SoCon – The Citadel Today Tue, 28 Dec 2021 23:42:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SoCon – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 The Citadel photographer’s top 21 images from 2021 Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:00:00 +0000 "Building and nurturing our community, supporting one another and marching forward together is, to me, what principled leadership looks like."]]>

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

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

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

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

Cameron Pollack, Manager of Photography for The Citadel

Cameron’s top 21 images from 2021

The moon sets behind Padgett-Thomas Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
Knobs take part in a Leadership Reaction Course, which involved an individual movement training segment, a rope bridge, and learning to navigate the USMC obstacle course at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, president of The Citadel, watches with Commander William Lind, USN (Ret.), ’91, as The Citadel basketball plays Furman at McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Saturday Morning Inspection in dress whites takes place in Watts Barracks at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
The rehearsal flight for the HMX-1 Operational Test Event in support of the VH-92A Presidential Replacement Helicopter, deployed to Charleston by Marine Helicopter Squadron One, in coordination with the White House Military Office, takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Knobs embrace after hearing the 4th Class System is no longer in effect after participating in The Gauntlet on Summerall Field in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Sergeant Major Jason Moffitt receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Citadel nursing cadet Victoria Conley during a vaccination clinic for Citadel faculty and staff at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Cadet Kevin Pham jumps into the water with his rifle during Palmetto Battalion Army ROTC’s combat water survival test at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Cadets TyShonna Jones and Olivia Montgomery work on their respective paintings in a class led by Professor Rick Sargent in Bond Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Senior cadets preside over a pass in review during the 2021 Long Grey Line Parade on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
The cadet change of command takes place during the Long Gray Line parade for the Class of 2021 on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Thousands of people, including sisters Izzy and Hannah Leland, seen dancing, descended onto Summerall Field for an American Ballet Theater performance on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Lima Company Cadet Isabel Flores watches over the Law Barracks quad as knobs matriculate to The Citadel on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Cadets Jerry Higgins and Douglas Karam, accompanied by Biology professor John Weinstein, Ph.D., deploy an experiment to measure how face masks, rubber gloves and hand wipes decompose in the salt marsh behind Inouye Hall on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
Sierra Company commander Cadet Jaret Price climbs his company’s tower during a group stair climb to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Stevens Barracks in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The cadets, the Commandant of Cadets, the college chaplain and other members of the commandant’s team climbed 110 flights of stairs in unison.
November Company cadet (and The Citadel quarterback) Jaylan Adams puts on his Citadel class ring for the first time during a ceremony in Summerall Chapel on Friday, October 1, 2021.
The Citadel regimental commander Cadet Colonel Kathryn Christmas, and Virginia Military Institute regimental commander Cadet First Captain Casey Meredith swap covers during Parents’ Day parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This year marks the first year in which both of the rival military schools’ Corps of Cadets are commanded by Women.
The Citadel linebacker Brian Horn flexes while wearing the Silver Shako trophy after defeating Virginia Military Institute in a Southern Conference game at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. It was the first victory for the Bulldogs in The Military Classic of The South since 2018.
A cadet sitting guard is silhouetted in the 5th Battalion sally port prior to Twilight Memorial Parade at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 12, 2021.
The Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s elite silent drill platoon, marches on before their performance on Summerall Field during Homecoming on Saturday, November 13, 2021. (Editor’s note: This photo was made using a UAV.)
The Citadel volleyball huddles before their first set against Georgia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at O’Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, December 3, 2021. The Bulldogs’ match against the Yellow Jackets is the first appearance in an NCAA Tournament by a women’s team in the history of The Citadel.
Bulldogs win! Citadel volleyball earns school’s first SoCon title in women’s team sports Mon, 22 Nov 2021 16:58:46 +0000 The Citadel volleyball team won the military school’s first Southern Conference championship in a women’s team sport on Nov. 21. ]]>

Photo: The Citadel volleyball players celebrate after winning championship point at the SoCon tournament (Courtesy: Chase Cochran, Samford Athletics)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

For years, Citadel volleyball had a reputation.

“When I was at other schools, The Citadel was a place you scheduled to get your wins in,” said fourth-year coach Dave Zelenock. “It was a known thing — this is who you schedule to get your wins in.”

That reputation is changing.

The Citadel volleyball team won the military school’s first Southern Conference championship in a women’s team sport on Nov. 21. 

The No. 7-seed Bulldogs defeated No. 4 Wofford 3-0 at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala., taking their first league title by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. 

All-SoCon first-teamer Sharlissa de Jesus, who spent her summer working out with The Citadel football team, led the way with 18 kills. SoCon freshman of the year Ali Ruffin added 11 kills, while all-freshman player Belle Hogan had a team-high 42 assists as the Bulldogs improved on the first winning record in program history to 14-11. 

Makaya Middleton and Maddy Cardenas added six kills each, and Gina Delancey had five. Kenzie Kellerman, a 4-11 junior, had 11 digs, second only to 12 for de Jesus. 

The Bulldogs, who missed their first five games this season due to COVID-19 protocols, beat the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds on the way to the title, including three-time defending champion Samford. 

“It’s huge,” Zelenock said. “We’ve only have volleyball for 20 years, and for all the women who started it for us, it’s a big deal.”

Citadel volleyball began in 1998, and the team went 0-24 in its first season and 1-53 during the first two, never managing a winning record until this year.

“It’s definitely a huge milestone,” said de Jesus, a fifth-year senior from Puerto Rico. “But I think it will teach us that we’re capable of anything if we put our minds to it.”

That goes not only for volleyball, but for soccer, golf, cross country, rifle and track and field, the other women’s sports at The Citadel.

“I think for women’s athletics and The Citadel, it’s a huge deal,” said Zelenock, who was hired from Tennessee Tech in 2018. “I think for all the women’s programs, showing them that it’s possible is huge. For our team and our program, it’s a huge step forward. It’s going to help us with recruiting and show people that it’s not the way the program was years ago when it was first starting out.”

The Citadel will learn its NCAA Tournament assignment on Nov. 28, when the selection show is held at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. First-round play in the 64-team field begins Dec. 2.

“I have no words,” de Jesus said of earning a postseason bid. “Never in my life did I think that this would be happening, since I started as a freshman. But it’s a huge milestone and we’re definitely going to work even harder in our next few practices to keep making history for The Citadel.”

This year marked a high-water mark for women’s sports at The Citadel.

The Bulldogs’ soccer team, 10-7-2 this year under coach Ciaran Traquair, posted just the second winning record in program history, which dates back to 2001. The Citadel set a school record with 43 goals scored, and forward Suzuka Yosue became just the third Bulldog to earn first-team All-SoCon honors.

But this volleyball run is the biggest team achievement in the history of women’s sports at The Citadel, which first admitted women to the Corps of Cadets in 1996. Within five years, the military school went from no women’s sports to seven teams. Today, more than 50 percent of the women in the Corps participate in varsity sports, the highest percentage in Division I of female students playing varsity sports, according to The Citadel. 

Cross-country runner Mandy Garcia became The Citadel’s first female scholarship athlete in 1997, and Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen was named the Bulldogs’ first volleyball coach in 1998.

Track and field’s Peaches Hudson was the first Citadel woman to earn All-SoCon honors in 1999, and there are two females in the school’s athletics Hall of Fame — track and field’s Stephanie McNeil (Class of 2007), a nine-time SoCon champ in throwing events, and soccer’s Mariana Garcia (2014), the only Bulldog to earn SoCon freshman of the year and player of the honors in that sport.