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Lt. Gen. Rosa Re-ups!

June 30, 2015


30 Jun 2015

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa to lead The Citadel through 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C.− The president of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, will continue to lead the Military College of South Carolina for three more years. The college’s Board of Visitors announced the new contract agreement today. The agreement extends the commitment of the college’s 19th president until June 30, 2018, at which point Rosa will retire.

“The Citadel continues to thrive under the leadership of Lt. General Rosa, a respected retired United States Air Force general, who came to lead the college in 2006,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Steele, chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors. “John and Donna Rosa are strong, tireless leaders for our cadets, students, alumni, faculty and staff. General Rosa represents everything The Citadel and our alumni aspire to be.”

Rosa, a member of The Citadel Class of 1973, said his decision to remain in place is centered on moving the college toward the completion of its long-range strategic plan, the LEAD Plan 2018. Rosa initiated it in 2012 after months of research and planning sessions involving many individuals in the campus community. “We are making great strides toward accomplishing the goals we set in 2011 to position the college for future success,” Rosa said. “The strategic plan is the foundation of our mission of building principled leaders for all walks of life. I want to ensure a successful completion of this important process.”

One of the greatest achievements of Rosa’s administration is the implementation of a four-year leader development model that is required of every cadet. The program takes cadets through the stages of following, serving, leading and commanding in a framework that emphasizes the core values of honor, duty and respect. Additionally, the president has used his experience in strategic planning and fundraising to improve the financial health of the college.

During the past four years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel as the top public college in the South among colleges offering master’s degrees.

Rosa became president of The Citadel in January 2006. The extension to his contract means that with a 12-year tenure, he would be the longest serving president of the college since Gen. Mark W. Clark, who served as 11th president from 1954 till 1965.

The contract amendment increases the president’s base compensation to $385,000, which includes a state salary of $178,600 plus a supplement of $206,400 from The Citadel Foundation. The amendment does allow the president to receive an annual bonus for continued support and implementation of objectives in the LEAD Plan 2018. No state funds or tuition would be used for bonuses.


Changes at The Citadel

June 24, 2015

This has been a difficult week for our community and state. The Citadel has directly felt the impact of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church as one of the victims was a Citadel Graduate College alumnus and six of our employees lost family members. The Emanuel AME Church is our neighbor and we consider it a part of our extended Citadel family. We will continue to support the church and its members in their time of need.

Today, The Citadel Board of Visitors voted 9-3 in favor of moving the Confederate Naval Jack from Summerall Chapel to an appropriate location on campus. The move will require an amendment to the Heritage Act by the South Carolina legislature. The board’s motion authorizes the Chair of the Board of Visitors and the administration of the college to work with the legislature on the amendment. The Board of Visitors and I believe now is the right time to move the flag from a place of worship to an appropriate location. We pride ourselves on our core values of honor, duty and respect. Moving the Naval Jack to another location is consistent with these values and is a model to all of the principled leadership we seek to instill in our cadets and students. It also promotes unity on our campus, in our community and across our state during this time of healing.

John W. Rosa, Lt Gen (USAF, ret)
Citadel President

3 Diamond Dogs Drafted in MLB Draft

June 12, 2015

Bulldog Pitching staff decimated as Reeves, Hunter & Mason are drafted


Citadel starting pitcher James Reeves was selected by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Summerville, South Carolina, native was taken in the 10th round as the 303rd overall pick, and is the 32nd draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel.

Reeves pitched in 68 games for the Bulldogs, picking up 20 wins over his 33 career starts. Throughout his 239.0 innings pitched, he struck out 227 opponents, and had a 3.88 earned-run average. In 2015, the senior was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Southern Conference, and was recognized nationally as a Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American. He claimed the SoCon and Louisville Slugger Player of the Week titles twice in the season; first on Feb. 16 and again on April 6 for his no-hitter against Mercer.

Reeves made 15 starts over the season, striking out 115 batters over his 95.0 innings pitched to earn a 3.69 ERA. During the 2014 season, Reeves pitched in seven games and finished with a 3.40 ERA, striking out 36 batters in 39.2 innings. As a sophomore in 2013, Reeves appeared in 24 games and tossed 51.2 innings for the Bulldogs, striking out 42 batters while holding an ERA of 4.01.

In his first season with The Citadel, Reeves made 22 appearances and posted an ERA of 4.44 over his 53.3 innings. He picked up wins in his first three appearance for the Bulldogs and struck out 34 batters over the 2012 season


The Citadel’s closer Skylar Hunter was selected in the MLB Draft on Wednesday going in the 12th round to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hanahan native was taken with the 354th overall selection. Hunter told Live 5 Sports on Wednesday that he intends to forgo his senior year and sign with the Phillies.

Hunter appeared in 95 games during his career at The Citadel, recording 147 strikeouts with an earned-run average of 3.49 over 131.1 innings. This season, Hunter broke the program and Southern Conference records for career saves with 41.

As a junior in 2015, Hunter tossed 53.0 innings for the Bulldogs, earning 13 saves and striking out 59 opponents with an ERA of 3.74. During his 2014 season, Hunter posted an impressive 1.67 ERA over his 43.0 innings pitched, allowing just eight runs while striking out 44. He earned 15 saves, tying The Citadel record for saves in a season. In 2013, Hunter was a second-team All-Southern Conference performer and was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.


Citadel starting pitcher Austin Mason was selected in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks . The junior right-hander was taken in the 17th round as the 496th overall pick, and is the 34th draft pick to be coached by Fred Jordan at The Citadel. A native of Greer, South Carolina, Mason finished his Citadel career with a 5.28 earned-run average over 165.1 innings pitched. He started in 32 of his 53 appearances, striking out 126 opponents.

In the 2015 season, Mason posted a 4.19 ERA through 53.2 innings of work and struck out 53 batters over his 25 appearances. As a sophomore, Mason returned from offseason shoulder surgery to play in 14 games of the 2014 season. He earned an ERA of 5.02 over 57.1, innings, striking out 39 opponents.

In the 2013 season, Mason appeared in 14 games with 13 starts, contributing to his 6.63 ERA. Over 54.1 innings on the mound, the freshman struck out 34 batters.

Military children learn football from NFL receiver Roberts

June 9, 2015
(photo by David B. Hollingsworth the Virginian-Pilot)

(photo by David B. Hollingsworth the Virginian-Pilot)

By Matt McKinney
The Virginian-Pilot
© June 8, 2015

Nicholas Burd dreams of making big plays, dodging would-be tacklers and spending Sunday afternoons on the field with NFL players. So, naturally, it was a big weekend for the square-shouldered 14-year-old: He got to do all the above. Nicholas and about 135 other military children hit the gridiron Saturday and Sunday for a football camp with Washington Redskins receiver Andre Roberts.

The free camp, held at Oceana Naval Air Station, focused on football fundamentals and the importance of staying active. “Just to be on the same field as him is really special,” Nicholas, a Dallas Cowboys fan, said Sunday during a break from the action.

Roberts, a sixth-year pro out of The Citadel, grew up in an Army household and said he feels strong ties to military families. “That’s why I do this. I used to be in their position,” he said, recalling moving around the country and playing on sports fields at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Roberts said he attributes his success on the field to values he learned being around the military. “It showed me how to be strong and determined and work hard in everything I do,” he said.

Roberts joined the Redskins in 2014, finishing the season with 36 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

On Sunday, campers ranging from first- to eighth-graders sprinted across the glistening turf, working on their passing, catching and footwork. Near the west end of the field, 7-year-old Gabriella Seda, an aspiring wide receiver, zipped back and forth, chasing after a fellow group member with the ball. Her favorite part of the camp: “Being outside,” she said.

That kind of response thrills Jeff Lowe, youth sports and fitness coordinator at the base. He said getting kids outside has been among his top priorities in 16 years on the job. And by that measure, the camp was a “huge success.” “It’s priceless,” he said. “They’re having a good time, learning teamwork and being active. It’s great.” Parents lined a nearby fence and sat in bleachers, watching their children learn the finer points of America’s favorite sport.

About halfway through the day, campers got to ask Roberts about his career, including which cornerback he would most like to “dust.” (Answer: Patrick Peterson, a former teammate with the Arizona Cardinals.)
“Why is football so special?” one youngster asked sheepishly. Roberts paused for a few seconds, then nodded. “Football’s the ultimate team sport. You can’t do it without 11 people on the field…. And that’s why I love it.”

Nicholas, who will start high school football in the fall, said he loves the sport because it offers an outlet for when his mother, an aviation ordnanceman, goes overseas. He’s seen her ship out to places like Cuba, Italy and Guam. And when she’s stationed elsewhere, he plays with her on his mind. “It’s about making the people you love proud,” he said, “especially when they can’t be there.”

The Citadel responds to recent hazing allegations with ‘zero tolerance’

June 8, 2015

By Shannon Scovel, USA Today
June 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Inside the gates of The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, sits a large, car-sized golden ring, a fixture that represents the honor and tradition rooted in the institution. Just beyond that ring lies the campus where 85 allegations of misconduct emerged in February.The Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel, an institution that has previously made headlines for hazing complaints and lawsuits, issued the first all-encompassing order in school history for cadets to report cases of misconduct within 24 hours. Captain Eugene “Geno” Paluso, who serves as the Commandant of Cadets and holds the responsibility of commanding and overseeing the Corps, summoned all freshman cadets to a meeting in February. He announced an order to report instances of misconduct after hearing rumors of a hazing incident.Nineteen of the 85 reported misconduct cases have been confirmed as hazing, and nine students have voluntarily left the school.

Captain Paluso (L), and Lt. Gen. John Rosa (R) (Photo courtesy: The Citadel)

Captain Paluso (L), and Lt. Gen. John Rosa (R) (Photo courtesy: The Citadel)

Captain Paluso came to The Citadel in 2014 after retiring from a 25-year career in the Navy. Paluso also wears a Citadel ring as a member of the 1989 graduating class and has received numerous service medals for his military service.

Recent graduate 2nd Lt. Christian Mason says that the Commandant’s actions to curb hazing surprised him at first, but he believes the investigation will produce positive outcomes for the school. “At first, I was like, ‘This is kind of messed up, this isn’t the school I went to,’” Mason says. “But then I guess it’s the difference between being an adult and being a kid. You can see the bigger picture, and in the long run…mentorship is better than intimidation.”

In the upcoming year, the school will fully integrate a new program under the Office of the Commandant called the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy where cadets will undergo new leadership and ethics training in addition to leadership classes already included in a cadet’s Citadel education. The Citadel also launched a new program in 2014 called “Ethics in Action: Since 1842” to enhance leadership training. This new initiative began with the Class of 2018, and the leadership courses will be integrated in the curriculum.

“As we start looking, a deeper look at hazing and what leads to some of these cases and such, in many cases, you could argue there isn’t enough training,” Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, vice president for communications and marketing at The Citadel, says. “So what we want to do is make sure that a young man or woman doesn’t think that physical fitness is the only tool in their tool kit when it comes to disciplining another cadet.”

These new programs will continue to enforce the school’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards hazing, Ashworth says.“There are at least six different times throughout a typical academic year that cadets are reminded of the rules and regulations regarding hazing,” Ashworth says. “Those start all the way at the highest level with the president and then the Commandant as well, and then at the lower level — at the company level in the barracks — they get training as well. So it’s a continuous process, it’s not something that we due once and never refer to again.” Ashworth says The Citadel has always prohibited hazing, but the Commandant’s order to the freshman was unprecedented.

The Citadel defines hazing as:
A wrongful striking, an unauthorized laying hand upon, threatening with violence, or offering to do bodily harm by any student to another student, or any other unauthorized treatment by one student toward another student of a tyrannical, abusive, shameful, insulting, or humiliating nature; or otherwise requiring any student to perform any personal service for another student except as specifically provided for in Cadet Regulations.”

The school has faced numerous hazing lawsuits throughout its history. In 2011, a cadet filed a breach of contract and assault and battery case against the institution, and the school investigated the case, ultimately punishing six cadets with demerits and tours. Three of the six cadets in the case were moved to a different battalion within the school.

Cadets run the Corps at The Citadel. Mason says that this traditional remains important at the school. “Let the Corps run the Corps,” Mason says. “We don’t like it when [administrators] step in and try to run the Corps for us, but at the same time, we don’t always do the things necessary to run the Corps the way it should be.”

Ed Pendarvis, a 1965 Citadel graduate and member of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board, says many of the hazing incidents occur because young cadets fail to rein in their new authority after freshman year. “Every now and then, someone will cross the line, and you’re dealing with 17, 18, 19, 20-year-old people, and you’re turning the discipline over to them as they move up from freshman to sophomore to junior to senior,” Pendarvis says. “Some people can handle that responsibility and good leadership traits and qualities bubble to the top, and others are too exuberant and just have the authority that ‘you have to do it this way,’ even to the point that, ‘I’ll abuse you to make you do it right.’”

Pendarvis acknowledges these hazing incidents bring negative attention to the school, but he believes the administration has handled the issues appropriately. “I’m proud of The Citadel. If there’s a problem, we root it out and correct it, and take responsibility for it,” Pendarvis says. “If we make a mistake, it is our mistake and we need to own up to it and correct it and not do that again if we can. And I think that’s what happened with this thing with hazing.”

Despite the stories of hazing at The Citadel, the number of applicants applying for a spot at the school has increased, according to Ashworth. “We have a wait list, which in higher education obviously is exciting and tells you that people want to be a part of that values based education,” Ashworth says. “It resonates with not just young people, but with their parents, and people who support them.”

Fifty years after Pendarvis collected his ring as a senior at The Citadel, Mason proudly earned the same distinction. Mason says the traditions of honor, respect and duty will last him a lifetime, but hazing is not synonymous with that tradition. “If you’re found, you’re going to get kicked out or in serious trouble, and I mean, kids do it anyways,” Mason says. “Again, that might just be the misconstrued belief that tradition and hazing are supposed to go hand-in-hand. But the school doesn’t allow it, and that’s why I stayed away from it.”

Shannon Scovel is a student at American University and a summer 2015 USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent

’97 Grad gets leadership role at Joint Base Charleston

June 8, 2015
Lt. Col Currin is a '97 grad from Oscar Company

Lt. Col Currin is a ’97 grad from Oscar Company

Orangeburg Times-Democrat Staff Writer

“Yes! That’s exactly where I wanted to go,” 7-year-old Tessa exclaimed as she threw her hands in the air. Her father, Lt. Col. Scovill W. Currin Jr. of the U.S. Air Force, had just revealed the news to his family during dinner that they were relocating to Charleston, S.C. An Orangeburg native, Currin has been offered the command of the 437th Operations Group at Joint Base Charleston.

“I’m really excited to come back” Currin said. “I was ecstatic. This was really neat. For an Air Force pilot, it’s the ultimate job.” The 437th Operations Group provides C-17A combat-ready aircrews, mission support personnel and processes for 55 assigned aircraft to meet White House, Department of State and Joint Chiefs of staff-directed global deployment, employment and resupply of Department of Defense and allied forces via air, land and airdrop operations. The Operations Group also conducts worldwide emergency nuclear, aero medical, humanitarian and combat airlift operations.

Currin grew up in Orangeburg and graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory School in 1993. Originally having aspirations of becoming a college professor, Currin was an English major at The Citadel in Charleston. He recalls watching several airplanes fly over The Citadel, wondering what it would feel like to be a pilot someday. Signing up for Air Force ROTC led Currin to the next chapter of his life.

He joined the Air Force with the intention of staying in for just the minimum amount of years so he would no longer be in his parents’ pockets. “I liked the idea of paying my own way,” Currin explained. His time in the Air Force lasted longer than he thought, as he recently celebrated 18 years of service.

While serving, Currin earned his Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from George Washington University and Master of Airpower Arts and Sciences degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He has also spent the last three years at Duke University completing a doctorate in history.

“I experienced the positive impact of a good leader and decided I wanted to positively impact lives,” Currin said. Currin has also completed a deployment in Al Udeid AB, Qatar, where he commanded the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron and led a team of active duty, Guard and Reserve airmen who ensured successful combat missions for more than 80 aircraft.

Utah State to hire Troy’s John Hartwell as Aggies’ new athletic director

June 2, 2015
John Hartwell ('87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

John Hartwell (’87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

LOGAN — It appears Utah State has found its replacement for departed athletic director Scott Barnes.

A source within the USU athletic department confirmed to the Deseret News on Monday that Utah State will hire Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell to take over the position Barnes vacated when he left to become Pittsburgh’s new athletic director.Taylor Tannebaum of WTVY 4 in Dothan, Alabama, first reported Monday that Hartwell would leave Troy University — located about an hour outside of Montgomery, Alabama — and take the same position at Utah State, citing sources.
WSFA 12 in Montgomery reported that Troy is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday, according to sources. The school could not confirm the reports when contacted by the Deseret News.

Hartwell’s tenure as Troy’s athletic director began in the fall of 2012 after nine seasons as the senior executive associate athletics director at the University of Mississippi.During his time at Troy, Hartwell spearheaded efforts to bring upgrades to the Trojans’ athletic facilities. They included a new on-campus golf practice facility, a $3 million renovation of the Troy Softball Complex and $2.1 million in improvements to Veterans Memorial Stadium. Hartwell also joined with then-football coach Larry Blakeney and former Trojan Lawrence Tynes in 2013 to announce the North End Zone Project at the football stadium, a building with an estimated cost of $25-28 million that’s intended to help Troy in the college football arms race.

The 49-year-old Hartwell also hired several head coaches during his time at Troy. They included Phil Cunningham for men’s basketball, Beth Mullins for softball, Jason Hamilton for women’s soccer and Neal Brown last November to replace Blakeney as the school’s football coach.

Justin Woodberry hired as Riverside HS (Greenville SC) as boys basketballcoach

June 2, 2015
Justin Woodberry ('06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

Justin Woodberry (’06 T Co.) addresses a gathering in the Riverside High gymnasium Monday after being introduced as the school’s new boys basketball coach.(Photo: BOB CASTELLO / Staff)

by: Bob Castello

The Greenville News June 1,2015

GREER – Justin Woodberry had been texting and talking on the phone with Riverside High School athletic director Murray Long, leading up to the big moment.
But by early Monday afternoon, Woodberry was having trouble coming to grips with the fact that Long had just introduced him as the Warriors’ new boys basketball coach.

“I’m still trying to believe this is really happening,” Woodberry said, “because it is such a big stage, and it is such a great opportunity.” Woodberry, 31, an assistant at Mullins High School for six seasons, replaces Greg Miller, who resigned after two seasons to become the head coach at Greer High. Woodberry, a 2001 Mullins graduate, helped his alma mater advance to three Class AA Lower State championship games and one state final.

Long said in going through the interview process, “One guy kept rising to the top.” “The categories we were looking for were the academics, the athletics, the character — all of that stuff rolled into one, and we really feel like we’ve found the best fit for our school,” Long said.Upon graduating from Mullins, Woodberry earned a football scholarship to The Citadel. He later spent six years serving in the National Guard.

“One thing I’ve taken from my coaches from my time in high school and in college is the work ethic that you put in,” Woodberry said. “I learned their work ethic, and learning that from them helped me to be successful. Even in high school, I knew that I wanted to impact the lives of young men because of the impact that my coaches have had on me.” Woodberry also served as an assistant football coach at Mullins for seven seasons, and he said he will help as an offensive assistant in football at Riverside. He is certified for special education, and he said he will serve as a resource teacher.

“The past couple years they’ve been building,” Woodberry said. “The success has been growing. It’s a great school. It’s in a great area. I got a chance to meet a couple of the kids, and I talked with the coaches about the kids. They seem like great kids. “The academic standards here are just top-notch. It’s just a great opportunity to be able to lead young men that hold themsevles to that standard, where they’re able to compete academically and athletically.

See Justin’s first interview here: ( you may have to copy & paste)

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