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Citadel News Service
11 Nov 2005

Alumni association honors outstanding graduates

The Citadel Alumni Association today honored six outstanding alumni, including Lt. Col. T. Nugent Courvoisie, the namesake and inspiration of author and Citadel graduate Pat Conroy’s first novel entitled “The Boo.”

Honored during the group’s annual meeting were:

  • Distinguished Life Member: Robert A. Daniel, a veteran student of the Citadel Class of 1949 and a life member of the Citadel Alumni Association.
  • Honorary Life Member: Col. Mark A. Bebensee, associate dean, School of Business Administration.
  • Alumnus of the Year: Lt. Col. T. Nugent Courvoisie, Citadel Class of 1938.
    District Director of the Year: John R. “Randy” Brooks, Citadel Class of 1977.
  • Citadel Club of the Year: Citadel Club of Greater Washington.
  • Citadel Club President of the Year: Crawford Moore, Citadel Class of 1983, president of the Sandhills Citadel Club.

"This is the best time of year for all alumni", said Mike Rogers, executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association, which presented the awards.

Daniel has served his alma mater with distinction for the past 50 years. He has been president of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and Association of Citadel Men (now called The Citadel Alumni Association) and was elected to The Citadel Board of Visitors by alumni in 1970. He is a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame and is a major donor to academic and athletic scholarship funds.

“Bob is a well-known alumnus in The Citadel family and in the Charleston community,” Rogers said. “With this Distinguished Life Member award, we honor his many years of dedicated service, friendship, and display of those service to others qualities we hold dear to this college.”

Col. Mark Bebensee, associate dean of the School of Business Administration, accepts his award as an Honorary Life Member of The Citadel Alumni Association.

Bebensee has been an integral part of the college for 28 years and has taught and influenced thousands of Citadel students and graduates. He was responsible for The Citadel School of Business Administration becoming the first accredited department in the U.S. by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He has since helped build a growing and influential business school that is attracting the best talent to teach. Bebensee has previously received several awards for teaching excellence as well as the highly coveted South Carolina Palmetto Medal for community service.

“Friend, advisor, distinguished professor, are all terms used to describe Mark but some of us might not know is that Mark has attended more Citadel weddings than any person alive in that he is an accomplished musician who is frequently asked to play at these weddings,” Rogers said. “Mark’s service to this college and its students cannot be measured but we can show our appreciation by making him an honorary life member.”

Courvoisie, The Boo as he is affectionately known, is a Citadel legend and has contributed his time, talents and energy to maintaining the college’s high standards as it has evolved to appeal to a national audience. He is the namesake of Southern writer Pat Conroy’s first novel “The Boo.”

"The Boo," left, accepts his Alumnus of the Year award from Nat Robb, the new president of The Citadel Alumni Association.

Conroy graduated from The Citadel in 1967. His book about Courvoisie immortalized the former commandant of cadets and endeared him to generations of Conroy fans and Citadel supporters and friends. " ‘The “Boo’ has impacted many alumni over the years through his good work and has displayed the highest ethical and moral standards to all he has had contact with,” Rogers said.

Brooks, as the District 13 director for Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, has gone above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to keeping the Citadel Club of Greater Washington the premier club in the alumni association, Brooks and his fellow alumni have taken on the duties of attending Citadel burials at Arlington National Cemetery and helping the bereaved families. Nine Citadel graduates have died in support of the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“This takes a special man with a supporting family but represents the epitome of what it means to be a Citadel graduate,” Rogers said. “Randy’s home is frequently open to visiting alumni and cadets and the support by this district and its members to the college across a broad range of activities is unparalleled.”

By that token, The Citadel Club of Greater Washington has been one of the premier Citadel clubs for many years and continues to set the example for other clubs to follow. This club holds monthly breakfast meetings that are well attended with featured speakers from the military, federal government and The Citadel and sponsors an annual cadet picnic that is the largest among the clubs. The annual Citadel Congressional Reception in honor of the South Carolina legislative delegation is coordinated by this club, which also produces a significant number of prospective students through its volunteer recruiting efforts at 20 college fairs each year throughout Northern Virginia.

Moore is the president of the Sandhills Citadel Club located in Chesterfield County South Carolina. He has been the foundation of this club since its inception and has built this club into a vibrant group of alumni who participate in a wide variety of Citadel related activities. Since the club is located in a rural area of the state, Crawford has had to apply his energies and persuasive abilities to bring together and diverse group of Citadel alumni to act in a cohesive and focused fashion in support of club goals.

“From recruiting cadets to financially assisting minority students, Crawford Moore has set an example for others to follow,” Rogers said.

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