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Citadel News Service
3 Oct 2014

Upcoming news from The Citadel - speakers and events

Tuesday, October 7
Louisiana Governor to discuss US defense policy
7 p.m.
Room 165, The Citadel’s Bond Hall
Free & open to the public

The Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal (R), will visit The Citadel on Oct. 7 to give an address about his thoughts related to the nation’s defense policy. Jindal is expected to share his “prescription” to address America’s defense challenges. The program is sponsored by the John C. West Chair and The Citadel Republican Society (CRS).

The CRS exists to foster patriotism, political participation, Republican values, and civic service among cadets and is one of the largest clubs on campus, with more than 300 members. 


October 10 – 12
The Citadel’s 80th Parents Weekend
Various campus locations

The college’s 80th Parents Weekend, a tradition dating back to 1934, will be held Oct. 10 – 12. The three day event includes more than a dozen opportunities for cadets and their families. Highlights include the greatly anticipated ring ceremony during which senior members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will receive their coveted Citadel rings. Immediately following the ceremony, a celebratory field run across campus will get underway, during which groups of seniors representing the Corps’ different companies hold their rings high in the air. Parents and cadets will watch the Bulldogs take on UNC Charlotte on Saturday.

The itinerary for Parents Weekend 2014 is much like that of the first one on Oct. 27, 1934, but without the sock hop. As the very first invitation from the Corps to their parents said 80 years ago, “ We sincerely hope that Parent’s Day at The Citadel will continue to be an annual event, for it is our desire to express, through this, your day, a semblance of our deep gratitude.” 


October 13 – December 15
Time to register teams for Storm The Citadel! 2015 Trebuchet Competition

Teams planning to storm The Citadel in 2015 can start registering the week of Oct. 13, 2014. 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 rubber balls and lacrosse 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.

Registration will be live at this website starting Monday, Oct. 13, but for now take a look at last year’s competition results on the site here. To 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.


Tuesday, October 14
Behind the lens with Scott Henderson
6:30 p.m.
Mark Clark Hall 2nd floor
Free & open to the public

The first of the Behind the Lens lecture series co-sponsored by the Charleston Center for Photography and The Citadel Fine Arts Program features photographer Scott Henderson who is well-known for his fine art, wedding and commercial work. The 1994 graduate of The Citadel will speak about the role of equipment vs. the outcome.


Thursday, October 16
Virtual Town Hall meeting on China with President Jimmy Carter
7 p.m.
Duckett Hall Auditorium, The Citadel Campus
Free & open to the public

The Citadel will participate in an interactive webcast with President Jimmy Carter that will be streamed nationally. Several other colleges in the US will also be a part of the live, shared event that is sponsored by the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations. The China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections address will include a question and answer session with cadets and students and is part of the Conversations at The Carter Center speaker series.


Tuesday, October 21
Finding Your Story: An Evening with Cassandra King
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Room 165, The Citadel’s Bond Hall
Free & open to the public

Cassandra King, author of six books including the award-winning Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life, will discuss how she became a writer, the process of creating her books, and the highs and lows of life as an author. It is a great opportunity for would-be or new authors, as well as fans of King’s work.

A native of L.A. (Lower Alabama), King currents lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her husband, novelist Pat Conroy, whom she met when he wrote a blurb for her book, Making Waves.


Weekly – November 16

Spike needs the Lowcountry’s help to go from 5th to #1 college mascot in America

The Citadel’s mascot, Spike the Bulldog is continuing his dominance in the 2014 Capital One Mascot Challenge. In Week 5 he defeated Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye with a 91%-9% tally of social media and internet votes and hashtagged photos. The win moved Spike from 7th to 5th place in the national standings.

Spike’s toughest matchups are ahead with colleges that have as many as four times the number of students as The Citadel. It will take help from all of Spike’s fans in the Lowcountry and beyond to get him to the top where he could be named America’s #1 college mascot. 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, earning extra daily points by posting comments and photos on Spike’s page here.


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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