May 9, 1998
Cadet Major Ryan Price received the John O. Willson Ring. The ring is presented annually to a member of the senior class voted by his peers as displaying those traits of character that mark him as the finest, purest, and most courteous member of the Class of 1998. Throughout Cadet Price's college career he achieved Gold Star status for academic success above the Dean's List. He was named to the President's List and Commandant's List for superior academic and military performance. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society and was recently named to the 1998 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Cadet Price held significant rank in the Corps of Cadets throughout his Citadel career to include corporal, platoon sergeant and his senior battalion executive officer. Cadet Price is from Leesville, S.C.
TOP COMMENCEMENT AWARDS
First Honor graduate, Cadet Colonel Brett Strand, received the scholarship medal. This award is presented to the cadet who achieves the highest grade point average during undergraduate studies. Cadet Strand completed his college career with a grade point average of 3.96 out of a possible 4.0. Majoring in political science and a member of The Citadel's Honor Program, Cadet Strand consistently achieved Gold Star status. As a Citadel Scholar he was a recipient of a full four-year scholarship. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honor Society; a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society; and he was editor-in-chief of the honors literary publication, "The Fulcrum." Strand, of Greenville, Texas, held the highest cadet ranking position, regimental commander.
Cadet Lt. Col. Todd Garrett of Fountain Inn, S.C. was a recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A business administration major and a member of The Citadel's Honor Program, Cadet Garrett has consistently earned Gold Stars and been named to the President and Commandant's List. This year Cadet Garrett went to the Rhodes Scholar state finals and then on to compete in the national finals. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society, and the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. He was also one of only fifteen students chosen nationwide to participate in the Czech Honors Program, a one-semester study abroad program. Throughout his college career Garrett has held significant rank in the Corps of Cadets and as a senior he held the second highest rank, lieutenant colonel, commanding the 450-member Law Barracks.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was also bestowed upon Citadel Professor Dr. Juan W. Bahk. Since 1992 he has been at The Citadel as an assistant professor of Spanish language and literature in the Modern Languages Department. He is also the co-director of the Spanish Summer Program Abroad in Spain and the advisor of the Spanish Club. Dr. Bahk, a native of Korea, received a masters degree in Latin American Studies in 1972 from the University of New Mexico in Albuzuerque, New Mexico, and in 1986 a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature.
The award was established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and has been presented at The Citadel since 1933. The bronze medallions are presented to the recipients in recognition of "high thought and noble endeavor" as exemplified in the life of the late Sullivan, a lawyer who lived from 1826-1887.
Lt. Col. Dennis J. Fallon, civil engineering professor and department head at The Citadel, received the 1998 James A. Grimsley Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Maj. Gen. James Grimsley, who now serves as president emeritus of The Citadel, presented the award.
Dr. Fallon joined The Citadel family in 1988. He was appointed head of the department of civil engineering for a five-year period in 1993. He earned his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and later went on to receive his master's degree and Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University. His research and professional activities include: engineering education and management, concrete structures, and finite element methods dynamic analysis. He is well published and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers, and he was chair of the Communication Across the Curriculum Committee from 1995 until 1997.