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Citadel News Service
22 May 2012

Honors Program launches two new annual events

The Citadel Honors Program will host a new lecture series featuring speakers in the humanities and the sciences.

The Kelley-Redd Speakers Series began this spring with a lecture by David Shields, professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina on “Hunting in Southern Literature.” The new lecture series was made possible by a donation from a 1994 Honors Program graduate in honor of his favorite teachers, Professors Emeritus Joe Kelly of the Biology Department and Tony Redd of the English Department.

“I can’t think of two professors who better embody the ideals of The Citadel Honors Program than Tony Redd and Joe Kelley,” said Jack Rhodes, director of the program. “They have for decades been excellent teachers and scholars, while continuing to be students themselves.”

Kelley retired in 2006 after 37 years of teaching at The Citadel. His former students still value the epic marsh walks he took them on, as well as his sense of humor. One student remembers him “as a source of reason, patience, understanding and encouragement in the midst of chaos. His guidance was crucial all four years, but especially during the first.” 

Redd spent 40 years in the classroom at The Citadel before also retiring in 2006. With high expectations of his students, Redd was extremely popular and his classes were always full. His own passion for literature, especially poetry, inspired his students. “Students of all majors, from business to engineering, developed a new appreciation for literature, sometimes unexpectedly,” Rhodes said.

In the spring of 2011, Redd and Kelley became the recipients of the first Honors Program Teaching Excellence Award, which was created by the speaker series donor. This award for outstanding teaching in the Honors Program will be presented annually to a faculty member selected upon recommendation from Honors students. The 2012 recipient os Professor David Allen, head of the English Department.

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