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Citadel News Service
17 Mar 2014

Upcoming News at The Citadel through April 2

The First Women Graduates of The Citadel – An evening with Maxine Hudson and Nancy Mace

March 18


Museum Reading Room of Daniel Library

Free and open to the public

In November 1846, the first class of Cadets graduated from the Citadel Academy with 6 male Cadets receiving diplomas. The first woman graduated as a member of the S. C. Corps of Cadets 153 years later. Now, women graduates of The Citadel are contributing as leaders in the military, government and for corporations, but they couldn't have done it without Maxine Hudson helping pave the way in 1970. She was the first woman to graduate in any capacity from The Citadel. Though not a member of the Corps, Hudson accomplished what many thought would never happen, she graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching program, 29 years before the first woman graduated from the Corps. THAT woman was Nancy Mace, who is now running for U.S. Senate. Please join the Friends of the Daniel Library to meet the first women graduates of The Citadel and hear their stories.

Intelligent Design: Is this the End of Evolution?

March 18


Grimsley Hall, Room 117

Free and open to the public

Intelligent Design claims to rival or displace the theory of evolution, but Paul Simmons, Ph.D., a bioethics professor from the University of Louisville's School of Medicine, will argue it is both bad theology and bad science. According to Simmons, Intelligent Design has no credible standing as science and appeals to terribly problematic notions such as "irreducible complexity." Simmons will argue that there are major deficits in the theory as a scientific discussion, when he addresses students and guests at this free lecture.

Open House: You, too, can rent the stunning Colonel Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel

March 20


4700 Palm Boulevard

Isle of Palms, SC, 29451

Free and open to the public

Wedding and event planners, corporate representatives, brides/grooms, or groups looking for a premier, ocean front venue are welcome to visit one of the most beautiful sites in Charleston, the Citadel's beach house. It's actually called The Colonel Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel. You do not need to be a graduate of The Citadel, or a member of the faculty and staff to rent the club.

At an Open House on March 20, enjoy cocktails and appetizers while touring the facility and visiting with vendors. The beach club offers ballroom with a reception capacity of 200 guests, a sweeping porch overlooking the ocean, and the Blue & Grey Pavilion that can host 300 visitors by the ocean, as well as a variety of other options for weddings, meetings and entertaining.

The original two-story house, dedicated in 1958, and named the Colonel Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel was destroyed by hurricane Hugo 1989. It took three years to rebuild it. Learn more about the history of the beach club here. Venue policies and contact information can be found here.

Meet the Author of The Monuments Men and help support the Fine Arts at The Citadel

April 3

McAlister Field House

5:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail reception with author Robert Edsel 

6:30 p.m. presentation & book signing: Free and open to the public

Lowcountry groups and schools are welcome to attend the free presentation by Robert Edsel, the author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. Tickets are also being sold for a separate VIP "meet the author" event that will benefit The Citadel's new Fine Arts program. All VIP ticket sales and individual donations will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $25,000 in support of the Fine Arts program.

In the book, which was the basis for a current major motion picture, Edsel tells the incredible true story of the art historians, architects, sculptors, and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art. Determined to prevent hundreds of years of culture from going up in flames, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt assembles an unlikely task force to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and return them to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of warfare tactics, the squadron of unlikely heroes successfully defeats Hitler's plot to destroy the cultural history of generations.

For more information on the Monuments Men, especially for educators who would like to incorporate this fascinating part of WWII history into their classrooms, please visit For questions about bringing a group to the free lecture, please email

To purchase a VIP event ticket, please register here, or to make a donation, please click here to visit The Citadel Foundation and designate the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fine Art Fund.

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