Department of Psychology – The Citadel Today Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:12:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Department of Psychology – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Citadel begins demolishing historic Capers Hall and will construct a new academic building Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 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. 

Cadet Samuel De Los Santos recognized as this year’s best-drilled cadet Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:59:26 +0000 De Los Santos, a Psychology major from Irmo, SC went up against 36 other cadets during The Citadel’s Star of the West competition.]]>

Senior cadet wins 2021 Star of the West competition

Samuel De Los Santos is currently the South Carolina Corps of Cadet’s best-drilled cadet. De Los Santos, a Psychology major from Irmo, SC went up against 36 other cadets for the title during The Citadel’s Star of the West competition Fri., April 16.

The competition, which began at The Citadel in 1886, is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the precision required in military maneuvers and leadership positions in general.

Cadet Daniel Esteban joined De Los Santos in the final round of this year’s competition. Esteban previously won the Star of the West competition in 2019 and was also the runner-up in 2018.

Cadet Samuel De Los Santos, right, competing against Cadet Daniel Esteban, center, in the final round of the 2021 Star of the West competition

As best-drilled cadet, De Los Santos will have his name engraved on the Star of the West monument on Summerall Field. The monument was raised in 1961, 100 years after Citadel cadets fired upon the Star of the West ship in the Civil War. The names of all Star of the West competition winners are inscribed on the monument.

De Los Santos will also be awarded the Star of the West medal, which contains wood from the old ship, during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets awards convocation in May.

Class of ’21 cadet studying in Canada through prestigious Fulbright Killam Fellowship Tue, 02 Feb 2021 21:00:12 +0000 Cadet Gomes senior yearbook photo The Citadel '21Cadet Gomes senior yearbook photo The Citadel '21The Citadel Honors Program cadet is studying at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, during the spring semester through a Fulbright Canada Killam Scholarship.]]> Cadet Gomes senior yearbook photo The Citadel '21Cadet Gomes senior yearbook photo The Citadel '21

Cadet Thomas Gomes, a member of The Citadel Class of 2021, is finishing his college career with a distinction earned by few. The Citadel Honors Program cadet is studying at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, during the spring semester through a Fulbright Canada Killam Scholarship. It is provided by the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America.

“This fellowship affords me the time to conduct research as I finish both my biology and psychology majors,” said Gomes in an emailed message. “Additionally, this opportunity allows me to be a cultural ambassador for The Citadel and to gain knowledge about Alberta and the Canadian healthcare system.”

Gomes, who is from Indian Land, South Carolina, hopes to attend medical school and eventually open a medical practice with his father.

“Cadet Gomes embodies principled leadership, honor, duty, and respect, said  Lloyd “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D., head of The Citadel Department of Psychology and former Fulbright Fellowship Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Family Wellness at the University of Calgary. “The fact that he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Canada Killam Fellowship, which is incredibly competitive, comes as no surprise to those of us who have had the pleasure to teach him during his time at The Citadel.”

Gomes applied for the fellowship after learning about it from Taylor. The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country, according to the website.

“Being able to explore the beauty of Canada and to ski as much as possible is also a great benefit of this opportunity,” Gomes said.

During his cadet career, Thomas has been awarded both the Gold Star Award and the President’s Award for outstanding performance in academics, physical fitness as well as military duties.

In the spirit of the college’s servant-leader mantra, Gomes says he has worked to spread cultural understanding in multiple South American Countries. In Brazil, Thomas served as a teacher’s assistant, helping to increase foreign English proficiency and helping with daily operations. In Peru, he volunteered at the Special Children of the Amazon school and conducted research on the biodiversity of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo reserve in the Amazon jungle. In his free time, Gomes serves as vice president of The Citadel Surf Club taking the group to outings on on Lowcountry beaches.

Gomes anticipates returning to Charleston join his classmates in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets for their Commencement ceremonies on May 9.

Applications for The Citadel Honors Program from prospective cadets for the Class of 2025 are currently being accepted by invitation only, issued as part of the applications process to those who might qualify. To learn more about The Citadel Honors Program, please visit the website here, or email Prof. Ragan at

Cadet Thomas Gomes with his mother, Stephanie Gomes.
Positives of the Pandemic: Resiliency in Relationships Sat, 26 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 “We are actively seeking out communication in a way that we’ve never done before,” said Chip Taylor, Head of Psychology at The Citadel.]]>

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Danielle Hensley

Since March, the world has seen tremendous loss in all arenas of life as a result of COVID-19. In an attempt to shine some light, News 2’s Danielle Hensley is highlighting a few positive impacts the pandemic has made here in the Lowcountry in a new series called Positives of the Pandemic.

Social, familial, and romantic relationships are a core part of our society. During quarantine, that aspect was largely stripped from day-to-day routines.

By nature humans are social animals, always looking for a way to connect with others.

Being at home with a lot of time and not a lot of human interaction, many found themselves being more intentional, making new relationships, and strengthening old ones.

“I’ve actually lost people I know and loved to COVID… so it’s been really difficult,” Jenna Johnson, Goose Creek resident, shared.

People like Jenna Johnson have experienced the effects of COVID-19 in every aspect of life and have needed relationships more than ever.

“It’s almost been therapeutic to have people reach out or me reach out and have conversation by phone or by facetime,” Johnson added.

Johnson says staying in touch with friends and family has been a lifeline.

“One thing that has helped me really survive is being intentional about staying connected to my friends and family,” commented Johnson.

Relationships now forged through the screen instead of in person.

As a whole, society has been resilient in finding new ways to cope with the new normal.

“We are actively seeking out communication in a way that we’ve never done before,” said Chip Taylor, Head of Psychology at The Citadel.

Gone are the days of difficult long-distance phone calls. “Now we can zoom with people and intentionally call friends and connect with folks across the country across the world,” Taylor noted.

Despite our best efforts to cope, Taylor says isolation can cause sadness and anxiety — which is what people worldwide have experienced for nearly eight months — and it has fundamentally changed our collective sense of ‘normal.’

“Even if people try to shake a hand or give a hug at this point it’s become odd… The hard part about this pandemic is there really is no end point on this,” Taylor mentioned.

While the absence of touch is still felt this new way of communicating is a light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel.

“To me the overarching theme of positivity is resiliency. What we do is when we’re dealing with a crisis we typically find a way to find some positivity,” Taylor emphasized.

All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team announced Sat, 19 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Dr. Chip Taylor and Henry Bouton are The Citadel's newest All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team members.]]>

Two representatives from each school honored on annual teams

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team on Thursday, with two representatives each from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league.

While the selections were left up to each institution’s discretion, the recipients all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.

The faculty and staff recipients include: The Citadel’s Dr. Chip Taylor and Henry Bouton; ETSU’s Dr. Virginia Foley and Janet Stork; Furman’s Dr. Marian Strobel and Todd Duke; Mercer’s Dr. Mahkin Thitsa and Matt Brownback; UNC Greensboro’s Dr. Jeremy Bray and Amy Collins Moore; Samford’s Dr. Celeste Hill and Paige Mathis; Chattanooga’s Dr. Christine Benz Smith and Endia Butler; VMI’s Col. Timothy Hodges and Chief Michael Marshall; Western Carolina’s Dr. Kelly R. Kelley and Courtney Gauthier; and Wofford’s Dr. Anna Catllá and Lisa Lefebvre.

Dr. Chip Taylor, The Citadel

Lloyd "Chip" Taylor, Ph.D.
Lloyd “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D., professor of Psychology, The Citadel

The Citadel’s Dr. Chip Taylor is the Head of the Department of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. For over a decade, Taylor has served as the institution’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. In that capacity, he has been a tireless advocate for student athletes and for student athlete well-being. Most recently, he has led the charge to establish psychology resiliency coaches to assist student-athletes and cadets on campus. In addition, over the past two years he has served on the Executive Committee for The Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery. He serves as the chapter advisor for Chi Alpha Sigma, the national honors society for student-athletes, is a member of the SoCon Executive Committee, and is a past president of the Southern Conference. In addition to his work on various committees within the SoCon and at The Citadel, Taylor was instrumental in establishing the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences which will focus on exploring concepts of leadership and ethics from a research and scholarly perspective.

Henry Bouton, director of Intramural and Extramural Sports at The Citadel

Henry Bouton, The Citadel

Henry Bouton is the Director of Intramurals and Extramural Sports at The Citadel through the Department of Health and Human Performance. He schedules, organizes and carries out the day-to-day operations of more than 20 intramural sports on campus. A 1980 graduate of The Citadel, Bouton is an ambassador for The Citadel in the way he treats members, visitors and cadets, developing relationships and treating everyone with courtesy and respect while upholding The Citadel’s Core Values of Honor, Duty and Respect. Because of the work he does in the classroom and on the field of play with cadets enrolled in the Sports Officiating class, those students develop a sense of authority that comes from knowledge acquisition; they are shown how to handle their own mistakes professionally and they are given the opportunity to practice maintaining a cool head.

Dr. Virginia Foley, ETSU

Dr. Virginia Foley is a professor in ETSU’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and serves as program coordinator for the Administrative Endorsement master’s and doctoral programs. She has served the university in a number of leadership positions including President of the Faculty Senate and the faculty Trustee on the ETSU Board of Trustees. She serves the university on numerous committees, including the Academic Portfolio Review committee and the Institutional Review Board and is a mentor to other faculty. Her work takes her into the area schools, where she helps principals develop their leadership and professional skills. Foley has been part of the Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Bootcamp program and can often be seen helping students from other programs in addition to working with her own students. She goes above and beyond to build community with the doctoral students in her program. Even though her program is online, her students choose to come to Johnson City throughout their program to meet with Foley and she hosts them for meals at her home. She regularly attends their events, from the Bluegrass exhibitions and music department concerts to theatre performances and sporting events.

Janet Stork, ETSU

ETSU’s Janet Stork is the Event and Project Coordinator for the College of Public Health. An ardent supporter of ETSU athletics, she has organized the College’s tailgating efforts for every football game, as well as an annual Family Day for faculty and staff and their families to attend a women’s basketball game. At the tailgating event, Stork has several posters created that show every College of Public Health student that is on a sports team, in the marching band, or is a member of the cheerleading, dance or spirit squad. Stork conceptualized and now organizes the College’s Pinning and Hooding ceremony each semester, as well as the annual Student Awards ceremony. Stork came to ETSU in April 2010 to serve as the Executive Aide in the Office of the Dean in the College of Public Health before transitioning in 2018 to her current position. In her role, she also serves as the coordinator for the Tennessee Institute of Public Health. Stork has twice earned a College of Public Health Outstanding Support Staff Award (2012, 2018) and earned individual Dean’s Recognition for Outstanding Contribution in 2011 and 2019 and group honors four times.

Dr. Marian Strobel, Furman

Dr. Marian Strobel is the William Montgomery Burnett Professor in History at Furman. The Chair of the History Department from 1999-2010, she has served on a myriad of committees at Furman and has been the recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award and the Maiden Invitation Award for excellence in the classroom. She has also been an active participant in the First Year Seminar program and was a member of the original task force that implemented that project. Currently a Shi Sustainability Fellow, Strobel studies the history of women’s higher education and American politics after World War II, as well as African-American history. She has presented her research in sessions at such prestigious venues as the annual conferences of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association. She has also been a member of special teaching-based and has been part of Furman faculty foreign study trips to Canada, Jamaica, Cuba and Mexico. During numerous May terms since 2014, Strobel has co-directed a study away class on “War and Remembrance” that commemorates the centenary of World War I and travels to England, France and Belgium.

Todd Duke, Furman

Todd Duke, a member of the Furman community since 1997 and Furman’s Heller Service Corp Staff Member of the Year selection for the 2018-19 school year, serves as associate athletics director of facilities and game operations, with direct oversight and management responsibilities for all scheduled events involving Timmons Arena and athletic facilities. Before becoming a member of the Furman athletic department in 2013, he served as business manager and director of operations for Timmons Arena (1997-04) and later associate director with university conference and event services. In addition to his Furman work duties, he has served as faculty advisor to Furman’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2015.

Dr. Mahkin Thitsa, Mercer

Dr. Mahkin Thitsa is an Associate Professor in the Mercer University School of Engineering, having joined the faculty in 2013 after serving as a Research Assistant Professor at Old Dominion, her alma mater. Her research interests include nonlinear systems and control theory, model-free control and data-driven control strategies. She has successfully applied control methods to photonic devices, unmanned aerial vehicles and traffic flow networks. As the director of the Cyber-physical Systems and Control Laboratory at Mercer University School of Engineering, she has mentored a large number of undergraduate students, including four who have been selected to receive a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She has published numerous journal articles and conference proceedings with her undergraduate researchers as co-authors.

Matt Brownback, Mercer

Mercer’s Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services, Matt Brownback joined the Bears’ athletic staff in 2013 as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program before being hired in 2015 as an Academic Coordinator of Student-Athletes. In 2016, he was promoted to Director of Student-Athlete Support Services before being promoted to his current position in 2019. His work, offering advising as well as coordinating all aspects of their academic support, serves to provide a positive experience for Mercer’s student-athletes as they negotiate their academic and athletic paths. He and his team have also played a large role in Mercer winning the SoCon’s Barrett-Bonner Award for placing the largest percentage of student-athletes on the conference academic honor roll. Mercer has earned the award each year since joining the Southern Conference.

Dr. Jeremy Bray, UNCG

Dr. Jeremy Bray is the Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor of Economics and Interim Head of the Department of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG. Since joining UNCG in 2013, he has fostered transdisciplinary health and wellness research within the Bryan School and across the university through his leadership and mentoring of faculty and students. Bray conducts research on the economics of health behaviors and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous economic evaluations funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His publications have been referenced thousands of times by other researchers and have had a profound impact on public health by supporting the resource allocation decisions of federal, state and local policymakers, as well as employers, both nationally and internationally.

Amy Collins Moore, UNCG

Amy Moore is the Business Officer and Executive Assistant to the Dean in UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to these duties, she is the Affirmative Action Officer and manages Human Resource Management at the Dean’s level, which includes faculty and staff searches and personnel paperwork for faculty, staff and students. On staff at her alma mater since 2003, Moore serves on the Staff Senate and is currently on the Personal and Professional Development Committee and has been the Secretary and served on the Staff Recognition Committee in the past. She previously worked as the Executive Director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, Chapter Director for Operation Smile, and President of the Greensboro Jaycees. As a wife and mom to three daughters, she spends her free time as a Girl Scout Co-Leader and a member of the Greensboro’s Woman’s Club and is active in her daughters’ school PTSAs.

Dr. Celeste Hill, Samford

Dr. Celeste Hill is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, also serving as the faculty advisor of Samford’s student chapter of the National Council on Family Relations (SUNCFR) and as an advisor for underclassman. Hill, who holds four degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Ph.D. in educational psychology, currently teaches Infant and Child Development, Gerontology and the Family, and Family Life Interaction. Hill’s areas of interest include experiential education, online learning and development during late adulthood. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Samford, Hill, who became certified as an online instructor and as a national peer reviewer for Quality Matters, earned the Stephen Shank Recognition for significant contribution to learner success at Capella University for the 2012 and 2013 academic years.

Paige Mathis, Samford

Paige Mathis serves as Samford’s Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics. In her eighth season, Mathis oversees the Academic Enhancement Program for Student-Athletes and is the primary academic counselor for the Bulldogs’ football program. Prior to her current role, Mathis served as the academic counselor for six sports and a tutor coordinator at Samford. Her passion for athletic academic service stems from her commitment to assisting student-athletes succeed not only on the field or court, but also in the classroom.

Dr. Christine Benz Smith, Chattanooga

Dr. Christine Benz Smith has been at Chattanooga in several capacities since 2001 and currently serves as the Director of the School of Nursing and the Chief Health Affairs Officer. Smith, who holds the rank of UC Foundation Associate Professor, is a member of the UT System COVID-19 Task Force, the UTC COVID-19 Campus Support Team, Emergency Operations Command, the Facilities Use Committee, and the Implementation Task Force and served on the Fall 2020 Task Force chairing the Campus Safety and Risk Management subcommittee. She has been awarded the Carolyn and Roger G. Brown Community Engagement Award, the UT System President’s Connect Award, the Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award for the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, the Dean Stinnett Award for the College of Health Education and Professional Studies, and the Girls’ Inc. Unbought and Unbossed Award, and was named one of the ETSU College of Nursing Top 60 Alums. She also earned the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga Keystone Award and the Dedicated to Youth Service Award. She is an American Lung Association Woman of Distinction.

Endia Butler, Chattanooga

Endia Butler is the Student Employment Coordinator for the Financial Aid Office at Chattanooga. She is responsible for Federal Work Study, Academic Service and Job Location and Development. Butler is passionate about partnering with other departments on campus to create programs that focus on the career and personal development of underrepresented students. In 2020, Butler and Dr. Lisa Piazza, Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor, created the Undergraduate Research Training Opportunity Program Scholars, a program that provides students an opportunity to learn research methodology and work as a research assistant under a faculty mentor. Butler teaches one of the First Year Experience courses and is an active volunteer in the First-Generation Program at UTC. She received the Chancellor’s Blue Ribbon Award in April 2020 for the impact she has had on one of her first-generation mentees. Butler earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at UTC and was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Leadership Academy.

Col. Timothy Hodges, VMI

Colonel Tim Hodges, who currently serves as Professor and Head of Physics and Astronomy as well as Faculty Athletics Representative for VMI Athletics, has served the Institute as a distinguished member of the VMI faculty in a teaching career that spans nearly four decades. His teaching interests are in the areas of solid mechanics, dynamics and finite element analysis. After graduating from VMI in 1980, Hodges began his teaching career on post and was instrumental in the development of VMI’s mechanical engineering program. He went on to earn a Ph. D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and continued to make a lasting impact in the Mechanical Engineering Department, where he served in many roles including department head and head of the engineering division. Hodges has received numerous awards throughout his tenure, including the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the VMI Distinguished Teaching Award, the VMI Institute Achievement Medal (twice), and the Charles S. Luck, Jr. ’20 Institute Professorship. He has taught over 25 courses during his tenure and has served on numerous VMI committees and service initiatives supporting both cadet and faculty development.

Chief Michael Marshall, VMI

Chief Michael Marshall has served the last 14 years as Police Chief for the Virginia Military Institute. The 32-year public safety professional has served in and led many areas in various departments, including Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs, Special Operations & Dignitary Security, Emergency Preparedness and Recruiting & Training. Marshall established and administers VMI’s Game Day Safety and Security Protocols. He provides key leadership in the overall strategic direction of Central Dispatch and the overall combined locality shared agreement in supporting and improving these services. Marshall leads the important safety and security implementation to support VIP visitors to Post. During his tenure, many national and international dignitaries have been welcomed, including a U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of Defense, and the Governor of Virginia multiple times.

Dr. Kelly R. Kelley, Western Carolina

Since 2010, Dr. Kelly R. Kelley she has served as the University Participant Program Coordinator, Consultant, and now Director. Kelley is also an Associate Professor of Inclusive/Special Education. She has published 33 book chapters and articles and presented at more than 165 conferences. Her research interests include secondary transition, independent living, and inclusive postsecondary opportunities for individuals with intellectual disability. The two-time graduate of Western Carolina, who also holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, recently wrote a book called Teaching, Including, and Supporting College Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

Courtney Gauthier, Western Carolina

Courtney Gauthier has served as the Associate Director of Career Integrated Learning with the Center for Career and Professional Development at Western Carolina since 2017. She has worked in the field of career development since 2006, working with career centers at both public and private institutions. Gauthier works with students to make meaning of their college experiences and helps them select majors, explore interests, identify and reach goals, and develop competitive application materials to launch successfully into their next steps. She collaborates with faculty and staff to develop workshops targeted to the needs of their students and their curriculum and is passionate about bringing career development conversations into classrooms and student meetings across campus.

Dr. Anna Catllá, Wofford

Dr. Anne Catllá is an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator of the Applied Mathematics Concentration, and Director of the Center for Innovation and Learning at Wofford, where she has been teaching since 2008. Catllá’s classes and research interests center on the application of mathematics to a variety of fields. Recently, her research has focused on social justice and looking at how districts are drawn using techniques to detect possibly gerrymandered congressional districts. In her classroom and in her work directing the Center for Innovation and Learning, Catllá seeks to create inclusive spaces that give all learners the opportunity to grow in their understanding of a topic of study and to apply that understanding to other aspects of their educational and professional lives. Catllá was the recipient of the 2014 Roger Milliken Award for the Excellence in Teaching of Science.

Lisa Lefebvre, Wofford

Lisa Lefebvre is the director of employee wellness and medical services at Wofford. Before coming to Wofford, she worked as a nurse at AnMed, Duke University Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, The American Red Cross, and Converse College. Lefebvre has always been a strong advocate for health and wellness on campus. Over the past nearly 10 years, she has worked with students, faculty and staff to increase fitness and wellness on campus, to stop smoking, and to increase access and availability of immunizations. Most recently, has been an important leader in the College’s COVID response team.

Growing Acceptance of Mental Health Issues Generates Higher Demand in Clinical Counseling Sat, 05 Dec 2020 17:57:00 +0000 Mental Health and Clinical CounselingMental Health and Clinical CounselingWith more acceptance of and interest in mental health, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% increase in the mental health workforce between now and 2030. Earn your Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel.]]> Mental Health and Clinical CounselingMental Health and Clinical Counseling

The importance of taking care of and talking about your mental health has stepped out of its once-taboo shadow and into the public eye. It’s evident with campaigns such as Cigna’s celebrity-studded initiative comprising Queen Latifah, Nick Jonas and Ted Danson, who address recognizing your mental health; social movements like IDONTMIND that inspire people to openly speak about mental health issues, and the multitude of e-counseling apps that have been created, for example Talkspace and BetterHelp.

With more acceptance of and interest in mental health, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% increase in the mental health workforce between now and 2030. This number doesn’t even include the demand for college counseling centers, hospitals and social service agencies that are all in need.  Growing demand presents an opportunity and job security for those who are interested in a clinical counseling career.

To best serve our community, we need individuals that have training based on evidence-based psychological principles that emphasize an approach to understanding client problems and developing intervention strategies that are successful.  

One such program that can deliver the education for those interested is to obtain a Master of Arts in Psychology: Clinical Counseling degree. The Citadel offers a curriculum that reflects current knowledge and perspectives concerning clinical mental health counseling and human development needs of a diverse society.              

Students looking to continue their path should choose a program that has a strong reputation in the community. Since 2016, 79% of graduates have obtained employment in the field before graduation and another 17% obtained employment within 3 months of graduation.

Also notable is that graduates of this program achieve substantially above average passing rates on required licensure exams. Since 2015, Citadel graduates have reported a first-time passage rate of 100% compared to an overall 72% passage rate on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and 53% passage rate on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) in 2016 for all taking the exam in South Carolina.

The curriculum has been developed according to guidelines set forth by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and the program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

What’s even more convenient? Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Advance your career on your own time; but you must act soon. The application deadline is March 1 for admission during the Summer or Fall terms.

To learn more about The Citadel’s Master of Arts in Psychology: Clinical Counseling program or to apply, click here.

A veteran, student, alumnus and coordinator — meet Jesse Brooks Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:30:02 +0000 An integral part of The Citadel is the Veteran Student Success Center, open to both day and evening veteran students.]]>

The Military College of South Carolina is, in addition to being a leadership laboratory for the Corps of Cadets, where many former service members choose to complete or continue their education.

An integral part of The Citadel’s support for those students is the Veteran Student Success Center (VSSC), open to both day and evening veteran students.

In addition to supporting academics, one of the VSSC’s primary missions is to foster social interaction and community-building for veterans on campus.

These things would not be possible without the Veteran Services Coordinator, Jesse Brooks; he also assists the school’s certifying official.

Jesse Brooks, a Citadel Graduate College student and Veterans Services Coordinator, works in the Veteran Student Success Center at The Citadel

Brooks, one of The Citadel’s many student veterans, is also a full-time employee. He processes students’ VA Education Benefits, while also planning, coordinating and collaborating on events for veterans.

If that weren’t enough, Brooks also serves as the advisor for The Citadel’s Student Veteran Association, which also works to help further veteran initiatives, while building relationships both on and off campus.

When he’s not in the VSSC, Brooks is working towards completing a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Leadership.

“When I am not at working here or at home doing school work, I enjoy spending my time with my daughters, Adalyn and Kayla. They were a big driving force for me to continue my education and to get my degree, just so I could hope to be a good example for them. I always tell them to question things until they are satisfied learning about it, and to go in with as much interest as possible.”

Jesse Brooks, USN (Ret.), Citadel Class of 2020
Jesse Brooks graduating from the Naval Nuclear Power School

Learn more about the former Navy nuclear machinist mate here:

When did you retire from service? Did you come to The Citadel immediately after? If not, what did you do between?

I honorably discharged in 2014.  Prior to discharging I had already had a job lined up in Atlanta, GA, at a natural gas plant. I worked there for three years before deciding I needed a career change and to go to college. I initially went to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree; but, after several life events, I realized what I really wanted to do was help people. It was at that point I transferred to The Citadel and began to work on my B.A. in Psychology.

Jesse Brooks with Bachelor of Arts degree from The Citadel

How did you hear about The Citadel, especially being from Hawaii? Where did you earn your undergrad?

So I am a military brat. I was born in Honolulu, lived in San Antonio, and finished middle school in Germantown, OH (about an hour north of Cincinnati). I first heard about The Citadel when I was stationed here, from 2010-2012, when I was going through the Navy’s Nuclear Training Pipeline. When my buddies and I would go downtown on the weekends, we would always see the cadets walking around, and we just ended up chatting with a couple of them. We were just asking each other about The Citadel, being in the military and enjoying conversing.

What do you hope to use your M.Ed. for after graduation? When do you expect to graduate?

I plan on using my M.Ed. to move up into high executive type positions within an institution. Ideally, I would love to become a department head of veteran/military affairs/services because this is a demographic of students and people in general that I enjoy working with and for. I expect to graduate in Fall 2021, if everything goes to plan.

What does it mean to you, being able to help other veterans earn degrees and to be part of a community here on campus?

Helping veterans, to me, is the very least I can do for these people. Regardless, if someone does one year or retires, these people made a sacrifice that I will always be grateful for. I grew up in a military family, these are the people that I am used to. Any one of them would drop whatever they are doing to help out someone else. I just want to be that person to help them.

What’s your favorite part of your job or The Citadel as a whole?

My favorite part of my job is when I can just take a small break from the computer and talk to a student. Doesn’t have to be advising, counseling, about school, but I usually bring the conversation back around to how things are going here, any issues with classes or the VA and then just let them know that if they need help to reach out.

What I enjoy most at The Citadel, especially as a student, is the atmosphere. I feel had I gone to any other college, I would have been less motivated to do the work. At The Citadel, there is this feeling of discipline and structure that is so reminiscent of the military, that I knew I could do nothing but succeed.

Do you ever interact with cadets? If so, how? Do you ever give advice or support to those planning to go into the military after graduation?

I do interact with cadets, less now, than when I was in my undergrad, but I still interact with those who are using VA Education Benefits. I never really “advised” many cadets unless they were wanting to go into the Navy, and especially if they were wanting to go into the Nuclear Program. I feel like I know enough about those two to give a cadet enough information. Regardless, I would (and still do) support those who plan on joining the military. To me there is nothing more selfless you can do than to serve your country, in peace or war.

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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.

Remembering Prof. Dan Bellack Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:12:40 +0000 Dr. Dan BellackDr. Dan BellackThe life of Dan Bellack, Ph.D., a visiting professor with The Citadel Graduate College for 20 years, will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Trident Technical College.]]> Dr. Dan BellackDr. Dan Bellack

The life of Dan Bellack, Ph.D., a visiting professor with The Citadel Graduate College for 20 years, will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, with a gathering of the Trident Technical College community in Building 920. All are welcome.

Dr. Bellack served as department head of behavioral and social sciences at Trident Technical College for more than 20 years and also taught at the College of Charleston, in addition to teaching master’s level courses through the Department of Psychology at The Citadel.

One of Dr. Bellack’s colleagues and friends at The Citadel, Steve Nida, Ph.D., offered these reflections:

Dan Bellack had been teaching at The Citadel for several years when I arrived as psychology’s new department head in the fall of 2002. Dan quickly became a good friend, and we remained close until his untimely passing.

Dan was bright, loyal, and witty. He was a kind soul who genuinely cared about his students, and I don’t know that I have ever encountered anyone who loved teaching as much as Dan did; furthermore, he was good at it — truly a master teacher.

Throughout most of the time that I knew Dan, he was serving as chair of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division at Trident Tech. Most department chairs seek to minimize their teaching obligations simply because the administrative duties occupy so much of one’s time, yet Dan — without fail — was always willing to step in and help us out whenever and wherever we needed him (even though he always had a full slate of teaching responsibilities at Trident). That was because, as I have noted, he just loved the classroom. Dan primarily taught developmental psychology to Citadel graduate students, and he had recently been one of the authors of a successful textbook in that area.

Although Dan was an accomplished psychologist, everyone who knew him thinks of him first as someone who was, very simply, a great guy. His gentle manner, quiet competence, and sharp sense of humor will be missed. Dan’s death is a real loss for The Citadel, for Trident, and for the field of psychology.

Dr. Bellack’s obituary:

Daniel Robert Bellack, 73, left this life on Thursday March 14, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Yongmei, in-laws Maoyin Wang and Min Fang, sons Jason (Danielle) and Braden (Kelly), sister Sandi Bellack (Vido Chavez), three grandchildren (Liam, who had an especially close relationship with his PopPop, and twins Nathaniel and Amelia), his former wife (Jan), and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Billy” and Terri Bellack.

Dan was born on January 15, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, but spent most of his childhood in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Miami, and received bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees from the University of Florida, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Dan moved to Virginia in 1973 and worked as a college counselor. He and his family then moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he attended the University of Kentucky and earned his PhD in cognitive developmental psychology. While there, he became an avid lifetime Kentucky Wildcats fan.

Dan devoted his career to being in the classroom with students. He served on the faculty and as department head of behavioral and social sciences at Lexington (KY) Technical College. Upon relocating to Charleston in 1988, he served as visiting professor of psychology at the College of Charleston, and in 1992 joined the faculty at Trident Technical College, where he also served as department head of behavioral and social sciences for more than 20 years. He continued to teach there until his death. He also served as visiting professor of psychology at the Citadel Graduate College for more than 20 years.

Co-author of a psychology textbook, Visualizing the Lifespan (Wiley, 2015), Dan was an invited regular presenter at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. He was a member of the American Psychological Association and the South Carolina Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. His research focused on pedagogy in the classroom and critical thinking. He served as a reviewer and consultant to publishers for numerous introductory and developmental psychology textbooks. Notably, he presented at TEDx-Charleston in April 2018.

Dan was a great teacher, beloved by thousands of students whose lives he touched. He also was an avid musician and accomplished trumpet player. An inaugural member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, he played with the Charleston Community Band for more than 20 years, and in many concerts, theater, and social events over the years.

Known best for his wit and sarcastic humor, Dan brought smiles to the faces of his family, friends, students, coworkers, and even strangers he met in passing. He often used his gift of humor to create welcoming learning environments for his students and to alleviate tense moments of discussion with friends and family alike. His gift for making others laugh will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Funeral services will be private.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 pm with a gathering of the Trident Technical College community, Building 920. In lieu of flowers (no flowers, please), donations may be made to the Daniel R. Bellack Memorial Scholarship at Trident Technical College Foundation, PO Box 61227, Charleston SC 29419-1227 to honor Dan’s life and legacy in perpetuity. Every dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor. Visit our guestbook at charleston


Students live, learn, and intern in Washington, DC Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:05:18 +0000 Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participantsThe Citadel in DC is a summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. Students earn nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual and intelligence course.]]> Citadel in DC participantsCitadel in DC participants

The Citadel in DC is a 10-week summer program where students live, learn, and intern using Washington, DC as an active classroom. The program earns students nine credit hours–six hours for their internship, and three for a visual perception course they participate in throughout the summer.

“Internships in DC are very competitive, so students have to start networking pretty aggressively during fall semester, and working with the career center and The Citadel Club of Greater Washington,” says Page Tisdale, Director of The Citadel Career Center. “Most students leave with a number of opportunities, whether to continue interning or a full time offer.”

“Getting the first thing on your resume is very difficult, but once it’s there you’re off and running.”

Darrell Smith, ’86
President and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association
Hosts interns for The Citadel in DC program every year

On weekends students participate in lectures and formal classes for an interdisciplinary course that focuses on how they analyze, articulate, and act upon visual information.  As part of this course, students visit museums and government institutions around the DC metro, and sharpen visual perception, intelligence gathering, and communication skills from both the fine arts and criminal justice perspectives.

The course begins with a creative and art appreciation component. Students learn to look carefully at a piece of art and interpret the information.  Then they use the same observation techniques for a situational awareness and security aspect.

“It’s the environment in and of itself,” says Ed Lugo, professor of criminal justice and former secret service agent. “We take in this city and make it into a living classroom. Listen to what is going on around you. Take that information and develop it into intelligence. The way people look, the way they smile, how wide their eyes are, whether they’re using only one half of their face to exhibit emotions–all of these things are critical in giving us information.”

Students spend the summer living in the dorms at Catholic University, experiencing life as a traditional college student and all that it entails. Social highlights included group outings to the Washington Nationals, attending the Marines Corps 8th and I parade, and more.

“It’s amazing to see studentssome from very small townscome to the city and grow,” says Tisdale.  “They grow professionally, learn how to network, and learn how to see things from a different perspective. It matures them.“

David Days, History and Spanish Major, Senator Tim Scott Office Internship

David Days
Intern for the Office of Senator Tim Scott on Capitol Hill
Class of 2019
History and Spanish major

“There are a lot of cool people in this city and that’s one thing I’m really emphasizing–the people. It really makes the internship, being able to interact with all these people from different walks of life. Pursuing a law career, being here, and interacting and developing relationships with a lot of different types of people is definitely a useful skill, and not just for law–really any career.”

Ryan Adkins, National Waste and Recycling Association internship

Ryan Adkins
Intern for the National Waste & Recycling Association
Class of 2020
Political science major

“My favorite part of this program has been getting to meet and connect with a lot of the alumni. There’s a strong alumni network here, about 1,400.  It’s been really nice, we go to meet and greets, and work with them to recruit high school students to attend The Citadel. We’ve gone to see their work spaces and are introduced to more connections.  And I got to meet the incoming Citadel president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, at the 8th and I parade. That was really cool.”

Roshan Joseph, Veteran Student, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) internship

Roshan Joseph
Intern for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Veteran day student
Intelligence and security studies major

“As a part of the Air Force Reserves, I was tasked to come in during the 2017 hurricane season to help with evacuation and relief efforts.  Charleston was the hub sending out a lot of disaster relief supplies to support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. I saw the smaller scale of sending cargo out, and saw all these airplanes leaving with cargo and coming back empty.  And then I got to come here to FEMA and see the bigger picture; the decision making and all the things that go on behind the scenes.  It helped me fully understand what really goes on, and brought things full circle.”

Cadet Tierra Price, Pyschology Major, TSA and Senator Tim Scott Internships

Tierra Price
Intern for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Office of Senator Tim Scott
Class of 2020
Psychology Major

“I’ve always been interested in different cultures other than mine, so one of my favorite museums in Washington DC has been the Freer|Sackler Museum, which is based on Asian culture. One thing that really stood out to me was Buddhism, meditation and the art of healing.”

Cadet Richard Greve, History Major, National Archives Internship

Richard Greve
Intern for the National Archives
Class of 2020
History Major

“As an archivist you can’t rush filing documents, so this internship has taught me patience.  I’m currently working with Vietnam War documents, and one of my greatest memories this summer was getting the opportunity to see the Vietnam War Memorial in person.  My grandfather fought in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps and it was great to get a more open perspective and an idea of how he may have felt. Maybe in time I’ll convince him to come out here and see the monument himself.”

Where are they working?

National Waste & Recycling Association
Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Senator Tim Scott
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Archives
Institute of World Politics
…and more!