Archive for May, 2012

Georgia Southern wins 8-1 & puts Bulldogs in the losers bracket

May 25, 2012

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
The Citadel (25-32) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 4
Georgia Southern (32-26) 0 0 5 0 0 1 1 1 X 8 7 1
@ Greenville, S.C. | Fluor Field
Pitching
Win: Justin Hess (5-3) – Georgia Southern
Loss: Kevin Connell (1-5) – The Citadel
Save: Jarret Leverett (7) – Georgia Southern
 

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Behind T.D. Davis’ grand slam in the fifth inning and a strong outing from starting pitcher Justin Hess, No. 6 seed Georgia Southern (32-26) defeated No. 7 seed The Citadel (25-32), 8-1, in game seven of the 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament Thursday evening at Fluor Field.

Justin Hess improves to 5-3 on the season after earning the win on the mound. In six innings of work, he allowed four hits and gave up one run to the Bulldogs while striking out seven.

Brent Pugh grounded out to the pitcher to lead off the bottom of the third before Zac Lenns and Scooter Williams both walked. Eric Phillips flied out to left field before Chase Griffin and Garren Palmer drew walks to load the bases and score Lenns.

T.D. Davis blasted a grand slam over the left field wall on a 2-1 pitch giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead over The Citadel.

Tyler Griffin singled up the middle to bring home Joe Jackson, who reached on a single, to give the Bulldogs their first run of the night in the sixth.

The Eagles responded as Lenns scored when Griffin flied out to right field to give Georgia Southern a 6-1 lead. Davis reached base in the bottom of the seventh after being hit by a pitch. He stole second then advanced to third on a throwing error before Tyler Avera singled up the middle to add another run.

Williams doubled down the left field line to begin the eighth before Eric Phillips singled out to right extending Georgia Southern’s lead 8-1.

The Citadel’s Kevin Connell falls to 1-5 on the season. Connell gave up three hits and five runs during his three innings on the hill.

The Eagles will play the winner of The Citadel and Elon game Saturday at 10 a.m. The game between the Bulldogs and Elon will be tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Bulldogs Upset College of Charleston to Open SoCon Tourney

May 24, 2012
 
TJ Clarkson (Photo credit: SoCon Photos)
TJ Clarkson (Photo credit: SoCon Photos)
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
The Citadel (25-31) 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 15 1
College of Charleston (37-19) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 8 4
@ Greenville, S.C. | Fluor Field
Pitching
Win: TJ Clarkson (4-4) – The Citadel
Loss: David Peterson (1-3) – College of Charleston
The Citadel Batting
2B: Tyler Griffin
3B: Tyler Griffin
HR: Justin Mackert
College of Charleston Batting
2B: Brandon Murray; Tyler Jackson
3B: none
HR: none

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Seventh-seeded The Citadel scored twice in 11th inning to outlast No. 2 seed College of Charleston, 8-6, in the opening game of the 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship at Fluor Field.

The Citadel improves to 25-31 and will move on to play tomorrow at either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. College of Charleston (37-19) moves into the consolation bracket and will play tomorrow at 10 a.m.  The teams’ opponents are based on the results of the game between Elon and Georgia Southern with the winner facing the Bulldogs and the loser matching up against the Cougars.

Justin Mackert led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-4 effort, including a home run and 3 RBI while Tyler Griffin went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in, including the game-winner in the 11th.

In the decisive 11th inning, Joe Jackson led off the Bulldogs’ frame with a single to left and was replaced at first by TJ Clarkson who reached on a fielder’s choice. Griffin then drove a double into the gap in right center to plate Clarkson from first. An error by CofC third baseman Brandon Glazer on a grounder by Grant Richards, one of Charleston’s four miscues on the day, allowed Griffin to cross the plate to make the score 8-6.

Clarkson pitched the final 3.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit. He earned the win to improve to 4-4 on the year while also scoring the game-winning run.

The Citadel wasted little time against CofC’s Christian Powell, the conference’s Pitcher of the Year, starting the first inning with three consecutive singles by Nick Orvin, Mason Davis, and Mackert. Mackert drove in Orvin on his infield single while Jackson’s sacrifice fly to left field brought home Davis to stake the Bulldogs to an early 2-0 lead. Powell prevented further damage by striking out the last two batters, leaving runners at the corners.

The Bulldogs added two more in the second on just one hit while Mackert added an insurance run in the eighth inning with a towering home run over the Green Monster in left field to stretch the margin to 6-2.

Trailing by four, the Cougars rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of eighth inning to knot the score at six apiece. Pinch hitter Tyler Jackson had the big blow with a three-run, bases-clearing double to the gap in right center. Marty Gantt followed that with a single to left to plate Jackson.

The Citadel starting pitcher Austin Pritcher allowed two runs on four hits in 6.0 innings of work but was left with a no decision.

Powell surrendered a season-high five runs although only two were earned. He struck out four.

2012 SoCon Tourney: Citadel /CofC GAME 1 QUOTES

May 24, 2012

No. 2 College of Charleston vs. No. 7 The Citadel
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.

Head Coach Fred Jordan
“This was a great college baseball game.  Austin Pritcher got out of a couple of jams. We played very solid defense throughout the ballgame and we got some really timely hits.”

Outfielder Tyler Griffin
“That’s the game of baseball, you play to the end.  And that’s what we did”

“It was exciting to play in my first tournament game.  My heart was pounding and the turnout was good.  Overall, it was an awesome experience.”

“We came to play, and we had our “A” game today.  Hopefully we carry this on throughout the whole tournament.  We need to keep winning and keep playing like we did today.”

Outfielder Justin Mackert
“Our approach today was to make them throw strikes: not to chase the low ball or the high ball.  Today we made them pitch to us.  And we fought to see another pitch.”

Catcher Joe Jackson
“It was a rollercoaster ride the whole way through.  We dug deep, stayed focused and pulled through”

“I hope we can keep this up the whole tournament.  We just need to stick in there and not waste any at bats.”

Relief Pitcher TJ Clarkson
“Today was a good accomplishment, but we are still focused on the task ahead.  As long as we play good, clean baseball, and get some timely hits, we can beat anybody.”

College of Charleston Head Coach Monte Lee
“It was a really tough way to lose the game today after getting off to a really tough start. We gave up four runs in the first two innings and made a couple of really costly defensive mistakes and The Citadel capitalized on them.  The Citadel set the tone and capitalized on our mistakes.”

“The bottom line is The Citadel outplayed us in every facet of the game. We made some base running mistakes. We made some defensive mistakes. We didn’t pitch particularly well…They made one error, and we made four.  They out hit us, they out pitched us, they out played us and they deserve a lot of credit. They played a better ball game today and they won.”

College of Charleston Marty Gantt
“We’re just not thinking and playing the way we should.  We’re not playing the baseball we’re accustomed to playing.  We didn’t make plays that we normally would, and I think that’s what led to some of our errors.”

“We just try to play the best baseball we can possibly play and whatever happens, happens.  If you just go out there and play the best that you can, and win ballgames, things will take care of themselves.”

College of Charleston Tyler Jackson
“I just came up a little short.  That’s the way the game is though.  Sometimes you make the plays and sometimes you don’t”

“We have one of the best pitching staffs in the country and hopefully they will be able to fill in the void the rest of the weekend.”

Cortez Allen prepares for Sophomore year as a Steeler

May 23, 2012

Great article from the Ocala Star Banner

photo courtesy of the Ocala Star Banner

Steelers DB Cortez Allen feels better-prepared this time around

By Ted Beck
Staff writer: Ocala Star Banner & Ocala.com

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cortez Allen has always been an underdog.   When the defensive back first played organized ball as a junior at North Marion High School, his head coach, Craig Damon, admits to not clearly seeing all of the youngster’s potential.  Damon recommended that Allen go out for the JV squad to learn the basics.  Allen’s natural ability took over from there. He improved so much by his senior season in 2005 that he landed a spot on the all-state team.  “By the end of the season he was our best cover guy,” Damon said. “He’s proof that hard work pays off.”

Then came a college scholarship and four character-building years at The Citadel in South Carolina, where Allen learned military-style discipline and responsibility. He also worked on perfecting his craft on the football field for the Bulldogs. Those efforts paid off after his senior season in the form of invitations to the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Scouting Combine. The story could have ended there. However, Allen had other ideas.  The Pittsburgh Steelers came calling in the fourth round of last year’s draft.

Rough beginnings

From draft day through training camp last year, the chips were stacked against Allen. First, the lockout kept players from their team’s facility during crucial offseason team-building months. Traditionally, the organized team activities of the spring and summer are imperative for rookies to learn the playbook and to see teammates’ habits on and off the field and the daily grind of what it takes to be a professional football player. Allen, an FCS player from a military school, didn’t get to experience any of those things until the lockout finally lifted on July 25, 2011.

“Coming into my first year, I wanted to show the coaches what I could do from the start,” Allen said.  And if his delayed start wasn’t enough of an obstacle, another one quickly emerged. Allen pulled a hamstring during camp’s opening week and was forced to sit out the first three preseason games — precious playing time for rookies to show if they have what it takes to make it in the NFL.  Allen was cleared for the fourth and final preseason game at Carolina. A poor showing could have left him on the outside looking in at the team’s season-opening 53-man roster. Again, Allen had other ideas.

On his first play, Allen was credited with a pass break-up on a tip to Will Allen, who came down with the interception. Later, Cortez Allen said he dropped a potential interception and finished with two tackles.  “I wanted to compete and earn respect,” he said. “Not being able to do that (in training camp and most of the preseason) bothered me a little bit. But I kept a positive mindset and kept it together mentally. … I took that opportunity in the last (preseason) game and played well.  “I showed the coaches enough to put me on the 53.”

Part of the team

Allen became a regular on the Steelers special teams unit and an extra cornerback on defense in nickel formations, playing alongside perennial Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. “You’re around guys like Troy and Ben (Roethlisberger) all of a sudden,” Allen said. “I grew up watching these guys on TV, and now I’m playing pool with them in the locker room. So you can’t help but be a little awestruck.”  The 23-year-old rookie played in 15 of the Steelers’ 16 regular-season games and finished with 15 tackles. He found himself leaning on grizzled vets in the Steelers’ defensive backfield like Ike Taylor for advice on the field and in the film room.

“What struck me was what a mature, young guy Cortez was when he first showed up with us,” said Taylor, one of the Steelers’ starting cornerbacks. “He’s laid-back, a humble guy, unselfish and very talented too. He’s got all the tools on and off the field to be successful in this league.” Allen injured his shoulder while attempting to tackle Cleveland receiver Josh Cribbs during the last game of the regular season when a teammate fell on him. The injury forced him to miss the opening-round playoff game a week later — an overtime loss at Denver. Surgery on the ailing shoulder soon followed.

Once the season ended, Allen stayed put in Pittsburgh to rehab through February. It was just another obstacle to overcome.  “It’s good to be around the staff as much as possible,” Allen said. “I learn a little more every day and look for an edge wherever I can.”  Allen then joined Taylor and a few other teammates at the Wide World of Sports complex at Disney in March for speed, agility and strength training.   With last year’s starter William Gay now in Arizona, Allen could be competing with Keenan Lewis (entering his fourth season) and Curtis Brown (drafted one round before Allen in 2011) for the Steelers’ No. 2 cornerback spot opposite Taylor, according to some media outlets. 

“I’m prepared to contribute in any way possible,” he said. “I’m a team person first.”  When training camp begins in July, Allen believes he’s ready for whatever is thrown his way — including the distinct possibility of increased playing time. “I can’t wait to see what happens,” he said.

Honors Program launches two new annual events

May 23, 2012
The Citadel Honors Program will host a new lecture series featuring speakers in the humanities and the sciences.

The Kelley-Redd Speakers Series began this spring with a lecture by David Shields, professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina on “Hunting in Southern Literature.” The new lecture series was made possible by a donation from a 1994 Honors Program graduate in honor of his favorite teachers, Professors Emeritus Joe Kelly of the Biology Department and Tony Redd of the English Department.

“I can’t think of two professors who better embody the ideals of The Citadel Honors Program than Tony Redd and Joe Kelley,” said Jack Rhodes, director of the program. “They have for decades been excellent teachers and scholars, while continuing to be students themselves.”

Kelley retired in 2006 after 37 years of teaching at The Citadel. His former students still value the epic marsh walks he took them on, as well as his sense of humor. One student remembers him “as a source of reason, patience, understanding and encouragement in the midst of chaos. His guidance was crucial all four years, but especially during the first.” 

Redd spent 40 years in the classroom at The Citadel before also retiring in 2006. With high expectations of his students, Redd was extremely popular and his classes were always full. His own passion for literature, especially poetry, inspired his students. “Students of all majors, from business to engineering, developed a new appreciation for literature, sometimes unexpectedly,” Rhodes said.

In the spring of 2011, Redd and Kelley became the recipients of the first Honors Program Teaching Excellence Award, which was created by the speaker series donor. This award for outstanding teaching in the Honors Program will be presented annually to a faculty member selected upon recommendation from Honors students. The 2012 recipient os Professor David Allen, head of the English Department.

 
Achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders

Bulldogs Seeded Seventh in 2012 SoCon Baseball Tournament

May 21, 2012
 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Regular season champions Appalachian State and College of Charleston have earned the top two seeds at the 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship, as the tournament bracket was set following the completion of regular season play on Saturday. By virtue of its series win over the Charleston in April, ASU is the No. 1 seed while the Cougars are seeded second.

The tournament begins Wednesday, May 23 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., with the championship game scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 27.

The Mountaineers, winners of their first SoCon regular season championship since 1987, will battle No. 8 seed and co-host Furman on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

College of Charleston, which earned a share of its fourth conference crown since 2004 with a win at UNCG on Saturday coupled with ASU’s loss at Western Carolina, earned the second seed and will open the tournament with a 10 a.m. matchup versus seventh-seeded The Citadel on Wednesday morning. The crosstown rivals have not met in the tournament since 2006 when the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs 5-4 in the championship game.

Elon finished one game out of first place and will enter the tournament seeded third. The Phoenix opens play Wednesday at 1 p.m. against sixth-seeded Georgia Southern in a rematch of the 2009 tournament championship game which was also played at Fluor Field.

Wednesday’s nightcap will feature No. 4 seed Samford against No. 5 seed Western Carolina at 8 p.m.

The top eight teams in the final Southern Conference standings qualified for the tournament, which features two four-team double-elimination brackets producing a single-elimination championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championships.

A free video stream of each tournament game will be available at SoConSports.com, and Sunday’s championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship
Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.

May 23 (Wednesday)
Game 1: #2 College of Charleston vs. #7 The Citadel 10 a.m.
Game 2: #3 Elon vs. #6 Georgia Southern 1 p.m.
Game 3: #1 Appalachian State vs. #8 Furman 5 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Samford vs. #5 Western Carolina 8 p.m. 

May 24 (Thursday)
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 10 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 1 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 5/8 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 5/8 p.m.
*If tournament co-host Furman wins Game 3, Game 8 would be played at 5 p.m. 

May 25 (Friday)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 3 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 7 p.m. 

May 26 (Saturday)
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 10 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 1 p.m.
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11^ 5 p.m.
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12^ 5/8 p.m. 

May 27 (Sunday)
Championship Game (ESPN3) 2 p.m.

National Wild Turkey Federation Donates $20K to Citadel Rifle Team

May 18, 2012

Charleston, S.C. – The National Wild Turkey Federation donated $20,000 to The Citadel rifle team’s endowment account through the MidwayUSA Foundation Inc.’s Scholastic Shooting Fund on Thursday. Donations are still being accepted and the MidwayUSA Foundation will give three dollars to the team for every dollar donated until July 1, 2012.

To Donate to The Citadel now follow the link below:
http://www.scholasticshootingtrust.org/IndividualSchoolView.aspx?recipientId=66394

“The National Wild Turkey Foundation’s gift to our team’s Scholastic Shooting Trust is a tremendous boost to our fund raising efforts,” said Bulldog head coach William Smith. “NWTF’s support will help put Rifle on a solid financial footing for many seasons. The main thrust of our fundraising starts next week with a letter to our Rifle Alumni and Supporters asking for donations to the Trust.”

About The National Wild Turkey Federation…

The National Wild Turkey Federation, founded in 1973 and headquartered in Edgefield, South Carolina, is a national nonprofit organization focused on upland wildlife conservation. The NWTF is one of several conservation groups who partner with MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. to support high school and college shooting teams through mentorship and assistance in fundraising activities, culminating in teams eventually conducting their own fundraising events.

For more information about the National Wild Turkey Federation please visitwww.nwtf.org.

About The MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc…

Scholastic Shooting Trust (SST) Fund is owned and controlled by the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization established by Larry and Brenda Potterfield in 2007. The Potterfields began the Foundation as a result of their passion and interest in education for shooting, hunting, firearms safety and outdoor skills.

The SST Fund is an endowment to provide financial support for collegiate and high school shooting programs. The SST Fund, through its web site, gives alumni and other interested parties of universities, colleges and high schools the ability to financially support a school’s competitive shooting program or financially assist in the start-up of a scholastic shooting program. Donations provide immediate grant potential for a school’s shooting program(s) along with sustained funding from the investment earnings of the fund.

The Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund was created to raise money for shooting teams for high-schools, colleges, and universities all over America. Over 20,000 schools in total! You can make a tax deductible contribution indicating the school of your preference to receive the benefit of your gift.

Shooting teams of high-schools, colleges, and universities provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, to develop confidence, and learn discipline and leadership skills, just like other sports. However, most schools provide little or no funding for shooting teams, so it’s up to us to help.

Your gift is tax deductible and will be invested with the earnings provided each year to the shooting teams. This allows your gift to provide permanent funding and truly change the future. Make a gift today specifying the school or schools of your preference to receive the benefits of your contribution. Your gift may support existing shooting programs or help new ones get started.

For more information about The MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. and Scholastic Shooting Trust, please visit www.scholasticshootingtrust.org.

For more information on Bulldog rifle, find us on Twitter @CitadelSports, Facebook or visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.citadelsports.com.

Bulldog Wrestling Hosts Successful BBQ Fundraiser for Coach Jeff Ragan

May 17, 2012

 

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling team along with family and friends hosted a successful BBQ fundraiser on Wednesday to support associate head coach Jeff Ragan who is recovering from kidney transplant surgery last month.

More than 150 friends, co-workers and colleagues came out to support Ragan and enjoy a feast of barbeque chicken, potato salad and baked beans on the concourse at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The donations are being used to defray the medical costs associated with Ragan’s April 4 surgery.

“On behalf of The Citadel wrestling team, family and friends, I would like to thank everyone for coming out to help today and support Jeff,” said Bulldog head coach Rob Hjerling.

A husband and father of two, Ragan was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State and is also an adjunct math professor at The Citadel who runs the school’s math lab and coordinates The Citadel’s summer wrestling camp.

Ragan received a kidney from his brother, Brad, a former Bulldog wrestler and a 2006 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in civil engineering who is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a pilot with a rank of Captain. 

Most recently, Ragan accepted an invitation by the National Kidney Foundation to share his story with doctors, nurses and kidney transplant patients on Sept. 13 in Columbia, S.C.

Check out the photos here!

For information on Ragan or Bulldog wrestling, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.citadelsports.com.

Dogs lose pitchers’ duel in Burlington

May 17, 2012

ELON, N.C. – Austin Pritcher struck out five Elon batters over eight innings, but the Phoenix capitalized on two Citadel errors and handed the Bulldogs a 2-1 defeat in their Southern Conference series opener Wednesday evening at Latham Park. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 24-29 overall and 13-15 in the league.

Pritcher tossed his second complete game of the season, suffering the hard-luck defeat to fall to 6-5 on the season. The junior scattered five hits and walked three, allowing two unearned runs to drop his ERA to 2.95. Nick Orvin led the Bulldogs with two of the team’s four hits. Grant Richards had the lone RBI in the game.

Dylan Clark was solid on the mound for Elon, completing a fantastic pitcher’s duel with Pritcher for the fans in attendance. Clark went 8.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and walking none to improve to 9-3. Nate Young recorded the final two outs for his ninth save. Quinn Bower had two hits, including the game-winning RBI for the Phoenix.

Elon (29-24, 18-10) scored first, tallying an unearned run in the third after a throwing error extended the inning. Chris Bresnahan opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Serra. After a fly out to shallow center by Quinn Bower, Sebastian Gomez chopped a grounder to third, but the throw to first from Bailey Rush was low into the turf and skipped past Bo Thompson, allowing Bresnahan to score on the error.

The Bulldogs knotted the game with a single run in the fifth. Joe Jackson led off with an infield single and Bo Thompson’s single to shallow right moved Jackson along to second. A sacrifice bunt by Tyler Griffin put both runners into scoring position and Richards lifted a 0-1 pitch from Clark into left for a sacrifice fly that plated Jackson for the 1-1 score.

The Phoenix picked up the eventual winning run in the bottom of the fifth. With one down, Serra reached on a fielder’s choice bunt and advanced to second on a throwing error by Pritcher during a pickoff attempt to first. Bower followed with a two-out RBI single to right that brought in Serra from second for Elon’s second unearned run of the game.

The Citadel put the tying run on in the ninth on Orvin’s one-out single to center, but Young got Mason Davis to pop out to second and Justin Mackert to fly out to right to end the game.

After a series opener at was played in one hour and fifty-two minutes, the first sub-two hour game of the season for the Bulldogs, the two teams meet for game two on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Bulldog baseball, follow us on Twitter at @CitadelBaseball or visit www.CitadelSports.com.

Citadel names new Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics

May 16, 2012

Lok C. Lew Yan Voon has been named dean of The Citadel’s School of Science and Mathematics.

Lew Yan Voon comes to The Citadel from the College of Science and Mathematics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he served professor and chair of the physics department with a joint appointment in electrical engineering.

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 Lok C. Lew Yan Voon

“Dean Lew Yan Voon brings an incredible amount of scholarship and experience,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “More importantly though, he understands the importance of our core values of honor, duty and respect and will lead the school, its faculty, staff and students according to those core values.”

Lew Yan Voon will oversee approximately 400 undergraduate students pursuing one of 15 undergraduate degree programs, approximately 100 graduate students pursuing one of 7 graduate degree programs, and 48 tenured and tenure-track faculty when he assumes his duties August.

Lew Yan Voon is the former director of the Hong Kong Project Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institution and the former co-director of IPG Photonics Lab at Worcester Polytechnic. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students a variety of subjects in physics and engineering. He received his doctorate in semiconductor physics from Worcester Polytechnic, a master’s in physics from the University of British Columbia, and his bachelor’s and another master’s in Physics from the University of Cambridge.

“I am impressed by the academic achievements that go beyond the popular rankings. The graduation and retention rates are quite impressive as well,” Lew Yan Voon said of The Citadel. “However, what is even more attractive to me are the core values of honor, duty and respect.”

Lew Yan Voon replaces Interim Dean Spike Metts, who has held the position since Dean Charles Groetsch returned to teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.