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Fallen Citadel graduate honored in classroom dedication

September 8, 2015


CHARLESTON, S.C. – The legacy of U.S. Army Capt. Dan Eggers lives on at his alma mater after family, friends and alumni gathered to dedicate a classroom in his honor. Eggers, a member of the Class of 1997, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while returning to his Kabul base. He was a Green Beret detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Senior Army officials made sure that he would be remembered by naming the Kabul compound Camp Eggers in honor of his duty and sacrifice. Camp Eggers served as a pivotal base throughout its time in use from 2004-14 in the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom with hundreds of Citadel graduates passing through the base.

“This is the tie between Camp Eggers and The Citadel. The plaque had to be brought home,” said Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, his widow. Now that the compound has closed, the plaque commemorating Eggers has been given to The Citadel. The ceremony held on Sept. 5 unveiled a new plaque, presented to the Eggers family, dedicating the senior Army ROTC classroom in the name of Eggers’ sacrifices. All senior Army ROTC cadets will pass through this room before commissioning in the footsteps of the late Eggers.

Attending the ceremony were Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. and Mrs. Rosa, Senior Military Science Professor Col. Mark D. Raschke, Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, as well as members of the Eggers family and the Class of 1997.

This article was written by Cadet Brianna Young, 2015-16 Regimental Public Affairs Officer.


The Citadel welcomes the Class of 2019

September 2, 2015


Most of the members of the class of 2019 were born in 1997, the same year as the McCaughey septuplets. For them, Google has always existed. They expect Wi-Fi to be present. They are younger than the Nintendo Gameboy and the McDLT, and since they have been on the planet, hybrid vehicles have always been mass produced.
More than 675 of them reported in at The Citadel on Saturday, Aug. 15. The freshmen are from 34 states and 6 foreign countries.

Take a closer look at The Citadel Class of 2019 profile below:

Total matriculates 678
From high schools 639
From transfers 39
From South Carolina 344 (51%)
Out-of-State/International 334 (49%)
U.S. states represented 34
Top five states SC, NC, GA, FL, VA, TX
Top five SC counties (outside of Charleston) Greenville, Berkeley, Aiken, Dorchester, Florence
Foreign countries 6

Women 58 (9%)
African-American 65 (10%)
Total minority 161 (24%)
International cadets 12 (2%)

Average SAT score 1085
Above 1100 147
Up to 1090 205
Average high school GPA 3.61
In top 25% of class 165

Most subscribed majors:
Pre-Business Administration 147
Mechanical Engineering 113
Criminal Justice 72
Political Science 72
Civil & Environmental Engineering 65
Electrical Engineering 24
Biology 34
History 26

The Citadel extends prestigious AACSB International accreditation

May 19, 2015


CHARLESTON, SC – The Citadel School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools. Today, there are more than 727 business schools in 49 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions hold an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process, schools must show alignment with 15 global accreditation standards while demonstrating how they achieve success within each of the three pillars on which AACSB accreditation rests—engagement, innovation, and impact.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor and peer review. During the multi-year process the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards are divided into four areas: strategic management and innovation; participants (students, faculty and staff); learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

S.C. Corps of Cadets’ most prestigious honors for Class of 2015 Top awards presented at commencement

May 11, 2015


David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award: 2nd Lt.Tanner Cortland Jameson
The David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the highest cumulative grade point radio based on all courses taken at The Citadel. 2nd Lt. Tanner Cortland Jameson, graduating with a degree in criminal justice, received the prestigious award for the Class of 2015. Jameson commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army the day before he graduated from The Citadel. Jameson was named to the Dean’s List and earned Gold Stars for his academic performance almost every semester during his four years at The Military College of South Carolina. He received an Education Delay slot in the Army as a Judge Advocate specializing in international prosecution law. He will attend Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. Jameson is from Belle, West Virginia. “At The Citadel I learned that hard work does pay off,” said Jameson. “I also learned that hard work alone is not enough to get you where you want to go. It takes faith in God and faith in others to help you along the way.” Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, presented the award. Jameson received the traditional scholarship medal, a plaque and a stipend to be used for education expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient. The award is sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, South Carolina.


David Shingler Spell Second Honor Graduate Award: Lubor Cerva.
The David Shingler Spell Second Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the second highest cumulative grade point ratio based on all courses taken at The Citadel. Cadet Lubor Cerva earned the prestigious award, which was presented by Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors. Cerva graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During his four years at The Citadel, Cerva repeatedly earned Gold Stars for exceptional academic performance, as well as positions on the Dean’s, President’s and Commandant’s Lists. He is a native of Czechoslovakia, speaks fluent English and is proficient in French. Cerva was a Supplemental Instructor for the college his senior year, assisting professors teaching second-year French. He was recognized for outstanding works in French published in the journal Le Gaulois Littèraire and was a member of three academic organizations including Phi Kappa Phi. Cerva was also a member of the 2014-15 Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s famous silent drill platoon that is comprised of senior cadets exhibiting the highest physical, military and academic standards. The guards endure rigorous drills and competitions to attain a coveted slot. Cerva received a plaque and a stipend to be used for educational expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient.


John O. Willson Ring: Michael A. Gross
The coveted John O. Willson ring is given each year to the first class cadet (senior) voted by classmates as the finest, purest and most courteous of the class. The Class of 2015 voted to award the Willson Ring to Michael A. Gross– a criminal justice major with a minor in intelligence and homeland security. Gross is from Stockbridge, Georgia. In addition to being a Dean’s List student five times, Gross has held several leadership positions: Cadet Clerk, Cadet First Sergeant, as well as Cadet Supply Sergeant. Col. Peter M. McCoy, Sr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors presented the award to Gross along with a letter from last year’s recipient of the Willson Ring, which is part of a long standing tradition with the award. John O. Willson was a Citadel Class of 1862 graduate and a Confederate Cavalryman in Company F, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry. His unit was known as the “cadet company” because it was made up of Citadel cadets. He became a successful lawyer, preacher and editor, and served as the second President of Lander College in Greenwood, South Carolina. He established a fund for the John O. Willson ring in 1911. –

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards: Dr. Suzanne Bufano and Cadet Michael Peter Santana The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented by the Provost of The Citadel at graduation each year through the New York Southern Society to a student and a faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. The 2014-15 recipients of the awards are Dr. Suzanne Bufano, director of The Citadel Counseling Center, and Cadet Michael Peter Santana. –

Dr. Suzanne Bufano. As the director of The Citadel Counseling Center, Dr. Suzanne Bufano, a licensed clinical psychologist, has served the college with unfailing compassion, strong work ethic and wisdom for more than 16 years. Bufano is devoted to the students and unselfishly gives her time to ensure that no student is overlooked or unheard. Her excellence of character, service to humanity, and her genuine commitment to helping others makes her an inspiration to those she serves as well as to other counselors. The center offers confidential, short-term counseling services to currently enrolled cadets and students who are able to discuss personal, educational, or career-related concerns with a mental health professional in an informal setting.

Michael Peter Santana. During his four years as a cadet, Michael Santana has distinguished himself by his generosity of spirit and his depth of service to others. As a member of The Citadel Military Living History Society, he has played an active role in community outreach and in serving as an ambassador of goodwill. Of particular note is his leadership in organizing a newly created World War II enactment in honor of alumni who served in the war. Santana has also served as a Spanish translator, helping Hispanic people in the Charleston area obtain much-needed services. In the picture, Bufano and Santana are presented their award by Dr. Sam Hines, who retired as Provost after the ceremony. He joined The Citadel in 2007 and will continue as a professor of political science and leadership studies. His career as a top contributor to higher education in the Lowcountry and beyond has spanned more than 45 years. Since 1934, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has taken as its primary mission the inspiring of young people to lead lives of integrity, characterized by service above self and service to the community

James A. Grimsley, Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence: Associate Professor Scott Eugene Buchanan

The Class of 2015 named political science Associate Professor Scott Buchanan as the recipient of the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2014-15 academic year. The recipient of this award is chosen by the senior class from among permanent faculty members nominated by students, faculty and department heads. The cadets chose the professor who has meant the most to them during their undergraduate careers. Buchanan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s degree from Auburn University. A native of Georgia, Buchanan served as the chairman of the political science department at Columbus State University prior to joining the faculty at The Citadel in 2009. Buchanan serves as the faculty advisor to the Corps’ Honor Committee. He is the executive director of much lauded Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics and is frequently sought by journalists for expert commentary. Buchanan has written, co-authored and edited several books and journals in the area of Southern politics. His most recent book deals with the 1946 Georgia gubernatorial election in which three men claimed to be the rightful governor. As a scholar in the field of Southern politics, Dr. Buchanan’s expertise is vast, and his enthusiasm boundless. As a lecturer, he is dynamic, and his ability to stimulate and engage his students makes him a sought after professor in the Department of Political Science. Buchanan received the honor from Major General William F. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was representing the Grimsley family. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989.


May 11, 2015
514 Cadets became Alumni Saturday

514 Cadets became Alumni Saturday

The Class of 2015 includes 514 cadets, 8 active duty, and 24 veteran students.
• Cadets 514
• Active Duty 8
• Veteran Students 24
• Legacies 32 (Cadets with alumni parent or grandparent)

Military Commissions Total 154
• Air Force 19
• Army 97
• Coast Guard 1
• Marines 17
• Navy 20

Academic Honors
• Summa Cum Laude 20
• Magna Cum Laude 54
• Cum Laude 88

Including cadets, veteran cadets, active duty students
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts Total 249
• Criminal Justice 122
• Political Science 60
• History 24
• Psychology 17
• Modern Language 17
• English 10

School of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Total 141
School of Science and Mathematics Total 85

Bachelor of Arts
• Chemistry 5

Bachelor of Science
• Exercise Science 21
• Biology 20
• Health, Exercise and Sport Science 17
• Physics 9
• Chemistry 6
• Mathematics 3
• Computer Science 2
• Sports Management 1

School of Engineering Total 66
• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering 30
• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering 36

Zucker Family School of Education Total 8
• Bachelor of Science

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Awards Convocation – 2015

May 8, 2015


Some members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets have a new item to add to their resumes. Cadets and students were recognized for excellence in areas of academics, leadership and service at the 2015 Awards Convocation event. Jim Whetstone, Class of 1960, and his wife, Lila, sponsored the awards program which was held at McAlister Field House The following 45 cadets and cadet company who earned special recognition are:

Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduates — Savannah Emmrich & Harley Martin
The award is presented to the senior cadet scheduled for commissioning who most exemplifies the core values of the United States Air Force. In addition, this individual has demonstrated throughout his or her cadet career exceptional leadership skill, scholastic aptitude, integrity, service to others, and overall excellence.

Air Force ROTC Award for Academic Excellence — Savannah Emmrich
The award is presented to the senior cadet, scheduled for Air Force commissioning, who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average over the entire spectrum of academic coursework during his or her cadet career.

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award — Jason Shea T
he award is presented to the top Naval ROTC student in the disciplines of electrical or communications science. The award is being presented for the first time at The Citadel.

The American Legion College Award — Harley Martin
The award is presented to a first class cadet who has demonstrated qualities of military leadership, discipline, and citizenship. The key attributes considered in this selection are service to others, dedication to values, and honor to self and country.

Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the U.S. — John Sefcik
The award is presented to a graduating member of the Corps of Cadets who exemplifies the finest traditions of The Citadel and best represents the end result of its mission.

Athletic Officer of the Year Award — Richard J. Hicks
The award is presented to senior cadets who assist in the management of the college physical effectiveness program which includes the Corps physical fitness test, weight management program, and remedial physical training. In addition, they are responsible for the coordination and execution of the Corps of Cadets intramural program. The criteria considered in choosing the most outstanding company officer are participation and organization; enthusiasm and involvment; and sportsmanship and fair play.

Intramural Athletes of the Year— Shadi M. Armaly & Carli E. Cline
The award is presented to a male and female cadet who has shown outstanding performance in non-varsity athletics. The criteria include athleticism, sportsmanship, and spirit of competition.

The Board of Visitors Trophy — Papa Company
The award is presented to the cadet company that excels in physical effectiveness, one of the four pillars of the college. Companies earn points for performance in the Corps physical fitness test along with participation and performance in company athletics.

The Club Sport Captain of the Year — Zachariah J. Cushman
The award is presented in honor of Harry G. Hitopoulos, Citadel Class of 1952, and Citadel boxing coach from 1982 to 2006. It is designated for the club sport captain who has provided exemplary leadership on and off the playing field and chosen by the club sports’ captains with the battalion and company athletic officers.

The Brigadier Foundation Award — Robert Ashton Moore
The award is presented to the senior athlete who has brought credit to him or herself and The Citadel as a member of a Citadel athletic team

The Colonel Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award — YoungGun Kim
The award is presented to a first class cadet who has contributed to the success of cadet life and best exhibits the highest degree in the customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen, and soldier. Nominees must also possess unswerving love and loyalty to the traditions of The Citadel

The Mark W. Clark Honor Committee Award — John C. Daniels
The award is presented to the member of the honor committee judged to have made the greatest contribution to the honor system throughout the school year.

The Walter B. Clark Award — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to the cadet who achieves the highest overall standing at the Army ROTC advanced camp.

The Congressional Medal of Honor — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to the graduating first class cadet considered the most outstanding in the performance of cadet and military activities who will be commissioned into the Armed Forces.

The LTC Harvey M. Dick Official U.S. Army Sword — Kate Koller
The award is presented to the most outstanding cadet being commissioned in the United States Army. The sword is awarded in recognition of the superior academic and leadership skills which the recipient has demonstrated as a cadet.

The Todd L. Dorney Award — Brooks Wagstaff
The award is presented to an Army contract cadet ranked in the top 10% of his or her class. The cadet must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and exemplify qualities of leadership and respect of peers. Lt. Dorney was a member of the Class of 1980. His parents established this award in his memory.

The William Porscher Dubose Award — Tanner Jameson
The award is presented to the first honor graduate in memory of Cadet Dubose who was a citizen solder, first honor graduate and ranking cadet of the Class of 1855.

The Captain Ryan Hall Leadership Sword — Andrew B. McMahan
In 2012 Captain Ryan Hall, Class of 2004, was killed while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His U-28A aircraft crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti. Created by his classmates, this award is presented annually to the rising senior Air Force contract cadet who has excelled in academics and leadership and must exemplify the values and attributes of Captain Hall: integrity, loyalty, strength of character, honor, dedication, leadership, and service before self. The sword is carried throughout the recipient’s senior year then passed to the next year’s award selectee.

The Wade Hampton Saber Award — Savannah Emmrich
The award is presented annually by the South Carolina division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, to the member of the first class who is most outstanding in leadership and who makes the greatest contribution to The Citadel while a cadet.

The Carlisle Norwood Hastie Award — John Ogden
The award is presented to the graduating first class cadet who has been selected by classmates for showing the most tact, consideration, and courtesy to fellow cadets.

The Hemingway Award — Marshall Harris
The award is presented to the first class cadet who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Thomas E. Hemingway, Citadel Class of 1960
The Lt. Col. Leigh Arnold Hochreich Memorial Award — Tanner Jameson
The award is presented to a first class cadet who best displays strong character, love of fellow man, patriotism, loyalty, and devotion to The Citadel.

The Major William Marks Hutson Award — Luis Parrado
The award is presented to the rising first class cadet who portrays outstanding leadership ability, academic standing, and devotion to duty.

The John Paul Jones Award — James R. Urban
The award is sponsored by the Charleston Commandery Naval Order of the United States. It recognizes a Navy ROTC midshipman second class who has demonstrated leadership excellence and military bearing personifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our naval forefathers. The Citadel professor of naval science selects the recipient of the sword.

The Brigadier General James E. Mace Leadership Award — Brittany Crocker
The award is presented to a first class cadet being commissioned in the military who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the day to day running of the Corps of Cadets. The individual must exhibit unswerving love for The Citadel along with the leadership traits of honor, self-discipline, courage, patriotism, high moral standards, and service to fellow cadets.

The Lt. Dan Malcomb, Jr. Memorial Sword — Kevin T. Lowring
The award is given in memory of Lt. Malcomb, United States Marine Corps and Citadel Class of 2001. Lt. Malcomb was struck by a sniper’s bullet in 2004 during Operation Al Fajr in Iraq and was posthumously awarded the bronze star with combat distinguishing service.

The General George C. Marshall Award — Cameron Pollard
The award is presented to a first class cadet being commissioned in the United States Army. The recipient must be the top graduating senior from the cadet battalion, have completed the leadership development and assessment course and have demonstrated leadership and scholastic qualities that epitomize the career of General George C. Marshall.

The McAlister Student Activities Award — Evin Fowler
The award is presented to the first class cadet who has made the greatest contribution to the department of cadet activities.

The Carolina Cadet Medal of Merit Award — Christopher D’Esposito
The award is presented to an outstanding first class cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.

The CNO Distinguished Midshipman Graduate — Kevin T. Lowring
The award was established to honor those naval reserve officers training Corps midshipmen who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, scholarship, and military performance.

The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Award — Marc Eteve
The award is presented to a senior cadet who has excelled in ROTC, leadership, and the study of military history. The individual must be scheduled for commissioning in the United States military and in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword — Ricardo A. Caporale
The award was established by the children of Robert G. Miller as a memorial to their father who dedicated his life to public service. During World War II, Tech Sergeant Miller served in the seventh and third Army under General Patton seeing action in the “Battle of the Bulge.” The sword is awarded to either a Navy midshipman or officer candidate who has excelled in a Navy battalion leadership position, devoted their time to public service, and is in the top 25% of his or her graduating class.

The Navy League Sword in Honor of Captain H. Carl Josephson & Family — Colt Kirkpatrick
The award is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League, is awarded to a Navy option cadet or Active Duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at The Citadel. The sword is sponsored by Mrs. Fran Josephson-Suddeth in memory of her husband, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1952 and commanding officer of the USS Trumpetfish.

The Navy League Sword in Honor of B.G. William Lee Smith — Morgan G. Bartra
The award is presented by the Charleston Council of the Navy League, is awarded to a Marine Corps option cadet or active duty student who has demonstrated superior academic and leadership skills during four years at The Citadel. In memory of her husband, Mrs. Jane Williams-Mays established this award.

The South Carolina Societies of the Order of Founders and Patriots — Chance Baker
The award is presented to the cadet who has best shown through his or her superior historical scholarship an exceptional understanding of and a respect for our founding forefathers and revolutionary patriots and their sacrifices as well as those who have defended our nation since that time.

The Naval Submarine League Award — Justin Gould
The award is presented to one Naval ROTC student who has not only excelled in academics and military performance but is the number one student who has been selected to serve in the submarine community as a Naval officer.

The Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award — Kyle Wise
The award is presented to a member of the honor committee in recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of The Citadel honor system.

The Reuben B. Pitts, III, Memorial Award — Matthew C. Scalise
The award is given in memory of Cadet Reuben B. Pitts, III, Class of 1963, to the second class cadet who is selected by classmates as showing the greatest concern for the well-being of others. The poll is conducted by the junior class officers.

The Daughters of the American Colonists Silver Bowl Award — Nicole Ogilbee
The award is presented by the Daughters of the American Colonists to the graduating cadet with the best record in conduct and discipline during the cadet’s time at The Citadel.
The Henry Dale Smith Public Speaking Award — Haley Osmer
The award is an annual recognition of the cadet who wins the Corps-wide speaking competition. The award was established in 2011 by the oral communications lab to spotlight talented cadet speakers and to honor Mr. Henry D. Smith, Citadel Class of 1947, who established the lab. As an entrepreneur he founded a privately owned company in 1954 which grew into one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical products.

The Special Forces Association Award of Excellence — Angelica McNerny
The award is presented to a freshman or sophomore cadet who is contracted in one of The Citadel ROTC departments, who displays scholastic excellence, military proficiency, leadership qualities, and dedication to mission.

The Star of the West Award — Ryan Salke
The award has been presented annually since 1886 to the best drilled cadet in the Corps of Cadets. Two cadets from each battalion competed on May 6, 2015. The award is sponsored by The Citadel Star of the West Foundation. The judges evaluated the correct form of each drill command given to include the position of the weapon; arm, body and foot position; head movement; and precision and snap of the movement. A total of 20 different commands were given.

The Widder Award — John Brosch
The award was established by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Widder in honor of their son, Captain David J. Widder, United States Army, Citadel Class of 1959, who was killed in action in Vietnam. It is presented to the most outstanding distinguished military student in Army ROTC. Of note, Mr. and Mrs. Widder passed away with no heirs and no funds for this award. In honor of their classmate the Class of 1959 raised money in 2005 to cover the award for the next 100 years. Each spring another member of the Class of 1959 has the honor of presenting the award.

The William G. Willard, Jr. Award — Zachary Salamone
The award is presented to a second class cadet who has been selected by the senior cadet leadership for exemplifying the qualities of integrity, devotion to duty, and service to The Citadel.

The Undergraduate of the Year Award — Karina Schneider
The award is presented to the graduating senior selected by the business administration faculty as the most outstanding major in the school of business administration.

The Col. Charles E. Hirshey Award — John Brosch
Dr. Charles Hirshey served as head of The Citadel’s department of education from 1969 through 1979. He was a pioneer in education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of the current Citadel Graduate College. Each spring The Colonel Charles E. Hirshey award recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education.

The Col. Louis Shephard LeTellier Award — Zachary Eulo
The award is presented to the member of the graduating class attaining the highest academic grade point ratio in civil engineering.

The Peter Galliard Memorial Award — Carson A. Smith
The award is presented in memory of an outstanding 1948 graduate of The Citadel’s electrical engineering department. It recognizes an exceptional electrical and computer engineering senior cadet on the basis of scholastic attainment, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities.

The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award — James R. Daniell
The award is presented to the graduating senior in the school of humanities and social sciences who best represents the commitment to academic excellence, the breadth of intellectual interests, and the dedication to public service exemplified by the life and career of Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Citadel Class of 1964; state legislator from 1968 through 1974; and Mayor of Charleston from 1975 to present. The criteria is based on cumulative grade point ratio and successful completion of either a minor or second major within the school of humanities and social sciences, a study abroad, or a significant service learning project.

The School of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Student Award — Sam Long
The award was created to recognize superior academic achievement by an undergraduate student majoring in one of the school’s disciplines.

The Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award — Barrett Bradham
The award is presented to the senior cadet in the field of pre-med with the highest academic average.

The Thomas Francis McGarey Award — Shane Heydon
The award is given annually by Mrs. Miriam M. Favorite in memory of her father, Thomas Francis McGarey, Citadel Class of 1914. It is presented to the senior cadet with the highest scholastic ranking in the field of natural science.

The Honorable Falcon Black Hawkins, Jr. Award — Morgan G. Bartra
The award is dedicated to the late Falcon B. Hawkins, Citadel Class of 1958 and United States district court judge for South Carolina. He served as chief judge from 1990 through 1993. Judge Hawkins was a man of great patience, wisdom, and humility, who throughout his life consistently demonstrated enormous integrity and sound judgement. This award recognizes The Citadel veteran cadet or day student who, like Judge Hawkins, has demonstrated patience, wisdom, humility, academic achievement, servant leadership, and sound judgement while always setting the example as a person of integrity.

’88 grad to speak at Graduation

May 6, 2015
Keller Kissam'88 Regimental Commander is the 2015 Graduation speaker

Keller Kissam. ’88 Regimental Commander is the 2015 Graduation speaker

Speakers for events include SVP of SCE&G and former PetSmart CEO

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Men and women who sought and conquered one of the most demanding college experiences in the nation will proudly march through McAlister Field
House at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, to accept their diplomas. Approximately 500 graduates who are on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States, veteran students, or members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC), will be joined by faculty, friends and family to celebrate their achievements.

Graduates will be congratulated and addressed by one of their own—Citadel Class of 1988 Regimental Commander, W. Keller Kissam. A native of Creston, South Carolina, Kissam is SCANA Corporation’s senior vice president, as well as president of retail operations for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G). He joined SCANA immediately after graduating from The Citadel with a degree in English, rising through the ranks while also holding positions of leadership in his community. Kissam serves as president of the Independent School Association of South Carolina and is on numerous boards including Southeastern Electric Exchange and The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

“I owe a lifetime of gratitude to the faculty and staff of The Citadel who gave a small town South Carolina farm boy the educational opportunity ‎ of a lifetime,” said Kissam. “To celebrate the successes of the Class of 2015 upon their commencement is my highest honor.”

The SCCC ceremony will be followed the same day by The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) commencement at 3:30 p.m. More than 300 graduates, robertmoranevening undergraduate and veteran students will be receiving their diplomas at that event. They will be addressed by Robert F. Moran, former chairman and chief executive officer of PetSmart, Inc. Moran was named to Fortune magazine’s top 50 Business People list in 2011 and 2012 after a 40-year career in that included positions with Sears, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Galerias Preciados. He serves on numerous boards including GNC Holding and the USA Track and Field Foundation

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The Citadel American Society of Civil Engineering student chapter wins first place in concrete canoe competition

April 23, 2015
The winners!

The winners!

by: Megan Campbell

Have you ever tried to make concrete float? If you ask a group of civil engineering students, they will probably answer with a resounding ‘yes.’ Making a slab of concrete float is exactly how The Citadel’s American Society of Civil Engineering student chapter won first place in the concrete canoe event at The Carolinas Conference over the weekend of April 9th-11th.

The student team placed first in the concrete canoe competition, upsetting a Clemson team that has dominated the event for over a decade. The competition asks student teams to create a canoe, made of concrete, which not only has to float while carrying passengers, but that can also be sunk underwater to resurface on its own.The event was only one out of 10 other competitions that The Citadel’s team participated in, and they brought home four additional trophies, including first place in the mead paper; first place in the concrete canoe presentation; second place in concrete canoe men’s sprint; and third place in the overall conference competition. Approximately 300 students from 10 colleges across the Carolinas and Georgia competed in the regional conference, hosted this year by Georgia Institute of Technology.


Simon Ghanat, a faculty advisor that helped to lead the 32-member team, said, “Our students were passionate about participating in this year’s conference and demonstrated great teamwork. The results are a tribute to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our students and faculty advisors.”
Below is the list of cadets, officer candidates (OC), evening undergraduate students and vets who were a part of the 2015 concrete canoe team.


Team Captains: Zach Peters and Trent Butler
Quality Assurance and Safety Manager: SSgt Jason McDonald
Design Paper and Compliance Manger: OC Tyrel Stevenson and OC Joseph Page
Mix Design Coordinator: Colt Kirkpatrick
Mold Prep and Construction Coordinator: Charles Parrott
Aesthetics and Theme Coordinator: Hanna Holt
Engineering Notebook and Display Coordinator: Amber Mills
Hull Design Coordinator: OC Tyrel Stevenson
Sanding and Finishing Coordinator: Daniel McCullough
Rowing Captain: Grant Eversman
Fundraising and Student Coordinator: Zach Eulo
Presentation Coordinator: OC Marcus Padilla
Cross-Section Coordinators: Hank Morgan and Joel Mann

Placing first in this completion qualifies the team to compete in the National Concrete Canoe Competition, which will be held in June at Clemson University.

The School of Engineering at The Citadel is the second most sought after discipline at the college, with civil engineering being the top choice for engineering students. The engineering program was ranked 23rd among the nation’s best undergraduate engineering programs at schools offering up to a master’s degree by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

Megan Campbell is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing at The Citadel. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English.

The Citadel poised to begin two multi-million dollar building projects

April 7, 2015
Capers Hall will be replaced, one day.

Capers Hall will be replaced, one day.

By Amanda Kerr
Apr 5 2015 10:00 pm

It’s been more than 20 years since The Citadel last built a new academic building, but the military college’s landscape is poised to change with an ambitious plan to construct two new buildings over the next several years. The college is planning to replace Capers Hall, which is just off Moultrie Street on the downtown Charleston campus, with a new, modern building. And the military college’s School of Business is getting its own dedicated facility instead of sharing space with other departments inside Bond Hall.

The associate vice president for facilities and engineering, Col. Benjamin Wham, said the college conducted an engineering study to evaluate whether it would be cost effective to renovate the 73-year-old Capers Hall. That study revealed it would cost $8.3 million just to bring the building up to modern building codes. And that doesn’t include modernizing and reconfiguring the space.

“The cost to renovate the building with everything involved would be almost equal to the price of building a new building,” Wham said. Vice President of Operations Col. Tom Philipkosky said early estimates put the cost of a new Capers Hall between $30 million and $50 million. The new School of Business, which currently takes up around 15,000 square feet inside Bond Hall, is estimated to cost $15 million to $25 million.

The construction projects will mean a ballet of moving departments, with the School of Education moving from Capers to Bond Hall, located across from the iconic Summerall Field, after the new School of Business opens in its new location off Hagood Avenue. The new Capers Hall, which will be constructed behind the existing building, will house the college’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The last time the college built a new facility for academics was in 1991, when Grimsley Hall opened as the new building for physics and electrical engineering.

“I think it will be pretty neat to see a new building on campus,” said Cadet James McManus. McManus, who spends a few days a week inside Capers Hall as an education major, jokingly described the dated interior of the 1940s-era building as “gorgeous.” Hallways in the building are adorned with dated ceramic water fountains with mid-century green-and-tan speckled tile floors. Mint-green tiles drape the walls of the second-floor hall and some of the building’s stairways. “It’s a lovely green color,” the college junior said with a laugh. The new buildings, McManus said, are a “great motivator” for cadets as a sign of progress at the college. “It really shows that the school cares about the cadets,” he said. “They’re investing money in something we use every day.”

The new School of Business will be built behind Bond Hall, along Hagood Ave.

The new School of Business will be built behind Bond Hall

William Trumbull, dean of the School of Business, said his school is hampered by dated classroom space, which he said limits the use of new technology and experiences for students. The business program is the largest in the college’s day program, which primarily serves cadets. The school’s MBA program is the largest graduate program at The Citadel.

“It will be more than just a bunch of offices and classrooms,” Trumbull said of the new business school. “The idea is to build in flexibility so we can do all sorts of different things.” Trumbull envisions “innovation labs” stocked with 3-D printers, scanners and robotics, and rooms that facilitate business simulations and group projects. The biggest benefit of the school having its own facility, Trumbull said, is that it will give the school it’s own identity. “It’s important for professional schools like a school of business to have a sense of place — a building that looks like this is a place you do business,” he said.

College officials began sharing details of the construction plans in February when they notified faculty and staff living in housing along Hagood Avenue that the college would be tearing down those buildings to make room for the new business school.
In all, 18 apartments in four buildings will be demolished.

As the college was evaluating ways to expand on its largely landlocked campus, Philipkosky said officials decided that maintaining the aging housing was not a priority, saying the apartments “need more love and attention than we can give them.”
“While it’s nice to be able to offer that, it’s not a requirement,” he said. Affected faculty and staff will be given nearly a year to find other housing arrangements before demolition begins in March.

The military college plans to build the School of Business entirely with donor dollars raised through The Citadel Foundation. The college will request financial assistance from the state for the construction of Capers Hall. Wham said construction on the new School of Business likely would not begin until late 2017, although Philipkosky said he hopes to accelerate that project so the college can begin construction on Capers Hall in 2018. “What we want to be is ready … so that when the funding is available we’re ready to go,” Philipkosky said.

Dr. Connie Ledoux Book named provost and dean of The Citadel

March 26, 2015


Citadel News Service
26 Mar 2015

A respected senior leader from Elon University will become provost and dean of The Citadel early this summer. The MilitaryDr. Connie Book College of South Carolina announced today that Connie Ledoux Book, Ph.D., currently the associate provost of academic affairs and a member of the senior cabinet at Elon, will begin leading academics at The Citadel in July. Book began at Elon University in 1999 as an assistant professor, eventually becoming a tenured professor, department chair, and associate dean, before advancing to her current roles there.

“Dr. Connie Book is a student-centered educator with exceptional talent for academic leadership. During her time at Elon, she has earned the respect of her colleagues as a strategic and thoughtful administrator who strives to advance the university mission and strategic plan for the benefit of students,” said Elon University President Leo M. Lambert. “We will miss her many contributions but wish her well as she applies her talents in this new leadership milestone at The Citadel.”

Book, who has a strong record for strategic planning and execution, currently provides leadership for 12 areas of Elon University including the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, general and experiential education, faculty and staff leadership and professional development, and strategic integration of a residential campus. Her portfolio of responsibilities touches more than 6,000 students and 700 faculty members.

“It is an honor and exceptional opportunity to serve The Citadel as its next provost,” Book said. “I look forward to working with Gen. John Rosa, the president of the college, and the entire campus community to build upon The Citadel’s deep and longstanding tradition of excellence in higher education and building principled leaders.”

Book holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in education from Northwestern State University and a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Georgia. She has served as a board member for the Agency for Public Television in North Carolina since 2008 and is also a member of the board for the North Carolina Open Government Coalition.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Connie Book as our new provost and dean of The Citadel,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “She not only has the leadership and academic experience we sought, but she clearly embraces our mission. She is the perfect fit during this exciting time at The Citadel.”

The provost is a vice presidential position responsible for all matters pertaining to the academic functions of the college and is the second-ranking official at The Citadel. As the college’s chief academic officer, the provost provides leadership in all academic areas, including curriculum and instruction, research and scholarly activity, accreditation, admissions and financial aid, and academic support services.

Book will replace Brig. Gen. Samuel M. Hines, Jr., Ph.D., who joined The Citadel as provost and dean of the college in 2007 and will be retiring from that position at the end of the 2014 -15 academic year. He will continue at the college as a professor of political science and leadership studies.

“Dr. Sam Hines has helped lead The Citadel to national prominence during his tenure as provost and dean of the college,” said Rosa.

Hines’ contributions to higher education have spanned a 45-year career. Prior to assuming the provost position at The Citadel, he was a professor and administrator for the College of Charleston for 34 years where he served in numerous positions including founding dean of both the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs; vice president for Departmental Affairs; and associate provost.