announces graduation awards
More than 400 cadets and active duty military students took part in today's commencement exercises for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett, Class of '83, delivered the commencement address. Afterward, the college presented several awards to cadets and faculty. The awards and recipients are:
This year is the first time the college recognized both the first and second honor graduates. Cadets Richard Raymond Foltz and Brian Edward Hayes are honored for their outstanding academic achievement.
Cadet Foltz is a Citadel Scholar and member of the Honors Program. In April he was one of five civil engineering students in the nation to receive a $150,000 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to pursue his doctorate degree at any civil engineering program in the country. He plans to attend the University of Illinois.
Cadet Hayes, the second honor graduate, is a business administration major with a concentration in accounting. The commander of Golf Company and member of the Class of 2005 Board of Directors will join the firm S.G. Gowan, a New York City investment bank, after graduation.
The coveted John O. Willson Ring was presented to Cadet Lt. Col. Daniel James Clinebelle. The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected 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 to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.
Clinebelle also received the cadet Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. 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 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.
Clinebelle has an extraordinary record of achievement. A business administration major and Citadel Scholar, he is the recipient of the McKissick Scholarship and wears Gold Stars for high academic achievement. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. Throughout his Citadel career, Cadet Clinebelle has mentored cadets. As a Writing Center tutor he has helped them become better students; as a corporal and first sergeant, he has helped them become better cadets; as chairman of the Honor Committee, he has helped them become better people.
Receiving the faculty Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is Col. Isaac Spigner "Spike" Metts, associate provost of the college.
As an alumnus, faculty member, administrator, scholar and leader, Metts has devoted his life to helping others pursue excellence, demonstrating the qualities of character and service recognized by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Throughout his 33 years at The Citadel, Metts has developed the reputation for selfless service. He has played a significant role in The Citadel's reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has guided The Citadel's strategic planning, helping the college tie its annual budget to long-term priorities.
Metts holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The Citadel as well as a Master's in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mathematics and Physics from Vanderbilt University. He completed two years of military service as a researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. During his time at The Citadel he has served as assistant professor in mathematics, chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, dean of undergraduate studies, interim vice president for academic affairs, acting registrar, dean of planning and assessment and acting dean of the School of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science. He is currently associate provost.
Each year, the college recognizes a professor with the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. Grimsley, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989, created the award in 1986. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.
This year's recipient is Grant B. Staley, associate professor of modern languages. Staley, a two-time winner of this award, came to The Citadel in 1972. Since then he has coordinated the annual Citadel Fine Arts Series for cadets and direct study abroad in Peru and an upcoming trip to Bolivia. In 2001, Staley received the James A. Grimsley Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence and in 2003 he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Staley is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah,