Archive for May, 2014

Bob Spearman Joins Conroy & Epps as novelist from Big R

May 12, 2014
Bob Spearman, R Co. '75

Bob Spearman, R Co. ’75

Please add Bob Spearman to the list of Romeo Company alums who are novelists. He joins Pat Conroy and David Epps(Sword Drill) as the other published R Company alumni (there may be more). I thought his Romeo brothers might enjoy reading his novel and maybe even helping get the word out.

The book, entitled Turf and Surf, is a fictional mystery-thriller about Myrtle Beach, the lifeguards, tourists, locals and drug gangsters all struggling for their Turf at the Grand Strand. The action spills over into rural Williamsburg County and its Black River. Turf and Surf is on Amazon in both paper back and Kindle versions. Bob’s also got a web site, Bob Spearman – Edisto Books showing other books and short stories in work.

OBTW, He has a book signing in Summerville next Thursday, May 15. I’ll let you know where when I confirm the location.

Preview by Yahoo
Bob Spearman – Edisto Books


Citadel grad getting Bronze Star 6 years on

May 9, 2014
1st Lt. Russell Kaufmann

1st Lt. Russell Kaufmann

Published in The State, Columbia SC

From Associate Press reports

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Citadel graduate is receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat more than six years after he was wounded in Iraq. Members of The Citadel Club of Greater Washington are gathering Saturday in Springfield, Virginia, where 1st Lt. Russell Kaufmann will receive the award.
The 30-year-old Kaufmann is a 2006 graduate of The Citadel. He was hit in the neck by a sniper near Tikrit, Iraq, in January 2008.

He’s receiving the award after taking medical retirement from the Army. He continues to recover and plans a career in the law. Saturday’s event will also honor other Citadel graduates who have been killed or wounded in the wars on terror.

BJU names Citadel Grad Pettit President

May 9, 2014
Stephen Pettit - Delta '78 & New Bob Jones U. President

Stephen Pettit – Delta ’78 & New Bob Jones U. President

By Anna Lee – The Greenville (SC) news

On Saturday, longtime evangelist Stephen D. Pettit Sr. will take over the helm of Bob Jones University, the first president of the institution not named Jones. Pettit replaces Dr. Stephen Jones, who will end his nine¬ year tenure Friday due to health reasons. Jones announced his resignation in December, which in turn launched a months-long search for a new president to lead the school founded in 1927 by Bob Jones Sr.

Addressing the university’s staff and students Thursday, Larry Jackson, chairman of the BJU board of trustees, said, “We asked for your input, and boy, did you give it to us.” Jackson said the search committee started with 130 names before narrowing the list to a handful of candidates who were all “solid men evangelically” with “solid credentials.” “Our hearts kind of focused on one very quickly,” Jackson said.

The board reached a decision late Saturday and by Thursday afternoon had voted and elected Pettit as BJU’s fifth president. Hours later, he was introduced to the university’s faculty and students for the first time to a standing ovation.

Tanned from traveling, Pettit spoke of his role at the university during an “unprecedented time” in which he said change must be embraced with courage and humility. He said his main responsibility will be to ensure that BJU fulfills its theological mission within the “cultural and the academic soil of liberal arts higher education.” Pettit, a graduate of The Citadel with a degree in business administration, has spent the past 29 years as president of the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team, traveling the world on more than 800 campaigns and crusades.

He grew up in Columbia, the first of four children of parents who met while in the Air Force. He recalled being a “typical Southern kid” and played sports —soccer especially became a lifetime passion. He took drama lessons and acted in plays at the theater his mother founded. In high school, he played the tuba for South Carolina’s All-State Band, was elected class president three years in a row and was the captain of the soccer team his senior year.

Pettit chose to attend The Citadel in the fall of 1974, thinking he would maybe one day go into the military “I wanted to do something with my life, and I was always drawn to the military,” he said in a release from BJU. “My dad was in the military. People I respected were in the military. I just grew up with that.” It wasn’t until Pettit’s junior year that he said he felt a calling to preach, later enrolling in Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion. He met a singer in a traveling revival ministry, Terry Elkins, whom he later married. They have four children: Rebecca, a filmmaker; Rachel, a paralegal; Stephen, a BJU senior; and Michael, a rising high school senior. Pettit formerly served as camp director and staff evangelist for Northland Camp and Conference Center in Dunbar, Wisconsin.

Prior to being elected president, he was the national director for Cross Impact Ministries, which partners with local churches to minister on college campuses. That he would one day return to BJU as its president had never occurred to him, “but the Lord opened the door,” Pettit said. “I am truly humbled to follow our beloved president,” he said in a short speech. “He has been an example for all of us to follow.”

Paluso named Commandant

May 6, 2014
Our new Commandant is one of "the Boys" from T Co.

Our new Commandant is one of “the Boys” from T Co.

Citadel News Service

29 Apr 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. Navy Captain Eugene F. Paluso, will be the new commandant for the S.C. Corps of Cadets at The Citadel.

Captain Eugene Paluso, USN
The commandant of cadets is a vice presidential position responsible for the command and oversight of the 2,300-member Corps of Cadets. Paluso graduated from The Citadel in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He is currently a U.S. Navy SEAL officer on active duty as the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Group Three at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The group consists of 700 specialized SEAL and fleet personnel. Paluso will retire from the Navy after serving for approximately 25 years, before taking his post as Commandant at The Citadel.

During his career, Paluso has held leadership roles commanding special operations forces in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has led men and women in combat at all levels. His service awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Commendation Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Joint Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

The position of commandant reports directly to The Citadel’s President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.

“I am confident that Captain Gene Paluso will be successful as the new Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. As a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy, he brings a wealth of experience that will help shape our young men and women into principled leaders for all walks of life,” said Rosa.

Paluso, who will start late-summer, will replace Col. Leo A. Mercado, USMC, (Ret.), who is a member of The Citadel Class of 1979. Mercado, who joined The Citadel as commandant in 2009, is retiring from the college. His tenure is marked by the implementation of a single standard for all cadets that stresses the school’s core values of honor, duty and respect.

Top national scholarships awarded to three cadets and one veteran student at The Citadel

May 6, 2014

29 Apr 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. −As the 2013-14 academic year comes to a close, graduating cadet seniors and one junior veteran student from The Citadel are making global plans for their continued work and study. Three members of the S. C. Corps of Cadets and one veteran day student were recently named winners of prestigious national scholarships to study or work abroad—two earned a Fulbright Award and two were named National Security Education Program Boren Scholars.

Cadet Matthew Bernard

Cadet Matthew Bernard

Cadet Matthew Bernard of Orange Park, Fla., who graduates this month, was named a Fulbright Scholar to teach English in rural Malaysia. Bernard attended The Citadel on a four-year Navy scholarship. He is a political science and history major, with a minor in Spanish. He serves as vice chairman for investigations for the Honor Committee and the secretary for the college chapter of Toastmasters International. He plans to eventually attend flight school.

Cadet Donald Preston Hipps

Cadet Donald Preston Hipps

Cadet Donald Preston Hipps, a native of Pelion, S.C., will teach English in Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship in the 2014-15 academic year. Hipps, also graduates in May, is chairman of the Honor Committee and is a Citadel Scholar for academic achievement. He has been awarded Gold Stars for academic excellence every semester during his tenure at The Citadel. He has also been the recipient of a number of other scholarships, including a Star of the West for summer study in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hipps plans to attend law school in the fall of 2015. After being accepted to both Harvard and Yale law schools, he has decided to attend Harvard after completing his Fulbright assignment.


Cadet Erin Bucherl, a senior from Indianapolis will study Swahili and intern in a hospital in Zanzibar, Tanzania on a Boren Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Bucherl is majoring in biology and German and is a scholarship volleyball player and captain of the team. She currently holds the rank of cadet captain, and she is a two-time Star of the West Scholar for summer study in Germany in 2012 and 2013. She will return to attend The Citadel Graduate College in the biology program.

Elizabeth Stephenson, USAF

Elizabeth Stephenson, USAF

Elizabeth Stephenson, a veteran day student and a psychology major from Greenville, was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Mandarin in China for six months. Stephenson, a junior, is in the honors program. She was formerly enlisted in the Air Force and will commission upon graduation.