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Citadel News Service
31 Oct 2011

European Marshall Memorial Fellows stop at Citadel on U.S. tour

Six European Marshall Memorial Fellows stopped off in Charleston last week to visit Charleston and to learn about the unique educational environment at The Citadel.  The visit was part of a U.S. tour to promote global relationships.

Among the fellows were journalists from France, Romania and Spain.  A program coordinator for a human rights group in Kosovo, a German political advisor to the European Parliament and a policy coordinator for the Dutch Ministry of Finance completed the group.  The fellows were escorted by Dylan Holmes of Charlotte, N.C., the principal for MediTecture, a company which specializes in practice management consulting.  Holmes received his master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel in 1999 and is a former American Marshall Fund Fellow.

Citadel International Economics Professor Don Sparks, who serves as the college’s director of fellowships as well as the director of the Charleston International Visitor Leadership Program, coordinated the group’s visit.

“We were honored to have the European Marshall Fellows visit The Citadel,” said Sparks.  “With the college’s increased focus on study abroad and global studies, we value opportunities like this to open international doors.”

The fellows met with faculty, staff, CGC students, cadets and college officials and discussed global issues about history, culture and education.  The fellows were particularly interested in the cadet perspective.  Cadet Franklin McGuire, a sophomore English major from Lexington, S.C., spoke about the leadership training and the emphasis on ethics that is part of the cadet curriculum.  The Cadet Honor Code and the Four Pillars, he said, give cadets an edge over their friends who attend traditional colleges and universities.

“The fellows were very impressed with their introduction to The Citadel,” said Holmes, “and they were intrigued by the integration of leadership in an academic curriculum.”

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

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