Cadet awards, Palmetto Medals presented
During Corps Day events today, The Citadel awarded Palmetto Medals, one of the highest honors the college can bestow upon someone, to three people whose combined service to the college spans decades.
The Citadel Board of Visitors annually presents the Palmetto Medal to cadets, faculty, staff or alumni. The award recognizes exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel or the state of South Carolina.
Also on Saturday, the Thomas E. Hemingway award was presented to Cadet Lt. Lukas R. Gleissner, 1st Battalion religious officer. The award is given to the senior who throughout his or her cadet career made the greatest contribution as a Christian cadet on the athletic field and to the spiritual life of the Corps of Cadets. It is named for Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas E. Hemingway, Class of 1960.
The 2007 recipients of Palmetto Medals are Margie Murray Dick, Ben W. Legare Jr. and Cadet Col. Timothy Devine. Each received their award during today’s military dress parade.
Dick is a quiet leader whose devotion to this college has made The Citadel a better place. Many people and activities have benefited from her behind-the-scenes work.
The former chief nurse at The Citadel Infirmary has served as volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives for years. Her efforts have helped The Citadel become the top college in blood donations in the Lowcountry and prompted the American Red Cross to name her Volunteer of the Year in 2003.
Dick is also widely recognized as the backbone of The Citadel Women’s Club Yard Sale, an annual event that raises thousands of dollars for cadet scholarships. As a tribute to her leadership and hard work, The Citadel Women’s Club joined with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation to establish the Margie M. Dick Scholarship last year.
Dick is also known to hundreds of alumni as the woman who provided a home away from home for cadets. With the support of her husband, Col. Harvey Dick, Class of 1953 and a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, she offered a welcoming home, motherly advice, a stocked refrigerator and Sunday dinners for the many cadets who became members of their extended family. Additionally, she and her husband voluntarily host a dinner following the Parents’ Day football game for parents, cadets, and alumni.
Dick has served as president of The Citadel Women’s Club and twice as president of the Camellia Garden Club of Greater Charleston. She is also a life member of the Garden Club of South Carolina.
For the past 25 years, Legare has given The Citadel a voice on issues affecting the college. His skill in articulating the college’s position to government officials, campus neighbors and the media helped The Citadel immensely during a period of dramatic change and growth.
A member of The Citadel Class of 1963, Legare was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation, following the footsteps of his father. For the next 20 years, he served his country with distinction in a career that would include two tours in Vietnam and numerous decorations.
Legare returned to his alma mater in 1982 as director of public relations and became the spokesman for the college – a role that evolved into representing the president and the college before the South Carolina General Assembly and local governments. Many of the facilities and programs on campus today are a testament to his success in getting critical funding support from the General Assembly. He has also worked diligently to promote a better understanding of the college with its neighbors, investing the time to build relationships and foster dialogue.
Cadet Devine is an Army contract cadet and history major from Roswell, Ga. As the regimental commander overseeing the 2,000 members of the Corps of Cadets, Devine also has served as an editor of the Gold Star Journal and as a tutor in The Citadel’s Writing and Learning Center. He is a member of the history honor society of Phi Alpha Theta and has made Gold Stars, Dean’s List, the Commandant’s List and President’s List during his career at The Citadel.
Devine holds the Shawn Williams Memorial Scholarship and a two-year Army scholarship. Among other activities, Cadet Devine has participated in intramural football, basketball, billiards, soccer, and softball. He has participated in the Cordell Army Rangers and now serves as a cadet evaluator in the Army ROTC program.
During his junior year, he received the William Mark Hudson Award presented annually to the second class cadet who displays an excellent sense of duty and best embodies the corps values of The Citadel. Upon graduation, Devine will commission into the aviation branch of the United States Army and will attend flight school at Ft. Rucker, Ala., in the fall of 2007.
During his time at The Citadel he has served twice as an administrative clerk, as the Regimental Sergeant Major, and finally as regimental commander.