Upcoming News from The Citadel – March 2020

Massing of the Colors

Sunday, March 1
3 p.m.
Summerall Chapel
Free, open to the public

On the first Sunday of the month at 3 p.m., the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) will hold the Massing of the Colors in Summerall Chapel, on The Citadel’s campus.

It’s a patriotic ceremony, held to help attendees rededicate themselves to their faith in the colors of the United States and other participating organizations, as well as to pay tribute to the service personnel those colors represent.

MOWW chapters conduct Massing of the Colors throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These ceremonies usually involve color guard units from a variety of military, public and private institutions.

The Society of the Massing of the Colors first held a patriotic ceremony on Armistice Day in 1922. MOWW inherited the responsibility for conducting this event across the country in 1927 when the original sponsoring Society faded away.

The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics

Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
$50-$100 registration, open to the public

Just in time for election season, the Department of Political Science will host The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. It’s the largest and most comprehensive conference for the presentation and discussion of scholarly research on the contemporary politics of a specific region in the country.

The election roundtable discussion from The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics 2018

The symposium will span two days; it will start on Thursday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and last until Friday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The panel discussions will be held in the Greater Issues Room and Room 228 in Mark Clark Hall, on The Citadel’s campus.

Topics include:

  • Race, Gender, and Society in the South
  • Realignment in Southern States
  • The South in Congress
  • State Elections
  • Contemporary Issues in Southern Politics
  • Environmental, Economic, and Religion in the South
  • Partisanship and Migration in the South
  • Public Policy
  • Regionalism and Voting Behavior
  • Southern Elections in the 2010s
  • Roundtable on the 2020 Elections

The Symposium has been held biennially, in even-numbered years, on the campus of The Citadel since 1978. Since the first conference, political scholars from around the world have presented research relevant to political trends in the southern United States.

Registration is $100 for faculty and $50 for undergraduate or graduate students. Registration includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. For more information on the symposium click here.

Public lecture: “Murderous Daughters as ‘Exemplary Women’: Filial Piety, Revenge, and Heroism in Early Modern and Modern Japan”

Thursday, March 5
6:45 – 8 p.m.
101 Duckett Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

On Thursday, March 5, at 6:45 p.m., Professor Marcia Yonemoto of the University of Colorado, Boulder, will present a public lecture entitled “Murderous Daughters as ‘Exemplary Women’: Filial Piety, Revenge, and Heroism in Early Modern and Modern Japan.”

Professor Yonemoto is one of America’s leading authorities on Tokugawa early modern Japan. She is the author of Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868), The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan, and the co-editor of What is a Family: Answers from Early Modern Japan.

The Citadel Cadet Chorale spring tour

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8
Various times and locations
Free, open to the public

The Citadel Cadet Chorale is an auditioned choral ensemble, and is comprised of 18 cadets who come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of study.

The Citadel Cadet Chorale after a Feb. 2020 performance

Their spring 2020 tour will include something for everyone to enjoy, including: Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and audience favorites “Down In The River To Pray” and “The Prayer.”

The Citadel Cadet Chorale’s tour will include:

For more information on The Citadel Cadet Chorale, click here.

Biloxi Blues performance directed by noted film coach and Citadel alumnus, Bob Luke

Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21
7:30 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
Ticket prices vary, open to the public

Directed by acclaimed on-set Hollywood film coach Bob Luke, Citadel Class of 1976, Biloxi Blues is a full-scale production of South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) in partnership with The Citadel Fine Arts Program

In this adaptation of Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age play, Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II.  On his quest to find love, achieve fame and attain his manhood, Eugene is joined by a diverse band of questionably-talented recruits, an old-school drill instructor, an enterprising prostitute and a local sweetheart. 

General admission tickets are $30; student tickets are $20.

In addition, to launch the partnership with SOBTC, Citadel president Gen. and Mrs. Walters will host an opening night VIP reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at Quarters One, their campus home. Director Bob Luke and alumni cast members from the 1988 Citadel production of Biloxi Blues will be among the honored guests. The $50 ticket includes the reception and reserved seating at the show that night.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Gold Star Journal Academic Conference

Tuesday, March 24
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the media

The Citadel’s premier scholarly publication, the Gold Star Journal, will celebrate its fifth anniversary conference on Tuesday, March 24.

Editors of the 2019-2020 Gold Star Journal, with advisor Suzanne Mabrouk, Ph.D.

The conference will include dinner, presentations, awards, a journal signing and cake cutting. Free copies of the journal will be available for signing.

The featured speakers will be the published authors from the 2020 Gold Star Journal. Papers published in this year’s edition include:

  • “Wisdom of the Crowd at The Citadel,” by Matthew Blair, Mathematics and Computer Science major
  • “Defining the Gap between Reality and the Fantastic in E.T.A. Hoffman’s Romantic Literature,” by Kennedy Fravel, Biology major
  • “Antarctica:  Continued Cooperation?” by Grant Speer, Political Science major
  • “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence,” by Elizabeth Spoehel, Mathematics and Computer Science major
  • “American Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century,” by Luke Timmerman, Mechanical Engineering major
  • “Human Trafficking: A Major Issue for the US,” by Mark Vowels, Intelligence and Security Studies major
  • “Identifying the Impacts due to the Correlation between Charleston’s Crime Rate and Gentrification,” by Harrison Wedgeworth, English and French major

Renowned nonfiction author Jason Ryan will also be a featured speaker. He will discuss the thrills of investigatory research, the importance of narrative storytelling and the crucial roles several Citadel alumni played in South Carolina’s famous drug smuggling case, Operation Jackpot.

Ryan is the author of:

The Friends of the Daniel Library and The Gold Star Journal are co-sponsoring this event. This year’s edition features eight cross-disciplinary papers written by some of The Citadel’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students, with many photographs taken by students.

Members of The Citadel community can register here.

13th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium: Leadership in a Divided World

March 25 – 27
The Citadel campus
Registration required; open to the media

The Principled Leadership Symposium brings together the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Citadel graduate students and around 70 college student delegates from regional institutions, senior military colleges and the federal service academies. Faculty, alumni and special guests will also attend.

Principled Leadership Symposium 2019

The symposium, planned by the college’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel’s five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences.

For more information on the speakers, or to registration for the event, click here.

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet

Thursday, March 26
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston
$100 per ticket, open to media

The Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics is hosting the 13th Annual Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet on March 26 at Trident Technical College. The banquet honors the academic accomplishments of exceptional cadets and students, outstanding faculty and distinguished alumni.

Alumni and faculty to be honored at this year’s banquet will include:

CASM Distinguished Alumni Award:

Distinguished Faculty Award:

Early Career Faculty Award:

The goal of The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics is to foster an enhanced awareness of the science and mathematics mission of The Citadel and pride in the work undertaken by cadets, students and faculty.

Tickets to the banquet, which includes dinner and an open bar, are $100 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Corps Day and Recognition Day

Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28
The Citadel campus and Marion Square
Select events are open to the public

Celebrations for the 177th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and Recognition Day will be held on the same weekend again this year. 

Recognition Day is when freshmen cadet candidates are officially recognized as members of the Corps of Cadets after months of rigorous training exercises.

Cadets participating in the Gauntlet during Recognition Day 2019

That process begins with what is known as The Gauntlet on Friday, March 27, and culminates with a march to Marion Square and the iconic Freshmen Oath Renewal Ceremony on Saturday, March 28. It is one of the most important events in the life of a cadet.

Corps Day is the birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, and is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

2020 Math Jeopardy

Tuesday, March 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grimsley 117, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

It’s just like the TV show “Jeopardy!” except all the clues are math problems.

The Citadel Math Jeopardy contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in 117 Grimsley Hall, on the college’s campus. Topics for the contest include things like “Astounding Areas,” “Dazzling Derivatives,” “Approachable Limits” and more.

The competition will be broken down into two separate rounds, with an awards ceremony after the competition.