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Citadel News Service
2 Jan 2015

Upcoming News from The Citadel - January 2015

Cadets to assist with Gubernatorial Inauguration

Gov. Nikki Haley will be inaugurated for her second and final term at 11 a.m. on January 14. Members of the S.C. Corps of Cadets have again been honored with the request of assisting with several elements of the inauguration.

At Haley’s second swearing-in ceremony, The Citadel’s Color Guard will open by presenting the flags and cadets will serve as ushers for guests. Additionally, a member of The Citadel’s world-famous Pipes Band will lead the processional and recessional for the morning prayer service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to be held at 9 a.m. before the Inaugural Ceremony.

Cadets have been present at the inauguration ceremonies and events for many of the state’s governors, going back for more than 100 years. Examples include Governor James Francis Byrnes in 1951, Governor Ernest F. Hollings in 1959, and John Carl West in 1971.

A video of cadets participating in the Governor’s 2011 inaugural ceremonies is here.

Registration underway for one of America’s most grueling mental and physical challenges

Register now for the 2015 Bulldog Challenge; raising funds for scholarships

The Bulldog Challenge, known nationally as one of the most punishing tests of fitness and endurance, will be hosted again in 2015 by The Citadel’s Naval ROTC Unit. It is a 10k (6.2 mile), team-oriented race that runs through The Citadel campus and the surrounding Charleston area. Included within the race are various obstacles and challenges including portions of the Marine Corps combat fitness test, a Marine Corps obstacle course, a simulated casualty evacuation using stretchers, and maneuvers through the thick pluff mud of the Lowcountry marshes. The Bulldog Challenge is designed to test mental toughness, the ability to work within a team, and physical endurance.

(Right: The Citadel’s Dr. Dena Garner, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science and mother of six competes annually in the Bulldog Challenge)

Each team is composed of four individuals. Creative costumes are highly encouraged. Proceeds from the event contribute to scholarships for students to attend The Citadel. The registration fee is $200 per team. Individuals are permitted to register for a fee of $50. Citadel cadet teams receive a discount of $60 if registering before Feb. 1.

Registration in online only at this website: http://www.active.com/charleston-sc/running/distance-running-races/the-19th-annual-bulldog-challenge-2015.

F Troop and Other Citadel Stories: a discussion and book signing with author Tom Worley

Join Friends of the Daniel Library, and author Tom Worley, graduate of The Citadel Class of 1968, for a discussion on Worley's book, F Troop and Other Citadel Stories, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in room 165, Bond Hall.

Worley takes readers back to the 1960's at The Citadel with his collection of short stories. While the stories are fictional, they are inspired in part by his days as a student on The Citadel campus. With humor and dramatic clarity, Worley reveals the harshness of the plebe system, how success is achieved through perseverance, and the character-building benefits of a Citadel education. Worley, who was a member of F Company while a cadet, currently practices law in Charleston. A book signing will follow Worley's presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on campus at no cost.

Do machines understand? Could machines ever understand? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Hofstadter presenting January 27

Douglas Hofstadter, distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature at Indiana University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, will give a lecture entitled “Do Machines Understand? Could Machines Ever Understand?” at The Citadel. The event will be held at 7 p.m., January 27, in Duckett Hall Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.Douglas Hofstadter at The Citadel

Hofstadter’s research and interests range from musical composition to meta-mathematics and from consciousness to creativity. If Hofstadter’s primary research is in cognitive sciences, his interest is fundamentally about human thinking. He draws from the history of science and mathematics, the study of languages, poetry and music, and from the intricacies of day-to-day conversations to get at the roots of the complex and surprising elements of human thinking.

Though Professor Hofstadter’s greatest impact has been in the cognitive sciences, his influence on other disciplines is also remarkable.

Professor Hofstadter’s work has also influenced research in the sciences at The Citadel. “Dr. Hofstadter may no longer be actively engaged in physics research, yet one of his most seminal contributions, a 1976 prediction on how electrons in crystals might behave in the presence of a magnetic field, was only first confirmed in the lab in 2013 using novel two-dimensional materials,” said Lok Lew Yan Voon, Citadel professor and Dean of Mathematics and Science. “Fittingly, a research project on discovering analogs of Hofstadter’s butterfly (as the pattern is known) in other two-dimensional materials is under way at The Citadel.”

“This program,” said Bo Moore, Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, “is the first of what we hope will be many that will integrate the study of the humanities with the natural and social sciences in order to better train our cadets and students to lead effectively in a broad range of pursuits in the ever more interconnected world in which we live.”

A distinguished author, Hofstadter’s books include Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language and Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking. His visit to The Citadel is made possible through the efforts of Professor Grant Goodrich of the Department of English and the Krause Center for Leadership Ethics, and Professor Caroline Strobbe of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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