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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 13. 2004

Four honored during Corps Day Weekend

          Four people were honored for their contributions to the college, their communities, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and society during Corps Day Weekend at The Citadel.

          One of the most highly attended Citadel attractions, Corps Day events also featured dress parades, a cadet talent show and mess hall birthday party. The Corps Day tradition began on March 20, 1843, a year after the college's inception.

          This year's Corps Day celebrated The Military College of South Carolina's 161st birthday. Awards presented during the weekend included the Palmetto Medal and the Clubb Award.

          The Palmetto Medal is presented annually to cadets, faculty, staff or alumni by The Citadel Board of Visitors to recognize exceptional performance that reflects great credit on The Citadel or the state of South Carolina. This year's honorees are:

  • Cadet Col. Keane Phillips, the regimental commander of the Corps of Cadets.
  • Maj. Herb Day, director of music
  • Col. Patricia Ezell, College of Graduate and Professional Studies associate dean

          A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Phillips arrived at The Citadel in August 2000. During the past four years, he has excelled in academics, repeatedly earning President's List, Dean's List, and Commandant's List citations. A biology major in the honors program, he hold a Citadel Foundation Leadership Scholarship and his academic record earned him early induction into the Tri Beta, a biology honor society. He has served as company clerk, third battalion administrative clerk and regimental sergeant major.

          Day, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., enlisted in the Marines when he was 18. While on active duty, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from St. Leo College. During his 24 years of service, Day directed the Quantico Band, 3rd Division Marine Band, Marine Field Band, and a Drum and Bugle Corps Program. He also served as officer in charge of the Marine Element Armed Forces School of music and is active with the Charleston Community Band. He came to The Citadel in 1984 and the regimental band and pipe band flourished under his leadership. In 1991, The Citadel Regimental Band became the first military college band to play in the Edinburgh Tattoo.

          Ezell joined The Citadel in 1981 as director of the Evening College and Summer School, bringing to the program her extensive educational experience as a Charleston County teacher, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee and an instructor at the University of Iowa and Mars Hill College. She developed the highly successful Senior Scholars Program. Her work has been recognized with The Citadel's Employee of the Year award and Tribute to Women in Industry award. In addition, the Association for Continuing Higher Education has named Ezell South Carolina's Outstanding Continuing Education Professional. She has been an active member of South Carolina Women in Higher Education, the American Association of University Women and the Lowcountry Educator's Cooperative as well as the Charleston Lion's Club and many other community groups.

          Finally, The Clubb Award was presented during Corps Day Weekend. The award is presented to the member of the Summerall Guards voted by his peers as the most outstanding member. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of '68, who died in a plane crash in 1971.

          The Summerall Guards is a 61-member silent drill platoon at The Citadel. Voted its most outstanding member was Justin Elliott Veirs of Darneston, Md. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hunter Veirs, Cadet Veirs is the 2004 Summerall Guards supply sergeant and a member of Hotel Company.

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