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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 27, 2003


The war, military to be highlight of upcoming events

          As spring break draws to a close, The Citadel campus is gearing up for a busy April - the last full month of the 2002-2003 academic year.

          Monday, March 31
          Ambassador Thomas Pickering will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by China, Russia and the United States. Pickering has served as under secretary of state for political affairs and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, India, and Jordan.

          He is currently a vice president with The Boeing Company. The program will last one hour beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Jenkins Hall Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

          Pickering's visit comes at the invitation of former British Ambassador Phil Lader, who serves as the John C. West Professor of Government and International Relations at The Citadel.

          Tuesday, April 1
          At 11: 30 a.m. the day begins with a speech by Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds. The president will discuss a variety of topics relating to the war in Iraq. The 20-minute program will conclude with a moment of silence for Second Lt. Therrel Childers, Class of 2001, who was killed in combat in Iraq, and Kristopher Johnson, Class of 2004, who died of natural causes at his home during spring break.

          At 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 Preston Price, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and 1943 Citadel graduate, will speak during The Daniel Library Friends lecture series. Price will recall the life of cadets between 1941 and 1943, as they prepared to go to war, and will recount his own combat experiences with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division ("The Big Red One") in Europe. Price also will sign copies of his new book, The Last Kilometer: Marching to Victory in Europe with the Big Red One, 1944-1945. This event is open to the public. Free.

        Other upcoming events, all of which are open to the public, include:

  • The Siege of Charleston, 1863-1865 with Richard W. Hatcher III, Fort Sumter historian, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in the Daniel Library.
  • Book signing by fantasy writer and Citadel graduate Robert Jordan, Class of 1979, 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 10 in the Daniel Library.
  • Rick Goings, chairman and chief executive officer of Tupperware Corp., will speak during The Citadel's Spring Leadership Forum Luncheon at noon Friday, April 11. Sponsored by the School of Business Administration, registration is $25 by Thursday, April 3.

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