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Citadel News Service
3 Nov 2012

Cadets Singer and Griffin earn prestigious engineering scholarships

Cadets Michael Chadwick Singer of Goose Creek, S.C., and Cadet Michael Cain Griffin of Hanahan, S.C., are the 2012 recipients of the Col. Loring K. Himelright Scholarship for civil engineering students.

Presented during Homecoming weekend each year, the award recognizes an outstanding first class (senior) cadet majoring in civil engineering for an exemplary record of academic achievement. Himelright is the former head of the civil engineering department. The award was created upon his retirement in 1981.

"The School of Engineering is blessed to have many extremely talented engineering students," said Dean Ronald Welch. "However, these two civil engineering students selected to receive the Col. Loring K. Himelright Scholarship not only fulfill all of the criteria, they exemplify the spirit of professionalism that Himelright demanded of Citadel civil engineering graduates during his tenure as department head. We congratulate them on their current and future successes."

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Michael C. Singer

Singer has an outstanding record of leadership and service in The Citadel Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He currently serves as the president and recently represented the chapter at the ASCE annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, to officially accept the Robert Ridgway Award, the top national award for ASCE student chapters. In addition, as chapter coordinator in 2011-2012, he was responsible for preparing meeting minutes, promoting chapter meetings, and corresponding with presenters who spoke at chapter meetings.

Singer is a member of the 2013 Summerall Guards and a platoon leader for Oscar Company. In addition, he has served as platoon sergeant and company clerk. He was awarded a Navy ROTC four-year national scholarship. Within the NROTC unit at The Citadel, he has served as Division 7 officer and leading petty officer. As a 2012-2013 sailing instructor for the Naval ROTC unit, Singer is responsible for accountability, training, leadership and supplies for more than 15 midshipmen and officer candidates in the NROTC unit Sailing Program.

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Michael C. Griffin

During his six semesters at The Citadel, Griffin's record of academic achievement includes Gold Stars for one semester and the Dean's List Award for an additional five semesters. He is an instructor in the School of Engineering's supplemental instruction program in Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Structural Analysis. His success in this program contributed to its expansion into a tutoring program available to all Citadel engineering freshmen.

Griffin is currently serving as treasurer of the student ASCE chapter and with Singer accepted attended the national conference to accept the Robert Ridgway Award. Griffin was instrumental in the design and construction of The Citadel's Concrete Canoe for 2011-2012 and is serving as the Concrete Canoe captain for the current school year. He is leading the other student chapter members in an effort to qualify for the National Concrete Canoe Competition for the first time ever. He has already traveled to Reno, Nevada, this past summer to observe the 2012 National Concrete Canoe Competition, select a theme for this year's canoe, and work on a canoe design.

Griffin serves as Palmetto Battery athletic officer and has served as a squad sergeant, recruiting sergeant, color corporal, and squad corporal within the Corps of Cadets.

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