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Citadel News Service
6 Feb 2015

Upcoming News from The Citadel - 16 events

Donald Trump; returning the bell; How to Train Your Dragon; Beautiful Bulldogs and more

Planning for the Final Four? Consider Bracketology 101 Chartier at The Citadel

Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Riverview Room, Coward Hall

Are you tired of your NCAA tournament bracket being busted after the second round? Do you want to finally win your tournament pool? The Citadel invites you to the Riverview Room in Coward Hall on Monday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss bracketology.

Dr. Tim Chartier, a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College, math consultant for the Sports Science program on ESPN and science blogger for the Huffington Post, will speak on the science of brackets and rankings. Chartier is known for using formulas and code to make accurate predictions about which team will come out on top during NCAA March Madness basketball games. He’ll demonstrate tricks and techniques for applying statistics to scores and rankings to help you compile smarter brackets. The event is free and open to the public.

Leading national expert on national security, Michele Malvesti, to speak at The Citadel

Feb. 12, 6:45 p.m., Bond Hall, 165Michele Malvesti at The Citadel

Michele Malvesti, who is Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, will speak at The Citadel on Feb. 12. The presentation, entitled Pursuing a Career in National Security and Intelligence is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:45p.m. in Bond Hall 165.

Malvesti earned a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both a Ph.D. and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  She served more than five years on the National Security Council staff (2002-07), including a position as the Senior Director for Combating Terrorism Strategy. She also served with the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Middle East terrorism analyst and as an Intelligence Analyst with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Her previous work in the private sector included the position of vice president in the National Security Sector at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

“Dr. Malvesti’s work on behalf of U.S. national security at the highest levels of the academic, governmental, and private sectors makes her one of the nation’s leading authorities on the subject,” said Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. “Her remarks will give the audience a better understanding of current challenges and opportunities in the field and will be especially helpful to students who wish to pursue careers in national security and intelligence.” For more information contact the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The popular Summerall Guards headed to NOLA again for Mardi Gras

Feb. 13 – 17, New OrleansThe Summerall Guards go to New Orleans

The Citadel's Summerall Guards, an internationally-known, silent precision drill platoon, will be performing in New Orleans again this year as part of the Mardi Gras festival. The Summerall Guards are a popular part of the festival and have become a fixture in numerous parades, where they have appeared at the invitation of the festival's organizers for decades.  They will be appearing in the following parades:

  • Friday, Feb. 13 – D’Etat
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 – Endymion
  • Sunday, Feb. 15 –  Thoth
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Rex

The guards will march and also perform short sections of some of their drills such as the Criss-Cross and the German Squad Series, as well as the highly popular pop-outs. A pop-out is when a member of the team formally maneuvers out of line to approach someone on the sidelines and pauses to give a female a special nod with the famous Citadel shako (military hat with large plume) before returning to formation.

Earning a spot on the Summerall Guards is one of the highest honors a cadet can receive at The Military College of South Carolina. This all-senior platoon only accepts those demonstrating the highest levels of honor, integrity, loyalty, leadership, self-discipline and patriotism are considered. After meeting those standards, cadets must exhibit superior physical stamina and be among the top performers during a series of rigorous physical training tests.

The returning of the bell to Biloxi

Feb. 16, Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum, Biloxi, Mississippi

 The Citadel’s Summerall Guards will participate in a ceremony in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Feb. 16, during which the college will return a pre-Civil War ship’s bell that is believed by some to have belonged to a ship at the bottom of the Biloxi harbor. The Star of the West was a union ship that was fired upon by Citadel cadets in 1861 while they were defending Fort Sumter and the Charleston harbor. Many historians consider the firing on the ship to have been the first hostile shots of the Civil War.

The bell was loaned to the college and will be formally returned during a ceremony at the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum’s Beauvoir House. While many believe the bell is indeed from the Star of the West, others argue that the bell does not have the appropriate markings. Either way the bell will be back in the vicinity of the famous sunken ship.

Everyone is welcome to Storm the Citadel! on Valentine’s Day with Tessa Spencer

Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Summerall Field

The most exciting STEM competition in the South gets underway again on Feb. 14, 2015, when a record number of competitors come to Charleston to Storm The Citadel! This year Tessa Spencer, WCIV (ABC 4) morning news anchor and host of Lowcountry Live will be the emcee, speaking to the more than 3,000 visitors on a jumbo-screen with social media integration.

Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel’s School of Engineering, the event reinforces the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  Using their best engineering know-how, teams of K-12 and college students, as well as adults from community organizations and businesses, worked for months designing medieval-style launching devices called trebuchets. They’ll see whose design works best by launching balls and other items through the air at targets. Google has a team that loves hurling stuff. They’ve been competing since the first Storm The Citadel! in 2011.

The event is part of the college’s DiscoverE week, which includes robotics and bridge building competitions as well as the new Lego Gear Challenge, also held on campus Feb. 14. The Citadel is home to the fifth oldest engineering school in America.

Join the hundreds of people lining Summerall Field as they cheer on their favorite team. There is no cost to attend or to compete in any of the events, but participants must be registered in advance. To participate in Storm The Citadel! 2016, send an email to

PACK the MAC and hear How to Train Your Dragon by America’s Band 2015

Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m., McAlister Field House

Come help “Pack the Mac” on Feb. 15 as The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team hosts military rival Virginia Military Institute at McAlister Field House. Pack the Mac is sponsored by TD Bank with presenting sponsors, Charleston Rental Properties (CRP) and Balfour, and will feature giveaways and promotions, including the opportunity to win $500 in a half-court shooting contest sponsored by CRP.

Halftime will showcase a performance from America’s Band 2015, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes. The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will perform the theme song from How to Train your Dragon as they prepare to return to the exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July.

The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in McAlister Field House. Fans can receive four free tickets here. Enter the promo code “Press Release” along with your contact information to sign up. The offer expires at 11 p.m. on Feb. 14.

The return of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Click here for more information.

Teachers apply now for the free Lowcountry Writing Project Institute

Apply now, deadline Feb. 20, free if accepted

The Lowcountry Writing Project, Charleston’s local affiliate of the National Writing Project, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Invitational Summer Institute. The deadline to apply is Feb. 20.

The institute brings together teachers in all grade levels and all disciplines for four weeks of reading, writing, research and practice. Participants, invited on the basis of an application and a personal interview, meet each day to write, discuss their writing, read about and discuss effective ways to teach writing and use writing as a learning tool, research writing topics of their choice, and improve their teaching practices by leading or taking part in demonstrations of effective teaching practices. Participants earn six hours of graduate credit; a grant covers the cost of tuition and books.

Most sessions will take place at The Citadel with Wednesday sessions at The Citadel Beach Club. There will be a pre-institute conference on March 7 along with a writing marathon on April 25. Applicants need to be able to attend all sessions and should not plan to take other classes concurrent with this timeframe.

Applications are due Feb. 20 followed by an interview at The Citadel at 5p.m. on Feb. 25. Applications are available online at For additional information, call 843-953-1418, email, or visit the website.

Citadel Success Institute taking applicants now for summer of 2015

Register now for July

Registration is underway for The Citadel Success Institute, known as CSI, which will be held June 28 – July 25 this summer. CSI is available for any incoming freshman registered to attend the college in the fall of 2015. The program was designed to help freshmen become oriented to the unique culture of The Military College of South Carolina before formal matriculation in August. The goal is to enhance students' academic and physical performance, and to provide a realistic preview of life at The Citadel. To register, please visit the CSI website here.

Teams from across the US registering for Bulldog Challenge; one-third are women

Register now for Feb. 28 event, 8 a.m.

Registration is underway for The Bulldog Challenge on Feb. 28 which is nationally-known as one of the most punishing tests of fitness and endurance. The goal for the 2015 Bulldog Challenge is to reach 1,000 participants. Teams from around America and from three other countries have registered. Interest from women continues to grow; more than one-third of last year’s participants were women.

The event is hosted annually by The Citadel’s Naval ROTC unit to fund scholarships to The Citadel for young men and women who want to be commissioned as Marine officers. It is a 10k (6.2 mile), team-oriented race that runs through the campus and the surrounding Charleston area. Various obstacles and challenges are incorporated into the race, such as the Marine Corps combat fitness test, a Marine Corps obstacle course, a simulated casualty evacuation using stretchers, and maneuvers through the thick pluff mud of the Lowcountry marshes. The Bulldog Challenge is designed to test physical endurance, mental toughness, and the ability to work within a team. Each team is composed of four individuals. The registration fee is $200 per team. To register, click here.

Too Proud to Whitewash: Charleston since the Civil Rights Movement

Feb. 19, 6:45 p.m., Duckett Auditorium

Steve Estes is an author, researcher and professor of history at Sonoma State University in California and a native of Charleston, South Carolina.  His research focuses on five areas of recent American history: labor organizing, education, the American South, race relations, and sexuality. His lecture is one in a series of five Black History Month events being held at The Citadel.

“Professor Estes, who spent much of his childhood in Charleston, is a well-regarded historian of 20th century American history and will be very interesting to hear,” said Katherine Grenier, Ph.D., head of the Department of History at The Citadel. “He is currently writing a book on Charleston since the Civil Rights movement which is sure to be an important contribution to our understanding of Charleston’s important role in modern American history.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Donald Trump and Senator Tim Scott to be honored at Republican Society’s Patriot Donald Trump at The CitadelDinner

February 22, 6 p.m., Holliday Alumni Center, tickets required 

Celebrating 40 years, The Citadel Republican Society presents its 2015 Patriot Dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Holliday Alumni Center on The Citadel campus. The Republican Society is the largest cadet club on campus with more than 300 members. Each year the society works on various campaigns, supports conservative causes, and gives back to the community.

During the Patriot Dinner, the society will honor U.S. Senator Tim Scott for his work on behalf of the state of South Carolina and the nation, as well as Senator Tim Scott at The CitadelDonald Trump for his work as a legendary business leader and philanthropist. The Patriot Dinner is an annual fundraiser that supports the club and its trip to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. each year. Every year since 2008, The Citadel has sent the single largest school delegation to the conference, which gathers over 13,000 conservatives from across the country. 

Tickets are $60 a person or $110 per couple. Reservations can be made online here and limited tickets are available. Members of the press seeking credentials must contact Cadet MSG. Lance Cook at as soon as possible.

A journey through the music of African Americans

Feb. 24, 6 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall, free 

In the final event in a series of five commemorating Black History Month at The Citadel, Johns Island resident and well-known soul and spiritual vocalist Christal Brown-Gibson, will take the audience on a Journey through the Music of African Americans.  Music genres will include spirituals, jazz, blues, gospel, and praise and worship. Brown-Gibson will also perform selections from iconic artists, including Billie Holiday, Etta James and others. The performance is free and open to the public.

Annual Citadel Academy of Science & Mathematics Awards: SC leaders in science, health, and conservation to be recognized

March 12, 6 p.m., Charleston Marriott, Lockwood Blvd., Tickets required

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics will honor professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their work, classrooms, or through their research during the academy’s annual awards banquet on March 12. The program will also include highlights about the innovative work being done by cadets, students, and their faculty advisors, as well as major initiatives underway within The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics.

Among those being honored are Dr. Thomas Blackwell, an assistant dean at the University of South Carolina Medical School, physician, CEO of his own company, and expert in disaster medicine; Dr. David Fleming, an associate professor at Clemson who has been an educator, coach, and mentor for students at all grade levels and is the former president of Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professionals; Dr. Richard Porcher for his work as a nationally-known conservationist and for his distinguished teaching career at The Citadel; and Brig. Gen. Harvey W. Schiller will be honored for his commanding academic, business and military career.

The banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Blvd. Tickets cost $75 per person or $125 per couple and should be purchased in advance here. The awards and banquet are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors.  All proceeds go toward the college’s science and mathematics programs. For more information, please email or call (843) 953-5300.

The Citadel Football Association’s Second Annual Mike Houston Golf Tournament

Register now for March 13 event, Summerville Country Club

The Citadel Football Association presents the Second Annual Mike Houston Golf Tournament on Friday, March 13, at the Summerville Country Club. Play starts at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start.  Members of The Citadel Football coaching staff will join head football coach Mike Houston in the tournament. Cost is id="mce_marker"00 per player and includes beverage carts and a hot lunch at the turn and awards will be presented at the conclusion of play. The tournament is provided by Buford Blanton, Citadel Class of 1954 and the Summerville Country Club. To register and to find information about sponsorships, please visit the tournament website.  All proceeds go to improve The Citadel Football Program and facilities.

Who will outshine Princess Daisy in the 2015 Beautiful Bulldog Contest?

March 14 at The Citadel’s springfFootball game, Johnson Hagood Stadium, indoor Beautiful Bulldog Contest at The Citadelconcourse, $50 registration for competitors required in advance

They are legendary for their patience and in the eyes of many Citadel fans and dog lovers, for their beauty. In 2014 Princess Daisy took the crown. Soon dozens of bulldogs will be primping and preening as they compete for the top spot in the 5th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest. The event will be held Saturday, March 14 at Johnson Hagood Football Stadium during The Citadel’s Corps Day weekend spring football game.  The contest and the game are both free to attend and open to the public.

Inspired by The Citadel's beloved mascots, General Robert P. Carson and Boo X, the contest was started by The Citadel Football Association as a way to unite bulldog lovers from around the South, and raise money for the college’s mascot program which is solely funded by donations.

This year’s categories are Best Smiler, Best Coat and Markings, Best Physique, Best Costume, Miss Congeniality, Mr. Personality, and Most Beautiful Bulldog. Citadel Football Association sponsors the event each year and also applies some of the funds raised to its scholarship program. Dogs must be registered online in advance here in order to compete. The registration fee is $50 and the event is limited to 40 bulldogs. Check in begins at 11:20 and the full schedule is here.

Dedication of The Citadel Bulldog Memorial

March 14, 11a.m., Johnson Hagood Stadium (outside, NE side by statue)

A new memorial to The Citadel’s past mascots will be dedicated at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 11 a.m. on the morning of the Corps Day Weekend’s spring football game and the Beautiful Bulldog Contest. The Citadel Bulldog Memorial is a columbarium, or a series of vaults built into the structure, where the ashes of the college’s beloved mascots will be interred. The ashes of four mascots, all from the “Boo” lineage, who were predecessors to the current mascots Boo X and General Robert P. Carson, will be interred on the day of the dedication.  The memorial was designed and built through the generosity of Citadel alumni and fans, under the management of Mike Groshon who is the college’s mascot caretaker, as well as the assistant athletic director for facilities. For a look at old photographs of The Citadel’s bulldogs from the 1920s and 30s click here.

About The Citadel

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 30 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 50 Master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus six undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.

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