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Citadel News Service
27 Apr 2017

Upcoming news from The Citadel - May and summer

Commencement 2017 at The Citadel
South Carolina Corps of Cadets

9 a.m.
Saturday, May 6
McAlister Field House (no. 21 on the college’s virtual map)

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement exercises will celebrate the graduating members of the Class of 2017.
Corps Graduation
This year’s speaker at the cadet graduation ceremony is the world-class opera singer and Citadel alumnus, Morris Robinson. After graduating from the college in 1991 where he played football and sang in the choir, Robinson went on to enter the world of opera after leaving the corporate world. He later attended the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Opera Institute at Boston University. An acclaimed vocalist, Robinson now performs internationally.

Tickets are required for all guests in McAlister Field House. A livestream broadcast location will be available in Grimsley Hall Auditorium (no. 15 on the college’s virtual map) for guest overflow and attendees who do not have tickets. For more information about the Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony, such as a schedule of events, ticket information and security restrictions, please visit the Corps of Cadets 2017 Commencement page.

Citadel Graduate College
3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
McAlister Field House (no. 21 on the college’s virtual map)

The Citadel Graduate College commencement exercises will celebrate graduate, evening undergraduate and veteran students of the Class of 2017.

Citadel Graduate College GraduationThis year’s speaker at the graduate college ceremony is Tommy Baker. A Charleston native, Baker attended The Citadel as a veteran student after returning from service as an enlisted Marine. He is the founder and owner of Baker Motor Company. In 2017, Baker gifted The Citadel with its largest cash donation ever made to the college’s business program. As a result, the business program at The Citadel is now named The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. Veterans who attend The Citadel have a significant advantage over students at other institutions because of the Baker Veterans Fellows Program.

Tickets are not needed to attend this graduation ceremony. For more information about The Citadel Graduate College commencement ceremony, such as a schedule of events and security restrictions, please visit The Citadel Graduate College 2017 Commencement page.


Theaters of the American Revolution

Recently released

David Preston, Ph.D., an award-winning history professor at The Citadel, recently released his latest work, Theaters of the American Revolution.Theaters of the American Revolution book cover

Taking a new approach to the military history of the Revolutionary War, a team of distinguished war historians wrote the collection of essays by examining the dynamics of the regional theaters of the conflict, rather than focusing on specific battles.

The Citadel’s Revolutionary War Symposium held last spring facilitated the collaboration of Preston and his co-editor James Kirby Martin, professor of history at the University of Houston. Fellow symposium contributors also served as essayists in the book: Edward Lengel, chief historian of the White House Historical Association; Charles Neimeyer, director and chief of Marine Corps history at Marine Corps University; Emeritus Professor Mark Edward Lender of Kean University; and Jim Piecuch, history professor at Kennesaw State University.

Preston is currently the Westvaco professor of national security studies at The Citadel. He has also written other works such as The Texture of Contact and Braddock’s Defeat. His latest work is now available for purchase online through Westholme Publishing.

STEAM Camps 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day
June 6-23
The Citadel
Cost: $250* (*Week 1 is $200 due to the 4-day week. Discounts and fee waivers available.)

The Citadel is offering Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) camps June 6-23 for children entering fifth through eighth grades. The camps will focus on a different STEAM-related topic each week, such as intelligence, science, and coding. steam-camp
Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills used by the intelligence community. In addition, they will learn the science, engineering and technology that make modern sports a league of their own as well as the basics of block-based coding languages and how it applies to fashion, gaming and agriculture industries. Camp themes are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 6 - Friday, June 9 – Intelligence Intrigue
  • Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16 – Sports Science
  • Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23 – Coding Challenge


Citadel faculty, staff, cadets and volunteers will staff the all-day camps. Multi-week and multi-child discounts are available as well as a limited number of fee waivers for students in Title I schools. Registration closes April 30, 2017, or when the camps reach capacity. Please visit http://www.citadel.edu/root/stemcenter-students/summer-camps to register. For more information, please contact Jennifer Albert, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


STEM teacher professional development opportunities at The Citadel

The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel will host various opportunities for teachers to enhance their instruction of subjects this summer.
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AP Chemistry Institute
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16
Cost: Free to SC teachers with the exception of $250 for overnight accommodations if needed; $1800 for optional 3-hour graduate credit. Out-of-state or private school teachers: $500 per course

This 45-hour institute will enhance the teaching of AP chemistry through in-person and online instruction. The participant will be responsible for housing and meals. For those needing overnight accommodations, dorm rooms at the College of Charleston will be available for approximately $60 a night. To register, please visit www.citadel.edu/root/stemcenter-teachers/professional-development. For more information, please contact Jennifer Albert, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AP US Government Institute
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16
Cost: Free to SC teachers with the exception of $250 for overnight accommodations if needed; $1800 for optional 3-hour graduate credit. Out-of-state or private school teachers: $500 per course

This institute offers 45 hours of professional development that will enhance the teaching of AP US government through in-person and online instruction. The participant will be responsible for housing and meals. For those needing overnight accommodations, dorm rooms at the College of Charleston will be available for approximately $60 a night. To register, please visit www.citadel.edu/root/stemcenter-teachers/professional-development. For more information, please contact Jennifer Albert, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AP Computer Science Principles Institute

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30

This institute offers 45 hours of professional development that will enhance the teaching of AP Computer Science Principles through in-person and online instruction using the Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum. The participant will be responsible for housing and meals. For those needing overnight accommodations, dorm rooms at the College of Charleston will be available for approximately $60 a night. To register, please visit www.citadel.edu/root/stemcenter-teachers/professional-development. For more information, please contact Jennifer Albert, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Improving Teacher Quality – Problem-Solving and Sense-Making for HS Mathematics Teachers
Monday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 4

This professional development opportunity is designed to help high school math teachers in Charleston County School District enhance their mathematics content knowledge. To register, please visit www.citadel.edu/root/stemcenter-teachers/professional-development. Registration is currently only open to CCSD teachers, but others are encouraged to apply to determine interest. For more information, please contact Jennifer Albert, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

May feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

David L. Preston

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.

Meet David L. Preston, Ph.D., Westvaco professor of national security studies at The Citadel and historian. Preston’s interests include US military history and the French and Indian War. An acclaimed writer, Preston has won numerous awards for his work such as the PROSE Award in US History, the Distinguished Book Award and the Gilder-Lehrman Prize in Military History.

Preston received his bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (843) 953-2155, or communications specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SUMMER 2017

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