The Citadel presents 2013 Palmetto Medal Awards
Two cadets who have distinguished themselves through their leadership and service activities and a professor and administrator who has spent his entire academic career at The Citadel are being honored by the Military College of South Carolina with the 2013 Palmetto Medal Award.
The Palmetto Medal Award was created by the college's Board of Visitors to recognize cadets, faculty, staff or alumni for exceptional performance that reflects great credit on the college or the state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Medal is the second highest honor bestowed by the college. The first is an honorary degree.
Cadets Thomas Myers Jordan Jr. and Julia Mary-Louise McCullohs and faculty member Col. Isaac Spigner "Spike" Metts, Jr. will be recognized during Corps Day Weekend's military dress parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9. This Corps Day the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is celebrating its 170th birthday.
Here's a look at all three of this year's recipients:
Thomas Myers Jordan, Jr.
Cadet Lt. Col. Thomas Myers Jordan, Jr. has excelled in all aspects of cadet life. Successful academically, he has distinguished himself through selfless service on and off campus and serves as an outstanding example of a principled leader.
A native of Dillon, S.C., Jordan is a Citadel Scholar and one of the top students in the Class of 2013. He is pursuing a Business Administration major with a minor in Spanish and has earned an outstanding 3.94 cumulative grade point average. In addition to multiple Gold Star listings, his superior grades have also earned him induction as a junior into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business majors.
Jordan has taken advantage of study-abroad opportunities in Argentina and Peru where he immersed himself in local cultures while perfecting his Spanish and studying business. He received a Star of the West Scholarship to travel to Kenya one summer and worked with farmers and businesses in a small rural village, walking farm-to-farm to help them with simple business practices.
Jordan's dedication to excellence, selfless service and duty has also enabled him to excel as a leader in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. As an underclassman, he served as Company Clerk, Battalion Clerk, and Regimental Sergeant Major. As a senior, Jordan is commander of First Battalion.
An active participant in numerous cadet activities, Jordan has worked with The Sphinx yearbook and the School of Business Student Affairs Committee. He has also been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus Outreach, an interdenominational faith group.
Jordan is being recognized as a model of servant leadership and because he exemplifies The Citadel's core values of honor, duty and respect.
Julia Mary-Louise McCullohs
Cadet Capt. Julia Mary-Louise McCullohs has distinguished herself through extraordinary leadership and academic achievement throughout her college career at The Citadel.
A native of Peyton, Colo., and a senior Criminal Justice major, McCullohs has achieved academic and professional excellence with multiple Gold Stars and Dean's List recognitions. She has also earned placement on the President's List and the Commandant's List.
McCullohs has a full academic scholarship from the Department of the Army and, after being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at graduation, will begin her Army career as a Signal Officer.
McCullohs established herself as a leader in the Corps of Cadets early. As a Human Affairs Corporal and Sergeant, she was known for her compassion and sense of fairness. This year she is the commander of Papa Company in Fifth Battalion and, working with other cadet leaders, helped Papa Company achieve a commendable freshman retention rate.
McCullohs has also excelled as a member of the women's varsity rifle team, serving as captain for the last two years. In addition, she is a Ranger Challenge participant and for two years has served as a cadet host during The Citadel's annual Principled Leadership Symposium sponsored by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.
Her dedication to excellence and her skilled leadership make McCullohs an excellent role model for all cadets.
Isaac Spigner "Spike" Metts, Jr.
Col. Isaac Spigner "Spike" Metts, Jr. has spent his entire academic career at The Citadel and the college has benefitted immensely from his dedication and talents. He has served seven college presidents and played a major role in the transition of the campus from the old mainframe computers used 40 years ago to the complex information network we depend on today.
A 1965 graduate of The Citadel, Metts holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Vanderbilt University. In 1970, he was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and conducted research for two years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He then returned to The Citadel to teach math in 1972.
He is an engaging professor and a versatile administrator. During his 41 years of service, Metts has helped develop academic and administrative functions across the campus while mentoring hundreds of cadets, faculty and staff members. While he was a department chair, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and added a master's degree in Mathematics Education. Under his leadership as Dean, the college made significant strides in undergraduate academic programs, admissions, financial aid, technology and overall planning and assessment. The expanded Honors Program as well as the Writing Center and Academic Support Services all reflect his influence and leadership.
Beyond this campus, Metts served for many years as our representative to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Currently, he is Director of Graduate Mathematics Education and a Professor of Mathematics. He had provided remarkable service to The Citadel and to higher education in the State of South Carolina.
Metts has a reputation for bringing frankness and clarity to lively discussions but can be counted on to hold the greater good of the college as paramount in his decisions. He is also legendary for his dry sense of humor and uncanny ability to make people laugh even when tensions are running high.