Upcoming News from The Citadel – January 2022

South Carolina Corps of Cadets returns to campus

Sunday, Jan. 9
Various times
The Citadel campus

The Citadel’s first major event in 2022 will be the return of the Corps of Cadets to campus.

Having left for the winter furlough, cadets will return to campus on Sunday, Jan. 9. Throughout the reconstitution process, the Corps will return to the college’s 24/7 military lifestyle in preparation for the spring semester.

The college anticipates normal operations for the spring semester. However all cadets, students, faculty and staff are asked to consider getting tested for COVID prior to returning in January. For those who cannot get tested, free testing on campus will again be made available. The information about dates, times and locations will be forthcoming. The testing information will be sent via email. It will also be posted on the college’s COVID 19 website.

First day of spring 2022 classes

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Various times
The Citadel campus

On Wednesday, Jan. 12, classes will begin for both the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College.

The college anticipates normal operations for the spring semester. However all cadets, students, faculty and staff are asked to consider getting tested for COVID prior to returning in January. For those who cannot get tested, free testing on campus will again be made available. The information about dates, times and locations will be forthcoming. The testing information will be sent via email. It will also be posted on the college’s COVID 19 website.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 17
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Swain Boating Center
Free, open to media

On Monday, Jan. 17, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics — with sponsorship from The Citadel African American Alumni Association (C4A) — will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Swain Boating Center, where breakfast will be served to the attending cadets, students, faculty, staff and members of the C4A.

Beginning at 10 a.m., attendees will hear from two guest speakers: Tonya Matthews, Ph.D., CEO of the International African American Museum, and Henry Darby, principal of North Charleston High School and member of Charleston County Council.

The on-campus event will be followed by service projects at Sweetgrass Gardens, Charles Towne Landing and Hope to Home.

The MLK Day of Service is a national effort to use the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day of community service. It was created by Congress in 1994 through the King Holiday and Service Act.

Greater Issues Address

Tuesday, Jan. 25
12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public

The first Greater Issues address of 2022 will be given by Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development.

Colby will address the Corps of Cadets at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in McAlister Field House. The event is open to the public, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, Colby was responsible for defense strategy, force development and strategic analysis for Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy. During 2017 and early 2018, Colby served as the Department of Defense co-lead for the development of the Department’s premier strategic planning guidance, the National Defense Strategy, which was released in January 2018 and focuses the Department on major power competition and sustaining the Joint Force’s military edge in a more competitive era. Colby is also responsible for developing the Defense Planning Guidance and the Defense Planning Scenarios, and serves as a lead Policy representative to the Program and Budget Review and Support for Strategic Analysis processes. 

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage Citadel cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to The Citadel, its cadets, students, faculty and staff and the Charleston community.

Ethics Colloquium

Saturday, Jan. 29
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bastin Hall, Room 104
Free, open to the public

On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics will host an Ethics Colloquium focused on Democracy versus Marxism.

The event will open with a small lecture by Robert Craig, Ph.D., on the topic “Reinhold Niebuhr’s critique of Marxism.” After, attendees will be split into one-hour sessions for presentations and discussions. A small breakfast and full lunch will be provided.

Cadets and students can submit an abstract (a title and small paragraph) for a five to ten minute presentation. They can argue in favor of either the democratic or Marxist position. Those abstracts should be submitted to rcraig2@citadel.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Ginger O’Neill at voneill@citadel.edu.

Every year the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsors an Ethics Colloquium, which consists of a one-day seminar on a pre-selected topic related to ethics. Past Colloquium topics included “Liberty and Slavery,” “The Ethics of Identity,” “Artificial Intelligence” and “Ethics and Cyber Warfare.”

Reading announced for Black History Month events

The 2022 Black History Month Committee has announced the book selection for the February Campus Reads events. This year’s book selection is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

The Citadel Family and local community are invited to read the text and participate in the associated February activities. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the African American Society will host a film screening of the book’s cinematic adaptation; then, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Black History Month Committee will host a book discussion.

The book, a biographical exposé by Rebecca Skloot, traces 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.

More details on both events — as well as other events in honor of Black History Month — will be provided in the February 2022 Upcoming News article, which will be published on The Citadel Today.

Events from 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 (Pack the Mac) vs. UNCG 

Thursday, Jan. 13
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

E2M & The Citadel Basketball

Saturday, Jan. 15
9:30 a.m.
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

Jeff Witherspoon of E2M (Eager to Motivate) will lead those in attendance in an hour-long workout in McAlister Field House. Must purchase a ticket to the basketball game, which tips off at 1 p.m.

The Citadel Basketball Gold Star Kidet Game vs. VMI

Saturday, Jan. 15
1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

The Gold Star Kidets Program is a community outreach program to motivate the youth in the area to work hard in the classroom. This program is to model the academic success and the symbolism of the “Gold Star” for the Corps of Cadets recognized for their high performance in the classroom. Elementary aged students (1st – 6th grade) achieving all As and Bs on their report card will be awarded a buy one get one ticket for Gold Star Kidet games, a sticker, a certificate and have their name on the videoboard, providing they purchase a ticket more than 48 hours before game day. For more information and to sign up click here.

The Citadel Rifle vs. Georgia Southern

Saturday, Jan. 22
8 a.m.
Inouye Marksmanship Center
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Basketball Military Appreciation Game 1 vs. Western Carolina

Wednesday, Jan. 26
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12, veterans receive a discount

Holy City Hero tickets available for military members and first responders while supplies last. Contact the ticket office at 843-953-3647 for availability.

Salt Water Spa & Yoga & The Citadel Basketball

Saturday, Jan. 29
9:30 a.m.
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12

Salt Water Spa & Yoga will lead those in attendance in an hour-long yoga session in McAlister Field House. Must purchase a ticket to the basketball game, which tips off at 1 p.m.

The Citadel Basketball Military Appreciation Game 2 vs. Chattanooga

Saturday, Jan. 29
1 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.)
McAlister Field House
Tickets starting at $12, veterans receive a discount

Holy City Hero tickets available for military members and first responders while supplies last. Contact the ticket office at 843-953-3647 for availability.

The Citadel Rifle vs. VMI, Jacksonville State & Georgia Southern

Saturday, Jan. 29
8 a.m.
Inouye Marksmanship Center
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Wrestling vs. LIU & Davidson

Sunday, Jan. 30
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
McAlister Field House
Free, open to the public