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Citadel News Service
24 Feb 2009

The Citadel celebrates 166 years

The Citadel will mark the 166th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Corps Day, with events from Thursday, March 12, through Sunday, March 15, that will focus on The Citadel’s tradition of leadership development.

Central to this year’s birthday observance is the Principled Leadership Symposium hosted by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.  In its second year, the two-day conference will draw approximately 100 delegates from regional colleges, senior military colleges and the federal service academies, providing them and Citadel cadets with an opportunity to interact and explore topics ranging from military to corporate ethics.

The Principled Leadership Symposium’s Greater Issues Address will be given by Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Accessions Command.  Other speakers for the symposium include S.C. Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge and Global Aeronautica Chief Operating Officer J. Pete Mitchell.

"The Principled Leadership Symposium provides Citadel cadets and conference delegates with a unique forum to hear from and interact with prominent individuals who have faced the challenges of leadership," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Weart, director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.  "During speeches and panel discussions symposium attendees can investigate their own capacities to lead.  We hope they leave better equipped to offer the principled leadership our country needs."

Corps Day itself is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel and includes dress parades, awards presentations, cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest alumnus and the youngest cadet share cake cutting honors.

The Corps Day tradition began with the college's inception. Founded by statute in 1842, the first 20 cadets reported for class at the old Citadel on Marion Square in downtown Charleston in 1843. The campus moved to its current location on the banks of the Ashley River in 1922.

Following is the weekend's schedule of events:

Thursday, 12 March  
11:00 a.m. Leadership Symposium: Greater Issues Speaker, Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley,
Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command, McAlister Field House   
1:00 p.m.  Tennis vs. Appalachian State, Earle Tennis Center
1:00 p.m.– 2:15 p.m.

Leadership Symposium: Session 1 – Leadership Panel Discussions:

Military Leadership, Jenkins Hall Auditorium
Business Leadership, Bond Hall 165
Sports Leadership, Grimsley Hall
Political Science Leadership, Duckett Hall Auditorium

2:30 p.m.– 3:45 p.m. Leadership Symposium: Session 2 – Leadership Panel Discussions:
Military Leadership, Jenkins Hall Auditorium
Business Leadership, Bond Hall 165
Sports Leadership, Grimsley Hall
Political Science Leadership, Duckett Hall Auditorium
4:00p.m.– 4:45 p.m. Leadership Symposium Speaker, The Honorable Justice John Kittredge of
the Supreme Court of South Carolina, Mark Clark Hall, Buyer Auditorium
6:15 p.m. Evening meal followed by The Citadel Corps of Cadets’166th birthday celebration with local alumni, Coward Mess Hall (not open to public)
Friday, 13 March  
12:30 p.m.

Leadership Symposium Speaker, J. Pete Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer,
Global Aeronautica, LLC, Mark Clark Hall, Buyer Auditorium

 2 p.m. The Citadel Family Association open meeting, Bond Hall, Room 165
 3:45 p.m. WLI Review to commemorate the 166th Anniversary of the Corps of Cadets and to recognize Gold Corps Alumni, Summerall Field
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The 2009 Principled Leadership Symposium Keynote Reception and Dinner,
featuring Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator, South Carolina, Holliday Alumni Center
(By Invitation Only)
 9 p.m.  Corps Day Hop, McAlister Field House
Saturday, 14 March  
 8 a.m. Information, refreshments, sale of mementos,Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
 8:30–10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors.  Citadel Pipe Band will perform at each barracks. 
 9 a.m. Summerall Guards performance/ Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles, presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword,and presentation of Clubb Award, Summerall Field (Inclement weather, McAlister Field House)
 10:15 a.m.

The Citadel Story – A musical narration of the history of The Citadel, Summerall Field

 11 a.m. Review for Board of Visitors and presentation of Palmetto Medals, Summerall Field (Inclement weather, Summerall Chapel)
Sunday, 15 March  
 9 a.m. Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio
 11 a.m. Catholic Mass, Summerall Chapel
Reception to follow, Mark Clark Hall patio
 3:30 p.m. Gospel Choir 20th Reunion Concert, Summerall Chapel
  NOTE:  Unless otherwise announced, outdoor activities will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Schedule subject to change.
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Media Contact:
Jennifer Wallace
(843) 953-7842

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