Good to Go – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:18:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Good to Go – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Future teachers from the Zucker Family School of Education are good to go https://today.citadel.edu/future-teachers-from-the-zucker-family-school-of-education-are-good-to-go/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:24:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16674 The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,Photo: Capers Hall, where the Zucker Family School of Education is housed Meet members of the Class of 2020 who will use their educations to teach others The Zucker Family School of]]> The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,

Photo: Capers Hall, where the Zucker Family School of Education is housed

Meet members of the Class of 2020 who will use their educations to teach others

The Zucker Family School of Education cultivates undergraduate and graduate students into principled educational leaders capable of, and committed to, transforming schools into learning communities where all children and youth succeed. With a focus toward learner-centered education, graduates from The Citadel’s education programs are effective in educating a diverse learner population to high academic standards.

The Citadel’s Master of Education is one of the most popular graduate programs offered. In fact, the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020 was a Master of Education.

Meet some of the new Zucker Family School of Education graduates who will contribute to the futures of students around the Lowcountry and beyond.

Nicole Bossak

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Beaufort, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work as a school counselor for Beaufort County School District, and planning to seek a doctoral degree and further her career as a future administrator.

“The Beaufort Lead II Cohort was personalized and tailored to fit our needs as students. We had the best teachers guide ups to completion of our degrees!”

Maelda Chalk

Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Destination: Continue work at Beaufort County School District, with the goal of becoming the district’s first female Hispanic principal.

“The best reason is the quality of education and the consistency of rigorous instruction and discipline. My Citadel professors were highly trained in their field of study and provided me the highest standards of instruction. They cared about me, and supported and challenged me so that I could tap into my strength and achieve academic success.”

Collin Martin

Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University

“I’ll be conducting research on RNA/Protein Synthesis and drug therapies. The Citadel has trememdous professors in the Zucker School of Education (thank you Dr. Dague, Dr. Graham, and Mrs. Wiseman), and a unique campus experience.”

Mark Watson

Degree: Master of Education in Literacy Education
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Destination: Continue teaching at Berkeley Middle School while considering more postgraduate education

“I endeavor to help students intrinsically love reading and become critical thinkers. I will accomplish this goal by improving my teaching methods and collaborating in our professional learning communities as much as possible, continuing to try out best practices. I hope to continue in education, wherever my destiny has me go to support the upcoming generations.”

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From service to The Citadel, these veteran graduates are good to go https://today.citadel.edu/from-service-to-the-citadel-these-veteran-graduates-are-good-to-go/ Wed, 20 May 2020 20:19:54 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16479 Photo: Annette, a F-4C Phantom II jet, in front of Murray Barracks As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is an obvious college choice, not only for cadets]]>

Photo: Annette, a F-4C Phantom II jet, in front of Murray Barracks

As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel is an obvious college choice, not only for cadets who plan on joining the military, but also for those who have already served in the military.

Ranked as the No. 1 College for Veterans in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 and 2020, The Citadel offers veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their educations in an environment where military service is understood and appreciated. Approximately 240 veterans currently attend The Citadel as day-student undergraduates, evening undergraduates or graduate students.

Dozens of veteran students participated in the virtual commencement ceremonies for both the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College.

Take a look at some of the outstanding achievements of the veterans in the Class of 2020:

Jesse Brooks

Degree: Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Destination: Continue work as the veteran services coordinator at The Citadel

“Going forward, I will use my role to improve on or add more veteran initiatives at The Citadel.”

Juan Campana

Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Destination: U.S. Federal Government Service

“Earn a spot in life where alumni will stop and exchange words just because you wear the band of gold or even The Citadel Graduate College non-cadet ring. Being surrounded by the influential men and women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff, and alumni will be a life-changing experience.”

Thomas Coger

Degree: Counselor Education: Secondary Counseling, Master of Education
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Destination: Begin work on a second Master of Education degree at The Citadel

“If all goes as planned, I will complete the new program in time for the CGC spring 2021 commencement. I will be looking for employment as a secondary school counselor in the Lowcountry area.”

Isaiah “Josh” Lowman

Degree: Business Administration, Bachelor of Science
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Container Operations Coordinator at the South Carolina Ports Authority

“The Citadel is an extremely veteran-friendly campus with an even more helpful VA rep. Also, The Citadel is the most prestigious college in the state, especially in Charleston.”

Read more about Lowman here.

Sean Michael

Degree: Master in Business Administration
Hometown: Oceanside, California
Destination: Continue work in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry near Columbia, South Carolina

“The college has a long, cherished history with a strong focus on principled leadership and service to our state and country. The flexibility of the MBA program makes it possible, but not easy, to complete a master’s degree while working full-time and supporting a family.”

Austin O’Donoghue

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Principal Engineer, RSDC Group

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Citadel engineers in high demand around SC and the nation https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-engineers-in-high-demand-around-sc-and-the-nation/ Mon, 18 May 2020 20:56:53 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16465 There are distinct advantages for those graduating from one of the five oldest engineering programs in America, and one that is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally. By graduation]]>

There are distinct advantages for those graduating from one of the five oldest engineering programs in America, and one that is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally. By graduation each May, 85% of The Citadel School of Engineering students are employed, with 99 percent employed within two months of graduation.

“The combination of a highly relevant engineering curriculum combined with four years of required leadership training makes a Citadel educated engineer a highly desired addition to many teams,” said Col. Ron Welch, USA (Ret), Ph.D., PE. and dean for The Citadel School of Engineering. “The Class of 2020 is no exception and finished with outstanding results.”

The breakout of 2020 graduates from the five Bachelor of Science degree programs and the four Master of Science programs is as follows:

South Carolina Corp of Cadets Bachelor of Science

  • Mechanical Engineering: 66
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 31
  • Electrical Engineering: 15
  • Construction Engineering: 9

Degree Transfer Undergraduate Programs (non-cadet)

  • Mechanical Engineering: 11
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 11
  • Electrical Engineering: 9

Master of Science Programs

  • Project Management: 20
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2
  • Electrical Engineering: 2

Where are they working?

Here is a look at what some members of The Citadel School of Engineering Class of 2020 shared about their next steps and about their Citadel experience.

Christian Brackett

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Campobello, South Carolina
Destination: Lockheed Martin, Greenville, South Carolina

“The Citadel makes you become the kind of person everyone wants to be. You become reliable and honorable.”

John Croft

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: HITT Contracting for HITT Future’s Program as a project engineer based out of Falls Church, Virginia.

“The Citadel will mold you into the man or woman that you will want to become and set you up for your future. The value of the ring goes beyond that of any other college.”

Second Lt. Preston Dawes, USA

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Milton, Georgia
Destination: W.M. Jordan Company in Wilmington, North Carolina

“I got a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship my senior year of high school which solidified my choice to go to The Citadel to make myself the best leader possible.”

Second Lt. William Durnan

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Destination: U.S. Army

“The Citadel provides a realistic experience of life. You learn to deal with difficult people and situations, the kind that you cannot back out of. It teaches you to remain humble always and understand the power of being a leader. For those that choose to pursue a leadership position in the Corps, you’ll know the challenge of juggling school, the duties of your position, physical exercise, extracurricular activities, and a social life. Ultimately you learn sacrifice, you can’t do everything or be everywhere and applying yourself in one place means you won’t be giving all your effort somewhere else. The Citadel will force you to prioritize and for many it will be a gut check but will likely make you a more mature person upon graduation.”

Ensign Ethan Eich

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Simpsonville, South Carolina
Destination: United States Navy

“The Citadel challenges every many and woman to be something more than just an individual.”

Second Lt. Jon-Scot Gilstrap, USAF

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: York, South Carolina
Destination: Working as an engineer in the U.S. Air Force, Join Base Charleston

“The Citadel’s attention to detail really develops you and teaches you how to prioritize time. Going forward, I hope to make a lasting impact on those around me, to do my job to the best of my ability and to make myself available to anyone who needs help. Also, I hope to keep the friendships which I made here at The Citadel for life.”

Nicholas Harington

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Conway, South Carolina
Destination: Mead and Hunt working as an aviation civil engineer planning and designing airports

“I really liked the small size of The Citadel and the class sizes.”

Second Lt. Dennis McCann

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Destination: Civil engineer at Naval Information Warfare Center; U.S. Army Reserves

“The best reasons to attend The Citadel are the sense of community, the friendships and the connections.”

Thomas Murray

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Working as a civil designer for Dennis Corporation in Columbia, South Carolina

“At The Citadel you will make friends that will last a lifetime. Also, you will learn what it takes to develop yourself into a professional in your chosen occupation.”

Zacarias Neu

Degree: Construction Engineering
Hometown: Smyrna, Georgia
Destination: Project engineer with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in the Charleston operation

“I will be working my way up to become a project manager on constructions sites. To me, the best reason to attend The Citadel is the lifelong family you gain.”

Gabriel Ramos

Degree: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Destination: SAIC, Charleston

“The small class sizes give students access to a highly professional and knowledgeable staff. The professors’ backgrounds — which includes career military officers, industry executives, researchers, and academics — provided insight into my many options after graduation. As a bonus, The Citadel is in Charleston and you can’t beat that.”

Samuel Santiago

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Powell Butte, Oregon
Destination: United States Coast Guard

Dawn Wells, The Citadel Graduate College

Degree: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Destination: Mead and Hunt working as a transportation engineer with a focus on drainages design.

“I love The Citadel’s small class sizes, great professors, and the excellent, well-rounded curriculum.”

Master of Science in Project Management Graduates

Professional project managers work in almost every industry and work as leaders who plan and execute projects and are key contributors to the success of that venture. The Citadel’s Project Management Program, operated by the School of Engineering, is accredited by the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management programs, Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.

Working professionals from many job sectors study project management.

“I will continue my work for the Naval Information Warfare Center as a security specialist, working my way up the ranks of leadership,” said Michael Popovich, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020. “My duties include deployment of a physical enclave into a cloud environment and maintaining management, operational, and technical security controls to protect critical medical health information for US service members.”

Popovich has a son who is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, which is one of the reasons he considered The Citadel for his master’s degree.

“My hope is to build a meaningful family legacy rich in tradition. My younger brother graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2008 and my oldest son is currently part of the 2022 class. I have two other boys and I intend for them to both attend The Citadel in the future. My dream is for the family table to be full of Citadel rings during future holidays.”

The full list of the college’s new Master of Science in Project Management 2020 graduates is as follows:

  • Christina Soyden Arnold
  • John Zachary Burchfield
  • Jay Baxter Caldwell III
  • Daniel Alexander Curlee
  • Stephen Pablo Fernandez de Bobadilla
  • Martin James Fosberry III
  • Kara Marie Klein
  • Mary Frances Mace
  • Jeremy Stephen Mackey
  • Patrick Dennis Magnum, Jr.
  • Sara Moeller Massey
  • Scott Owens
  • Matthew Kellard Paiva
  • Brian Benjamin Parker
  • Benjamin Franklin Parmenter II
  • Michael Jacob Popovich
  • Gabriel Omar Ramos
  • Thomas Adam Schaefer
  • John Lucas Semsar
  • Devon Lambert Wall

To learn more about The Citadel School of Engineering, please visit this website.

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New Citadel graduates lean in to protect and serve https://today.citadel.edu/new-citadel-graduates-lean-in-to-protect-and-serve/ Fri, 08 May 2020 20:30:15 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=16246 Many members of the Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.]]>

Many members of The Citadel Class of 2020 will lean in to protect and serve, carrying on the generations-old sense of duty established by cadets who preceded them.

“We have the most amazing people at our various age groups gathered in one place. This is absolutely incredible and a testament to us and the institution for the culture and types of people it draws,” said Cadet Michael Asher, who will be working with the Charleston Police Department after completing training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

As military officers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, cyber security warriors, prosecutors, secret service agents or three-letter-agency government operatives, these graduates will join the ranks of Citadel alumni across the globe, working to keep their communities, states and country safe.

Having earned degrees in Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Securities Studies, or Computer Science and Cyber Security, these men and women are committed to beginning their professional life in a role that contributes to the safety of others.

While some of the names and destinations of these graduates cannot be noted publicly, other graduates are able to share their next steps and positions, resulting from their diligent work as cadets and future leaders.

Cadet Montele Adams

Destination: Military Police Officer, U.S. Army
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Hephzibah, Georgia

“My job will be to protect the soldiers of the U.S. Army and related military installations around the world.”

Cadet Michael Asher

Destination: Charleston Police Department
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Atlanta

“The cadets will become your best friends, your brothers and sisters. I can personally say that when the time comes where you no longer live 20 yards from each other, it genuinely breaks your heart. This place will teach you so many things academically and about life. It will give you a creed for which to live by. It will give you connections throughout the world. However, none of these come close to the love and value we place on each other as classmates and brothers and sisters.”

Cadet Eric Avalos

Destination: Officer in Army National Guard/aviation
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Cadet Nathaniel Ballard

Destination: Naval Information Warfare Center, Charleston
Degree: Mathematics, Computer Science
Hometown: Coppell, Texas

“I’m looking forward to being data scientists with NIWC. I came to The Citadel for the military environment and for the great Computer Science program.”

Cadet Henry Brown

Destination: University of South Carolina School of Law with the goal of becoming a prosecutor in St. Louis
Degree: Political Science; Intelligence and Homeland Security Studies
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

“I was able to learn from leadership roles and responsibilities that only cadets at The Citadel can experience while growing my relationship with my classmates and fellow cadets.”

Juan Campana, Veteran Student

Destination: U.S. Federal Government Service
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies; Counter Terrorism
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“Earn a spot in life where alumni will stop and exchange words just because you wear the band of gold or even the Citadel Graduate College non-cadet ring. Being surrounded by the influential men and women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff, and alumni will be a life-changing experience.”

Cadet John Thomas “JT” Follin

Destination: Florence County Sheriff’s Office with the goal of earning my way on to the SWAT team
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Coward, South Carolina

“I have made brothers for a lifetime. The Citadel has also taught me time management and self-discipline for all aspects of life. I would not change the bonds I have made with the guys in my company. That’s what The Citadel is all about.”

Cadet Jacob Fritz

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to improve one’s own level of discipline and find some sense of meaning in life. I came to The Citadel to commission into the Marine Corps, and I improved my sense of discipline by staying organized and using time-management skills to succeed in my academic studies. How well you do at this school is predicated on how much effort you put forth, and anyone can do well if that is what they truly desire.”

James Jacko, CGC undergraduate student

Destination: Continuing my career with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office as new detective
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

“The people and the goals that are supported are the best reasons to attend The Citadel Graduate College.”

Cadet Parker Lewis

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Air Force; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Clemson, South Carolina

“The bond you make with your classmates at The Citadel is the closest thing to family that there is.”

Cadet Connor McDonald

Destination: The New Jersey State Police; Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Warwick, New York

“At The Citadel, it’s all about the people you meet while learning to complete a task given to you in a timely manner, with the utmost professionalism.”

Cadet Haylee Neal

Destination: Officer in U.S. Marine Corps, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

“The bonds made with your Citadel family will serve you professionally and personally. I know those that I shared my time with will be those I invite to my wedding, introduce my children to as aunt and uncle, and treasure forever.”

Michael Popovich, Graduate Student and father of current cadet

Destination: I will continue my work for the Naval Information Warfare Center as a security specialist. My duties currently include deployment of a physical enclave into a cloud environment and maintaining management, operational, and technical security controls to protect critical medical health information for US service members.
Degree: Master of Science in Engineering, Project Management
Hometown: U.S. Army bases

“My hope is to build a meaningful family legacy rich in tradition. My younger brother graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 2008 and my oldest son is currently part of the 2022 class. I have two other boys and I intend for them to both attend The Citadel in the future. My dream is for the family table to be full of Citadel rings during future holidays.

Cadet Will Riley

Destination: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office or Walterboro Police Department with the goal of serving the people in my home county in law enforcement for my entire career
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Walterboro, South Carolina

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to learn the value of hard work. My hard work and time here have paid off and I am graduating a year early.”

Cadet Grant Schoonover

Destination: U.S. Army; armor officer
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Andover, Kansas

Mark Vowells II, Active Duty Student, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program

Destination: Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps; infantry
Degree: Intelligence and Security Studies
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

“I think the professors are the best reason to attend The Citadel. All my professors at The Citadel have been outstanding. Not only are they excellent at communicating important information to us, they have all been leaders in their respective fields. It has been a real privilege to learn from some of the best in the business.”

Cadet George Wisniewski

Destination: Charleston Police Department and Army National Guard
Degree: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fleming, New Jersey

“I might have dropped out of college or knowing myself might have gone the wrong direction with drugs if I went to another college. I knew at the time when I applied, as I do now, that The Citadel would get me through and keep me away from that culture and life.”

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