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Citadel News Service
5 Jun 2008

The Citadel joins efforts to save the Morris Island Lighthouse

In an effort to help preserve one of the Lowcountry’s most visible landmarks, The Citadel and the grassroots organization Save the Light will collaborate to conduct long-term structural monitoring of the Morris Island Lighthouse.

The monitoring plan will be developed by faculty from The Citadel’s civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and biology departments. Citadel undergraduates – cadets and evening students – will implement the plan and conduct the long-term monitoring under the supervision of various faculty members.

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Cadet Elizabeth Penn-Sanders (left) and Citadel Graduate College student Stephanie van der Horst listen as The Citadel's efforts to help preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse are announced June 5, 2008 in the Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall. Penn-Sanders and van der Horst, both undergraduate engineering students, will spend this summer collecting lighthouse data that will be used to develop a long-term plan for structural monitoritng of the icon Charleston landmark. 

“An iconic structure and engineering marvel in Charleston, the Morris Island Lighthouse is the ideal example to use in teaching engineering and science,” said Edward L. Hajduk, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering and principal investigator for the collaboration. “The opportunities for our students to take on leadership roles in the preservation efforts of one of Charleston’s most recognizable landmarks are endless thanks to this collaboration.”

This summer civil and environmental engineering students will collect data on the lighthouse.

“Everyone at Save the Light is excited to be able to partner with The Citadel in our effort to preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse,” said Richard Beck, former chairman of Save the Light in a letter to The Citadel. “It's a perfect match not only from the engineering perspective but from an educational perspective.”

Long-term monitoring can aid in the understanding of the lighthouse construction and design, assisting with future repair and renovation. It also creates new academic research and leadership development opportunities for Citadel students and faculty. The plan and data collected also can be used to educate K-12 students about engineering, the lighthouse and the importance of historic structures

William R. Christopher, Citadel Class of 1987 and CEO of WPC Inc., an engineering, environmental and construction services firm in North Charleston, has secured a $5,000 equipment donation that will assist with the monitoring project.

 

For more information about Save the Light, click here.

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