Archive for April, 2012

Cadet Medal of Valor will be awarded to four students

April 30, 2012

Heroic actions saved lives of Navy sailor and College of Charleston student

Four Citadel students will be awarded the Cadet Medal of Valor on Thursday, May 3, for life-saving actions in two separate incidents that occurred 10 days apart this month. 


Christian Mundy


Christian Mundy, Jarrod Branch, Byron Addison and Denzel Grant will receive their medals and will be recognized at the annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation on Thursday, May 3.

The Cadet Medal of Valor was first awarded in 1999. It recognizes cadets that have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism that result in an accomplishment so exceptional or outstanding and/or involve danger or extraordinary responsibility so as to set them apart.

“I am proud to recognize these cadets for their heroic actions,” said college President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa (USAF retired). “Their quick thinking and caring leadership saved the lives of two people. Each of these young men is a credit to the Corps of Cadets and The Citadel.”

The first Cadet Medal for Valor goes to Mundy, a junior in Lima Company and the rising Third Battalion Athletic Officer. 

On April 4, Mundy was at Marion Square with friends when a young man playing football collapsed, appearing to have a seizure. When Mundy reached the College of Charleston student, the young man was unresponsive, grey in color with blue lips and his eyes had rolled back. Mundy immediately started CPR, continuing until medical personnel arrived. Doctors told the CofC student’s family that had it not been for the CPR given by Mundy, the student would have died. The young man has since been released from a local hospital.



Cadets Denzel Grant, Jarrod Branch and Byron Addison

First Battalion cadets Branch, Addison and Grant were hanging out with friends in downtown Charleston on April 14 when they saw what appeared to be two men arguing. One man ran away and the other, a Navy sailor, collapsed on the pavement, prompting the three cadets to help the fallen sailor. The cadets discovered that the sailor had been stabbed and was suffering from a massive, life-threatening injury to his abdomen.

Branch, a junior Army ROTC contract cadet in Bravo Company, applied pressure to the man’s abdomen while Addison, a senior football player from Bravo Company, went in search of a police officer. Grant, a senior and platoon leader in Charlie Company, helped Branch by keeping the sailor calm and talking. After the sailor was transported to the hospital, the cadets were able to give Charleston police a description of a suspect that resulted in an arrest.

During the annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation more than 100 cadets and active duty military students will be recognized for outstanding achievements during the 2011-2012 academic year.

 The convocation is one of several activities leading up to commencement for the Corps of Cadets and Graduate College on Saturday, May 5.

Achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders

Fulbright scholarship announced

April 27, 2012

Ryan Adams, a 2011 Citadel graduate and a native of Mooresville, N.C., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant in Germany.

Adams, who majored in German at the military college, has an extensive background with the language and its culture. Besides having a mother from Bavaria, Adams interned as a Star of the West Scholar with Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin in the summer of 2010. He also studied abroad in Germany in the spring of 2009.

Adams will teach at a middle school from September through June of next year. The exact location is still pending.

“The process of studying and learning another language has offered me the opportunities to study abroad in Hamburg and complete an internship in Berlin,” said Adams. “My ultimate goal is to teach German in U.S. secondary schools. In order to gain firsthand knowledge of the German schools and their curricula—knowledge I aim to impart to my own students of German to fire their desire to study abroad—I applied for a Fulbright in Germany.”

This will not be Adams’ first teaching experience. Currently, he is teaching English as a second language in Suwon, South Korea. In summer 2011, he volunteered with the Americorps VISTA program as a tutor and counselor with Jennie Moore Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant.

Retired Citadel German Professor Al Gurganus, who served head of the department of modern languages and the founding director of fellowships, provided Adams’ recommendation for the Fulbright grant. He lauded Adams as “a man of profound values.”

“Adams leads a life of uncommon depth, discipline and clarity,” said Gurganus. “He resolutely places communal welfare above personal gain and defines his own significance by the contribution he makes to others.”


Achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders

Citadel business school dean to step down

April 26, 2012

 From the Post and Courier

  • Green

The Citadel soon will begin the search for a new dean of its School of Business Administration, which houses the largest undergraduate and graduate programs at the state’s military college.

Ron Green, who is in his fifth year as dean of that school, has announced that he will step down and return to the classroom as a faculty member at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.  Green said Friday that the average business school dean holds the job about four years. He will have completed six years in that post by the time he steps down. “At some point, it’s time for a change in leadership,” he said. He also said he will deal with health issues.

Citadel Provost Sam Hines said, “We will miss Ron Green’s leadership as dean of the School of Business Administration, but we are fortunate that he will be staying at The Citadel as a leader in the classroom for our cadets and Graduate College students.”   Citadel spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells said the college will form a search committee to look for a new dean, but no time line has yet been developed for the search process.

The School of Business Administration has 514 undergraduate majors from the Corps of Cadets as well as 264 graduate and 41 evening undergraduate students enrolled in the Citadel Graduate College, Gunnells said. 

Green said the school has accomplished much over the past five years, and it’s “a good time to pass the baton.”   Some of those accomplishments include establishing the Citadel Director’s Institute, which offers professional development to corporate directors, and the Bastin Financial Leadership Lab, which helps prepare students for careers in financial services.  The school also recently established programs in entrepreneurship, supply chain management and professional selling, he said, and he expects such trends to continue after he steps down.

Delaney & Aponte named Citadel Athletes of the Year

April 24, 2012

The Citadel held its first-ever Athletics Awards Banquet at the Holliday Alumni Center on Monday with wrestler Odie Delaney and soccer player Vanessa Aponte taking top honors as the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.  An MVP and Academic award was also presented to athletes on each of The Citadel’s 14 varsity teams.

Delaney capped off a 2011-12 season with his third trip to the NCAA Wrestling Championships and came within one match of earning All-America honors.  Delaney was the top seed in the heavyweight division at the 2012 Southern Conference Championships and was rarely challenged in his two matches, pinning Joe Nolan of Campbell in 44 seconds in the semifinals and posting a 9-0 major decision over No. 2 Kevin Malone of Chattanooga in the finals to win his third conference title in as many opportunities.   The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native carried over that momentum to gain a pair of victories on day one of the NCAA Championships, defeating opponents from Maryland and Michigan State.  The following day, Delaney lost to a pair of seeded opponents, including the nation’s No. 1 seed from American University.

Delaney finished the season with a remarkable 29-4 record, including 14 wins by fall, and was a perfect 15-0 in dual meets.  In addition to his successes at the SoCon and NCAA Championships, he captured crowns at the All-Academy Championships and the Davidson Open.

In only two seasons at The Citadel, Aponte has made her mark on the school’s record book, currently ranking sixth all-time with 13 goals and third with eight assists.  Last season she set school records with 83 shots and 43 shots on goal and led the Bulldogs with eight goals and 19 points.  Aponte led the Southern Conference in shots while also ranking fourth in goals and fifth in points.  The Orlando, Fla., native had two contests where she posted two goals, including the season finale against crosstown rival College of Charleston to lead The Citadel to a 3-2 victory, the program’s first-ever victory over the Cougars.

Twice during the 2011 season Aponte was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week and was also selected the ninth-best player in the conference according to’s watch list. 

MVPs and Academic Award Winners by Sport

Baseball: No MVP awarded (season still in progress); Academic – Nick Orvin

Basketball: MVP and Academic – Mike Groselle

Men’s Cross Country: MVP – Kyle Keene; Academic – PJ Wasilchak

Women’s Cross Country: MVP – Danielle McKee; Academic – Erinn Carter

Football: MVP – Derek Douglas; Academic – Preston Bailey

Golf: MVP – Erica Pelligrini; Academic – Alanna-Jean Keith

Men’s Rifle: MVP – Robert Jackson; Academic – Matthew Bernard

Women’s Rifle: MVP – Julia McCullohs; Academic – Julie O’Meara

Soccer: MVP – Mariana Garcia; Academic – Shanna Couch

Tennis: MVP – David Orces; Academic – Josh Cook

Men’s Track and Field: MVP – Quintin Turner; Academic – Clay Allen

Women’s Track and Field: MVP – Nicole Levermann; Academic – Micah Wessinger

Volleyball: MVP – Rachael Farrell; Academic – Cassie Uribe

Wrestling: MVP – Turtogtokh Luvsandorj; Academic – Alex Wettstein

Andrew Holmes Obit

April 17, 2012

Thanks to Kevin Grooms for getting this for us….

Andrew William Holmes, 43, of St. Augustine, FL passed away Friday, April 13, 2012. He is survived by Carol (Hickey) Holmes – his wife of ten years – and his two daughters. Andrew was born in Huntingdon, PA, and is survived by his parents, Robert and Barbara Holmes; by his siblings, Laura Holmes (Graham Creasey), Robert Holmes (Julie Holmes), and William Holmes; by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and by innumerable friends.

Andrew graduated from Huntingdon Area High School in 1987, where he received several prestigious awards in his senior year. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Fork Union Military Academy, where he was a letterman in Varsity Football and was awarded Cadet of the Year by the staff and alumni. Andrew went on to attend and graduate from The Citadel Military Academy in 1994, where he received ROTC leadership training for four years, received the Player of the Year award in Varsity Football, and wrestled for three years in Varsity Wrestling.

Andrew was a big-hearted, kind, genuine, and generous man who deeply loved his family, was sincerely committed to his friends, and intensely lived his life. Andrew was a devoted husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. Funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Phillip Gore, on Friday, April 20, 2012, 10 a.m., at Christ’s Church, 6045 Greenland Rd, Jacksonville, FL. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Christ’s Church, 6045 Greenland Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral homes of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 (; 904 288-0025).

Andrew Holmes Visitation and Funeral Schedule

April 17, 2012

Thank you to the kind person who sent us the information on schedule for Andrew Holmes’ services.  They are listed below.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 –Viewing from 6-8 p.m.
Hardage-Gidden’s Funeral Home
11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223
(904) 288-0025

Friday, April 20, 2012 –Funeral Service at 10 a.m.
Christ’s Church
6045 Greenland Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904) 268-2500

Pre-Knobs Make Visit…

April 17, 2012

From WCIV -4

By Michele Sobel

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Braxton Kirby knows that he wants to go to the Citadel this fall, it’s the only school he applied to. But this week’s “Pre-Knob Program” is a chance to see what life will really be like when he starts taking classes this summer and attends the Citadel full time this fall.

“This is really important to me because I want to see what I am actually getting myself into as a corps cadet when I come here,” Braxton Kirby said. “I’m really excited to find out what I’ll be getting myself into academically, physically and mentally.”

The Pre-Knob Program is an opportunity for accepted students to observe the cadet lifestyle first hand. In addition to being partnered with a Knob host, pre-Knobs spend the night in the barracks, eat in the mess hall and attend classes.

“When I was walking around campus today seniors were coming out calling to us Pre-Knobs and I am just excited to see what all the hype is about,” Braxton said.

Admissions Director Lt. Col. John Powell said they hold eight Pre-Knob events a year, but this is the largest one yet, with more than 165 students expected.

The Citadel also has the largest number of accepted female students this year. To date, the percentage of women attending the school is between seven and eight percent.

“We’re always looking to raise the number of women enrolled here,” Powell said.

He said the most important part of the program is for students to make sure they definitely want to attend the school.

“Typically what we find is they’re either on one end of the spectrum or the other,” Powell said. “They either say this is my school and vocation or they say this isn’t for me and go somewhere else.”

Parents of prospective students also have the opportunity to receive a special orientation program geared toward information on academics, Citadel resources and campus activities.

The Citadel Admissions Office also schedules individual visits for all prospective cadets and their families. These visits include an interview with an admissions officer and a cadet-guided campus tour. To make an appointment, call (800) 868-1842 and choose option #1 for the Office of Admissions.

Andrew W. Holmes, Romeo ’92

April 16, 2012

We are saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Andrew Holmes, R Co ’92.  Andrew passed Friday in St. Augustine Fl of an apparent heart attack.  I have been unable to locate a complete obituary that gives any details of services, etc.  but will keep you posted as alums notify me.  Please remember his family during this time.

Wild Finish as Dogs Sweep UNC-Greensboro!

April 15, 2012

Johnathan Stokes

Johnathan Stokes
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UNC Greensboro (18-16, 4-11) 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 7 11 4
The Citadel (16-21, 7-8) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 8 10 4
@ Charleston, S.C. | Joseph P. Riley Park
Win: Bryce Hines (1-3) – The Citadel
Loss: Brennen James (1-2) – UNC Greensboro

The Citadel Batting
2B: Mason Davis; Joe Jackson; Ryne Hardwick
3B: Tyler Griffin
HR: none

full stats

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Johnathan Stokes‘ RBI single to left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth capped of a wild six-run final frame and gave The Citadel a 8-7 victory and a series sweep over visiting UNC Greensboro Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. The Bulldogs improve to 16-21 on the season and 7-8 in the Southern Conference.

Trailing 7-2 after eighth complete, UNCG’s Dylan Hathcock quickly retired Calvin Orth and Stokes to put the Spartans within one out of a victory. The Bulldogs had other plans however, using four hits, two errors and three walks to complete the improbable comeback. Ryne Hardwick started the rally with a double down the left-field line and Nick Orvin put runners at the corners with an infield single.Mason Davis lined a double down the left-field line to plate Hardwick and put a pair of runners in scoring position with the Bulldogs down 7-3.

Brennen James replaced Hathcock on the mound for UNCG and promptly walkedJustin Mackert to load the bases. Joe Jackson reached on an error by Lloyd Enzor at first, allowing Orvin to score from third with the first of five unearned runs in the frame. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks by Grant Richards and Drew DeKerlegand pushed across two more runs to cut the deficit to 7-6, and forcing UNCG to replace James with Zach Furl. Orth came to the plate for the second time in the frame and reached on a fielding error by shortstop Kris Richards that allowed Jackson to score with the tying run. With the outfield pulled in, Stokes roped a 1-1 pitch over the head of Zach Leach in left and allowed pinch-runnerHayden Hendry to score from third as the Citadel bench raced out to mob the freshman shortstop.

Bryce Hines (1-3) was the lucky winner for the Bulldogs, allowing one hit and walking two in the ninth with one strikeout. Starter Logan Cribb went 4.2 frames and gave up three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Orvin led the offense with three hits on the afternoon. The sweep was the first of a SoCon opponent since the Bulldogs took all three from Appalachian State on March 4-5, 2011.

James (1-2) suffered the loss for UNCG, allowing three unearned runs on three walks without recording an out against the four batters he faced. Spartans starter Max Povse scattered four hits and two runs over 5.2 innings with four strikeouts, walking three.

UNCG took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as Richards and Trevor Edwards led off the frame with back-to-back walks off Cribb. One out later, Thomas Troelstrup lined the first pitch from Cribb through the left side for a RBI single to give the Spartans the early lead.

The Spartans increased that lead to 3-0 in the fifth with a pair of runs. Cole Harrison opened the frame with a single to left and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Leach. A single to left by Bobby Martin moved Harrison to third and Martin went to second on the throw, giving the Spartans a pair of runners in scoring position. Richards knocked a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Harrison with the first run and after Edwards was intentionally walked, Enzor lined a RBIs single to right to plate Martin for the 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Bailey Rush and Hughston Armstrong posted back-to-back walks with one out and Nick Orvin’s RBI single to right center plated Rush.

UNCG plated two more runs in the sixth for a 5-1 lead. Tino Leite knocked a one-out double down the left-field line and with two away, Leach and Martin knocked back-to-back RBI singles off reliever Ross White to give the Spartans a four-run advantage. After the Bulldogs scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Orth, UNCG plated two more runs for a 7-2 lead in the eighth on a wild pitch by reliever Ryan Hines and a RBI groundout by Enzor before the eventful ninth frame.

The Bulldogs return to action with a non-conference game at Winthrop in Rock Hill on Tuesday evening. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.

A Tale of Two Colleges……

April 13, 2012

Here is an article about The Citadel and VMI in the national military magazine called The Elite.    Thought you might like to see it.