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Upcoming news from The Citadel – February

Black History Month events, Storm The Citadel and more

Black History Month: celebrating 50 years of African American cadets in the Corps

The Citadel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of African American cadets in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In 1966, Charles D. Foster became the first African American cadet to matriculate at the college and graduate in 1970 with a degree in business administration.

In large part, because of the courage and tenacity of Foster and those who followed the path he paved, the college's culture evolved to become one where diversity is embraced and strategically supported.

New feature for February on The Citadel's Celebrating Diversity Milestones – interactive timeline featuring the history of African Americans at The Citadel.

Annual Black History Month Bazaar and Quiz Bowl
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to the public

The annual bazaar features music, food and exhibits and attracts visitors to campus from across the Lowcountry. The key feature will be the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi High School Quiz Bowl final round with other events including:

  • Special tribute to Charles D. Foster and Joseph Shine, the first and second African American graduates of The Citadel
  • Charleston's own reggae band, Urban Roots will perform for attendees
  • Tut-Tut Kemetic Group will host a special exhibit

The Center for Heirs Property will host an informative seminar to educate heirs on the rights, risks and responsibilities of owning heirs' property. For reservations, and more information please contact the center at (843) 745-7055.

The Zucker Family School of Education celebrates Black History Month with Authors in Schools Initiative

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Monday, Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Burke High School; Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

As part of its literacy initiative, The Zucker Family School of Education, one illustrator will sponsor two events for its Authors in Schools Initiative in celebration of Black History Month.

Floyd Cooper, nationally recognized illustrator of numerous children's books, will present sessions for students at Burke High School and Sanders-Clyde Elementary School Feb. 6, 7, and 8, respectively. He will conduct a workshop for the students at Burke High School on illustration and book publishing. He will also discuss his books and experiences with illustrating with the students at Sanders-Clyde Elementary.

Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land.

50 Years of African American Experience at The Citadel – panels
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Bond 165
Free and open to the public

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Three panel discussions will be held to examine the African American experience at The Citadel over different decades. Each panel will begin with a brief recap of what life was like for African Americans during that era. Significant events, major accomplishments, and the cadet experience will be addressed. Panel one will discuss the 1960s and 1970s. Panel two will cover the 1980s and 1990s. Panel three will cover 2000 to present. Panelists include Larry J. Ferguson, Ph.D, Class of 1973, local dentist and former member of The Citadel Board of Visitors; Keith Jones, Class of 1975, former Citadel football coach; Morris Austin, Class of 1978, retired FBI agent; Greg Horton, Class of 1979, president of the Atlanta Citadel Alumni Club; Lonnie Ford, Class of 1980, LTC USAF (Ret.) and department head of the JROTC unit at Stall High School in North Charleston.

Wreath Laying Ceremony and Citadel Parade in Honor of Charles D. Foster
3:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24
Summerall Field
Free and open to the public

The Friday Review Parade on Feb. 24 will be held in honor of Charles D. Foster, the first African American graduate. Foster matriculated in 1966 and graduated with a business degree with the Class of 1970.

In addition to the parade, members of The Citadel African American Society will conduct a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Foster. This will mark the beginning of an annual event for the African American Society.

Other February news from The Citadel

Storm The Citadel and Charleston STEM Festival 2017stem
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Summerall Field and Brittlebank Park
Free and open to the public; participants must be registered in advance

The seventh annual Storm The Citadel gets underway on Feb. 11, when more than 3,000 people from elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, professional clubs and STEM-related businesses, come to the iconic Charleston campus to compete, mentor students, and cheer on a team.

Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel's STEM Center of Excellence, the event reinforces the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Competitors spend weeks designing, building and testing their trebuchets. On competition day they will launch balls and other objects hundreds of feet to see whose device is the most powerful and the most accurate. The size of the trebuchet is determined by the team's division. There are three: Hoplite (K-5), Centurion (6-12), Centurion COM (college, organizations, military) and Barbarian (professionals/invitation only).

The event is part of the college's Storm The Citadel E-Week, which includes robotics and bridge building competitions as well as the water bottle rocket competition, also held on campus Feb. 11. The Citadel is home to the fifth oldest engineering school in America.

New this year, the Charleston STEM Festival, which is partially sponsored by The Citadel, will take place on the same day as a joint celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. Uber will also be sponsoring the festival and there will be parking locations for Uber pickups outside the city for teams, families and supporters coming from around South Carolina in an effort to reduce traffic on the peninsula.

Join the hundreds of people lining Summerall Field as they cheer on their favorite team. There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public.

The Zucker Family School of Education's Wall of Fame Celebrationoctavia mitchell
6 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Francis Marion Hotel
Registration by invitation

The Wall of Fame celebration hosted by the Zucker Family School of Education will highlight leaders in the Charleston area on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Francis Marion Hotel.

This year the mistress of ceremonies will be News 2's Octavia Mitchell who is one of the TV station's news anchors and the education reporter. The Wall of Fame will highlight recent accomplishments of the Zucker Family School of Education and will recognize individuals, alumni and community partners for their contributions to quality education in the Lowcountry and beyond.

Registration for this event is by invitation only and available by clicking here. Please contact Lauraie Zealy at or (843) 953-5097 with any questions.

Citadel Graduate College to host spring open house
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Johnson Hagood Stadium Club Level


The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) and Evening Undergraduate Studies will host an open house for prospective students to learn about the school's advanced degree offerings. Advisors and admissions staff will be available to discuss how The Citadel can help professionals reach their goals with a master's degree.

The CGC offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 24 graduate certificate programs, and eight evening undergraduate programs.

Please contact Alex Heuertz at or (843) 953-3195 for event information or to schedule a personalized meeting.

South Carolina Small Business Development Centersbdc
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24
Hanahan Public Library; 1216 Old Murray Court, Hanahan

The South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SCSBDC) will be offering a free tax workshop for new small business owners.

The workshop is designed to provide information and instruction on business taxes, tax benefits, and obligations connected with starting a business along with tax responsibilities for new employers. Other topics to be discussed include tax record keeping and tax filing deadlines.

The Citadel School of Business and the SCSBDC have partnered together for over eight years to provide outreach and support to the Lowcountry business community by offering services on the college's campus.

February feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each of The Citadel's bi-monthly Upcoming News stories.

Meet Lauren Maxwell, Ph.D., professor of American and contemporary literature at The Citadel.

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Maxwell specializes in contemporary literature from the Americas. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Biology. After writing professionally for healthcare organizations in Washington, D.C., she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University.

Maxwell teaches classes in American and contemporary literature along with writing courses that include freshman composition, advanced composition, and professional writing. She is involved with the Lowcountry Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project that provides professional development to teachers in the Charleston area to supports effective writing in the classroom.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at or (843) 953-2155, or communications specialist at or (843) 953-3722. Industry experts may be contacted directly, but please note that to ensure student privacy all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus.


  • Storm The Citadel and Lowcountry STEM Festival – February 11
  • Leadership Symposium – March 16
  • Corps Day – March 18
  • Recognition Day – March 18
  • Spring Furlough – March 24 – April 2
  • Class of 2017 Commencement – May 6


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