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Citadel News Service
18 Feb 2006

Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum honors senior cadet

Senior Cadet Joel Funk was honored Thursday, Feb. 2, as the second recipient of the Col. Myron Harrington Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum Award.

Jim Decker, secretary of the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum, presents the Myron Harrington Award to senior Cadet Joel Funk (left). Also pictured (left to right) are Dr. Gardel Feurtado, head of The Citadel Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, and Myron Harrington. (Photo provided)

The award is made annually to a Citadel senior who has distinguished himself or herself academically in international studies. Dr. Gardel Feurtado, head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, is the liaison to the foreign affairs forum and convenes faculty members to make the selection.

An outstanding student, Funk earned an internship at the Pearson Peacekeeping Center in Nova Scotia where he spent six weeks assisting with courses and researching issues of international peacekeeping operations. On his return to The Citadel, he published his research in the Gold Star Journal, the school's scholarly publication.

During his seven semesters at The Citadel, Funk has been named to the Dean's List (GPR of 3.2 or higher) seven times and received Gold Stars (GPR of 3.7 or above) four times. He participated with the Citadel Model United Nations team in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, he was awarded the Olmsted Scholarship to study German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany. He is the recipient of the Citadel 1919 Scholarship, received the AROTC scholarship for three years and has been named to numerous honor societies. Active in the Cordell Airborne Ranger Club and the Ranger Challenge Team, Funk will enter the Army upon graduation.

The Harrington award was established in honor of Myron Harrington, a 30-year Marine career officer who earned numerous medals in Vietnam, taught at The Citadel and is a former CFAF president. Harrington is currently headmaster of Trident Academy in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to honoring Col Harrington, the award recognizes The Citadel as an institutional member of the CFAF whose faculty was instrumental in the forum's establishment.
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