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Citadel News Service
27 Oct 2016

Upcoming news from The Citadel - November & December

War Memorial groundbreaking, Homecoming, Veterans Day and more

Unbreakable author, Ret. Navy SEAL Thom Shea, to address Citadel Republican Society
Friday, Oct. 28
McAlister Field House
Open to The Citadel community and media; media requested to RSVP

Senior Chief Thom Shea, U.S. Navy (Ret.), will address members of The Citadel Republican Society (CRS) Oct. 28 in McAlister Field House. Shea served 23 years as a Navyunbreakable
 SEAL. Serving honorably in three wars, he led a team of Navy SEALs in Afghanistan in 2009, where he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Army Commendation with Valor Device, and a second Combat Action Medal.

Shea served as officer in charge of the famed SEAL sniper course from 2009 through 2011, where he oversaw increases in both graduation numbers and shooting performance. He is the author of the national best-selling book, Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life.

Unbreakable was originally written to serve as a memoir for Shea’s children in the event that he did not survive deployment. Unbreakable offers a vision of the rigorous life of a Navy SEAL, while providing invaluable leadership and team-building advice to those striving for improvement in any facet of their lives.

This event is open to The Citadel community and limited media but closed to the public. Media seeking credentials should contact Grant Miller, CRS vice-president of external affairs, at

The Citadel War Memorial Groundbreaking
3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4
Avenue of Remembrance between Summerall Chapel and Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to the public

Citadel alumni have served in every national conflict since the Mexican War, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.war-memorial

In recognition of their 50th reunion and in collaboration withthe college administration and The Citadel Foundation, The Citadel Class of 1967 has raised the funds for a memorial to honor these fallen heroes. The 50th reunion class project also includes funding for the continued maintenance of the memorial.

Groundbreaking for the War Memorial will begin during Homecoming on Friday, Nov. 4. A class or organization may be named “Founding Class or (Organization)” by raising $500,000 or may be named “Sponsoring Class or (Organization)” by raising $100,000 in cash gifts designated to The Citadel War Memorial Fund.

For more information, please contact Frances Bramlett at (843) 953-6921 or

Homecoming 2016
Friday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 8

Remarkable people, accomplishments, events and traditions are part of the fabric that makes The Citadel. The blending of new experiences with old friends during each homecoming makes the Bulldogs’ community ever stronger.

Homecoming 2016 is a time to reflect on the past and celebrate where graduates and the college are today. Reunions, meetings, ceremonies, dinners and, of course, a Bulldogs’ game, are scheduled beginning on Friday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 8.

Please visit here for the schedule of events for Homecoming weekend 2016.

“A Matter of Honor” presented by The Citadel History Club
6:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Byrd Hall 108
Free and open to the public

The Citadel History Club presents an evening with Manning Kimmel, grandson of Rear Admiral Husband Kimmel, featured in the book A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, matter-of-honorBlame and a Family’s Quest for Justice.

The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Rear Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty.

Kimmel defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his life. The evidence against him was weak and high military and political officials had failed to provide Kimmel and his Army counterpart with vital intelligence.

Decades after Kimmel was blamed for the attack on Pearl Harbor, his grandson is trying to clear the family name. He will recognize the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor by shining a light on the circumstances surrounding the attack and explain why he believes his grandfather was a scapegoat for the attack.

For more information, please contact Melanie Maddox at

Veterans Day at The Citadel
Friday, Nov. 11
Various events, times and locations

On this special day of recognition, in a place where there is deep appreciation for American military service, there will be several events on campus to honor and assist veterans.

5th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
7:30 – 10 a.m.
Daniel Library, first floor
Open to the media, but not open to the public

Veterans currently attending The Citadel, who graduated from The Citadel or who work at the college, as well as, active duty personnel on campus are invited to a complimentary breakfast gathering in their honor at the Daniel Library on the first floor. For more information, please contact Ruby Murray at (843) 953-2568.

Veterans Day Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.veterans-day-2016
One80 Place, 35 Walnut Street, Charleston

The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics will sponsor veterans from One80 Place. They will be served lunch, receive decorations provided by Charleston school children and have the opportunity to socialize with cadets.

The Citadel Republican Society presents a discussion with Karen Vaughn, Gold Star mother
Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11
Buyer Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The Citadel Republican Society (CRS) presents a discussion with Karen Vaughn, mother of a Gold Star

On August 6, 2011, Vaughn’s son, Aaron, was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky. In the months following this devastating loss, the Vaughns began searching for answers.

Over the past five years, the Vaughns have emerged on the national scene as spokespersons for, not only the nation’s defenders who are currently fighting on foreign soil, but also for the freedoms and prosperity so many have sacrificed their lives to protect.

The cadet-run club exists to foster patriotism, political participation, conservative values, and civic service among cadets. With more than 500 members, the CRS is the largest club on campus and the largest Republican organization in the state. Learn more about the CRS here.

Soldiers’ Angels Mobile Pantry
Noon – 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11
Citadel Stadium Parking Lot, 69 Hagood Ave.
Free and open to the public; registration required

Soldiers’ Angels, a national veterans support group, will partner with The Citadel and the Lowcountry Food Bank to provide a mobile food pantry for 200 at-risk and homeless soldiers-angelsveteran families.

The program will provide food assistance, including water, meats, fruits and vegetables and nonperishable boxed and canned foods. The Soldiers’ Angels mobile pantry program will run throughout the year to support veterans in the Charleston area. The dates for the mobile food pantry are:

  • Friday, Dec. 2
  • Friday, Jan. 26
  • Friday, Feb. 24
  • Friday, March 10
  • Friday, April 21

Veterans needing assistance can register for the food pantry by visiting here or by calling (210) 629-0020. Organizers will distribute food to veterans in a drive-through line loading their cars or bikes with food. Pick-up will be from The Citadel’s Stadium Parking Lot at 69 Hagood Ave.

Friends of the Daniel Library Lecture: Abandoned in Hell with authors William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Bond Hall 165
Free and open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with authors William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf for a discussion on their new book Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for abandoned-in-hellVietnam’s Firebase Kate.

In October 1969, Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate. At the time, the outpost was held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. In a battle outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht and his men found the courage to hold off repeated ground assaults by communist forces.

Albracht was awarded three Silver Stars for his actions in the Vietnam War. He has also received three Purple Hearts and five Bronze Stars. For 25 years, Albracht served as a United State Secret Service agent. During his time with the Secret Service, he guarded five American presidents and numerous foreign officials.

Following the discussion, Albracht will be available for a book signing. For more information, please contact Ruby Murray at (843) 953-2568.

The Citadel’s 79th Christmas Candlelight Services - two nights only!
7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec. 4
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

One of Charleston’s longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel.

Cadets, who are part of the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, join their talents with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band, to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration. The 2016 services will take place Dec. 2 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music beginning at 7 p.m. performed by The Citadel Brass Ensemble led by Lt. Col. Timothy Smith.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by Citadel families, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors throughout candlelight-2016the Charleston community in honor of a loved one.

Poinsettias are available for $12 for those who wish to make the service more meaningful by honoring a loved one. To place an order, please call (843) 953-5049, or mail a letter with the name of the loved one(s), the name of the donor, and a check made payable to the Summerall Chapel Association to Geri Jones, Summerall Chapel, MSC #2, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. The flowers can be picked up by the purchasers on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

There is no admission fee and there is no reserved seating. Early arrival is highly recommended.

The Return of the James B. White sword hosted by the Friends of the Daniel Library
6: 30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Daniel Library South Gallery
Free and open to the public

Maj. James B. White graduated from The Citadel in 1849. After teaching school for three years in Orangeburg County, White accepted the position of professor of mathematics james-white-swordat the Arsenal in 1853. In 1856, he transferred to The Citadel, and in 1858, he returned to the Arsenal as superintendent.

In 1861, White became superintendent of The Citadel. During the Civil War, the cadets at the Arsenal and The Citadel were organized as the Battalion of State Cadets. White was in charge of The Citadel cadets, known as “Company A.” On several occasions, he was ordered to deploy the cadets to defend Charleston against Federal Forces.

White led the Battalion of State Cadets at the Battle of Tulifinny in South Carolina. December 6th marks the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Tulifinny. White’s sword from that battle will be presented to The Citadel’s Archives and Museum.

Contact David Goble, director of the Daniel Library, at (843) 953-1267 for more information about James B. White or this event.

Disaster Resistant University Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Bond Hall 165
Free and open the public

The public is invited to participate in The Citadel’s Disaster Resistant University Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan process. The purpose of the plan is to better protect the people and property of the college from the effects of natural and man-made hazard events and to obtain eligibility for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This meeting follows two public planning sessions. The college’s planning team will provide the public with an opportunity to review and provide input on hazard identification and vulnerability information gathered over the past few months.

Storm The Citadel 2017 registration is now open
Now – Friday, Nov. 18

Teams planning to Storm The Citadel in the spring of 2017 are now invited to register. Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence, thestc2016 event reinforces the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The annual event attracts dozens of teams from the Southeast, including elementary, middle, high school, and colleges, as well as professional clubs and STEM-related businesses. Some teams have members as young as 6 years old. All student teams (K-12) can request mentoring support and apply for funds to help with team expenses.

With the help of Citadel assigned mentors, competitors use their best engineering skills to take part in the bridge, robotics or trebuchet competitions. Attracting more than 3,000 people each year to the college, Storm The Citadel 2017 is scheduled for Feb. 11.

To register, apply for funds (K-12 schools only), find out more about how to get involved as a teacher, team leader or mentor please email the Director of the STEM Center, Jennifer Albert at

November & December 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 john-weinsteintheir fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each of The Citadel’s bi-monthly Upcoming News stories.

Meet John E. Weinstein, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. Weinstein is a professor of physiology whose current research interest is in aquatic toxicology.

Weinstein has expertise in natural and anthropogenic stressor interactions, toxicokinetics, environmental chemistry, trophic transfer of contaminants, biomarkers, and risk assessment. Recent projects have included UV-enhanced toxicity of aromatic hydrocarbons on a variety of salt march biota, non-target pesticide effects on shrimp and clams, and chemical contamination of coastal storm water detention ponds and suburban tidal creek systems.

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.


  • Homecoming Weekend – November 5
  • Fall furlough begins – November 18
  • Christmas Candlelight Services – December 2, 3 & 4
  • Winter furlough begins – December 14

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Media Contact:
Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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