Upcoming News from The Citadel – February 2022

February “Campus Reads” dedicated to Black History Month

During the month of February, the college’s 2022 Black History Month Committee invites members of The Citadel Family to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” for this month’s “Campus Reads” book suggestion.

Related events will include a screening of the book’s cinematic adaptation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Jenkins Hall and a group discussion of the book at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Daniel Library. More details on both these events are below.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a biographical exposé by Rebecca Skloot, tracing the story of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells survived her death of cervical cancer in 1951 after being harvested and propagated by researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital with neither her nor her family’s knowledge nor consent.

To register for the film screening, click here. To register for the book discussion, click here.

Parade and reception in honoring The Citadel’s first seven African American women graduates

Friday, Feb. 4
3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Summerall Field and the President’s House
Free, open to the public

During the first Friday of Black History Month, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ dress parade will honor the first seven African American women cadets to graduate from The Citadel.

The parade is timed to honor the 20th anniversary of their graduation.

Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field. After, The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, will host cadets, students, faculty, staff and alumni for a reception at his home on campus.

Presentation on President Lincoln’s path to Emancipation

Tuesday, Feb. 8
5 p.m.
Swain Boating Center
Free, open to the public

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, John David Smith, Ph.D., will give a presentation at The Citadel focused on Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation and regiments of African American troops who fought in the Civil War.

Smith, who is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will argue that Lincoln’s path to emancipation for America’s enslaved population, and his mobilization of Black soldiers in the U.S. Army, was more linear than previous historians have maintained. His lecture also will address the military service of the solders referred to, during the Civil War, as the U.S. Colored Troops and their broad meaning in African American history and culture.

A Brooklyn, New York, native, Smith studied southern and Civil War history at the University of Kentucky and has taught at several universities, including North Carolina State University and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. He has published 31 books, and received multiple awards for his scholarship and teaching.

Storm The Citadel

Saturday, Feb. 12
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, one of the biggest STEM events in the Lowcountry will take The Citadel by storm.

Storm The Citadel returns on Saturday, Feb. 12. Teams of  K-12 students will travel to campus and compete in a variety of science, math and engineering challenges — including launching their hand-made trebuchets (medieval-style catapults), firing water bottle rockets, testing miniature bridges and competing with Lego robots.

Through Storm The Citadel, the college’s STEM Center of Excellence, along with the School of Engineering, the Zucker Family School of Education and the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, promote STEM education and allows students to use the skills they learn in the classroom in tangible, exciting ways.

The event, which draw hundreds of students, teachers, coaches, parents and spectators each year, was developed in 2011 with help from Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director for the STEM Center of Excellence. Albert specializes in STEM educational evaluation and research, with an emphasis on K-16 computer science education, science education, educational assessment and STEM classroom implementation. Albert also recently received a Fulbright grant award to do research in Australia in 2023.

Black History Month Panel on Health Disparities

Tuesday, Feb. 15
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Swain Boating Center
Free, open to the public

The Black History Month Committee will host a panel discussion and poster presentation on “Health Disparities” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

This event is in keeping with the theme of this year’s Black History Month: “Black Health and Wellness.”

Panelists will include local African American healthcare professionals in various fields, and poster presentations will highlight Citadel student and faculty research.

Patrice Capers, Ph.D., a biology professor at The Citadel, will serve as moderator.

To register for the event, click here.

Screening of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Wednesday, Feb. 16
6:30 p.m.
Jenkins Hall auditorium, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the campus community

As part of this month’s “Campus Reads,” focused on “The Immortal Lie of Henrietta Lacks,” The Citadel’s African-American Society will host a screening of the book’s cinematic adaptation.

The screening will begin at 6:30 in Jenkins Hall auditorium. It is free and open to all members of the campus community, though space is limited.

To register for the film screening, click here.

This event is in keeping with the theme of this year’s Black History Month: “Black Health and Wellness.”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a biographical exposé by Rebecca Skloot, tracing the story of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells survived her death of cervical cancer in 1951 after being harvested and propagated by researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital with neither her nor her family’s knowledge or consent. The text raises provocative and timely questions about medical ethics, the institutional exploitation of minoritized individuals, and the pervasive cynicism about healthcare within the Black community to this day. 

Final round of Baker Business Bowl XIII

Wednesday, Feb. 16
3 – 6:15 p.m.
Bastin Hall
Free, open to the public

The final round of the Baker Business Bowl XIII will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Five groups of Citadel cadets and students are spending the beginning of the spring semester working on a business idea that could turn into a $10,000 check and also a future career.

During the final round, teams will present a full business plan for their idea — including marketing, pricing and production strategies, detailed financial projections, and other relevant business details — to a judging committee, who will decide the first and second place winner.

To watch the presentations via Zoom, click here.

To watch the awards ceremony via Zoom, click here.

The first place prize is $10,000, meant to help them start their business; the second-place team will receive $5,000. The prize money is made possible by The Citadel Class of 1989.

The five teams that made it to the finals are:

  • ACE Aeronautical Engineering Consulting — A business proposal to plan, design, and develop vertiports (a type of airport for aircrafts that land and take off vertically) to accommodate multiple eVTOL designs.
  • Glow Dot Ink — The team’s goal is to lower the rate of colon cancer/ lesion misidentification in surgery by using a glowing ink encapsulated in acrylic microspheres which will be injectable into areas of interest in the colon during a colonoscopy.
  • The Auditory Assistant — This company would produce a robotic face that will be paired with robotic arms and hands and will be able to sign American Sign Language. The face is necessary in order to convey emotion.
  • Trident Jet Nozzle — This project aims to improve the safety of waterjet-powered boats (jet boats and jet skis) by increasing their maneuverability. This will be done by developing an attachment for the jet nozzle that increases the mobility of the vessel.
  • WoundScan — This group wants to develop a device that can detect bacteria in a wound to help doctors determine the best way to prevent early on infection. This will save money for hospitals by helping prevent readmits due to infection caused by harmful bacteria.

The Baker Business Bowl is a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service, and the desire to turn that idea into a business. The competition is open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students.

Book discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Tuesday, Feb. 22
6:30 p.m.
Daniel Library
Free, open to the campus community

As part of this month’s “Campus Reads,” focused on “The Immortal Lie of Henrietta Lacks,” Licia Hendriks, Ph.D., and English professor at The Citadel, will host a discussion of the book.

The discussion will begin at 6:30 in Daniel Library. It is free and open to all members of the campus community, though space is limited.

To register for the book discussion, click here.

This event is in keeping with the theme of this year’s Black History Month: “Black Health and Wellness.”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a biographical exposé by Rebecca Skloot, tracing the story of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells survived her death of cervical cancer in 1951 after being harvested and propagated by researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital with neither her nor her family’s knowledge or consent. The text raises provocative and timely questions about medical ethics, the institutional exploitation of minoritized individuals, and the pervasive cynicism about healthcare within the Black community to this day. 

U.S. Army Silent Drill Team Performance

Wednesday, Feb. 23
3 – 6 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free, open to the public

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, The Citadel’s Army ROTC Palmetto Battalion will host a recruiting event on Summerall Field.

The event will feature a performance by the U.S. Army’s silent drill team from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as the “Old Guards.” The drill team is a precision drill platoon with the primary mission of showcasing the U.S. Army both nationally and internationally through breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles.

Additionally, Army ROTC will be on site with a Hummer, and Army recruiters will be on campus with a fitness trailer.

To learn more about The Citadel’s Army ROTC program, click here.

Jack Voltaic 3.0

Thursday, Feb. 24 – Friday, Feb. 25
Various times
The Citadel Campus
Free, registration required, media welcome

Prepare. Prevent. Respond. Report. 

Those are the key areas to be addressed during the Jack Voltaic Conference Series segment being hosted by The Citadel Feb. 24 – 25, 2022. The theme: Cyber Resiliency for Critical Infrastructure.

Additionally, Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), will make a keynote address at The Citadel during the conference.

The Citadel conference attendees will include representatives from state and federal public entities that protect America’s critical infrastructures; cybersecurity professionals; leaders of infrastructure supporting entities; educators and researchers from academic institutions; and cybersecurity, intelligence and security studies cadets and students.

Others with related interests are still encouraged to apply. For more information, email msaunde4@citadel.edu.

To register, click here.

The final segment of the four-part series will be held at the University of Illinois in May. Other partner institutions, which include Norwich University Applied Research Institute and the Georgia Cyber Center, held events in 2021. The JVCS is led by the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.

SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge

Friday, Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 26
Various times
Bastin Hall
Free, open to the public, media welcome

On Friday, Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 26, The Citadel will host the first-ever SoCon Entrepreneurship Challenge, which will result in two teams walking away with a hefty sum of prize money.

Students will participate in two categories: for-profit and not-for-profit. The winning team in each category will win $10,000.

The budding entrepreneurs from across the southeast will travel to Charleston for the inaugural business pitch competition, which will be held in the Bastin Hall Atrium.

Colleges in the SoCon include:

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • The Citadel
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Furman University
  • Mercer University
  • Samford University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wofford College

You can access a full schedule of events here.

Book talk and signing

Wednesday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Daniel Library
Free, open to the public

Events honoring Black History Month continue with a book talk and signing on Wednesday, March 2.

The Citadel will host Lahnice McFall Hollister at 6:30 p.m. in Daniel Library.

Hollister, a genealogist and family historian, has published research in national genealogical journals and has received numerous awards for her publications.

Her book talk will focus on her most recent publication: “Resisting Jim Crow: The Autobiography of Dr. John McFall.” McFall was among Charleston’s early Black pharmacists and was the brother of Hollister’s grandfather. Hollister has received critical acclaim from scholars for uncovering this previously unknown manuscript by one of Charleston’s African American healthcare pioneers.

This event is open to all members of the campus community, but space is limited. To register, click here.

The Citadel African American Society Bazaar

Saturday, March 5
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

On Saturday, March 5, The Citadel African American Society Bazaar will feature live music, food, vendors and exhibitions celebrating Black history and culture.

The event will run from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Buyer Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

More information about this year’s Bazaar will be included in the March edition of Upcoming News.

The Citadel Athletics

To purchase tickets, please call 843-953-3647 or visit citadelsports.com/tickets. Media should contact John Brush, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

The Citadel Basketball vs. Samford – National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Saturday, Feb. 5
1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

The Citadel Wrestling vs. Gardner-Webb

Friday, Feb. 11
7 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free admission

The Citadel Baseball – Meet the Bulldogs

Saturday, Feb. 12
TBA
Joseph P. Riley Ballpark
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Wrestling vs. Bellarmine

Sunday, Feb. 13
12 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free admission

The Citadel Basketballvs. Wofford – CARE Game

Wednesday, Feb. 16
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

This year the Bulldogs and Roper St. Francis have teamed up to begin the CARE initiative, which will raise money for the Roper St. Francis Foundation Cancer Care. This CARE competition is between The Citadel Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball teams. The team to sell the most t-shirts wins. Money raised from T-shirt sales will go to the Roper St. Francis Oncology department. This initiative goes through the end of basketball season. To purchase a shirt or make a donation, click here.

The Citadel Baseball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – Opening Weekend

Friday, Feb. 18, Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20
3 p.m., 3 p.m. 1 p.m., respectively
Joseph P. Riley Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12 per game

The Citadel Rifle vs. Wofford

Saturday, Feb. 19
8 a.m.
Inouye Marksmanship Center
Free admission

The Citadel Basketballvs. ETSU – Legacy Night

Saturday, Feb. 19
1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

Join The Citadel Athletics as they celebrate basketball Hall of Famers at halftime.

The Citadel Wrestling vs. VMI – Legacy Night & Senior Day

Sunday, Feb. 20
3 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free admission

Join The Citadel Athletics in celebrating the Wrestling Hall of Famers and the 2022 seniors as the Bulldogs take on rivals, VMI.

The Citadel Tennis vs. Washington & Lee

Tuesday, Feb. 22
TBA
Earle Tennis Center
Free admission

The Citadel Tennis vs. University of New Orleans

Wednesday, Feb. 23
TBA
Earle Tennis Center
Free admission

The Citadel Baseball vs. Villanova

Friday, Feb. 25, Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27
3 p.m., 3 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively
Joseph P. Riley Ballpark
Tickets starting at $12 per game

The Citadel Basketballvs. Furman – Senior Day

Saturday, Feb. 26
1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12