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Citadel News Service
28 Jul 2017

Upcoming news from The Citadel – August

The Voices of the Santee Delta
6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Brockington and Associates – 98 Wando Park Blvd. #700, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Free and open to the publicvoices-santee500

Awendaw, South Carolina native and author Bob Raynor will present Voices of the Santee Delta, a project coordinated by The Citadel Oral History Program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Voices of the Santee Delta highlights preservation through oral histories about the region along the Santee River known as the Santee Delta. The Santee Delta was once the location of an important branch of the Lowcountry and a slave labor force whose descendants have provided a lasting Gullah culture. The oral histories presented in the exhibit range in viewpoints and feature people from all different walks of life such as biologists, plantation owners, guides, cooks, longtime residents, and others. The recordings and transcriptions used for this project currently reside in a collection at the South Carolina Historical Society.

The Citadel Oral History Program began in 2008 as an initiative by The Citadel Department of History in hopes to broaden the awareness of the Lowcountry’s rich history and culture through the collection and presentation of recorded memories from area residents.

Space is limited. Those interested in attending this event should RSVP by contacting Marina López, assistant director of The Citadel Oral History Program, at, or (843) 953-5314.

Matriculation Day

7 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 12matriculation_edit_09
Holliday Alumni Center
*Media invited to attend; RSVP is required

Incoming freshmen will report to campus for Matriculation Day. On Saturday, Aug. 12, The Citadel’s Class of 2021, will report for academic orientation and begin their classical military training.

Cadet recruits will arrive at the Holliday Alumni Center (HAC) between 7 and 9:30 a.m. At the HAC, freshmen will be assigned to their companies and are then required to proceed through Lesesne Gate onto campus and to their respective barracks.

Some of the activities for the day include:

  • Room assignments upon entrance into barracks
  • Distribution of physical training uniforms
  • First formation for lunch

Media on campus requires an escort. Please contact Kim Keelor at (843) 475-0596 or Erika LeGendre at (843) 813-2392.

Oath Ceremony

Monday, Aug. 14
7 p.m.
Summerall Field
Free and open to the publicoath_10

The Oath Ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2021 will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14 on Summerall Field. The class of over 800 cadet recruits will stand on the field and take an oath to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. At the end of their freshman year, the cadets will take the oath again on Recognition Day in the spring. The event will be livestreamed on The Citadel's Facebook page.

Citadel Graduate College fall orientation

5:30 – 7 p.m.graduate_college-logo_cropped
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Johnson Hagood Stadium, Fourth floor club level
Free and open to all new graduate, online and evening undergraduate students

The Citadel Graduate College is hosting fall orientation for all new summer and fall semester graduate, online and evening undergraduate students. Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly recommended to acquaint new students with the resources available to them as a student of The Citadel. At orientation, information about important dates, student requirements and onboarding processes will be shared. Light appetizers will be served.

For online students and those unable to attend, CGC will hold virtual office hours to be announced at a later date.

The Citadel Graduate College provides adults in the Lowcountry, the State of South Carolina and around the world with opportunities for higher education by offering a broad range of educational programs at graduate, online and evening undergraduate levels. The college currently offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 22 graduate certificate programs, and eight evening undergraduate programs. These programs are designed to accommodate the needs of adult students seeking traditional and demanding academic challenges.

Meet the Bulldogs

1 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19mtb-facebook-event-2
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Open to the public and media

The Citadel will host its annual athletics meet and greet event on Aug. 19. Join Citadel Sports for a day of fun with the football, volleyball and soccer teams at Meet the Bulldogs, presented by Pepsi.

The public will get the opportunity to meet the players and coaches, and get autographs on 2017 team posters. Volleyball, soccer and football stations on Sansom Field at the historic Johnson Hagood Stadium will be available to practice skills. Please visit for more information on attending.

Eclipse information session

7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19
Byrd Hall, room 108
Free and open to the public

Many in the 2017 eclipse’s path are planning to stop and observe above as daylight turns to night. However, uninformed viewing of the sun during eclipse transitions can be damaging to the eyes and have lasting effects. It is crucial that spectators be well-informed on the ways to view the eclipse safely.

An informational seminar led by faculty in the Physics Department at The Citadel will include information about eclipses, how they are produced and how to view them with caution. Additionally, presenters will discuss how the solar system structure allows eclipses to occur and the various types of science experiments that can be conducted during an eclipse.


Professor Patrick R. Briggs, Ph.D.
The Math and Mechanics of an Eclipse:
shadow cones, elliptical orbits, the Saros Cycle, and other kinematic phenomena. (20 minutes)

Professor Luke S. Sollitt, Ph.D.
The Physics of an Eclipse:
solar corona, prominences, coronal mass ejection, and other dynamic phenomena observed during totality. (20 minutes)

Professor Joel C. Berlinghieri, Ph.D.
The Visual and Audio Recording of an Eclipse:
DSLR photographic and camcorder video recording using solar filters during eclipse partiality and ISO, aperture, and shutter speed during eclipse totality. Audio recording to capture the human response to experiencing totality.

Eye Safety while Observing an Eclipse:
 Solar filter glasses, camera filters, and telescope filters. Image projection.(20 minutes)


Eclipse viewing activities at The Citadel

Monday, Aug. 21
12 – 3:00 p.m.
Various parts of The Citadel campussolareclipse
Open to Citadel faculty, staff, cadets, students and media

The Physics Department at The Citadel
is coordinating a campus event and eclipse experiments during the North American Solar Eclipse.

The events kick off at noon in Coward Hall when department of physics faculty and cadets present eclipse eye-safety briefings to Citadel cadets, students, faculty and staff. After the briefings, the campus community will have the opportunity to view the eclipse from Summerall Field. Safety glasses will be provided to spectators while supplies last.

While The Citadel campus is viewing the eclipse on Summerall Field, physics professors Saul Adelman, Ph.D.; Mikhail Agrest, Ph.D.; Joel Berlinghieri, Ph.D.; John Bradham, Ph.D.; Patrick Briggs, Ph.D.; Russell Hilleke, Ph.D.; Jim Near, M.S.; and Luke Sollitt, Ph.D., will conduct measurements during several ground-based and high-altitude balloon experiments. The professors will break up into groups to get atmospheric measurements within the path of the eclipse in upstate South Carolina, Orangeburg, South Carolina and The Citadel campus.

Experiment plans include:

  • Monitoring of micro-climate changes using three portable weather stations aligned across the path of the eclipse
  • Taking photographic and video recordings using astronomical telescopes and telephoto digital single-lens reflex cameras with solar blocking filters
  • Photographing from a high altitude balloon to supplement astronomical and telephoto recordings

Renowned scientific research society to view eclipse at The Citadel
The School of Math and Science at The Citadel will host a group from Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, to view the eclipse Monday, Aug. 21.

Over 50 scientists apart of Sigma Xi will travel by bus from North Carolina to view the eclipse on The Citadel’s campus. South Carolina is one of 14 states that will be able to view the eclipse in totality; Charleston being one of the optimal locations in the country. The group plans to arrive in Charleston by Sunday afternoon and spend the rest of the day touring the Holy City. On the day of the eclipse, the group will gather on Summerall Field on campus by 2 p.m. to view the eclipse in totality before departing back to the Sigma Xi Headquarters.

Night at the Library

5-7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 21
Daniel Library
Open to Citadel faculty and staffnight-at-the-library-invite-final

Come spend an evening at Daniel Library to learn about the resources the library has to offer you for your classes and research.

Night at the Library will feature several library database and service demonstrations, as well as exciting research presentations from Citadel SURE students (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) who used the library’s resources for their projects.

Daniel Library boasts impressive holdings in military and Southern history; books and databases related to every discipline taught at The Citadel; a depository of U. S. government documents; and popular magazines and current newspapers. It is also home to the Citadel Museum and Archives. With a staff of dedicated individuals, the Daniel Library provides quality reference and assistance in research services in an age when information seeking is an essential aspect of everyday life.

To attend, please click here to register.

First fall dress parade
3:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 1
Summerall Field
Free and open to the publiccitadel-dress-uniform-parade

The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to medieval times. The Citadel’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ Friday afternoon dress parades are reflections of those parades.

Drill procedures and movements on the parade field are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past. U.S. military reviews and parades began at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At that time, brigades of soldiers were formed in order of battle.

Modern day ceremonies are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition, and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year The Citadel's parades are used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable people.

Please click here to view the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semester parade schedules.

August feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.dr.k_2016

Meet Iordanis Karagiannidis, Ph.D., associate professor of finance and associate dean for curriculum, finance and outreach for the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business. He also serves as the director of the Rick and Mary Lee Bastin Financial Leadership Lab.

Karagiannidis has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Empirical Finance and Review of Financial Economics. His research interests include mutual fund performance and organization, investments, financial networks and financial modeling.

Karagiannidis received his Ph.D. in finance from Michigan State University in 2007. He earned an M.B.A. in finance and international business from Rutgers University in 2002, and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia in Greece in 2000.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at or (843) 953-2155, or The Citadel communications specialist at or (843) 953-3722. Industry experts may be contacted directly, but please note that to ensure student privacy all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus.


  • Matriculation Day for the class of 2021 – Aug. 12
  • Oath Ceremony – Aug. 14
  • Parents’ Weekend – Oct. 6-8
  • Leadership Day – Oct. 18
  • Homecoming Weekend – Oct. 27-29
  • Fall furlough – Nov. 17-26
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