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STEM Center Newsletter


September 2013

STEM Center Announcements


Hello STEM Center Friends!

We welcome you to a new academic year and want to share updates on current events at The STEM Center.


STEM Competitions during Engineers Week at The Citadel

Save the Date of February 15, 2014! 

This is when the Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition, the Robotics Competition and the Bridge Competition will take place on The Citadel campus. 

Registration starts October 1, 2013. 

Watch your email inbox next week for a direct link to the competition site and for information regarding upcoming teacher/mentor workshops, as well as information about other Engineers Week activities taking place the week of February 15th.


STEM Ambassador Program

Thanks to a 5-year grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education’s Center of Excellence Grant Program, The STEM Center at The Citadel has launched the STEM Ambassadors Program for Lowcountry math and science teachers. The program focuses on interdisciplinary STEM content and pedagogy with a concentration on technology and college and career readiness. 

We have a great group of 18 teachers from Beaufort, Jasper and Charleston counties participating in year one of the program, and launched the program with a retreat the weekend of September 6 – 8th at Palm Key. Teachers will be learning to develop mobile applications, which they will tie into classroom projects and STEM lesson plans. The program is being led by Citadel faculty and staff with partnership from S2TEM Centers SC. 

Stay tuned for more updates and information about this exciting new program!


Charleston STEM Festival

Charleston has been selected to receive a matching grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to launch a new STEM Festival initiative! The Citadel is in the process of gathering partners in this exciting initiative which will bring more awareness to STEM education and STEM workforce needs in the Lowcountry. The event is set take place in the week before The Citadel's EWeek Competitions.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help plan, organize and execute the festival or if your organization would like to become a sponsor, please contact the STEM Center Director, Glenda La Rue, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Festival's initial steering committee is comprised of representatives from: Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, Clemson University, College of Charleston, South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Museum, The Citadel, and Trident Tech. We are currently reaching out to other educational and community partners and welcome your involvement!

Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education


New online program launches January 2014

 The STEM Center is launching a new online program that is designed for current educators seeking to advance their skillset. The new M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary STEM Education will be offered starting in January 2014. The coursework will be delivered in an online ansynchronous format.




Noyce Scholarship Program


The Citadel awarded 5-year id="mce_marker".2 million grant from NSF

The Citadel is the recipient of a id="mce_marker".2 million grant supporting the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. We are recruiting talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors & professionals who want to become high school mathematics and science teachers. Scholarships are available for candidates seeking a BS in Biology (Secondary Teaching Specialization), BA Chemistry (Secondary Teaching Specialization), MAT in Biology and MAT in Mathematics. Recipients must agree to teach in a high-needs district in the Lowcountry region.




Welcome to new STEM Center staff


There are some new faces at the STEM Center!

Rhonda Ewing has been hired as the Center’s new part-time Assistant Director, and will oversee our Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition. Rhonda spent 17 years as a Science Teacher and Science Curriculum Developer/Coordinator for Lowcountry schools including the University School of the Lowcountry, Wando High School and Stratford High School. She has a Master’s from The Citadel’s School of Education (Secondary Science Education), and has under her belt 5 years of military service in the Louisiana National Guard. Rhonda will also be assisting with our K-12 outreach initiatives.

Chrysa Malogianni has joined the STEM Center team as a part-time Instructional Designer and will be working with faculty involved in our online STEM initiatives to develop instructional materials, assessments, evaluation plans and course content. Chrysa spent the early part of her career as a K-6 educator in Greece, and since moving to the United States earned her MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State and worked for several years as an Instructional Designer both at MSU and at The Citadel. She is currently working towards her PhD in Instructional Design and Technology within the Department of STEM and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University.

Corliss Bannister is the STEM Center’s new graduate assistant and is working towards a graduate certificate in Student Affairs.



We are working to expand and update our website so check back soon to learn more and get involved. Thank you for your partnership!

-STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel
Glenda, Tamara, Rhonda, Chrysa and Corliss

 The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel | 171 Moultrie Street | Charleston, SC | 29409




Archived Newsletters:

 Spring 2013 Newsletter