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Citadel News Service
29 Sep 2016

Upcoming News from The Citadel - October

SoCon Votes, China Town Hall, Leadership Day and more 

Concerned Veterans for America Phone Bank
4 – 6 p.m.
Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & Nov. 1
Holliday Alumni Center

The Citadel Republican Society (CRS) will partner with Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) to make get out the vote calls for the upcoming election in November. Bothcrs

The CVA’s goal is to translate the experience, concerns and hopes that are unique to veterans and their families into a common vision of freedom. The group’s mission is to advocate for policies that will preserve freedom and prosperity.

The cadet-run club exists to foster patriotism, political participation, conservative values, and civic service among cadets. With over 500 members, the CRS is the largest club on campus.

Welcoming family and friends to Parents’ Weekend 2016
Oct. 7 -9, 2016
The Citadel Campus

Every October parents, family members, friends and alumni come to The Citadel’s iconic Charleston campus to visit members of the South Carolina Corps on Parents’ Weekend. Some of the well-attended events include the famous Citadel military dress parade, drill competitions and performances by The Citadel Regimentalparents-weekend Band and Pipes. But the highlights of the weekend are the promotion of Fourth Class (freshman) to official cadets and the presentation of class rings to the First Class (senior) cadets.

“Cadets really look forward to their parents and families visiting them in the fall each year,” said Alexandra Guild, Regimental Public Affairs Officer. “The parade, the open barracks, performances by The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, and of course the Ring Ceremony really give our families the flavor of the military culture that is the foundation of our four-year experience as we work to become principled leaders.”

The first Parents’ Day at The Citadel was held in 1934. Today it is one of the college’s four major weekends. The others are Homecoming in November, Corps Days – the birthday celebration of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets – in March and Graduation Weekend in May each year. Please click here for the full schedule of events. Please click here for the Parents’ Weekend religious services schedule.

Friends of the Daniel Library Lecture: Citadel Professor Terry Mays’ new book, Matterhorn
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Bond Hall 165
Free and open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with Citadel Professor, Terry Mays, and a discussion of his new book Matterhorn: The Operational History of the U.S. XX matterhorn front coverBomber Command from India and China 1944-1945.

Matterhorn: The operational history of the XX (20th) Bomber Command and its combat missions from India and China in 1944 and 1945 traces the development of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress program. The book, written by a professor of political science at The Citadel, explores plans by the Allied Forces of World War II to stage long-range bombers through China in order to strike Japan’s strategic industries. Matterhorn was written by Terry Mays, Ph.D., who has been teaching at The Citadel since 1992.

Matterhorn examines the 49 combat missions flown by the XX Bomber Command from India and China, producing the first detailed history of the B-29 campaign flown from these countries. The book is written almost exclusively from primary source material including original World War II documents, crew member memoirs, and personal interviews. Special sections within the book examine issues related to flying across the aerial military supply route between India and China known as “the hump”; Gen. Curtis LeMay’s reorganization of B-29 operations; and the night fighter defense of the B-29 forward airfields in China.

Mays received his Ph.D. in international studies from the University of South Carolina. He is a U.S. Army/Army Reserve retiree with 30 years of service. Mays is also the author of 12 books including Night Hawks and Black Widows: 13th Air Force Night Fighters in the South and Southwest Pacific, 1943-1945. His other books cover the American Revolution in addition to multinational peacekeeping. In 2009, Mays earned the highest level of formal certification offered in the field of United Nations Peace Support Operations through the Peace Operations Training Institute.

For more information, please contact Ruby Murray at (843) 953-2568.

Buffalo Bill goes to France: French-American Rivalries at the Wild West Show 1889 & 1905
6:45 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13
Duckett Hall Auditorium, Room 101
Free and open to the public

The Citadel’s Department of History presents an evening with Venita Datta, Ph.D., of Wellesley College for a discussion on Buffalo Bill goes to France: French-American Rivalries buffalo-billat the Wild West Show 1889-1905.

In 1889 and again in 1905, William F. Cody, commonly known as Buffalo Bill, took his Wild West Show on a tour of Europe playing to sell-out crowds. During this time, Buffalo Bill appears to be a symbol of the vanishing American west and also represents the power of the new American colossus, embodied by the conquest of the frontier both at home and abroad. The show illustrated the imperial and military rivalries between the U.S. and France.

Datta, a professor of French at Wellesley College, is a specialist of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French cultural and intellectual history. She is the author of Heroes and legends of Fin-de-Siècle France: Gender, Politics and National Identity (2011) and Birth of a National Icon: The Literary Avant-Garde and the Origins of the Intellectual in France (1999). Her work focuses on the relationship of politics and culture, particularly in the formation of national identity.

For more information please contact Christina Bowman at or at (843) 953-5073.

The 39th Annual Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet presented by The Citadel Alumni Association
6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 14
Holliday Alumni Center; $100/ticket

The Citadel Alumni Association presents the 39th Annual Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet.

Leading The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 is Chris Lemonis, Class of 1992, one of the best pure hitters in the college’s history, and John Carlisle, Class of 1964, hall-of-famewho has led The Citadel Football Association since 2008.

Also entering the Hall of Fame are football offensive lineman Creig Tyler, Class of 1970, wrestler Jeff Hartsell, Class of 1962, track and field standout Gary Pinder, Class of 1966, and supporter Bufort Blanton, Class of 1954. Blanton and Carlisle will be enshrined as honorary members.

This year’s induction class increases the membership of the Hall of Fame to 189. The Hall, which originated in 1977, is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House.

For more information and reservations, please contact Ashley Shinta at or (843) 953-0525.

International Politics Panel Discussion on U.S. Military Spending
6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 17
Bond Hall, Room 165
Free and open to the public

The Citadel’s Department of Political Science presents an international politics panel discussion on U.S. military spending.

Sarah Tenney, Ph.D., and associate professor in the Department of Political Science will lead the discussion. Tenney received her B.S. from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and went on to earn her master’s from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a major in international relations. After serving as a news analyst for a private consulting firm, Tenney joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund, where she held positions of increasing responsibility from 1987 to 2003.

For more information please contact Sarah Tenney at

Citadel Graduate College to host spring open house
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave.
Open to the public; registration requested

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

To register, visit here. Please contact Emily Thomas at for event information or to schedule a personalized meeting.

South Carolina Small Business Development Center presents “Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities” workshop
1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
North Charleston City Hall, Montague Room on 2nd floor
Open to the public and registration is required; $20/ticket

The South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SCSBDC) will be offering a workshop on how to properly register your company, submit applications for certifications, scsbdcfind work, seek information prior to submitting a proposal and review key indicators in government solicitation.

Speakers for the workshop include Linda Blanton, Robin Rourk and Cathy Edenborough. Blanton is the procurement consultant at the Charleston Area SBDC and was a contracting officer for 35 years, including the small business specialist at SPAWAR Charleston. Rourk is the deputy director for the Office of Small Business Programs at SPAWAR Atlantic. Edenborough is the director of business operations and small business specialist for Joint Base Charleston.

Registration for the workshop is required. Please contact the South Carolina Small Business Development Center of Charleston at (843) 740-6160 or for registration and details.

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

Jack Porter and The Friends of the Daniel Library Presents: China Town Hall 2016
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Bond Hall Room 165
Free and open to the public

Join The Citadel Department of Political Science, along with Friends of the Daniel Library for the tenth annual China Town Hall. China Town Hall: Local Connections, National chinatownhallReflections, is a collaborative event sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-partisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United State and China.

The town hall is an interactive webcast with more than 70 participant locations nationwide. The event focuses on Chinese investments in the U.S. and is intended to help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship. The program will feature Henry A. Kissinger, Ph.D., former national security advisor and former secretary of state. While national security advisor, Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. Kissinger is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

The Citadel location will have an expert in the areas of Chinese Naval and Maritime Strategy who will give an in person lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Please contact Jack Porter at (843) 953-6786 or for more information on the event.

Greater Issues Address with Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, III
11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
McAlister Field House
Free and open to the public

One of the nation’s top military commanders will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of the college’s Greater Issues Series. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III will speak about his duties and leadership responsibilities as the eleventh commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida. It will be held on campus at McAlister Field House, which can be located as item 21 on the college’s virtual map.

Thomas’ other assignments as a general officer include: Associate Director for Military Affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency; Commanding General, NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan; Deputy Commanding General, JSOC; Deputy Director for Special Operations, The Joint Staff in the Pentagon; Assistant Division Commander, 1st Armor Division in Iraq; and Assistant Commanding General, JSOC. Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, Thomas served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Thomas is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Pennsylvania, and the Naval Command and Staff College located in Newport, Rhode Island.

His address is open to the public. Media wishing to attend is requested to contact in advance if possible, and to be in place no later than 10:50 a.m.

Leadership Day 2016
Wednesday, Oct. 19
All day at more than 50 locations

On one day, each October, cadets and students from The Citadel spread out across the Lowcountry to learn to lead by serving others. Leadership Day is one element of the college’s required leadership training. Almost every cadet participates in some way whether it is through hands-on volunteering or job shadowing community leaders at local leadership-dayorganizations and businesses.

Leadership Day 2016 will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19. As the sun comes up, more than 1,000 cadets and students will head out to more than 50 locations which will include many public schools. They will help lead STEM classroom activities, clean up parks, participate in Election Day training for poll workers, and attend seminars offered by the Institute for Global Ethics, along with dozens of other undertakings.

Leadership Day is planned and managed annually by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and contributed greatly to The Citadel being selected for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification.

“Activities on Leadership Day are designed to engage cadets and students in meaningful learning opportunities outside the classroom through service in the community,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (retired), and director for The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Conway Saylor, Ph.D., director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at the Krause Center has watched the event blossom from the first “Heroism Day” in 2010.

“We started in 2010 placing 150 cadets in service opportunities. It’s staggering to look back to that and see where we are now,” Saylor said. “We couldn’t hold Leadership Day without the support of more than 50 community partners for whom many cadets volunteer not only on this day, but throughout the year.”

Watch a video from Leadership Day 2015 here.

Soldiers’ Angels Mobile Pantry
Noon – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
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 in the form of 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 the following:

  • Friday, Nov. 11
  • 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. The organizers distribute food while veterans drive through the line, without getting out of the card, while volunteers load 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 presents First Over There, an evening with Matthew Davenport
6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Daniel Library, Museum Reading Room
Free and open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with author, Matthew Davenport, and a discussion of his book First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle first-over-thereof World War I.

First Over There tells the story of America’s first modern military battle, its first military victory during World War I, and its first steps onto the world stage. Drawing on the letters, diaries and reports by the men themselves, Davenport tells the inspiring, untold story of these soldiers and their journey to victory on the Western Front in the Battle of Cantigny. The first American battle of the “war to end all wars” would mark not only its first victory abroad, but the birth of its modern army.

Davenport served in the Army Reserve and is a member of the American Legion, The Western Front Association, and the Military Writers Society of America. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a former prosecutor, he practices law in eastern North Carolina where he teaches at East Carolina University.

Former White House press secretary, Mike McCurry to speak on campus about the 2016 election
6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the public

The Citadel’s Department of Political Science will host Former White House press secretary, Mike McCurry in a discussion and analysis of upcoming 2016 election and the recent mike-mccurrydebate.

McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly 35 years of experience in Washington, D.C. He served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995-98. He also served as the spokesman for the Department of State from 1993-95 and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee from 1988-90.

McCurry serves on numerous boards of advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the Wesley Theological Seminary, and the United Methodist Commission on Communications.

SoCon Votes: A Report from the Conventions
6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Daniel Library, Study and Learning Room
Free and open to the public

The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and the Daniel Library present “SoCon Votes: A Report from the Conventions.”

In an effort to address one of American democracy’s biggest issues – low and unequal participation in elections – the Southern Conference is launching “SoCon Votes”, the first voter engagement competition in an NCAA Division I athletic conference.

“SoCon Votes: A Report from the Conventions” is a presentation focused on cadet experiences at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Cadets Alexis Justiniano socon-leadand Joshua Kreitzer attended

the Republican and Democratic conventions, respectively, through The Washington Center, an independent, non-profit organization serving colleges in the U.S. and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C.

Justiniano is a senior and a political science major from North Charleston, South Carolina. Kreitzer is a sophomore with a double major in political science and business administration from Weston, Florida.

The Southern Conference Academic Exchange, formed in 2015, focuses on sharing best practices and opportunities related to undergraduate research, study abroad opportunities, and leadership development programming. The Citadel is proud to support the leadership development programming initiative and to have named this effort, SoCon LEAD (Leadership Education and Development).

October 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 tom-clarktheir fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each of The Citadel’s bi-monthly Upcoming News stories.

Meet Col. Tom Clark, USMC (Ret.), executive director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and expert on military leadership. Clark, a Citadel Class of 1985 graduate, received his B.S. in mathematics and computer and was commissioned into the USMC through Naval ROTC.

During his 30-year career as a Marine fighter pilot, he accumulated 4000 hours flight time and flew 115 combat missions, all in the Middle East. His overseas deployments included service in the Middle East, Far East, South America and South Pacific as well as sea service aboard USS Coral Sea and USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Clark is a parachute-qualified Forward Air Controller who also served as the Senior Aide-de-camp for two commandants of the Marine Corps and as the J-5 Strategy and Policy Division Chief at United States Central Command Headquarters in Tampa. He commanded an F/A-18C Squadron in combat and an Aviation Training Group in south Texas. During his final tour, he served as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science of the Naval ROTC Unit at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina – the same unit where he began his Marine Corps career in 1985.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel Director of Media Relations at or (843) 953-2155, or communications specialists, or (843) 953-3722. The industry expert may be contacted directly, but please note that all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus to ensure student privacy.


  • Parent’s Weekend – October 8
  • Leadership Day – October 19
  • 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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Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155

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