Upcoming news from The Citadel – November and December 2019

“Two16” Baptist Collegiate Ministry hosts fundraising semi-formal

Friday, Nov. 1
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Tent behind 216 Calhoun St, Charleston, S.C.
Open to public; tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for couples

College students in the Charleston area are invited to “Semi: A Night Under the Stars,” hosted by Two16 Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), a charter organization at The Citadel.

The event will include dancing and refreshments, all under a large tent covered in lights.

All proceeds from the dance will help fund two mission trips for BCM. During spring break, two teams of students with the organization will travel to a place in need. One team will help remodel homes in underserved communities in Lake City, South Carolina, and the other will travel to Puerto Rico to help continue the rebuilding efforts.

Individual tickets are $10 and $15 for couples. To purchase tickets, click here.

A Night in the Archives: Poetry from Citadel history

Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:30 p.m.
Museum Reading Room, Daniel Library
Free, open to the public

After more than 176 years, The Citadel has a rich history — all made possible by the tens of thousands of cadets and students who have lived and learned here.

Tessa Updike, The Citadel Archivist

One piece of that history that may be less well-known: the poetry.

The Citadel Archives will host “A Night in the Archives: Poetry from Citadel history” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Daniel Library.

The presentation will highlight poetry written by Citadel cadets, alumni and faculty over the years. Themes range from love poems to bedbugs in the barracks.

The Citadel’s Archivist, Tessa Updike, and the special collections team will explore these gems from history. The Citadel Archives contain materials dating back from the founding of the institution, including letters, diaries, photographs, institutional records, publications and more.

There will also be a reception in Daniel Library after the presentation.

The 2019 Citadel Math Jeopardy Contest

Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grimsley Hall, Room 117
Free, open to public and media

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, Nov. 5 in 117 Grimsley Hall, on the college’s campus. Topics for the contest include things like “Lazy Day Limits,” “Going off on a Tangent,” “Instructive Integrals,” “Judicious Discrete Problems” and more.

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

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Blight to speak at The Citadel

Friday, Nov. 8
1:30 p.m.
Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave, Charleston, S.C.
Free, open to the public

One of the nation’s premier historians will return to Charleston to speak about the International African American Museum (IAAM) as well as his new book.

David Blight will speak on The Citadel’s campus at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Holliday Alumni Center. Blight is the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

The event is called “Appreciating Each Other’s History: An Afternoon with David W. Blight.” The name is in reference to a quote by Rev. Clementa Pinckney: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”

The talk will be moderated by Elijah Heyward, COO of the IAAM.

This will not be Blight’s first time in Charleston. He visited Hampton Park in April 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It featured talks by Blight, Pinckey, and The Citadel’s Chaplain, Joel Harris, as well as a performance by The Citadel choir. Two months later, in after the murders of Reverend Pinckney and eight members of his congregation at Mother Emanuel AME Church, Blight wrote about that earlier gathering at the gateway to our campus and the lessons it has for our country.

Citadel cadets to participate in Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl

Saturday, Nov. 9
8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
University of North Georgia
Free, open to the public

Three cadets from The Citadel will travel to the University of North Georgia and put their critical thinking and moral reasoning skills to the test.

The Southeast Regional will be held from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

An ethics bowl is a team competition built around thoughtful analysis and dialogue on current ethical issues in business, professions — such as engineering, law, research, medicine — and public life.

Team members learn to engage with the ethical issues of each case and learn to acknowledge diverse perspectives and explore alternative points of view. In an ethics bowl competition all sides of a controversial issue are explored and teams are expected to listen and respond respectfully to questions and comments.

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics has sponsored The Citadel’s Ethics Bowl Team since fall of 2011. The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, consists of a national tiered competition in which hundreds of teams compete each year.

Zucker Family Educational Leadership and Innovation Forum

Friday, Nov. 15
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC
Free, open to the public; registration required

The Zucker Family Educational Leadership and Innovation Forum provides an opportunity to understand how K-12 education is funded in South Carolina. Perspectives on education funding challenges and proposed solutions will be presented by school district, business, and government leaders. 

The keynote speaker will be South Carolina Senator Greg Hembree, the chairman for the Senate Education Committee. There will also be two panel discussions, each featuring four experts in their fields.

Registration is free, and breakfast and lunch are provided. To register, click here. For more information, email Lauraie Zealy at schoolofeducation@citadel.edu or (843) 953-5097.

Computer Science Fair for middle and high school students

Friday, Nov. 15
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Johnson Hagood Stadium and the Altman Center
Free, open to middle and high school students as well as media; registration required

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence is helping middle and high school students in the Lowcountry learn more about computer science with events throughout the year, including the Computer Science Fair on Nov. 15. Specifically, the STEM Center is helping those students see how computer science can vary in different industries, like game design, music, sports, intelligence, sustainability and business.

The event is free and will be open from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. It’s suggested that students spend at least two hours at the fair. The fair is geared toward class groups, but individual students are welcome to attend.

Registration is required, and the cut off to register is October 31. To sign up, click here. For more information, please email ashley.andrews@citadel.edu.

Citadel to participate in 2019 China Town Hall Program

Monday, Nov. 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Grimsley Hall, Room 117
Free, open to the public

The Citadel will join more than 95 other locations in the country during the 13th annual China Town Hall webcast.

The town hall will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 in 117 Grimsley, on The Citadel’s campus.

It’s a two-part event that features an interactive webcast discussion in a panel-style format. ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos will moderate the webcast discussion. He will be joined by Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and other experts. After the webcast, Shao-cheng Sun, Ph.D., a political science professor at The Citadel, will give a presentation.

The event is sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Citadel Professor John Weinstein, Ph.D. to be featured speaker in Holland Lifelong Learning Series

Thursday, Nov. 21
6 – 8 p.m.
South Carolina Aquarium
Tickets required, open to the public

The chair of The Citadel’s Biology Department, John Weinstein, Ph.D., will speak as part of the Holland Lifelong Learning Series at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston

Professor John Weinstein in office
John Weinstein, Ph.D., chair of The Citadel Biology Department

Weinstein, a nationally-renowned aquatic toxicology researcher, will present,“Microplastics & Mega Problems: Pollution Solutions in the Lowcountry.” As the name implies, it will focus on the threat of microplastics, which are tiny, toxin-absorbing pieces of plastic that aren’t even five millimeters long. Weinstein will discuss research being conducted in the Charleston Harbor, and how communities and businesses are addressing the issue.

Weinstein will be joined by Lia Colabello, principal of Plastic Pollution Solutions.

Tickets are $5 for students or members of the aquarium and $10 for the general public. To purchase tickets, click here.

82nd annual Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel

Friday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 8
7:30 p.m.
Summerall Chapel, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel. Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, along with the Cadet Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band join together to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

Christmas Candlelight Service 2018 in Summerall Chapel

The 2019 services will take place Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by the community to honor a loved one.

Poinsettias may be purchased for $12 each, in honor of a loved one, and then picked up on Sunday after the last service. To place an order, call Geri Jones, chapel administrative assistant, at 843-953-5049.

Cookies, Cocoa and Coding

Saturday, Dec. 7
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thompson Hall, The Citadel campus
Free, open to the public

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence has a unique way to help get students into the Christmas spirit. It’s called “Cookies, Cocoa and Coding” and there are plenty of all three!

The event will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Thompson Hall, on The Citadel’s campus.

Students and parents are invited to come to the event, which features coding tutorials and treats, including cookies, cocoa and coffee. Students will use code.org’s tutorials, in order to practice different concepts and skills within computer science.

The event is free and open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

To register, click here.

KidWind Competition

Saturday, Dec. 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, The Citadel campus
Free, open to 4th – 12th graders as well as the media

It’s the ultimate wind and solar energy learning experience. The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence will host the KidWind Competition.

The free competition will give students from 4th – 12th grade use their knowledge of sustainability to design, build and test wind turbines and/or solar homes.

It’s a hands-on, student-centered challenge that tasks students with developing efficient, creative alternative energy machines. It will give students an opportunity to discover the promise — and limitations — of renewable energy by giving them the chance to try it for themselves.

To register, click here.

Faculty spotlight

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest.

Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel.

Her research is primarily focused on traffic operations, congestion pricing, traffic simulation, and engineering education. Michalaka has organized and participated in numerous research, workforce development and outreach activities.

She has offered a webinar and hands-on workshops on transportation engineering operations and engineering education to transportation focused professionals, teachers, professors and others. Michalaka is also a registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina.

Michalaka received her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, after which she entered into the transportation engineering graduate program at the University of Florida. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in May 2009 and with a Ph.D. in August 2012.