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Citadel News Service

For Release
Oct. 31, 2003


Alumni association honors outstanding graduates

          The Citadel Alumni Association today honored David Sikes and Edwin B. Hill Jr. as outstanding alumni.

          Sikes was instrumental in the growth of The Citadel Club of Greater Washington, D.C. Hill is chairman of Hill Construction Corp. in Charleston, S.C.

          "These men have earned the respect and gratitude of cadets and alumni alike, and in all their endeavors and accomplishments have always reflected favorably upon the traditions of The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association," said Mike Rogers, executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association.

          Sikes is a 1966 Citadel graduate. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Following graduation, he was commissioned to the Army, where he served for 22 years. After retiring, he worked with Computer Science Corp., a major defense contractor. Sikes, of Springfield, Va., has worked with the Washington, D.C. area alumni for 15 years, overseeing a group that has evolved from a casual lunch meeting to a tight-knit alumni club that hosts an annual reception for members of Congress and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

          Hill graduated in 1949 in with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He is founder of Hill Construction Corp., which built the Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue across from Johnson Hagood Stadium. He lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C.,

          The alumni association today also named Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds an honorary life member and named James L. Belote ('66), alumni director in New York and New England, as district director of the year.

          Grinalds, a West Point graduate who came to The Citadel in 1997, was selected for honorary life membership because "under his leadership, the college has weathered the politically and legally dangerous storms of recent years and again stands on the solid rock ideals for which we have become famous," Rogers said. "Though not a Citadel grad, no one better represents 'the whole person concept.' "

          Belote was recognized for rejuvenating his alumni district by organizing two new alumni clubs. This is the first year for the district director of the year award.

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