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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 1998

ACADEMIC CONVOCATION

          Academic convocation was held Tuesday, September 1st at The Citadel. The idea of an academic convocation goes back to the earliest days of the university in the middle ages, to Oxford and Cambridge. The purpose is to come together and set the tone for the academic year and to strengthen the bond between faculty and students. The ceremony was dedicated to the Class of 1999.

          Remarks were made by Brig. Gen. R. Clifton Poole, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Suzanne Ozment, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women; and Cadet Will Smythe, president of the senior class.

          The program honored current sophomores, juniors, and seniors who earned gold stars and dean’s list in the spring of 1998. Eleven percent of the sophomore class, 19% of the junior class, and 16% of the current senior class made dean’s list, earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Honor students, student-athletes (for their consistently high graduation rates), students who studied abroad, and those who competed on academic teams were all recognized.

          Two Citadel honor societies accomplishments were also highlighted. The Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Alpha National Collegiate Political Science Honor Society has been named for the second time as the "Best Chapter" in institutions with enrollment under 6000. In addition, the Tau Iota chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was chosen as a dual recipient of the 1998 Ignacio and Sophie Gablis Award (an honor established to recognize the most outstanding chapter nationwide).The Citadel’s distinguished faculty were also recognized for their accomplishments. Four members were acknowledged and presented awards based on exceptional performance. The Medbery Award, named after the late professor Clint Medbery, was presented to Dr. Charles Cleaver, professor and head of the mathematics and the computer science department. The award was established to recognize dedicated, caring teachers in the sciences and technologies.

          The 1997-1998 Faculty Achievement Awards were presented to: Dr. Milton L. Boykin, professor and head of the political science and criminal justice department; Dr. Mark Del Mastro, associate professor of Spanish; and Dr. James Hutchisson, associate professor of English. The awards were presented for their significant contributions in their field of study and the college.

          The program concluded with remarks made by Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds.

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