Archive for November, 2012

Faculty honored for excellence, innovation and service

November 30, 2012

Ten Citadel faculty members have been honored for their contributions to scholarship, teaching and service.

The 2012 Citadel Awards for Faculty Excellence and Innovation Program was created by Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college, and will be an annual event. This year a donor contributed the money to make it possible to present $2,500 awards in four categories of excellence and $250 awards for each of the faculty spotlight winners.

“Our Faculty Excellence Awards Program provides an opportunity to highlight the impressive accomplishments of The Citadel’s dedicated faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service on a recurring basis,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. “Those faculty recognized have made truly significant contributions to the quality of the educational experience for our students and have contributed to the intellectual enrichment of our campus through their research and service. The Citadel is proud to recognize their outstanding work and dedication to The Citadel and its mission.”

A committee of Citadel faculty annually will choose recipients who showcase innovative teaching in the graduate and undergraduate colleges, creative scholarship and research projects, and dedicated service to the Citadel community.

Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Saul J. Adelman, professor of physics

saul adelmanSaul Adelman demonstrates a deep-seated commitment to undergraduate teaching. He uses multiple teaching methods to engage a range of student learning styles, and approaches laboratory exercises as an opportunity for students to experiment with variables and deduce the relations of the key parameters for themselves. Under the constraints of a heavy teaching load, Adelman also holds supplemental review classes. Each semester, he typically engages two cadets as research assistants, giving future researchers the opportunity to engage directly in cutting-edge research.

The energy Adelman displays in his teaching is reflected in his scholarship. In 2011, he co-authored five papers published in refereed journals and collections. He is actively involved with astrophysical research at several international observatories, including the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in British Columbia, Argentina’s Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito, and the Turkish National Observatory. In 2011 a proposal of Adelman’s was accepted for research using the Hubble Space Telescope. He also referees manuscripts for the “Astrophysical Journal,” the “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,” the “Information Bulletin of the Variable Stars,” “Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan,” and the “Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.”

Further reflecting his commitment to engaging students with astrophysical research, Adelman is currently working on a CD of astronomical photographs for elementary and secondary school educators. With Professor Mei Chen, he helped establish the Sigma Xi brown bag lunch series at The Citadel, an opportunity for Citadel professors to discuss their research with fellow professors and to interest students in research activities.

Excellence and/or Innovation in Service and Teaching

Kevin C. Bower, associate, professor of civil and environmental engineering

William J. Davis, professor of civil and environmental engineering

bowerIn 2011, the commitment of Kevin Bower and William Davis to undergraduate mentoring, advising, and professional development was recognized with the award of a $593,000 National Science Foundation grant for their innovative ExCEL-SC program. Intended to promote the retention of socioeconomically disadvantaged, minority, and female students within the civil engineering program, the grant provides financial support to disadvantaged students and uses an comprehensive mentoring and team-building approach to promote cognitive and personal development as well as lifelong learning skills among participants. On this project they have also collaborated with Jane Warner of The Citadel’s Learning Center.

For Kevin Bower, the project builds on his impressive commitment to teaching and student professional development. His courses use carefully developed projects and site visits to make learning applicable to student experience and expose future engineers to the types of challenges they may encounter in the professional world. In his 2011 capstone course, he coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow students to submit a mock federal permit application and receive feedback on their project from state and federal agencies. He also coordinated with the Corps of Engineers on a wetlands delineation field trip for his capstone course, and took students in his introductory course to the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. His teaching was recognized in 2011 with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Harry C. Saxe Teaching Award.

Bower demonstrates an impressive record of service to the college and the discipline. Among his many contributions, he serves as faculty advisor to The Citadel’s chapter of the Society for Women Engineers. At a national level, he serves on the Committee on Scholarships for the American Society of Civil Engineers, and as director of the Environmental Engineering and Science Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

davisWilliam Davis has likewise demonstrated a passion for undergraduate education as well as a commitment to service. In addition to his work on the NSF-funded ExCEL-SC program, he is the faculty advisor to the more than 100 members of the campus ASCE chapter. As faculty advisor, he helped students conduct the extensive and innovative Battery 2 Beach transportation-engineering project, a 33-mile pedestrian and bicycle facility intended to improve non-motorized transportation in the Charleston area. Under his direction, students spent more than 1,500 hours collecting and analyzing route data, estimating construction costs, and delivering public presentations to local officials. This project, when constructed, will transform Charleston, the Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, and James Island into a more bike-friendly region.

Davis also arranged regular meetings for the ASCE chapter, featuring discussions with professional engineers on technical issues and professional development. He oversaw the chapter’s participation in the National Steel Bridge Competition as well as the ASCE National Workshop for Student Leaders in Portland, Maine, and the ASCE Carolinas Conference. In 2011, The Citadel team under Davis’s direction won first place out of 19 teams competing in Google’s “Storm The Citadel” trebuchet competition.

Partly as a result of his impressive dedication to the development of student engineering leaders, The Citadel’s ASCE chapter was awarded the 2011 Richard J. Scranton Award for the most outstanding engineering community service projects. The chapter also recently received the Robert Ridgway Award for the most outstanding student chapter. Selected from a field of 281 colleges and universities across the United States and 11 countries, including more than 25,000 engineering students, this award recognized The Citadel as the top ASCE chapter in the nation.

These and many other service contributions come in addition to Davis’s emphasis on classroom instruction that features real-world engineering exercises as well as the opportunity for cadets to interact with professionals working in the field. His commitment to undergraduate education is further supported by his recent completion of a manuscript for a surveying textbook, which is being adopted by engineering schools across the country.

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Michael Livingston, associate professor of English

michael livingstonIn 2011, Michael Livingston published two books: “The Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament,” a 701-page edition of an 18,372-line medieval poem published by Western Michigan University Medieval Institute Publications, and an essay collection entitled “The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook,” published by the University of Exeter Press. Also reflecting his active scholarly pursuits, Livingston authored a short story entitled “Purging Cocytus,” in “Black Gate Magazine,” and presented “The Jape of Jesus: Was Robin Hood a Jew?” at the 37th annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association.

Livingston’s scholarly pursuits are reflected in his teaching at all levels of The Citadel’s curriculum. In 2011, he prepared three new courses, including an Honors course on the literary figure of “Satan” and a graduate course on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien. Reflecting his commitment to pedagogy, he also published “Grading: Digital Grading Made Free and Easy with Google Apps,” in EDUCAUSE Quarterly in 2011.

Since the fall of 2011, Livingston has served as the first associate director of the Honors Program. In this capacity, he dedicates many hours to program administration, advising honors students, interviewing prospective students, attending national conferences, and serving as ex officio member of the college’s Scholarships Committee. He is the faculty advisor for “The Shako” while also, in service to the wider scholarly community, serving on the advisory board of the Middle English Texts Series and as associate editor of the Secular Commentary Series.

Excellence and Innovation in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Kerry Taylor, assistant professor of history

kerry taylorKerry Taylor’s contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service are closely interconnected with each other. He has spearheaded the creation and development of The Citadel Oral History Program, which now includes nearly 200 interviews with Citadel alumni, veterans, and Lowcountry residents. Of those, 44 have been digitized, transcribed, and made available to the public through the Lowcountry Digital Library. In conjunction with this project, he has built bridges between The Citadel and the surrounding community, leading a series of oral history workshops for teachers, archivists, and the general public, and has consulted with a number of local organizations regarding their oral history efforts. He has also organized and led archival workshops for graduate students and Berkeley County teachers, recruiting local journalists and archivists to donate their time to this effort.

In addition to its scholarly contribution, the Oral History Program has provided training to undergraduate and graduate students in both history and English in the skills necessary to collect and archive oral histories. A number of history graduate students have worked on the project or used skills associated with it to pursue their own research, while Taylor has also worked with English professor Lauren Rule Maxwell’s graduate writing class to collect veteran interviews through a service learning project.

During 2011, Taylor supervised five cadets as they compiled an audio yearbook of the Class of 2011. The experiences they recorded are also being transcribed and edited for inclusion in the Oral History Program.

In other areas of scholarship during 2011, Taylor published an essay in “American Labor Histories and Law Struggles,” served as a reviewer for the University of South Carolina Press, chaired a panel at the Southern Labor Studies Association meeting, and presented a paper entitled “Union Power, Soul Power: Black Workers and the Limits of Civil Rights Unionism in the Modern South” at the annual meeting of the prestigious Organization of American Historians.


Excellence in Service and Scholarship

Jennifer Altieri, professor of education

jennifer altieriJennifer Altieri demonstrates a profound commitment to service at both the college and national levels. In addition to extensive college committee work, in 2011 she served on the editorial review boards for two publications, “The Reading Teacher” and “Reading Horizons,” and as a conference proposal reviewer for the International Reading Association.

Within the college, Altieri developed and wrote The Citadel’s successful report to the International Reading Association and revised the handbook for The Citadel’s literacy program. As coordinator of the literacy division, she contributed significantly to the work of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Assessment Committee, helping develop assessment procedures to ensure that The Citadel meets or exceeds all NCATE accreditation standards. She also monitored the progress of the second cohort of Charleston County School District teachers pursuing the masters in literacy degree and certification, and continues to direct the summer literacy program.

In addition to a consistent and extensive record of service, Altieri has also remained an active scholar. Based on her research with educational theory as well as the experiences of classroom teachers, in 2011 she published “Content Counts: Developing Disciplinary Literacy Skills, K-6” with the International Reading Association. This book was selected as the organization’s May 2011 Book Club Mailing. She also made three national presentations. Those included invited presentations to the American Federation of Teachers at the Biennial QUEST Convention in Washington, D.C., and at the International Reading Association convention in Orlando, Fla. The latter presentation was part of the annual session of, a project developed by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, and sponsored by Verizon Thinkfinity. Altieri’s talk was videotaped for’s website.

Excellence in Teaching and Service

Lauren Rule Maxwell, assistant professor of English

lauren rule maxwellDemonstrating a deep commitment to service, in 2011 Lauren Rule Maxwell continued her involvement with the School of Humanities and Social Science’s Service Committee as well as the Faculty Research Committee. She is also associate director of programs for the Lowcountry Writing Project. Most importantly, however, in 2011 she shouldered the task of revising The Citadel MAT English program’s National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) accreditation report. Rule Maxwell has also undertaken significant service obligations both for and with her students. She assisted Livingston with “The Shako,” and with Kate Pilhuj, served as co-advisor to the English Club. In this capacity she helped coordinate cadet efforts to serve the wider Charleston community by collecting and donating books to Trident Literacy, and helping at-risk students at Mitchell Elementary School develop reading and writing skills.

Rule Maxwell has demonstrated tremendous dedication to improving student writing both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She carefully identifies and tracks areas for individual student improvement, and has developed creative exercises to involve students in critiquing their own work and that of their colleagues. In 2011, Rule Maxwell developed an innovative new course for the Lowcountry Writing Project. Through units on freelance journalism, scientific writing, travel writing, children’s books, photojournalism, and art criticism, as well as meetings with guest speakers, students learned to develop a wide range of publishing skills. As a result of this course, class members had pieces accepted by a number of local publications, and developed book proposals and article pitches for future projects.

In a wider professional capacity, Rule Maxwell serves on the editorial board of Margaret Atwood Studies, evaluating journal submissions and serving as guest editor of the August, 2011, volume. She also served as the judge for the Margaret Atwood Society’s 2011 undergraduate essay contest. In addition to her teaching and service, in 2011 Rule Maxwell delivered a paper at the Modern Languages Association conference, the foremost conference in the field. The presentation led to a request for a book proposal, and published two book reviews.

Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Paul M. Nolan, associate professor of biology

paul nolanPaul Nolan enthusiastically integrates the latest research into his undergraduate courses on animal behavior and ornithology, and encourages student research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Focusing on training future scientists in rigorous and creative ways, Nolan requires undergraduates in two of his three upper-level courses to develop an original, testable scientific hypothesis, and then to conduct their own research for presentation at The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference on Corps Day. During 2011, he worked with three graduate students on thesis research, and also advised one cadet and one College of Charleston honors student on ornithology projects. Both undergraduate projects were recognized with awards for excellent student poster presentations at national- and international-level meetings; one of the projects has resulted in the acceptance of a research paper for publication.

Nolan further engages his students through the innovative use of technology. Such initiatives include the use of “clickers” (personal response systems) in the classroom, and iPods in the field. With the iPods, his students play back birdsongs to attract difficult-to-find birds for observation by cadets as well as schoolchildren visiting campus through the STEM Center’s outreach programs.

In 2011, Nolan co-authored a paper entitled “Carotenoids bolster immunity during moult in a wild songbird species with sexually selected plumage coloration,” published in “The Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society,” worked on the Test File to Accompany “Life: the Science of Biology” (9th ed.), and worked on three additional articles, one as principle investigator.

Excellence in Teaching, Service, and Scholarship

Jack J. Porter, associate professor of political science

jack porterIn addition to service on several key departmental and college-wide committees, in 2011 Jack Porter served as the primary academic advisor for the Model NATO Program. In February 2011, he accompanied five cadets to the 26th annual Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C., where The Citadel team represented Turkey. In preparation for this trip, Porter met regularly with participants to research information on their country and its key interests and concerns, and to explore NATO’s operation. At the conference, Porter served as one of two faculty advisors to the Defense Planning Committee and was active with the crisis simulation group and office of the “Home Government.” Due in part to preparation by The Citadel’s delegation and Porter’s expertise in international security and NATO affairs, the conference organizer has requested that Porter play an increased role in the 2012 conference.

In 2011, Porter carried a heavy and often over-enrolled undergraduate course load. He also served as academic advisor to more than 50 political science and criminal justice majors, directed three cadet independent studies, and, drawing on his background as a former policy analyst with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, advised individual cadets on careers in the government and public sector.

Porter also continues to pursue an impressive research agenda. In 2011, he conducted research at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and drafted three articles on counterinsurgencies and “Contested Authority in the Afghan National Armed Forces.” Drafts of these publications were presented to colleagues at two major international conferences in 2011, including the 2011 Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar (IUS) on Armed Forces and Society, the field’s most prestigious conference.

Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching

David L. Preston, associate professor of history

david prestonPreston has demonstrated a strong record of scholarship on early American history. In 2011, he served as commentator and panel chair for two national conferences: the annual meetings of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the American Historical Association. He delivered the keynote address at the Western Frontier Symposium, presented a paper at the Annual Jumonville French and Indian War Seminar, and presented at two symposia sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshops. He also reviewed two book-length manuscripts for the University of Nebraska Press and Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and served as a reviewer for the prominent Journal of the Early Republic and Pennsylvania History.

Following the publication of his award-winning 2009 book on Europeans and Indians in colonial America, Preston signed an advance contract with Oxford University Press for a forthcoming book on Gen. Edward Braddock’s defeat in the French and Indian War. Research for this project was partly supported by grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In the classroom, Preston brings his enthusiasm for history as well as his passion for research to cadets. He works closely with students in his upper-level courses to refine their research and writing skills, while implementing a variety of lecture formats and class exercises to engage students in his survey courses. He uses period uniforms to discuss the lives of soldiers in the American Revolution and Civil War, and illustrates his lectures partly with photographs and documents from his own research trips, giving students the opportunity to view historical sites and rare primary documents within the classroom.


Odie Delaney Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

November 29, 2012

Spartanburg, S.C. – Bulldog heavyweight grappler Odie Delaney was selected as the Southern Conference wrestler of week for his performance at the Navy Classic last Saturday, Nov. 17. The wrestler of the week award is the fifth of Delaney’s career.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native entered Saturday’s competition ranked No. 13 nationally in his weight class, and he lived up to the billing.

Delaney pinned Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi in his first-round match before earning a 6-2 decision over Cleveland State’s Amon Willis to reach the semifinals. Delaney posted his second fall of the day in that contest, sticking George Mason’s Jacob Keller in 1:49 to advance to the title bout.

There, Delaney met an old foe in Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson, who entered the match ranked No. 10 nationally. The two met in last season’s NCAA Championships, with the winner assured of All-American status. Johnson prevailed with a pin in the fifth minute to end Delaney’s season and drop the Bulldog heavyweight to 0-3 against his Bobcat rival.

Delaney earned revenge in the finals bout, upsetting Johnson 7-6 to earn the heavyweight division crown.

The redshirt senior, who currently holds a career record of 88-35 with 47 pins, will look to eclipse the 100-win and 50-pin marks during his final season as a Bulldog.

The Citadel grapplers will be back in action on Dec. 2 when they travel to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Open.

Ellis Johnson ’75 lasts one season at Southern Miss

November 29, 2012
From: The Chicago Tribune, Sports Network   1:33 p.m. CST, November 27, 2012
Hattiesburg, MS —  Southern Mississippi head football coach Ellis Johnson will not return after a disastrous 0-12 mark in his lone season.   

Johnson replaced Larry Fedora, who left the program after last season to take the head coaching job at North Carolina. The Golden Eagles finished 12-2 in Fedora’s final year, won the Conference USA title with a convincing 49-28 triumph over Houston and topped Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.  It would have been extremely tough to repeat those feats, but the misery of a winless 2012 convinced athletic director Jeff Hammond to make a quick change.

“Following a thorough assessment of our football program I made the recommendation to our university president that we not retain Ellis Johnson as our head football coach,” Hammond said in a statement Tuesday. “At Southern Miss, we expect to compete hard and succeed both in the classroom and on the field. This is not the exception. This is in fact the standard, the norm, our identity and who we are.”    Southern Miss hadn’t finished with a losing record since going 3-7-1 in 1993 and went without a victory for the first time since an 0-6 mark in 1925.

Prior to taking the job at Southern Miss, Johnson served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Steve Spurrier for four seasons at South Carolina. He was also defensive coordinator at Southern Miss in 1988 and ’89.

His lengthy coaching career included head coaching stints at The Citadel from 2001-03 and Gardner-Webb in 1983. The Citadel went 12-22 under Johnson, but its 6-6 campaign in his final season of 2003 marked the best record for the military institution in six years.

NROTC unit announces Naval officer assignments

November 27, 2012

Thirty-eight midshipmen and active duty officer candidates in The Citadel Naval ROTC have been selected for commission and were informed of their service selection in October.

Throughout the nation hundreds NROTC midshipmen and active duty students are learning what they will be doing after graduation and commissioning for the next four years of their lives. Most graduates will be serving as line officers in the Navy, while some will go on to medical schools to continue their education.

Midshipmen (all cadets) and officer candidates (all active duty sailors enrolled in the Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program) are ranked by order of merit against their peers nationally. This merit order is compared to the desired “dream sheets” that the students submitted prior to the start of their senior year and from it service assignments are made. It is a highly competitive process taking into account the student’s academic, physical and professional performance during their time in the unit.

Congratulations to the class of 2013 Naval officers.

Surface Warfare Officers

OC Sammy J. Amalla
MIDN John K. Cowart (Engineering option)
OC Matthew E. DelaVega
OC Sebastian R. Delos Santos
MIDN Thomas K. George
OC Alexander J. Goodwin (Nuclear option)
MIDN John C. Holl (Information Warfare option)
MIDN James R. Isham
MIDN Matthew D. Neal
OC Joshua L. Neeper
OC Clarese L. Neill (Nuclear option)
MIDN Zachary D. Northcutt
MIDN Dimitri G. Paspalaris (Engineering option)
OC Derrick E. Prescott
MIDN Michael C. Singer (Engineering option)
MIDN Ashley L. Sparks
OC Landon J. Stultz (Nuclear option)
OC Ryan C. Trenck

Submarine Officers

MIDN Derek S. Bernsen
OC Benjamin A. Cook
OC Matthew L. Curtis
OC Michael R. Lacey
OC Jan C. Morales Gonzalez
OC John A. Randall
OC Frederick F. Shriner
OC Michael W. Wissehr

Naval Flight Officers

MIDN Connor J. Brechbill
OC Jonathan P. Gosselin
OC Michael R. Scarborough
OC Pierce D. Weller

Student Naval Aviators

OC Lee P. Brennan
MIDN Mark A. Pierce
MIDN John S. Roos
MIDN David H. Sturgis
MIDN Benjamin R. Wedewer

Civil Engineering Corps Officers

OC Nathan D. Cintula
OC Mike V. Guaigua

Intelligence Officer

OC Jonathan D. Puckett

SoCon Honors the Football Bulldogs + McGuiness gets one too!

November 21, 2012

Some Bulldogs finally got the recognition they deserved for an outstanding football season. 

Coach Kevin Higgins 7-4 record got him the recognition he deserved when he was named Co-Coach of the year with Stamford’s Pat Sullivan.   Bulldog center Mike Sullivan made All-SoCon 1st team offense  and was named the SoCon’s Jacobs Blocking Award signifying his ranking as offensive lineman of the year.

No other Bulldog made the first team All SoCon but the second team defense  had two Bulldogs while the SoCon All-Freshman defense is littered with Knobs.  Senior Cass Couey was named 2nd team punter while defensive tackle Chris Billingslea was named to the 2nd team defensive squad.  The all-conference freshman defense included lineman Mike Jeter, defensive end Mark Thomas and linebacker James Riley.  The Bulldogs were shut out on the offensive side of the all-freshman squad, which was dominated by App State and Furman.

I am sure everyone on the football team would tell you that this year’s winning season was a team effort but they would also add that  those listed earned their honors.  Hopefully this will mean a multi-year contract extension for Coach Higgins….are you listening A.D. Larry Leconby?

On a different note Former Citadel standout and current Texas Rangers farmhand Chris McGuiness has been selected the Arizona Fall League’s Joe Black Most Valuable Player. McGuiness, who played for the Bulldogs from 2007-09, batted .283 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 25 games for the Surprise Saguaros. The first baseman had a .370 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage and was credited for exceptional defensive play by Rangers senior director of player development Tim Purpura.  You can see below that Chris looks good in a Ranger uniform.


Texas Ranger Chris McGuiness swings away in the AZ Fall League



Finally, if you are going to be in the Holy City over the weekend you might want to take the family to a Bulldog basketball game.

The Citadel athletic department is offering $1 tickets to watch The Citadel basketball team play Radford on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. (Please note the change in game time.) 

The athletic department has also teamed up with Aramark to offer reduced concession prices.  All hot dogs will be $1, while a combo of hot dog, drink and chips or candy will be $5.  Tickets can be purchased online with a minimal service fee or purchased the day of the game at the ticket window.  The doors and ticket window open at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and GO BULLDOGS

Bulldog Runners Collect Over $1,200 for Annual Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

November 20, 2012

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel track and field and cross country teams took part in its annual food drive again this November to support needy families in the Charleston area.

The Cadets collected 29 turkeys, four hams and boxes full of canned goods to donate to a neighborhood house that feeds the needy in the downtown area as well as the Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.

The Bulldog athletes, along with Bravo Company who accounted for 25% of all donations, gathered over $1,200 worth of food – macaroni, rice, green beans, peas, yams and other various Turkey Day items.

The food donated to the Palmetto Presbyterian Church will be used to put together baskets that will be delivered to homes before Thanksgiving Day in the town of Huger, S.C.

For more information on Bulldog track and field, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at

C of C president defends school’s response to allegations of sexual assault

November 20, 2012
Moderator statement: If this happened at The Citadel it would be national news.  At the CofC it has made the Post/Courier but no other papers that I am aware of.  Why the difference in coverage?  The Citadel is under a microscope because we are a military school and because we have become a nationally recoginzed institution of higher learning.  The CofC is a state school with little recognition outside the lowcountry. 
Post Courier article:
By Andrew Knapp – The Charleston Post-Courier 11/19/12

The College of Charleston treated an athlete’s allegation of sexual assault last spring “extremely seriously,” and authorities properly disciplined those involved, the school president told students and employees Sunday.  George Benson’s email came after The Post and Courier published a report in which the victim’s father criticized the criminal investigation as inadequate and protective of the accused athletes. The father said Benson’s comments Sunday were “laughable” because several of the suspects were not punished for conduct violations.

A member of the school’s varsity softball team alleged that four baseball players assaulted her April 23 during a drunken party in a dormitory suite, according to the father. She reported the incident the next day.

An ensuing six-month investigation by the school’s Department of Public Safety ended earlier this month with no arrests because of what Benson called “insufficient evidence” that resulted from a “professional and methodical” effort by trained police officers. Benson added that the case could be reopened if new information comes to light.

“Please know that the college has treated this case extremely seriously from the moment it was first reported,” Benson wrote, “and has done everything in its power to thoroughly investigate this incident while treating all of the students and families involved with respect, sensitivity, and fairness.”

Benson acknowledged Sunday that four students were found in violation of the college’s code of conduct and received sanctions in connection with the allegation. School officials had previously declined to discuss an honor board’s actions, except to say that a suspect had been expelled for having inappropriate sexual contact with another student.

Benson did not detail the disciplinary actions.

The victim’s father said Benson’s statement was partially untrue.

Beyond the suspect who was expelled, the father said one other received no discipline. The honor board recommended a one-year suspension for two other suspects, he added, but those punishments were overturned by student affairs Vice President Victor Wilson. A witness was ordered to write a research paper, the father said.

Wilson, members of the honor board and officials in the school’s athletic department have declined to comment.

“Some students did receive sanctions, but they were overturned,” the father said. “He’s leaving that out.”

The father has argued that the case should have been investigated by an independent agency because it involved athletes. A state law passed in 2007 requires the school police to handle reports of sex assault on campus.

Benson wrote that the State Law Enforcement Division was notified about the case, but he did not say whether its agents had any further involvement.

He also did not confirm that those accused were athletes. The school has repeatedly denied queries for further information, including the suspects’ names, citing a federal law governing students’ privacy rights.

Four more requests under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act have been filed by The Post and Courier. They remain pending.

The victim dropped out of school after the allegation.  Her father said he hopes authorities will revive the investigation. He added that his daughter was traumatized by the incident and partially faulted for her role.

Benson, who said he was constantly informed of the investigation’s progress, wrote that school authorities offered to support the young woman on several occasions. The school has “taken significant measures to educate our students about sexual assault and alcohol use,” he wrote. “The college expects its students to comply with all laws and has high expectations for their behavior and conduct,” he said in the email. “We have policies prohibiting illegal behavior, and we expect our students to act responsibly, to exercise good judgment, and to respect the privacy and rights of others.”

You may be able to access the article that started it all here:

Coach Higgins Named Finalist for Eddie Robinson Award

November 19, 2012

Coach Higgins Patrols the Bulldog sideline



Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the top coach in FCS football.

The winner of the Eddie Robinson Award along with the other postseason honors will be announced at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

Higgins earned a spot among the finalists after leading the Bulldogs to a record of 7-4 for their first winning season since 2007 and only the second seven-win season since The Citadel won its second and most recent Southern Conference championship in 1992.

The Bulldogs also finished 5-3 in the SoCon, their first winning record in league play since going 4-3 in 2006 and 2007 and the most conference victories since going 6-1 in 1992. The Citadel finished in a three-way tie for fourth after being picked to finish eighth of nine teams in the preseason poll.

Under the eighth-year head coach, The Citadel started the season with three straight wins including victories over perennial league powers Georgia Southern (23-21 on Sept. 8 in Charleston) and Appalachian State (52-28 on Sept. 15 in Boone, N.C.).

The Eagles entered the game against the Bulldogs ranked third in the nation by The Sports Network while the Mountaineers were eighth. It marked the first time since a win over East Tennessee State in 1997 that The Citadel defeated a Top 10 team and first time since 1991 that the Bulldogs defeated two Top 10 teams in one season (Appalachian State and Furman).

The hot start moved The Citadel into The Sports Network Top 25 for the first time since spending seven weeks in the poll in 2008. The Bulldogs reached as high as No. 10 after the victory over the Mountaineers and were in the rankings for a total of four weeks during the season.

The Bulldogs nearly added a third Top 10 victim on Oct. 27 in Spartanburg when they rallied from 17 down before dropping a narrow 24-21 to then eighth-ranked Wofford. That loss was part of a midseason slump which saw The Citadel drop four of five games.

The Bulldogs rallied at the end of the year to win their final three games, including road victories over longtime rivals VMI to retain the Silver Shako and Furman. That win over the Paladins put The Citadel on the cusp of earning an FCS playoff bid for the first time since 1992 before that dream ended on Sunday.

Cadet Ben Thompson first from The Citadel to be elected to a BACCHUS Network group

November 19, 2012

Cadet Benjamin Thompson of Silver Spring, Md., was elected to the Area 9 Student Advisory Committee of the BACCHUS Network, a collegiate peer education initiative gives student leaders skills to address campus health and safety issues.  It is the first time The Citadel has had an elected representative on a BACCHUS Student Advisory Committee.

ben thompson headshot

“It represents a significant recognition of our cadets by other college students who discuss health and safety issues everyday on their campuses,” said Col. Kevin Dopf, assistant commandant for personnel and logistics. “This is significant for Ben as well. He won this position representing South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico – the largest area committee in the country. He beat out other candidates from schools such as Clemson, University of Florida, Florida State, Miami and University of Georgia.”

A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Thompson is a cadet master sergeant and regimental human affairs NCO. He served as the 2014 class president during his sophomore year, is a member of Political Science Honors Society, Campus Crusade Ministry and the 1 in 4 team, which educates men in the Corps and in The Citadel community on sexual assault and harassment issues on college campuses. Thompson is a four-year Army ROTC scholarship recipient and intents to be commissioned as an Army office after graduation.

“During my short time working with BACCHUS, I have been amazed with the leadership and motivation on college campuses to educate and assist students with the issues they face. These range from sexual abuse and drug and alcohol use to overall student and cadet wellbeing,” Thompson said. “The desire of students nationwide to affect change motivated me to seek a leadership role in the BACCHUS organization and be a leader within my region.”

Dog Pound Paladins 42-20 to go 7-4 for the season

November 18, 2012



VanDyke Jones scores 1 of his 3 TDs vs Furman
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By Scott Keeler,  The Greenville News 11/18/12

Furman’s 2012 season ended at home just like it began.  In each game, the Paladins lost their starting quarterback and then lost a heartbreaking game to a team from the state’s coast.

Furman’s first home loss was heartbreaking because the Paladins rallied late only to fall 47-45 to Coastal Carolina in three overtimes.  Saturday’s loss was heartbreaking because it came to Furman’s biggest rival. In the teams’ first season-ending meeting since 1992, The Citadel pulled away for a 42-20 win in front of 8,127 at Paladin Stadium.

“I think we took a step backwards, and I’m really disappointed in that,” said Furman coach Bruce Fowler. “We didn’t make the progress that I was hoping we’d make from last week (a 33-28 loss at Appalachian State) to this week.”  In the loss to Coastal on Sept. 8, Furman senior starting quarterback Dakota Derrick was injured. That opened the door for freshman Reese Hannon to take over as the starter. Hannon injured a hip flexor midway through the second quarter Saturday and did not return.

The loss left Furman (3-8, 2-6 Southern Conference) with its worst record in 18 years and kept slim FCS playoff hopes alive for the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-3).  “We finished strong, which is always important (for playoff bid hopes),” said Citadel coach Kevin Higgins, whose team won its last three games and four of its last five. “Being 5-3 in the league is special. And it’s only the second time since 1993 that we’ve won seven games in a season, and that’s special.”

Saturday’s game got off to a fast start, as the teams exchanged touchdowns and were tied 14-14 midway through the first quarter.  Things had settled down by the time Furman’s Ray Early boomed a career-long 52-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the second quarter, but the 17-14 lead was Furman’s last of the season.  After Citadel’s Bay Amrhein forced a Gary Robinson fumble, Austin Boyle recovered it at Furman’s 24-yard line with 1:43 left in the half. Three plays later from the 14, VanDyke Jones scored one of his three touchdowns.

After Furman opened the second half with a 13-play drive that culminated in a 37-yard field goal to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to one, Citadel came back with arguably the biggest play of the game.  The Paladins appeared to have forced a three-and-out, when the Bulldogs faced fourth-and-5 at their 30-yard line. Citadel punter Cass Couey took the snap and raced up the middle then to the sideline for an 18-yard gain.  A stunned Furman defense gave up a 17-yard touchdown run to Dalton Trevino eight plays later as the Bulldogs went ahead 28-20.   “Our defense had been on the field for a long time before that,” Higgins said of the fake punt. “We were about to go three-and-out and put our defense back on the field. I didn’t have a good feel for us stopping them on that next possession.”

Citadel increased its lead with a pair of unusual plays – by its standards – on its next drive early in the fourth quarter. Facing third-and-18 at their 19, Bulldogs quarterback Ben Dupree scrambled away from would-be sackers and passed to Terrance Martin, who barely got his feet in bounds along the sideline for a 23-yard gain. It was Dupree’s first completion. His only other completion came three plays later, a 28-yard touchdown pass to Domonic Jones.

“They outworked us pretty good, and it showed out there,” said Furman linebacker Mitch McGrath, who led the Paladins with 10 tackles.  With Hannon out, the Paladins leaned on their running game a bit more and Jerodis Williams and Hank McCloud responded with 103 and 92 yards, respectively. But it wasn’t enough to solve Furman’s year-long offensive woes in the second half.

The Citadel outscored Furman 21-3 in the second half, including 14-0 in the fourth quarter. It was the ninth time the Paladins failed to score in the final quarter, where they were outscored 105-26 this season.  “It’s an execution factor,” Fowler said. “We were a score down, and it got away from us. We’ve got a ways to go. That was very apparent today.”