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For release
May 12, 2001

The Citadel Announces Graduation Awards During May 12 Commencement

JOHN O. WILLSON RING

Cadet Mikeal Reid Martin was presented the John O. Willson Ring.

The ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to the member of the senior class who is voted by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award. In his will, Willson set aside a "small fund" to furnish a ring yearly for a senior deemed most popular among his or her peers. Willson was a lawyer, preacher, and former president of Lander College, now called Lander University, in Greenwood, S.C.

A resident of Mt. Gilead, N.C., Cadet Martin is a political science major with emphasis on international politics and military affairs. An Eagle Scout and 1997 graduate of West Montgomery High School, Cadet Martin won a senior superlative honor and was an outstanding wrestler and lineman in high school. During his senior year at The Citadel, he was a second lieutenant and platoon leader for India Co. and is a distinguished military graduate, United States Army.

FIRST HONOR GRADUATE

Casper Fredric Marcinak III of Walhalla, S.C., was awarded the First Honor Graduate Scholarship Medal.

A straight-A Citadel Scholar, Cadet Marcinak has the usual list of impressive credentials befitting a likely first honor graduate and national finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. A history major in the Honors Program, Cadet Marcinak has long-term interests in law and politics. Next year, however, he will study in England on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 2002, he will return to South Carolina to enter the University of South Carolina Law School.

ALGERNON SYDNEY SULLIVAN AWARD

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and has been presented at The Citadel since 1933. The bronze medallions are awarded in recognition of "high thought and noble endeavor" as exemplified in the life of the late Sullivan, a lawyer who lived from 1826 to 1887.

Cadet Russ Timothy Touchberry was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of the many contributions he has made to help enrich the lives of his fellow cadets. A Summerville, S.C., resident, Cadet Touchberry is commander of Charlie Co. and captain of the track team. A consistent Deans List student, Cadet Touchberry majored in civil and environmental engineering and served as chairman of the Civil Engineering Student Advisory Committee and vice president of The Citadels Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This spring, Touchberry received the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation Award for leadership and excellence of character and The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Presidents Award as the senior athlete who has brought credit to himself and The Citadel as a member of a Citadel athletic team.

Dr. David Henry White Jr., a history professor from Mount Pleasant, also received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, Dr. White earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Tulane University. Since joining The Citadel in 1974, he has developed a special expertise in military history, especially the Vietnam War a scholarly pursuit assisted in part by his service in the United States Marine Corps during that conflict. The chairman of the history department from 1994 to 1997, Dr. White has pursued many scholarly endeavors within and beyond the college. His work on the S.C. Humanities Council and the S.C. Archives and History Commission advanced scholarship in the state. His organization of a series of conferences on war and diplomacy earned praise from the national academic community. Dr. White is also a past recipient of the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Teaching.

James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Teaching

Dr. Grant B. Staley of James Island, S.C., was awarded the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Teaching for his outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. Grimsley, who was Citadel president from 1980 to 1989, created the award in 1986. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

Dr. Staley retires this year as chairman of the Modern Languages Department, but will continue as fine arts director and a professor of Spanish. He also is advisor for the summer Study Abroad Program to Spain. Dr. Staley came to The Citadel in 1972. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and has published several papers and taken part in dozens of conferences on foreign language. In 1986, he took a yearlong leave to be a Scholar in Residence in Charleston County School District high schools. Dr. Staley has twice received The Citadel's Outstanding Teaching Award, once in 1975 and again in 1986. In 1990, he received the Faculty Achievement Award.

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