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Citadel News Service
30 Oct 2014

CNN's politics editor, trebuchet competition with Google, Christmas Candlelight Services and other upcoming news at The Citadel

Exploring U.S. and Foreign Intelligence Operations

  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 16
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Duckett Hall Auditorium,
  • Free & open to the publicGlobemaster III

The Citadel's departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice will host a series of speakers on topics related to the U.S. and foreign intelligence communities. The series begins Thurs., Oct. 30, with a presentation on foreign intelligence by Dr. Gardel Feurtado, a professor and former chair of The Citadel's Political Science Department. Before joining the college in 1988, Feurtado served in the U.S. Army, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of State. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Studies and Comparative and International Affairs from Stanford University.

On November 6, Major Gregg Brock (Citadel class of 2003) will discuss the role of unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S. intelligence community. Brock served in the U.S. Air Force from 2003 to 2011 as a pilot and test pilot for the C-17 Globemaster III, the MQ-1 Predator, and the MQ-9 Reaper. He was also responsible for major advances in weapon tactics and successfully conducted more than 25 kinetic strikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a recipient of the prestigious Top Gun award. While continuing to serve as in the MQ-9 Reaper Air Force Reserve Unit, Brock is currently the Unmanned Systems Incorporated Director for Big Safari Operations.

The third and final presentation in the series will be held on Nov. 13. First Lieutenant Matthew Coats, 437th Operations Support Squadron Chief of Intelligence Readiness at the Joint Base Charleston, will visit The Citadel to provide detailed insights into careers in the field of military intelligence.

Pumpkin decorating at Burns Elementary & Spike's quest to be America's #1 mascot Citadel Fine Arts pumpkin

Spike will visit students at Burns Elementary School to help decorate mini-pumpkins on Halloween morning. The school is helping support Spike in his quest to become America's #1 college mascot through the Capital One Mascot Challenge which has a pumpkin carving theme this week. The theme and challenge questions change weekly. Cadets with the college's new Fine Arts Program carved pumpkins for Spike as well, posting their creations on Instagram and Facebook to earn points for him. Watch a short video of their artistry in action here.

The college is asking for the help of local media and all of Spike's friends and fans across the country to help push him to the top in the last two weeks of the national competition. Spike's toughest matchups are ahead. The voting and sharing of fun photos and tweets will continue through Nov. 16. The winning mascot will be named Capital One Mascot of the year at the conclusion of the college football season in early 2015 and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship toward its mascot program. Help Spike win by voting and earning extra points daily. Post comments and photos using the hashtag #CapitalOneSpike on Spike's page here.

2014 Homecoming at The Citadel

  • November 7 – 9
  • Various events, times & locations

Remarkable people, accomplishments, events and stories are part of the fabric that makes The Citadel one of the greatest colleges in America. At each homecoming, it is the blending of new experiences with old friends that make the college community even stronger.

Some highlights of the weekend include:

  • Twilight Parade
  • Open Barracks
  • Summerall Guards Performance
  • Furman vs. The Citadel Bulldogs

A note of warning – traffic gets tricky and there is often heavy traffic congestion in the area of the college from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. The full schedule of events, as well as parking maps can be found here

Analysis of the 2014 Midterm Election with Mark Preston, Political Director of CNN

  • November 10
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Bond Hall 165, The Citadel

Mark Preston, the executive editor for CNN Politics will visit The Citadel to discuss the meaning and significance of the 2014 midterm elections. Preston reports on campaigns, polling and politics across the network's platforms, including CNN, CNN International and He also serves as the on-air Decision Desk Analyst for CNN's election coverage. Additionally, Preston leads the conception and execution of the network's coverage of political events, including debates. He was the producer of the CNN Democratic candidate debate that took place at The Citadel in 2008.

Preston joined CNN in 2005 as political editor and has received a number of prestigious honors, including Emmys -- in 2006 and 2012 -- for the network's award-winning election night coverage. In 2008, he played a key role in the network's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the presidential primary debates and campaigns. His work has also been recognized with several award nominations, including two Emmy nominations for CNN's 2008 political programming. Preston’s presentation is sponsored by The Citadel Department of Political Science.

Registration getting underway for The Citadel Graduate College

Begins November 10

The Citadel's graduate and undergraduate evening Spring 2015 course schedules are now available for review on The Citadel Graduate College website. Registration begins Nov. 10. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master's degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines, plus five evening undergraduate programs. Prospective students can apply online or by mail.

A part of The Citadel Graduate College, the Evening Undergraduate Studies (EUGS) program is designed to address the needs of non-traditional students who wish to complete a Citadel degree in the evening.

Veterans Day at The Citadel

  • November 11
  • Various events, times & locations

On this special day of recognition, in a place where there is a deep appreciation for American military service, there will be several events on campus to honor and assist veterans:

7:30 – 9 a.m. 3rd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Veterans currently attending The Citadel, who graduated from The Citadel or who work at the college, as well as active duty personnel on campus are invited to a complimentary breakfast gathering in their honor at Daniel Library. (Not open to the general public)

11 – 11:30 a.m. Ribbon-cutting to officially open The Citadel's new facility for the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs

The opening of the new office dedicated to veterans marks the beginning of the college's expansion of services to veterans and their families that will be rolled-out over the coming months. The new programs stem from the college's LEAD Plan 2018, a part of which identifies the need for the expansion of veteran student services and programming for those wanting to further their education at a place that appreciates and understands their sacrifices and educational needs.

Noon – 1 p.m. Luncheon for veterans from 180 Place

The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics will host veterans who are guests from 180 Place (formerly Crisis Ministries). They will be served lunch, receive decorations provided by Charleston school children, and have the opportunity to relax and socialize with cadets. Mark Clark Hall, 2nd floor, Greater Issues Room.

State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love

  • November 11
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Bond Hall 165, The Citadel
  • Free & open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with a panel of well-known authors, as they discuss the places in South Carolina that are dear to their hearts. In the book State of the Heart, Aïda Rogers has crafted an artful love letter to the state, with contributions from a host of nationally and regionally recognized writers who have written short essays on the places they cherish.

This anthology provides a multifaceted historical and personal view of the Palmetto State. Joining Aïda will be Marjory Wentworth (SC Poet Laureate), Steve Hoffius (historian), Sam Morton (novelist), and Nathalie Dupree (Chef & Cook Book Author). For more information contact Elise Wallace at (843) 953-6902.

2014 Summerall Chapel Christmas Candlelight Services

  • December 5 – 7
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Summerall Chapel
  • Free & open to the public (early arrival suggested)Christmas at Summerall Chapel

One of Charleston's longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Services at The Citadel's historic Summerall Chapel. The 2014 services will take place Dec. 5 – 7. Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, who are part of the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, join their talents with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band, to create an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes poinsettias that cover the front the Chapel, provided by Citadel families, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors from throughout the Charleston community who purchase them in memory or in honor of a loved one. The poinsettia can then be picked up by the purchasers on Tues., Dec. 10 to use in their homes. Anyone desiring to purchase poinsettias should contact the chapel by calling (843) 953-5049 to provide details, or by mailing information including the number of poinsettias, the name(s) of the loved one(s) and the name of the donor, with a check made payable to the Summerall Chapel Association. The requests should be mailed to Clarice Starks, Summerall Chapel, MSC #2, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or delivered to the chapel office.

Registration underway for Storm The Citadel! 2015 Trebuchet Competition with Google

Now – December 15

Teams planning to storm The Citadel in 2015 are now registering to participate. Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel's STEM Center of Excellence, the event reinforces the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

It attracts dozens of teams from around the Southeast from elementary, middle, high school, and colleges, as well as professional clubs and STEM-related businesses. Some teams have members as young as six years old. All student teams (K-12) can request mentoring support and apply for funds to help with team expenses.

With the help of Citadel assigned mentors, competitors use their best engineering know-how to design small and giant medieval-style launching devices for the annual competition. The teams don't hurl giant rocks, but they do launch small balls hundreds of feet during the event that attracts more than 3,000 people each winter to the college's iconic campus. Storm the Citadel! 2015 is scheduled for Feb. 14. It is part of the college's Discover Engineering Week which includes numerous events and activities such as the new Lego Gear Challenge and the popular Bridge Building Challenge.

To register, apply for funds, find out more about how to get involved as a teacher, team leader or mentor please email, or call (843) 953-7118.

About The Citadel

The Citadel is a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 35 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their community as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus five undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.

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