphy
GrantNorman
BrooksO'Brian
TizianaOrtega
TimothyOverend
IsaacPatterson
SamuelPoulin
RonaldPrince
MethRanaweera
WilliamRathke
StevenReisinger
KevinRevuelta
JackRose
IanSchultz
HadouSlimani
GrantSpeer
EthanStanley
JosephStilwell
BradleyStone
DanielStone
RichardStuckey
WilliamTempleton
CionnorThomas
BraxtonWeaver
JonathanWestmoreland
MadelynWojciehowski
JesseYoung
SamuelZuschlag
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Commentary: This is what The Citadel learned during a tumultuous 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/commentary-this-is-what-the-citadel-learned-during-a-tumultuous-2020/ Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21235 It seems long ago that we began to fully understand the impact that COVID-19 would have on the world and, closer to home, our college.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.)

Early March 2020 — it seems long ago that we began to fully understand the impact that COVID-19 would have on the world and, closer to home, our college.

Like every major institution — indeed, every part of our society — we’ve had to rethink our way of doing business to care for our people, accomplish our mission and set conditions for the post-COVID-19 future. Racial and political tensions across our nation intensified an already precarious situation.

As 2020 comes to an end, this is a good time to reflect. We’ve learned a lot and validated some time-honored leadership principles that we will continue to rely on next term.

The wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 was like nothing most of us have ever seen. From widespread illness, death of loved ones and friends and devastating economic effects to debilitating fear and uncertainty, the pandemic touched everyone in our society, either directly or indirectly.

Since the challenges imposed by the pandemic affect us all, one guiding principle for our response is that everyone must to be a part of the solution. There were immediate challenges, such as taking our 1,400-course curriculum completely online while our cadets were on spring break, conducting The Citadel’s first-ever virtual commencement, laying the groundwork for returning to campus in the fall semester and overcoming a multitude of obstacles this past semester.

Our campus community demonstrated the grit for which The Citadel is renowned. This year has been challenging, but it has also been a rich in-person experience that gave our faculty, staff, cadets and students opportunities to test themselves in real-world crisis leadership.

At The Citadel, we support each other, but we also know we should try to make our own luck. Our facilities and proximity to Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, made us an ideal location for the Marines to quarantine recruits before shipping out for basic training. We had the privilege of helping them continue their crucial national security mission, while using what would otherwise had become a ghost town campus.

As an added benefit, our partnership with the Marines enabled us to plan for cadet and student life in a pandemic environment — we learned what worked and what didn’t. Our generous alumni and donors, as always, demonstrated their inclination to help, setting records in both donors and dollars during our Giving Day in May. They also endowed a COVID-19 Relief Fund which enabled the college to fund grants, laptops or internet hotspots for dozens of cadets, students or employees facing economic hardship.

Members of our campus community have also contributed a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy in our community by creating N95 masks, laundering linens for the city’s warming shelters for the homeless and myriad other outreach opportunities. There’s no more powerful way to create camaraderie than being there for each other when times are tough.

Any organization facing a crisis does well to remain true to its values, and The Citadel is no exception. Our core values of honor, duty and respect are always a prominent part of campus life, and they have been essential in navigating this difficult year.

The COVID-19 environment presented innumerable complications, but our campus community came together to treat our safety measures as a duty we perform to protect each other. Indeed, Cadet Colonel Nick Piacentini, regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, referred to operating in a COVID environment as “the ultimate team sport.”

And while racial and political tension dominated the news across the country, it was encouraging to see members of our campus community treat each other with respect and thoughtfulness. Institutions of higher learning, in particular, must always be places where we can disagree without demeaning one another.

In August, I told our returning cadets that their most memorable experiences and their most powerful relationships are developed when they are overcoming challenges together.

We understand we have more obstacles ahead to complete this academic year. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort. Going through this experience together as a community will make us better, and if we continue to do it right, we will create bonds that can never be broken.

Retired Gen. Glenn M. Walters, a 1979 Citadel graduate and the 34th assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, is president of The Citadel.

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Upcoming News from The Citadel – October 2020 https://today.citadel.edu/upcoming-news-from-the-citadel-october-2020/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18743 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 imams1@citadel.edu or Dr. Kimbo Yee at kyee@citadel.edu 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 cgc@citadel.edu.

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 mary@southofbroadway.com 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.

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As seen in The State, by Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel

Leaders vexed by our nation’s season of discontent should recommit to ideas that seemed radical 244 years ago: the enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress.

Unfortunately, too few Americans know and understand these founding principles; even fewer recognize the context in which those principles were developed and applied by every generation since.

Indeed a 2018 survey revealed that:

▪ Only one in three Americans would pass the multiple-choice U.S. Citizenship Test.

▪ Only 24% knew why the colonists fought the British.

This lack of knowledge about history and civics may help explain both the confusion and misguided ideas we are seeing in recent public discourse.

UNIQUELY AMERICAN STORY

It’s fair to point out that we have at times fallen short — sometimes appallingly short — of the overarching ideals outlined by our founders.

Slavery was a shameful episode in our history that took our nation’s bloodiest war to dismantle — and it was only 100 years ago that Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to give women their long overdue right to vote.

These historic events are uncomfortable to discuss. But they also reveal the genius behind our constitutional framework created by the same imperfect men who sanctioned these disaffecting conditions.

The framers of our Constitution recognized their own imperfections and created a process that has allowed the document to be amended, resulting in progress and reform.

This is a uniquely American story.

It started with the radical idea that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence — a powerful idea that reappeared many times in our history, driving progress for civil rights and reform.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. masterfully reasoned that “when an ordinance is used to preserve segregation and deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceable assembly and protest, then it becomes unjust.”

King also pointed out the injustice of tactics used to deny African Americans their voting rights.

The prominence of these arguments set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

UNDERSTAND AND CONTRIBUTE

In short, we don’t need to “burn down the system” — our citizens need to better understand the system so they can contribute to making progress and reforms.

With that in mind The Citadel has added a timely new course requirement so our graduates will be fully prepared to help lead the process of forming “a more perfect Union.”

The course, Leadership in American Government and Society, is an interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present.

Every cadet will examine selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America’s fundamental principles amid the needs of changing times.

Many of our cadets will commit to defending our Constitution through military service after graduation, and we believe all of our graduates should understand civics well enough to help constructively guide our nation through times of trouble.

Nationally our schools should place more emphasis on our nation’s history and civics. At The Citadel, I can assure that we will do our part.

Retired Gen. Glenn Walters became the 20th president of The Citadel in 2018. A member of The Citadel’s Class of 1979, Walters previously served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

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