Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics – The Citadel Today Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:59:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Future cadets learn from three Vietnam era Medal of Honor recipients Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:53:16 +0000 Citadel Success Institute students listen to three Vietnam War area Medal of Honor recipients.Citadel Success Institute students listen to three Vietnam War area Medal of Honor recipients."To succeed you've got to lead from the front at all times. You are there to show them the way."]]> Citadel Success Institute students listen to three Vietnam War area Medal of Honor recipients.Citadel Success Institute students listen to three Vietnam War area Medal of Honor recipients.

They all served in Vietnam. They all risked their lives for the sake of others. And all three wear the medal that requires every person in active military service, at any level, to salute them.

Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics representative, Ted Fienning, and Medal of Honor recipients Michael Thornton, Sammy Davis and Harold Fritz address Citadel Success Institute students in Mark Clark Hall’s Buyer Auditorium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Medal of Honor recipients Michael Thornton, Sammy Davis and Harold Fitz visited with students attending The Citadel Success Institute. The event was part of the students’ freshman year introduction to life at The Citadel, before they matriculate as cadet recruits with the Class of 2025 in August.

Lt. Michael Edwin Thornton, from the Upstate of South Carolina, is the only Medal of Honor recipient in over 100 years to save the life of another recipient, who had also performed heroic, lifesaving actions months earlier. The story of how Sgt. Sammy Lee Davis earned the Medal of Honor in 1967 served as the inspiration for some of the war scenes in “Forrest Gump.” And Lt. Col. Harold Arthur Fritz was a first lieutenant the Army leading his seven-vehicle armored column to escort a truck convoy on January 11, 1969 when they came under attack and he saved the lives of his men.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society hosted two days of events in Charleston for 20 Medal of Honor recipients in Charleston. The presentation at The Citadel by Thornton, Davis and Fritz was one of them.

A Citadel Success Institute student asks a question of Medal of Honor recipients Michael Thornton, Sammy Davis and Harold Fritz at The Citadel in Charleston on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

The CSI students asked the men questions during the visit. One student from Ohio asked about the relationship between bravery and leadership.

“Bravery covers all soldiers who risk their lives for their country. They are all brave just by showing up. But leadership is different. To succeed you’ve got to lead from the front at all times. You are there to show them the way. When I was 18 or 19 in Vietnam I had 81 troops. I tried to earn their respect by putting myself in their place and by helping take care of their families.”

Lt. Michael Edwin Thornton, USN (Ret.) Medal of Honor recipient

Each man took a turn at answering every question.

“Being a brave leader means standing alone if you must take the tough decision. That is what a leader does,” said Fritz.

Medal of Honor recipient speaking at The Citadel
Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis addresses Citadel Success Institute (CSI) students at The Citadel on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Davis answered after considering the event that led to his Medal of Honor recognition.

“Looking back at that day, I was shot 30 times when I kept going to get my brothers. That’s not being brave. That’s love and it makes you do things beyond what seems humanly possible sometimes. I loved all of those men. I knew in my heart I was doing for them what they would do for me,” Davis said.

A student from Kentucky asked the men about the most “influential mistakes leaders can make that can impact their character.”

Medal of Honor recipient Harold Fritz stands to address Citadel Success Institute students in Mark Clark Hall’s Buyer Auditorium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Fritz responded, “Quitting. You don’t lose until you quit trying. You give it all that you have every day and correct your course as you go along.”

Davis responded to that question with an anecdote about a mistake he made early on while in Vietnam. “I spotted a guy, the enemy, a distance away. I crawled through the brush to try to get close to him. When I got there I froze. All I could think of was a John Wayne movie, so I stood up and yelled, ‘stick em up.’ I came out okay – but knew from then on to always have a plan and don’t do it alone.”

A detail of Sammy Davis’ Medal of Honor before an address to Citadel Success Institute students at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Cadets show respect for veterans in Operation Enduring Honor Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:36:58 +0000 “The efforts of the cadets were an outward demonstration of honoring veterans who have served our country.”]]>

Everyone deserves a seat at the table.

Making sure wounded veterans in our community can have exactly that is why nine cadets from The Citadel’s Alpha Company and Palmetto Battery donated part of their Saturday, even on a weekend when they’d been granted general leave and a reprieve from the President’s Inspection.

It took the cadets around three hours to build four wheelchair-accessible picnic tables for two locations in the state. They assembled the tables on April 17, even getting a special visit from South Carolina State Rep. Joe Bustos and Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, USMC (Ret.), Class of 1976.

Those tables will be put to use in two locations: the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8760 — in Beaufort — and Operation Patriots FOB — a recreation park for veterans in Ridgeville.

“This project was important because it taught that service to others can still be carried out at a time when many activities have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID,” said Lt. Col. Glenn Remsen, SCSG, Teaching Activities and Counseling (TAC) Officer for Palmetto Battery and a member of the Class of 1994. “All of the cadets who participated were volunteering during their general leave period and truly demonstrated that service to others comes before self. Both Rep. Bustos and Gen. Regner were extremely impressed when they learned that all of the participants were cadets who freely gave up their leave time to participate.”

Cadets who volunteered include: Connor Deans, Matthew Earp, Eric Liebal, Tyler Martin, Alexander McCabe, Jacob Proctor, Claire Thomas, Dylan Tuzenew and Henry Winkler.

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics supported the effort by covering the building supply costs.

Operation Enduring Honor is an all-volunteer group that comes together to build wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and place them in recreational areas to ensure anyone with any physical challenges can enjoy the outdoors.

“In addition to being a project of service, this was a project of honor,” concluded Remsen. “The efforts of the cadets were an outward demonstration of honoring veterans who have served our country.”

All photos are courtesy of Cadet Eric Wilson.

At the Citadel, a three-step approach to keeping college-age Eagle Scouts involved Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:22:40 +0000 Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaMembers of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaThese Eagle Scouts take trips together, host events for local packs and troops, and complete acts of service in the community.]]> Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South CarolinaMembers of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina

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By Bryan Wendell

Photo above: Members of The Citadel Eagle Scout Association in January 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina

The saying, repeated at Eagle Scout courts of honor for generations, goes something like this: “The Eagle Scout Award isn’t the end of your journey. It’s the beginning.”

It should sound like a challenge — something to remind young people that they remain Eagle Scouts for life.

And yet, when Eagle Scouts turn 18 and are no longer youth members of the BSA, the Scouting part of their journey often does end.

They move away to attend college or start a career, effectively closing their Scouting chapter until they have kids of their own.

Ted Fienning and his colleagues at the Citadel have a plan to change that.

“As an Eagle myself, I’m very familiar with the feeling many young Scouts have that it’s, ‘get it done by 18 or you’re out!’” he says. “That’s a consistent message to our Scouts: You’re done at 18. In effect, it means that at a time when Scouts are leaving their home towns to head to college, we allow them to disappear. And we do so right when they’re at the pinnacle of training, having earned Scouting’s highest award.”

Fienning is the staff advisor for the Citadel Eagle Scout Association, or CESA — a group of 50 Eagle Scouts who attend the senior military college in Charleston, S.C. These Eagle Scouts take trips together, host events for local packs and troops, and complete acts of service in the community.

They’re led by CESA President Jackson Jenkins, an Eagle Scout from Troop 392 of the Quapaw Area Council in Arkansas and a junior political science major at the Citadel.

“It was always taught to me by my Scoutmasters — Mr. Ken, Mr. Scott, Mr. Mark and others — that giving back to the program as an adult is one of the most important things I could do,” Jenkins says. “When I learned that the Citadel had an Eagle Scout Association, I jumped at the chance to get involved with the group and stay involved with Scouting as a college student.”

Through CESA, Jenkins says he’s been able to make friends, serve others and “continue to grow both myself and other young Eagles as leaders, all while being able to have fun and fulfill that promise I made to give back to the program that gave so much to me.”

So how do they do it? How has CESA bridged the gap between youth and adult Scouting? By taking a three-pronged approach.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association in Fall 2017. (Courtesy of CESA)

1. Give them a shared purpose

Young people, especially those in college, want to make an impact. They want to know that their work matters.

For the members of CESA, that shared purpose is serving others.

“We identify an annual project or two that they can plan, serve and sink their teeth and skills into,” Fienning says.

Last year, they launched a Cub Scout Adventure Rodeo. This year, they’re hosting a Scouting University (at an actual university), as well as designing and building a trail for a nearby state park.

“We also train them on adult Scouting opportunities and connect them to packs and troops to help out where they can,” Fienning says.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association in Fall 2016. (Courtesy of CESA)

2. Remove financial barriers

CESA members pay no dues.

CESA covers all costs, including transportation to and from service events, like CESA’s “Mom & Me” and “Dad & Me” camps or support at the Coastal Carolina Council’s other Scouting events.

To make this work, you need an advocate who works for the college. In addition to his role as CESA advisor, Fienning is the associate director for professional leadership programs at the Citadel, meaning he has the administration’s ear.

Fienning worked with the college’s foundation to build a Citadel Eagle Scout Association Fund. The fund raised more than $6,000 in a campaign last year, which will go a long way toward meeting the group’s $1,500 annual budget for some time.

Over the years, this fund will kick out 5% of endowed funds to keep these Eagles serving in perpetuity. The fund will pay for equipment, logistics, food and more.

“Working with the college foundation really reduces the administrative burden of tracking accounts and donors, plus it lends credibility to the Eagle Scout Association and its ties to the college,” Fienning says.

Members of the Citadel Eagle Scout Association volunteered at a Cub Scout day camp in October 2019. (Courtesy of CESA)

3. Feed them

It’s a tradition as old as colleges themselves.

“College students will gather for free food,” Fienning says.

Sure enough, CESA leaders understand that food isn’t the only reason members attend meetings, but it helps. CESA cooks its meals outdoors in large batches — a delicious serving of nostalgia that makes these Eagle Scouts remember time spent in their home troops.

“Scouts bring their mess kits, and we eat well,” Fienning says.

Starting your own collegiate Eagle Scout Association

Want to start an Eagle Scout Association at your school and keep these young Eagles around the Scouting campfire?

To help CESA grow, Fienning says he worked closely with Ray Capp and the BSA Alumni Association. That’s a great place for anyone to start.

To learn more about the Citadel Eagle Scout Association, visit the group’s official Facebook page.

Jackson Jenkins, CESA president

‘One of the greatest influences on my life’

Jenkins, the CESA president and Eagle Scout, is a shining example of why we need groups like CESA.

We need to keep young people like him engaged — especially while their greatest Scouting memories are still fresh on their minds.

Jenkins has been an unofficial Scout since he was 4 and started tagging along on his older brother’s Cub Scout adventures.

The instant he could join, Jenkins did.

“Ever since then, it’s been one of the greatest influences on my life,” he says. “The Scout Oath and Law, the examples of my adult leaders, and the amazing experiences gained on so many countless days and nights of camping have shaped me into the person I am today. I am so very thankful for all of it.”

Parades, programs and presentations: Citadel finds new ways to celebrate MLK Day despite pandemic Fri, 15 Jan 2021 19:30:54 +0000 Citadel Cadet float in MLK Day Parade, Charleston, SC Jan 21 2019Citadel Cadet float in MLK Day Parade, Charleston, SC Jan 21 2019On Monday and Tuesday, Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff will find new and socially distant ways to celebrate King's legacy.]]> Citadel Cadet float in MLK Day Parade, Charleston, SC Jan 21 2019Citadel Cadet float in MLK Day Parade, Charleston, SC Jan 21 2019

Photo: Citadel cadets participating in a previous Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

Citadel to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 18-19

It may be the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be held in the COVID-19 environment, but that won’t stop communities across the country — including The Citadel — from honoring the life and legacy of one of the nation’s greatest leaders.

On Monday and Tuesday, Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff will find new and socially distant ways to celebrate and share King’s legacy.

An (un)traditional parade

On Monday, for the 49th year, the City of Charleston will be hosting a parade to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

However — this is the first year that the parade will be held virtually, in order to help maintain social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The virtual parade will be broadcast live at 12 p.m. on WCBD-TV Count on 2 News.

One thing that won’t change is The Citadel Gospel Choir‘s participation in the event. The group pre-recorded a few of their songs, with the intent of using the video in place of a live performance.

The Gospel Choir is not the end of The Citadel community’s involvement with the City’s celebrations; Anita Zucker, namesake of the college’s Zucker Family School of Education, will serve as the keynote speaker for the MLK Summit on Tuesday, Jan 19, at 7:30 a.m.

Learn more about The Citadel’s neighbor, Denmark Vesey’s Garden

Before a monument honoring him was erected in Hampton Park, near The eastern border of The Citadel campus, Denmark Vesey was a formerly enslaved person accused of planning a major slave revolt in Charleston.

Now — 199 years after his execution — two members of The Citadel community will interview the authors of Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, written by Ethan Kytle, Ph.D., and Blain Roberts, Ph.D, both history professors at California State University, Fresno.

The authors will speak with J. Goosy Smith, Ph.D., and John Ray Roberts from the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. The interview will be livestreamed at Daniel Library on Monday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m., and also be available to watch at this link.

At 2:30 p.m., following the livestreamed interview, The Citadel’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center (TRHT) will facilitate a CitListen dialogue session for those who watched the interview. The CitListen session will focus on the interview’s implications for principled leaders seeing to promote equity and inclusion.

Participants can join the session at this link.

National Day of Racial Healing CitListen session

The following day, from 12 – 1:30 p.m., TRHT will hold A Charleston Metro City-wide virtual CitListen session on the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing.

The session will be a Racial Healing Circle, which brings together a diverse group of people in a safe and respectful environment. Anyone is welcome to join this CitListen — however, being on web camera will be required for participants.

This session is in collaboration with the Sophia Institute’s Social Justice and Racial Equity Collaborative. The Sophia Institute’s website says the group’s mission is to inspire action by advancing bold strategies that promote personal, structural and systematic change in social justice and racial equity.

To participate in Tuesday’s CitListen session, click here.

Black History Intercollegiate Consortium honors Citadel professor

Also on Tuesday, the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program virtually at 6:30 p.m.

The Citadel’s award recipient this year is the college’s Chief Diversity Officer, Shawn Edwards.

“Dr. Edwards has done an outstanding job as our Diversity Officer and has certainly embraced the principles and ideals of Dr. King in her work on campus and in the community,” said Robert Pickering Jr., ’94, director of The Citadel’s Multicultural and International Student Services.

The Consortium was established 30 years ago and the members include Charleston Southern University, The College of Charleston, The Medical University of SC, The Citadel, and Trident Technical College.  The mission of the organization is to collaborate efforts and encourage the study and celebration of African American History.  The joint MLK program is one of the consortium’s most successful programs.

To virtually join the Consortium as it recognizes Edwards and other 2021 award recipients, click here.

Leadership Day has a new name and some COVID-caused adjustments, but the spirit of service is exactly the same Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:00:09 +0000 Thanks to a generous donation from The Citadel Class of 1979, the annual event, which has a new name, will be permanently endowed.]]>

Photo: (left) Cadet Samantha Walton, contributor to this story and Regimental Public Affairs NCO, volunteering to make masks at The Citadel

2020 will be a year without Leadership Day at The Citadel — but that does not mean that the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will go a single day of the year without acting as servant leaders.

However, even after the pandemic is behind us, Leadership Day will not return. That’s because, thanks to a generous donation from one alumni class, the annual event has a new name.

A nearly $1 million contribution — surpassing their goal of $604,000 — will permanently endow the Class of 1979 Leadership Day

“In support of strategic commitments to service learning and development of principled leaders, The Citadel’s annual Leadership Day entails all regularly scheduled classes replaced with an on or off campus training, seminar, or service project for all cadets. All activities on Leadership Day are designed to engage students in a meaningful educational and developmental process outside the classroom. This gift will ensure the continuation and future growth of this program and further the development of principled leaders.”

The Class of 1979, The Citadel Foundation

The Class of 1979 Leadership Day will have an immediate chance to live up to its new name — the first major challenge is overcoming year’s difficulties and setting the stage for many more Class of 1979 Leadership Days to come.

One of the most visible aspects of a normal Leadership Day is when Citadel cadets travel into the community, donating their time to local schools and organizations. Activities are divided by class. Freshmen visit local elementary schools, sophomores choose from a variety of service projects, juniors take part in an on-campus Ethics Enrichment Experience and seniors visit local businesses and organizations to learn from Lowcountry leaders.

Cadets shoveling oyster shells at U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Cadets shoveling oyster shells at U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2019

This year, in the COVID environment, the Corps will have a smaller physical presence in the community, but with the same large impact. Groups of freshmen cadets will design and record lessons about what makes a hero, which will be shared with elementary, middle and high schoolers in the area. Sophomores will still travel out to work on service projects, but will do so on two separate days in November; other sophomores will serve as team leaders for the freshmen. Juniors and seniors will be assigned virtual lessons to replace their normal activities.

But just because the Class of 1979 Leadership Day looks different this year doesn’t mean cadets have stopped serving the community on a daily basis.

Hear from some Citadel cadets below and how they’ve been making every day a leadership day.

Sweetgrass Garden, by Cadet Lucy Pincus

I enjoy doing community service. It’s a great way to help a person or an organization in the local community. It’s also a great way to get off campus and to ease your mind off cadet stuff.

On one weekend we had an inspection and, right after it was over, I went to volunteer at a farm called Sweetgrass Garden.

Some of the tasks were gardening, mowing the lawn, moving and placing down mulch, taking care of the goat pens, and other various activities. I really enjoyed it, and I will go back there again.

I got to meet and talk to new people, we bonded as a group and ended the effort by sitting around a bond fire. We also got to bring back a small jar of honey, collected from bees on the farm, as well as a bag of sunflower seeds. 

Feed a Friend, by Cadet Hunter Smith

This was my first-time doing Feed-A-Friend Friday, but I was extremely eager to make a difference.

Each Friday a non-profitable organization cooks and provides food to homeless people in downtown Charleston. My favorite part of the experience was seeing the warm smiles on the faces of those in line when they received a warm meal, and seeing that a plate of food can make someone’s day better.

My job was handing out water to those in line, and I extremely enjoyed the small conversations that I had with them as they waited in line. I know that also made their day for someone just to greet them and make them feel welcomed.

My goal is to be the person that cares when they don’t have someone else who does.

Hope to Home, by Cadet Javonte Spratley

Volunteering for Hope To Home was a great experience for me. This was the first time I decided to volunteer for service hours without being told to do so.

I was able to travel around to different donors and collect the items that they donated, going to the formerly homeless who just got houses. I would also send the donations back to the warehouse.

This allowed me to go out of my way to help my community and also learn about my community. I was able to see how happy and glad the donors were when we came to pick up their donations, and I was able to see how happy the team members were when we finished putting everything in the warehouse. 

This experience has opened my eyes to how much volunteering allows me to see and do. After I finished volunteering, I joined the Rotaract Club because I loved going out of my way to help the community and those who need help. If I was ever asked to volunteer for Hope For Homes again, I would gladly do it. 

Beidler Forest Audubon Center, by Cadet Samantha Walton

An exhilarating and gratifying part of The Citadel experience is the ability to unselfishly give your time to others around you. It is such a heartwarming feeling, continuing to expound upon The Citadel’s rich heritage of making a positive impact in the South Carolina community.

On the first Saturday of September, The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics gave 13 cadets an opportunity to serve at Audubon’s Beidler Forest Service.

The Beidler Forest Audubon Center is a service that administers the ecosystem of the forest and grasslands of the Lowcountry. The forest is a picturesque part of nature offering sundry trails, campground sights, and a birds-eye view of South Carolina’s exquisite wildlife. 

The energized team arrived on site at about 8 a.m., enthused and eager to be hands on worker-bees. We were first introduced to the three-man squad and given further knowledge about the expectation to fulfill the duties and tend to the forest.

The team was then split up into groups of no more than five, while being sure to execute COVID-19 protocols of social distancing. The objective for the my team was cutting back the overrunning sweetgum trees, branches and anything in the way of the fire breakers along the nature trails.

It was such an enjoyable experience to participate in a new service, beautifying and giving an alluring appeal to nature that God so carefully designed for us to enjoy. I took away the significance of maintaining our habitats to sustain a flourishing environment for our animals and mankind. 

The cadet perspectives are courtesy of Samantha Walton, the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer, who also contributed her own volunteer story above.

Citadel cadets look back, to lead the way forward Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:04:01 +0000 Two servant leaders from The Citadel family — one current and one former cadet — are working to give back to the Charleston community.]]>

It’s a tense and difficult time in America. But that’s the kind of environment where principled leaders stand tall to help, demonstrating values like honor, duty and respect.

Two servant leaders from The Citadel family — one current and one former cadet — are working to give back to the Charleston community.

To be a servant leader means serving those around you and working to meet the needs of others.

Cadet Jackson Jenkins, a member of The Citadel Class of 2022, and 2nd Lt. Richard “Ben” Snyder (USA), the regimental commander for the Class of 2020, both started GoFundMe accounts in response to last week’s unrest for two different purposes.

Snyder’s fundraiser is called “24 Hours for Charleston,” raising money for the International African American Museum. On Friday, June 5, Snyder plans to walk around a track in Georgia for 24 hours, near where he is stationed for officer training. He says that he chose a track “to replicate the monotonous walk felt by peaceful-protestors as they search for a means to an end.”

“I think being alone with my thoughts, going in circles for 24 hours, will allow me to empathize with African-Americans that have walked for generations, have felt alone, and still not arrived at any final destination,” Snyder said. “It is important to me because I believe this is a simple way, any young man or woman, can be a part of the solution. By looking for an opportunity to be there for a neighbor, a friend, or even a stranger that has been mistreated.”

Jenkins decided to start a fundraiser for Mama Kim’s — a restaurant frequented by cadets for years — after it was damaged during the riots. It started with a $1,000 goal on Saturday May 31, but raised $16,000 by the end of the weekend.

“Mama Kim’s is really a touchstone part of cadet culture,” said Jenkins. “I think that so many people donated in such a short time because, in a large part, giving is also a huge part of Citadel culture. Mama really is a person that has helped several generations of cadets and is an adopted mother for the Corps. She is one of the best people out there, and when the opportunity arose to give back, everyone jumped at the chance.”

Jenkins plans to deliver the check to Mama Kim’s on Saturday, June 6.

Examples of civic leadership like this are part of the reason why the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded The Citadel with the Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification for the second time in two consecutive cycles.

The classification is an evidence-based affirmation of best institutional practices earned through years of accountability and the presentation of that work. The Citadel and its South Carolina Corps of Cadets provide approximately 30,000 hours of community service annually, organized through the college’s Krause Center of Leadership and Ethics.

For more information about the Mama Kim’s fundraiser, see the news coverage below.

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

Kim Onam Brown is known around the Lowcountry as “Mama Kim.” Her beloved Korean restaurant, “Mama Kim’s,” was recently damaged in Saturday’s riots.

When the community caught wind of what happened, many stepped in to help. Her shattered windows are now boarded up; covered with messages of hope and love.

“I feel like it’s my job to take care of everybody. But of course, they’re my heart, and I love them,” says Mama Kim.

She treats her customers as members of her family. Joking that some have called her “a computer” because she is a whiz at remembering names and details of the people she meets.

Her walls are covered in hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. A testament to the people that mean the most to her, and nearly 50 years in the restaurant business.

Mama Kim is especially known for taking care of students at The Citadel. Citadel Cadet Jackson Jenkins says she’s “an absolute saint to so many of us.”

Cadet Jenkins decided to start a GoFundMe for Mama Kim’s repair costs. In just 2 days, the community raised over $16,000.

The number has now reached over $17,000. Mama Kim is absolutely floored. She plans to give part of the money to her favorite people and places in the community to say ‘thank you.’

“I think Charleston is all sweet people, I really do. I’m going to give back part of it, I’m going to give it to some scholarship, to College of Charleston, a part to The Citadel, to the church. I’m going to fix up the windows and fix up the floors,” she says.

Coming up, Mama Kim will be celebrating her 50th year in the restaurant business. She has no plans to retire anytime soon!

“One thing that I always talk about is people asking ‘Mama when are you going to retire?’ I say, ‘I love people, and social, you know that’s why I cannot retire,’” she says.

For more on Mama Kim’s, click here.

Story Time with The Citadel: created for kids without classrooms Mon, 13 Apr 2020 18:34:55 +0000 It's a new, story-reading web resource for teachers and parents, and the children they are educating while schools are closed due to the pandemic.]]>

Photo above: Citadel Cadet Cadet Daniel Sanchez Martinez reading a story on Story Time with The Citadel

The Citadel is sharing the joy of reading with kids who can’t be in their classrooms through Story Time with The Citadel. It is a new, story-reading web resource for teachers and parents — and the children they are educating and entertaining while schools are closed due to the pandemic.

Story Time with The Citadel is managed by a former cadet, Mike Akers, Class of 2019, who is now a fellow with the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“We have cadets who serve all year long with Charleston County School District schools. Some make several visits each week to the same schools, to promote literacy through reading,” said Akers. “We have been working to develop outreach that can be safely accomplished remotely and still impact the younger students we are so devoted to in ordinary circumstances. And so, Story Time with The Citadel was born.”

Story Time visitors just go to the website and click on a video to hear a story. They stories are read by cadets and a variety of members of The Citadel campus community.

There is a variety of stories including classics with a twist like The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, a funny tale called The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, and one called La Zorra y las Uvas read in Spanish by Cadet Daniel Sanchez Martinez who is also wearing a superhero costume.

The links to the stories are being provided to partner schools by the Krause Center, but Story Time is there for any teacher, parent or caregiver looking for additional free resources for home-based learning.

“We are starting small, but we hope to have dozens more submissions from our Citadel family, especially by cadets finishing up community-engagement course assignments this spring,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D.,director of service learning and civic engagement for the Krause Center. 

Krause Center honors Dr. John Palms, ’58, for distinguished leadership and service Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:24:26 +0000 The most prestigious award presented by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics is normally announced at the annual Principled Leadership Symposium.]]>

The most prestigious award presented by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics is normally announced at the annual Principled Leadership Symposium, which was canceled due to COVID-19. Despite this, the Krause Center is still recognizing this year’s awardee.

John Palms, Ph.D., a member of The Citadel Class of 1958, is the recipient of the 2020 Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.

“An internationally recognized scientist and academician, national security advisor, eminent educator and public servant, distinguished Citadel graduate, and tireless advocate for humanitarian causes, Dr. Palms exemplifies to the highest degree, the ethos of the Krause Award and the essence of servant-leadership,” wrote Darin Zimmerman, Ph.D., Dean of the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, in his nomination letter.

Palms graduated from The Citadel as a distinguished Air Force ROTC cadet, receiving a commission into the U.S. Air Force. After earning an Masters of Science in Physics in 1959, he began serving as a nuclear weapons officer. Following his Air Force active duty, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of New Mexico and joined the faculty at Emory University where he served for 23 years, moving from an assistant professor to the university’s Chief Academic Officer.

Palms later served as the President of Georgia State University before becoming the President of the University of South Carolina, where he served for almost 12 years.

“Despite his numerous accolades and many top-tier administrative and advisory roles, Dr. John Palms is a humble human being, who thinks of others before himself, and who sees and seeks the good in his fellow man. His life-long pursuit of excellence with integrity, exemplifying our core values of honor, duty, and respect, qualify him as the ideal recipient of the 2020 Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership, and Ethics.”  Col. Tom Clark, Executive Director of the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics

Palms has published over 60 scientific and technical papers and reports, and he holds honorary degrees from The Citadel and the University of South Carolina.

In 2012 the University of South Carolina named a building, the John M. Palms Center for Graduate Science Research, in his honor.

The Citadel’s  Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics creates and advances collaborative programs, ethics education, and community engagement to develop principled leaders. The center creates opportunities for leader development through structured courses, ethics bowl competitions, leadership conferences, and service learning & civic engagement programs for Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff.

Cadet mentor, future nurse, builder of “Little Free Libraries” selected as Newman Civic Fellow Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:40:03 +0000 Cadet Jesse Crook, The CitadelCadet Jesse Crook, The CitadelIn recognition of his civic service, Crook was selected as a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow, after being nominated by The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters]]> Cadet Jesse Crook, The CitadelCadet Jesse Crook, The Citadel

With his sights set on becoming a pediatric nurse, Cadet Jesse Crook, from Gastonia, North Carolina, will be continuing the servant leader work that has long been a part of his life.

As an Army contract cadet in his junior year, he has already completed 635 hours of volunteer service. He devotes his spare time to two things: supporting those in crisis following a disaster or trauma and promoting equal access for children with special needs and their families.

In recognition of his civic service, Crook was selected as a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow, after being nominated by The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.).

A portion of that nomination letter reads:

As one of the first Citadel cadets on path to graduate in our new Bachelor of Arts in Nursing program, Cadet Crook is a fine scholar and cadet, achieving Dean’s List or President’s List each of his six semesters at The Citadel. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding young leader. He is a leadership scholar, working toward a minor in Leadership Studies, and served in our cadet chain of command as a squad corporal. In this role, Cadet Crook was directly responsible for training and mentoring freshmen cadets.

Cadet Crook is on track to commission in the Army as a nurse upon graduation, and ultimately aspires to specialize in pediatric nursing. He chose this discipline in part as a result of his extensive volunteer service to children with special needs. He volunteered at Camp Rise Above, an outdoor summer camp for youth with Sickle Cell disease, Down syndrome, cancer and other chronic conditions. He assists less-experienced cadets and volunteers in adjusting while maintaining an authentic presence and finding strengths in everyone.

As an Eagle Scout in a rural North Carolina community, he built and distributed close to two-dozen “Free Little Libraries” promoting literacy in impoverished neighborhoods.

In word and deed, this exemplary nursing major demonstrates selfless service to his classmates and our community.

Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.) President, The Citadel

The Citadel’s nomination for this position is one of the highest awards the college offers to a rising senior. As a Newman Civil Fellow, Crook will network with other “world makers” from around the country, both electronically and in person at the November annual conference.

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel will recognize Crook’s achievement during the annual Community Partner Awards celebration on Friday, April 24, following the Corps’ military dress parade. The college’s 2019 Newman Fellow, Braxton McDuffee, will assist in this recognition.

Crook’s personal statement on Campus

My mom was a librarian in a high-poverty school in Gastonia, North Carolina. She would return from school and tell me that children were taking books from the library. One might think they were ‘stealing’ them, but it was much more riveting and unnerving than that. These children were taking books from the library because at home they had none to call their own.

I wanted to change that, so for my Eagle Scout project I built 21 Little Free Libraries in their communities. I remember seeing children run in joy to the boxes, knowing they would have free books to take home – their own books.

This was my first of many encounters with children facing problems that I did not have. As I went into college, I began volunteering with organizations that support children with a parent affected by cancer, families in disaster environments, and children with chronic health conditions to give them what every child deserves – a normal life.

As I work toward a career as a pediatric nurse, the bravery and perseverance of the young people I have tried to serve inspires me to live my own life as an engaged and grateful member of my community.

Citadel Cadet Jesse Crook, Newman Civic Fellow
Remarkable Women: Dr. Conway Saylor Wed, 04 Mar 2020 23:00:07 +0000 This year, the child psychologist and researcher is celebrating 30 years as a professor at The Citadel. But her impact spans far beyond the classroom.]]>

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Sofia Arazoza

Learning by serving – it’s the cornerstone of Dr. Conway Saylor’s work. “We need wave upon wave of citizens to keep stepping and saying how can I help?”

This year, the child psychologist and researcher is celebrating 30 years as a professor at The Citadel. But her impact spans far beyond the classroom.

“Get outside of yourself and get out of the classroom and get outside of books to go with an open heart and mind to work with someone in the community. This is what jazzes me.”

She serves as the Director of Service Learning at the military college, meaning she is responsible for the thousands of cadets and the work they do for others.

As sophomores, cadets at The Citadel take a required service course.  But Dr. Saylor says what happens next always leaves her in awe.

“From there the really fun part starts.  The people who… really get excited about it go on to do service in a variety of ways… Exactly 10 years ago we were thrilled that we documented 1,500 hours of service.  Last year we documented 35,000 hours of service…same size corps.”

35,000 hours of service that know no boundaries- homelessness, disabilities, food insecurity- you name it she does it. She says it’s those chronic struggles that make up the root of her mission: shaping her students and other children.

“Children don’t get educated in a vacuum.  They grow up in a community that has to support their families.”

It’s one of those students that nominated Dr. Saylor as a Remarkable Woman ahead of her retirement this spring.  Now a medical student, he says 6 years later, he still thinks of Dr. Saylor and her commitment to putting service above self.

“To have a student like Tyler, who was just a tremendous human being, credit his growth and all to his experience with us. There’s no greater honor than that.”

Dr. Saylor encourages everyone to go out and volunteer in their community. She says that during her retirement, she looks forward to continuing to promote service, this time, off The Citadel’s campus.