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Citadel News Service
24 Feb 2017

Upcoming news from The Citadel - March

Women's History Month events, Leadership Symposium, Corps Day and more

Women's History Month: celebrating 20 years of women in the Corps

The Citadel is celebrating the 20th anniversary of females in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In 1996, four women joined the Corps of Cadets. Three years later, Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel, followed by Petra Lovetinska in 2000.

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

Visit the interactive history of women at The Citadel timeline on The Citadel's Celebrating Diversity Milestones to learn more.

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"I See You" – Provost of The Citadel, Connie Book, to discuss history of women at the college
2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7
3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston

Provost of The Citadel, Connie Book, Ph.D., will present "I See You," a talk on the history of women at The Citadel, to members of the Center for Creative Retirement (CCR) on Tuesday, March 7.

In celebration of 20 years of women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Book, the first female provost at the college, will discuss the roles women have played in The Citadel's 175-year history.

Book is the second-ranking official and a tenured professor in the Department of English. She is also a professor and researcher in the field of telecommunications and has explored the pivotal role television plays in American society and public policy. Prior to assuming her position at The Citadel, Book served as associate provost for academic affairs at Elon University in North Carolina.

CCR is a diverse group of seniors – some retired, some about to retire – for whom education is a life-long adventure to be shared with enthusiastic and often new friends. The group is self-governing and depends upon active involvement of its members for program ideas and modest financial support.

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3rd Annual Boeing Women in Leadership Day
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8
Boeing, North Charleston

For the third year in a row, as part of Women's History Month, Boeing South Carolina will host 60 female cadets and veteran students for a Women's Leadership Day (WLD) seminar.

WLD represents a corporate-academic partnership between Boeing South Carolina and The Citadel in support of leadership and professional development of female cadets. The mission of WLD is to inspire and foster personal and professional development for women's leadership and shape the culture by providing exposure to avenues for networking and mentorship.

Female cadets and veteran students will have the opportunity to meet, hear from and talk with successful women at Boeing. The day will include leadership demonstrations and group breakaway sessions. For more information, please contact Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D. at or (843) 953-5323.

Citadel Parade honoring 20 Years of Women at The Citadel
3:45 p.m.
Friday, March 10
Summerall Field
Free and open to the public

The Friday Review Parade on March 10 will honor 20 Years of Women at The Citadel.

In 1996, 20 years ago, four women made history when they joined the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. In large part, because of the courage and tenacity of these pioneers and those who followed, the college's culture evolved to become one where diversity is embraced and strategically supported. Women have attended The Citadel Graduate College since it was formed in the mid-1960s.

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Celebrating The Citadel's Diversity Milestones: 20th Anniversary of Women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets presented by the Krause Center Annual Principled Leadership Symposium
8:15 a.m.
Friday, March 17
McAlister Field House
Free and open to the public

Citadel alumnae will participate in a panel discussion as part of the 10th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium at 8:15 a.m. on March 17 in McAlister Field House.

Women have been part of The Citadel since its inception in 1842. They served in support roles as staff, nurses, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, company sponsors and mentors, eventually becoming faculty and graduate students in the 1960s, and then members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in the 1990s. Please visit the Celebrating The Citadel Diversity Milestones section of the website to learn more about the college's alumnae, take a look at a slideshow with photos, old and new; a video showing the current roles of female cadets, and a timeline of events as that explore the evolution of women at The Citadel.

Other March news from The Citadel

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The Annual Massing of the Colors
3 p.m.
Sunday, March 5
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

More than 25 color guard groups from across the Lowcountry will gather at The Citadel's Summerall Chapel in the 2016 Massing of the Colors. The display of patriotism and honor to the nation will be held at 3 p.m. on March 5.

The Massing of the Colors is a patriotic ceremony dedicated to those who serve and have served the United States. The first Massing of the Colors ceremony was conducted in 1922 on Armistice Day at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York city.

The ceremony is held to pledge faith in the colors of the United States and to ask for blessings on the colors as well as on the men and women who serve. The ceremony will begin with the procession of colors by local color guards groups including The Citadel Chapel Color Guard and the South Carolina Police Corps. For more information, please contact Geri Jones at or (843) 953-5049.

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10th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium: Resilience in a Changing World
Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17
The Citadel campus
Free and open to the public

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets, student delegates from the service academies, senior military and local colleges, faculty, staff, alumni and other special guests will gather to attend the symposium. It will take place Thurs., March 16 and Fri., March 17. The 2017 theme is Resilience in a Changing World.

"The symposium provides cadets with the chance to connect with students from other universities and military organizations to engage in highly focused discussions about various aspects of leadership," said Regimental Public Affairs Officer Alexandria Guild. "Many cadets are already serving as leaders within the Corps, so learning about leadership is a daily process. We're preparing to work as leaders in the military, public service, or business sectors, and we need to possess strategies to help us adapt in this rapidly changing global landscape, which is what the symposium offers."

The symposium, planned by the college's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, features leadership learning opportunities through distinguished leader panels presented by The Citadel's five schools, presentations by notable speakers, and high-impact presentations by cadets and students on their research, civic engagement, and international education experiences.

Some key highlights will include:

  • NASA panel on resilience in space exploration, including astronauts and scientists
  • Greater Issues Series presentation by Steve Cannon, chief executive officer, AMB Group, which owns the Atlanta Falcons, the PGA TOUR Superstore and other business operations. He was formerly the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Panel on 50th anniversary of the first African American cadet in the Corps
  • Panel on 20th anniversary of women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

The full symposium itinerary can be found on the Krause Center website here.

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Corps Day Weekend: 174th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets
Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18
The Citadel campus
Various events open to the public

Corps Day Weekend is the annual recognition of the beginning of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. It is normally held in conjunction with the Principled Leadership Symposium and is one of the most highly attended events at the college. It begins March 16 with a lunchtime birthday celebration during which Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa will speak and a cake presentation will be held (not open to the public).

Corps Day Weekend events that are open to friends, family and the community include the spring Blue and White Bulldogs (exhibition) football game at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6 p.m. on Friday; the game is free and open to the public. On Saturday visitors can enjoy open barracks with performances by The Citadel Pipe Band from 8 to 9:30 a.m., the Summerall Guards' rifle exchange and awards presentations from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and a dress parade and medals presentation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., among other events.

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9th Annual Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards Banquet
5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St.

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics will honor professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their work, classrooms, or through their research during the academy's upcoming annual awards event.

The awards banquet will be held on March 16 and will also include highlights on the innovative work being done by cadets, students and their faculty advisors, as well as major initiatives underway within The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics.

The award banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by emailing or calling (843) 953-5300.

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A Celebration of Scholarship with The Gold Star Journal: a lecture by the authors and editors
Friday, March 17
11 a.m.
Jenkins Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The Gold Star Journal, founded in July 1996 by Suzanne Mabrouk, Ph.D., is The Citadel's premier scholarly publication that features cross-disciplinary non-fiction papers written by undergraduate cadets and graduate students.

Join the authors and editors of The 2017 Gold Star Journal as they discuss their featured papers. Editor-in-Chief Lauren A. Seedor will reflect on her multi-year experience with the publication. Awards will be presented for the Best Overall Paper, the Best Undergraduate Paper, the Best Graduate Paper, the Best Presentation and the Best Photograph. The authors will be available to sign copies of the journal at the conclusion of the lecture.

This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of The Daniel Library, The Gold Star Journal, and The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne T. Mabrouk at (843) 953-7788 or

Recognition Day events
2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
Marion Square
Free and open to the public

"Recognition Day marks the end of a freshman's very challenging training period before officially being recognized as a cadet in the Corps. It is a pivotal and unforgettable moment in the college career of a cadet at The Citadel," said South Carolina Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander Kevin MacDonald.

Recognition Day will be held on Sat., March 18, with rigorous physical team challenges during what is known as the Gauntlet. The day will culminate with the iconic freshman march departing at approximately 2:30 p.m. from The Citadel's Lesesne Gate to Marion Square, the original location of the college. Hundreds of people line the streets to cheer for the freshmen as they march, dressed in brilliant white uniforms, to attend the Oath Renewal on The Citadel Green ceremony. The green at Marion Square was the original parade ground for The Citadel when it was founded in 1842 in the structure that is now the Embassy Suites hotel.

March 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 Upcoming News stories.

julie lipovsky

Meet Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at The Citadel. Lipovsky teaches courses on abnormal behavior and psychopathology, multicultural awareness, personality disorders and applications of counseling techniques.

Lipovsky has co-authored more than 20 publications on child abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and helping child witnesses navigate the legal system. She has made over 100 presentations at state, regional and national conferences.

She is the co-founder and clinical director of Lowcountry Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization providing equine-assisted psychotherapy to children, youth, adults and families in the Lowcountry. Her current research is focused on examining the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy.

Lipovsky received her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her master's and doctoral degrees from the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at or (843) 953-2155. 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.


  • 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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