Department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 06 Sep 2021 13:07:59 +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 Department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 New cadets added to Distinguished Scholars Program, inaugural class readying to graduate https://today.citadel.edu/new-cadets-added-to-distinguished-scholars-program-inaugural-class-readying-to-graduate/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:52:39 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26156 Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall"Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program."]]> Three members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond HallThree members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars program in a portrait at Bond Hall

Photo above: Three new members of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program, Cadets Joseph Stilwell, Mary Coast Watson and Joshua Howell, pose for a portrait in front of Bond Hall on The Citadel campus.

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program is proud to announce its third group of cadets.

Nine additional cadets are now in the program. All but one will graduate in 2024. The eight sophomores and one junior were recently selected following their successful applications and interviews.

The new Distinguished Scholars are:

Leo Ernesto Bachir Eckhardt
Major: Intelligence and Security Studies; Social Studies Education; Criminal Justice.
Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Joshua Howell
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Thomas Grealy (Marine scholarship)
Major: Finance
Hometown: South Boston, Massachusetts

Richard Milling
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Riley Neiders (Air Force scholarship, Rifle Team)
Majors: Political Science and Business Management
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Rohan Shah (Basketball team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Burr Ridge, Illinois

Ben Stemmet (Wrestling team)
Major: Finance
Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois

Joseph Stilwell (Army scholarship)
Major: English
Hometown: Greer, South Carolina

Mary Coastal Watkins
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program began in 2019 to provide preparation for select cadets that should improve their chances for acceptance to elite graduate schools or selection for the highest level of scholarships.

“The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program attracts strikingly motivated students who already have a highly developed sense of personal mission and purpose,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., a professor of management and leadership at The Citadel who created the program. 

More about The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program

There are 20 cadets in the program with the three cohorts of scholars. Four cadets from the inaugural group are preparing to graduate in May 2022.

“Our scholars are pursuing multiple majors and minors, some hold rank and added responsibility in the Corps, some are planning to commission into the armed forces, while others have a passion driving their ambition to seek greater challenges,” Walker added. “All are benefiting from our training them to be leaders in their field and giving them an edge to compete for life-changing, graduate-level educational opportunities.”

Walker explained that the scholars are inspired and encouraged to “up their game” and set their ambitions high. “By their senior year, they will have their sights set on applying for the most important and most highly sought after scholarships, like the Rhodes or Fulbright,” he said.

The scholars sign a contract agreeing to maintain a 3.75 GPA, are assigned faculty mentors and take one-on-one tutorials. The main structural element of the program are the tutorials in classical disciplines including Economics, English and Political Science. A new fourth class focuses on self-assessment and personal development to help scholars create compelling personal narratives that will make their applications stand out. In the tutorials, scholars read leading works and meet one-on-one with professors to discuss and interpret, then write and defend, persuasive papers. 

“To compete successfully, our scholars must possess spotless academic transcripts, demonstrate leadership, research and innovation in their field, civic awareness and social responsibility, and valuable skills gained through internships, service and employment experiences,” said Walker. “Our scholars have full access to five professors and 20 advisory board members to help them find the intersection of their interests, their passions and their skills.”

For more information about the program please email earl.walker@citadel.edu, or vperez@citadel.edu. The office phone number is (843) 953-9507. 

Aim high and go big are the hallmarks of The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program. 

Dr. Earl Walker, program founder
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Citadel begins demolishing historic Capers Hall and will construct a new academic building https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-begins-demolishing-historic-capers-hall-and-will-construct-a-new-academic-building/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24832 Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffDemolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffPhoto above: Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly The Citadel started demolishing its]]> Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffDemolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff

Photo above: Demolition begins on The Citadel’s Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/Staff

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Novelly

The Citadel started demolishing its largest and most historic academic buildings on campus to make space for a new, updated space to be used by cadets in 2023.

Capers Hall was built in 1949 and has housed classrooms and offices for the English, history and political science departments for generations of Citadel students. But on June 8, a demolition crane began to poke holes in the walls and rip plaster from the fortress-like white building, slowly removing it from campus one chunk at a time. 

Demolition will continue through the summer.

Citadel officials plan to build a 107,700-square-foot replacement in two years which will house classrooms, a 250-seat performing arts auditorium, an art gallery and a computer lab for the school’s Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies.

The project carries a $67 million price tag. About $15 million of that will be provided by the S.C. General Assembly, with the rest coming from state institution bonds and capital reserve funds. The Legislature also had to approve the renovation. The Citadel Foundation is also soliciting donations to offset some of the construction costs. 

Jeff Lamberson, vice president for The Citadel’s Office of Facilities and Engineering, said the seven- decade-old academic building lacked a lot of modern amenities needed for students and teachers. While he’s sad to see some of the campus history disappear, he said he’s eager for the school to provide more modern space.

“The classrooms will be much bigger and more flexible in nature,” Lamberson said. “You will be able to move around the furniture and you’ll have all types of audio and visual computer aids for students.”

Some historic elements from the old version will be repurposed for the new building. 

Concrete, masonry and stucco from demolition will be hauled off-site, crushed and recycled into the new building’s site foundation and parking area. And the distinctive iron-frame light fixtures will be used in the new offering. 

The Citadel originally sought approval from the state to do extensive renovations at Capers Hall but opted for a total rebuild after conducting a structural evaluation in 2014. Rather than spend an estimated $7 million to $8 million reinforcing those walls to meet modern international building codes, the school decided to start from scratch.

The construction of a new academic space puts a slight burden on faculty members for the upcoming school year.

Employees with Thompson Turner Construction and The Citadel watch as demolition begins on Capers Hall on June 8, 2021. Lauren Petracca/StaffLauren Petracca

Brian Jones, dean for The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said some classrooms will relocate to the library, other campus buildings and even mobile trailers while the renovation is taking place.

“We’ve already transitioned the faculty, and they’re already up and running in their new spaces,” Jones said.

Capers Hall was named for two brothers, Confederate Brig. Gen. Ellison Capers and Maj. Francis W. Capers, who was superintendent of The Citadel from 1853 to 1859.

The demolition comes amid a nationwide reckoning of Confederate imagery in public spaces and in the U.S. military. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Glenn M. Walters, president of The Citadel, said in a memo last year he was “establishing a committee to further study historical figures for whom structures are named.” 

The committee’s progress on researching and identifying buildings was sidelined by COVID-19, but they will resume their duties in the fall.

Presently, there are no plans to change the name of the hall when it is rebuilt. 

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Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter follows up with 2020 Scholarship Awardees at The Citadel https://today.citadel.edu/women-in-defense-palmetto-chapter-follows-up-with-2020-scholarship-awardees-at-the-citadel/ Wed, 17 Mar 2021 18:16:11 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=22741 Provided by Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter (WID) Pictured above (left to right): Cadets Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther, 2020 Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math]]>

Provided by Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter (WID)

Pictured above (left to right): Cadets Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther, 2020 Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Scholarship awardees

On a beautiful February day, representatives from the Women in Defense (WID) Palmetto Chapter headed to The Citadel to follow up with Cadets Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther, the awardees of the WID 2020 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship.

Layden is a senior and double majoring in Computer Science and German with minors in Cybersecurity and Fine Arts, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at The Citadel. Guenther is a sophomore and is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is also a member of AFROTC.

This academic year has been far from typical for the students. We asked Layden and Guenther whether they were on track with their goals, what unique challenges they faced this year, and what advice they would offer to other women pursuing STEM majors.

Both are on track with their ambitious goals despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Layden plans to commission with the USAF as a cybersecurity officer upon her graduation in May from The Citadel. She was on the dean’s list in the fall semester and is the vice commander of her AFROTC wing. Guenther has continued with her internship at the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, where she has been able to apply fundamentals of engineering.

Campus life has new challenges such as students can’t go into each other’s rooms, and they can’t hang out with friends like they did previously. Classes have shifted to a hybrid format, adding to an already demanding year. Guenther said, “Online learning has been a major challenge. It’s difficult to sit behind a screen to learn. One day you are online, the next day you are in person.” Since many clubs have stopped meeting, Layden is no longer able to participate in Judo and choir.

Both women had advice for other females pursuing STEM majors. Guenther said, “You shouldn’t focus on what anyone says you can or can’t do.” Layden said, “A lot of times, you’re going to be the only woman in the room, and you have to own that and be proud of that. It’s going to be really intimidating at times. Remind yourself that you are here for yourself. You’re doing great things, you’re going to do a great job. Stay on track, set realistic goals, and work towards them.”

The WID Palmetto Chapter’s STEM Scholarship is an annual award for women attending South Carolina colleges or universities pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Two annual scholarships of up to $2,500 are available, one of which is reserved for a veteran/member of the military/ROTC participant. Scholarship awards are made according to financial need, academic achievement, faculty recommendation, recognition and honors, activities, and personal essay.

The WID Palmetto Chapter, based in Charleston, South Carolina, was founded March 13, 2009. Their goal is to provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote advancement and recognition of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships between the local contractor community and Department of Defense agencies.

For more information, please email chapter officers at https://widpalmettochapter.org/contact-us/.

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Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program preparing cadets to qualify for elite post-graduate scholarships https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-distinguished-scholars-program-preparing-cadets-to-qualify-for-elite-post-graduate-scholarships/ Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19650 CDSP provides its scholars with targeted mentoring and fellowship advising – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.]]>

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program (CDSP) is guiding its second group of cadets from the Class of 2023 toward constructing the kind of academic portfolio needed to be seriously considered for prestigious post-graduate scholarships such as a Rhodes or Fulbright.

The program selection committee identifies the highest-performing freshmen, who then work during their time as undergraduates at The Citadel to prepare to compete for master’s or doctoral degrees from the world’s best universities.

If these past months have taught us anything, it is that the world can change at lightning speed. For our future leaders that means not just having command of a narrow body of knowledge, but having the breadth of understanding of the world around us and critical thinking skills to analyze a situation and discern the right course of action quickly. We are helping our future leaders develop the skills to be bold, courageous and definitive.”

Earl Walker, Ph.D., professor of Management and Leadership, The Citadel

CDSP, recognizing that The Citadel is instilling core values in students in a disciplined and intellectually challenging military environment, seeks among them the most ambitious scholars who will then receive a higher level of personal, academic and professional development than was ever offered before.

CDSP’s newest cohort of scholars was selected last spring before the pandemic-forced campus shutdown. They are now sophomores and moving forward in the program.

Cadet Caleb Friend, The Citadel

Caleb Friend is a sophomore from Spartanburg, South Carolina, double-majoring in Modern Languages in French and Spanish. He graduated high school with high honors, where he was involved in the Student Leadership Institute and student government (as class rep and treasurer), Beta Club and concert band. He also participated on the golf, cross country and soccer teams, and attended Boys State. At The Citadel, Caleb is in the Honors Program, and is active in the Catholic Chaplaincy, Citadel Pipe and Drums and Irish Heritage Society. He plans to earn his Master’s before entering the Marines, and hopes to earn a doctorate one day.

Blake Garwood is a sophomore Computer Engineering major from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

At The Citadel, Blake is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and participates in the Association for Computing Machinery Club and the Cybersecurity Club. His favorite pastime is golf, and in high school he played in golf tournaments throughout the state of Florida.

Blake is interested in research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Austin Miles-Curtsinger, is a sophomore from Newark, California, majoring in Political Science. In high school, he was a member of the swimming and water polo teams and volunteered with his city’s police department, assisting in the planning and execution of community events. He was awarded the Marine Option ROTC Scholarship to pay for his college education, and he will eventually commission in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoys reading, swimming, watching movies, horseback riding, exercising and spending time with friends and family. Austin is undecided about a military career and is interested in pursuing a law degree.

Cadet William Moran

William Moran is from Lexington, South Carolina.

He is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major, interested in having an impact via a math-based career in biotechnology while also open to learning new things and creative pursuits. In high school William was dedicated to learning and athletics, participating in cross country and tennis. At The Citadel, William is a member of the Toastmasters Club. He strives to be the friendliest person in the room. 

John Morris is a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Morris is studying Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law and Legal Studies. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology. During high school he played soccer. He also enjoys reading, exercising, surfing and participating in missions for his church. At The Citadel, John participates in the South Carolina Student Legislature delegation and the Citadel’s chapter of the Republican Society. After graduation he plans to go to law school and practice as an attorney.

Cadet Benjamin Race

Benjamin Race is a sophomore double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, looking to add the new Cybersecurity major.

Race is from Columbus, Georgia but spent most of his life in Stockbridge, Michigan. In high school he was a two-time recipient of the AP distinguished scholar award. He was on the rifle team and received the U.S. Army Association award. As commander of the drill team, he helped them win two third-place state titles in drill, a first for his county. At The Citadel, Benjamin is a member of the Math Club and will join the Republican Society next year.

Elissa Reckdenwald is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. During her early teenage years, she moved to Andrews, South Carolina where she graduated from Andrews High School as valedictorian. In high school, Elissa was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Science National Honor Society, a delegate at Palmetto Girls State, and the secretary of FBLA. Elissa was captain of the female varsity cross country and soccer teams for three years, and participated in other extracurricular activities including the Art National Honor Society, drama club, chorus and band. At The Citadel, Elissa is a sophomore Intelligence and Security major with double minors in Leadership and Cyber Interdisciplinary Studies. She hopes to add a major in Spanish. She is a member of the Leadership Scholars Program and a Yawkey Scholar. Elissa also attends Grace Girls and is the manager of The Citadel women’s soccer team. During her first semester at The Citadel, Elissa was awarded Dean’s List, Gold Stars, and President’s list distinctions. She would like to pursue a security career with the U.S. government.

Trevor West is a Veteran Day student, having served as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army. During his enlistment he received two Army Achievement Medals, a U.S. Presidential Certificate of Appreciation and became the only soldier to complete the 82nd Airborne Division’s Pre-Ranger Course as a PV2.

West owns and operates a five-unit rental portfolio consisting of both single family and residential multifamily properties. He is also the Founder and President of The Citadel Real Estate Investment Club, serves as a Sector Head for the Student Managed Investment Fund, and is a Veteran Mentor to Citadel cadets pursuing combat roles and positions in Special Operations units. He is a sophomore Gold Star recipient majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics and Data Science.

“Among our diverse new scholars are future military and civilian leaders, engineers and lawyers,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., director of CDSP and professor of management and leadership. “We see this program as beneficial to students in all majors and programs looking to maximize their opportunities for successful careers. We will develop their potential over their four years at The Citadel and make them well-rounded, well-versed, academically-prepared candidates who can put themselves up against the best of the best.” 

Potential scholars are invited to apply for the program based on academic achievements through their first semester at The Citadel. Successful candidates must submit an application, be interviewed by a panel of faculty and sign a contract committing them to a variety of academic goals.

“The first things we look for among potential scholars are ambition and verve,” adds Walker. “There are plenty of bright students out there with 4.0s, who will make out fine in life, but there is another tier, an upper echelon, for those who aspire to push themselves to be among the best in the world. 

CDSP provides its scholars with targeted tutoring, mentoring and fellowship advising focused on engagement – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.

The first four scholars, selected in 2019, are: 

  • Will Jensen, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Ashley Ruiz, Political Science and Cybersecurity Intelligence
  • Eric Skinner, English and Electrical Engineering
  • Martynas Tendzegolskis, Finance and Political Science 

“We are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates. If you think you have what it takes, please contact us. We want to help you,” Walker concluded.

For more information please contact Dr. Walker via email at walkerw@citadel.edu or Vanya Perez, CDSP program administrator, at vperez@citadel.edu.

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Cadet selected to serve on board for National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society https://today.citadel.edu/cadet-selected-to-serve-on-board-for-national-collegiate-hispanic-honor-society/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:11:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=19367 Cadet Micah Cohen's yearbook photoCadet Micah Cohen's yearbook photoThe National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has named The Citadel's Micah L. Cohen as the newest member of its Board of Student Advisers.]]> Cadet Micah Cohen's yearbook photoCadet Micah Cohen's yearbook photo

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Note: Cadet Micah Cohen is a Modern Languages major and a World History minor. He has earned gold stars for high academic achievement. He serves as in the rank of major in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, as an academic officer. Additionally, Cohen is serving his second year as vice president for the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Cohen attends The Citadel on an Army contract and is expected to earn a commission to become an officer upon graduation in May 2021. He is from Richmond, Virginia.

Sigma Delta Pi Names The Citadel’s Micah Cohen as Newest Members of
Board of Student Advisers

The Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has named The Citadel’s Micah L. Cohen as the newest member of its Board of Student Advisers (BSA).

Cohen begins his two-year term effective immediately and joins a very active and well-established BSA that was founded in 2016 and is currently chaired by Bailey Mitchell of Eastern Illinois University.

Sigma Delta Pi’s BSA provides national leadership opportunities to select student members who offer feedback to the national Executive Committee (EC) on select issues related to the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Such consultations between the EC and the BSA may include but are not limited to: 1) identifying strategic initiatives to bolster membership. 2) providing a student perspective on proposed initiatives of the Executive Committee. 3) identifying areas of potential improvement with Sigma Delta Pi’s various programs. 4) discussing select issues and concerns at both the national (EC) and local (chapter) levels. One of the BSA’s main projects is its quarterly newsletter Sigma Delta Pideas.

With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

For more information contact Mark P. Del Mastro at delmastromp@cofc.edu

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Two Citadel cadets earn Women in Defense scholarships https://today.citadel.edu/two-citadel-cadets-earn-women-in-defense-scholarships/ Fri, 28 Aug 2020 20:20:28 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18188 The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter is pleased to announce Cadets Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther as the awardees of its 2020 STEM Scholarship.]]>

Note: The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter awards two scholarships annually to women studying a STEM discipline; this year, Citadel cadets earned them both

From the Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter

The Women in Defense (WID) Palmetto Chapter is pleased to announce Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther as the awardees of its 2020 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship.

Layden is a senior at The Citadel and a Computer Science and German double major with minors in Cybersecurity and Fine Arts. She is a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Layden is contracted through the U. S. Air Force and will be commissioned upon graduation.

Guenther is a sophomore at The Citadel. She is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

The WID Palmetto Chapter’s STEM Scholarship is an annual award for women attending South Carolina colleges or universities pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Two annual scholarships of up to $2,500 are available, one of which is reserved for a veteran/member of the military/ROTC participant. Scholarship awards are made according to financial need, academic achievement, faculty recommendation, recognition and honors, activities, and personal essay.

The WID Palmetto Chapter, based in Charleston, S.C., was founded March 13, 2009. Their goal is to provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote advancement and recognition of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships between the local contractor community and Department of Defense agencies.

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