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Citadel News Service
13 Nov 2015

Upcoming News from The Citadel - end of fall semester 2015

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Christmas Candlelight Services and more!

4th Annual World Culture Fair

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

The Citadel will host the 2015 World Culture Fair from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.worldculturefair

African, Chinese, Latin, Indian, Native-American, and Brazilian musical and dance performances will take the stage beginning at 6 p.m. Cultural clubs and groups from The Citadel, College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina will offer samples of culinary traditions from around the world.

The 2015 World Culture Fair is organized in collaboration with CofC and MUSC. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The World Culture Fair is one of several activities that are part of International Education Week. Other events include:

  • German Variety Night on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Museum Reading Room on the third floor of Daniel Library. Please contact Amy Emm at with any questions.
  • Chinese Film viewing of The Grandmaster on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Capers Hall room 209.
  • Passport Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Submit an application for a passport while Charleston Passport Center employees are on campus.

For more information about the World Culture Fair or other 2015 International Education week activities contact Carolina LeBoeuf at 843-953-1821 or

Jeb Bush to attend Citadel Republican Society (CRS) meeting


Wednesday, Nov. 18

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Closed to the public, but open to Citadel faculty and staffcrs

Media are welcome – press seeking credentials should contact cadet Devin Oliver, CRS V.P. for External Affairs at

Presidential candidate and former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, will visit Charleston to speak to The Citadel Republican Society at noon on Nov. 18.

Former Governor Jeb Bush has spent much of his life in the political arena. In 1998, Bush was elected Governor of Florida, and after leaving office in 2007, he has remained active on a number of political issues. He has been an outspoken supporter of Common Core Standards, a national educational initiative, and immigration reform. Gov. Bush is the son of the 41st president of the United States, George Bush, and brother of the 43rd president, George W. Bush. In June 2015, Bush announced his presidential bid.

The Citadel Republican Society is the official campus auxiliary of the Republican Party on the campus of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. With 500 active members, The Citadel Republican Society is the largest club on campus and one of the most active. Each year The Citadel Republican Society volunteers for campaigns across the nation, supports conservative causes, and gives back to the community.

Professor David Preston to discuss Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History)

10 a.m. and noon

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Woodland Hills High School and Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniabraddocksdefeat

Professor David Preston will be in the Pittsburgh area to discuss his new book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History) which debuted on July 14 by Oxford University Press. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Preston's account of Braddock's Defeat offers a reinterpretation of Braddock's Expedition in 1754 and 1755. On July 9, 1755, troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army in North America, were attacked by French and Native American forces while making their way to Fort Duquesne, a few miles from what is now Pittsburgh.

Preston's book reveals new insights into the battle and establishes Braddock’s Defeat as a pivotal point for Indian, French, Canadian and British peoples in the eighteenth century. Preston specializes in early American and Native American history. He is the author of The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783 and articles about New York and Pennsylvania history.

Pre-Health Society to present $8,500 to Hollings Cancer Center

4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Duckett Hall 101

Free and open to the public

The Citadel’s Pre-Health Society will officially present $8,500 to Hollings Cancer Center.

In 2014, Pre-Health Society Vice President, Cadet Matt Scalise, started a campaign called “Cadets for a Cure” to raise money and campus awareness of breast cancer. The society donated more than $1,000 to patients at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center. This year, as the club’s President, Scalise procured a private donation of $5,000 from Scalise Realty along with t-shirt donations, and led a campaign that inspired nearly 70 Citadel cadets and students to volunteer at the Komen Race for a Cure on Daniel Island on Oct. 17. In addition to that donation, the club raised $3,500 through raffle ticket and t-shirt sales and sponsoring knob movie night.

A representative from MUSC Hollings Cancer Center will accept the check and talk about how the donation will help cancer patients who are in financial need. During the presentation, the club will also recognize Examkrackers, a business that donated a set of MCAT prep books as a prize for the cadet who sold the most raffle tickets.

Fall furlough

Cadets: Friday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 29

Employees: Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29

Extended leave begins for all cadets after their last class on Friday, Nov. 20 and goes until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. This a quiet time on The Citadel campus with only a small group of cadets remaining on campus for athletic activities during the holiday period. The Citadel’s administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and will reopen Monday, Nov. 30. The holiday schedule for Citadel employees can be found here.

Cadets on Film

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1cadets on film

Bond Hall Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Lights, Camera, Action. Cadets and students in English drama courses taught by assistant professor, Kate Pilhuj, and associate professor Thomas Horan, will present their short films.

Pilhuj specializes in early modern literature, focusing on the drama of the period. She currently teaches classes featuring Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as literature surveys from the Middle Ages to the early eighteenth century and freshman composition.

Horan specializes in twentieth century British literature with a focus on political dystopian fiction and modern drama.

Unplugged Cadet Acoustic Night

6: 30 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3acoustic night

Bond Hall Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Enjoy a night of music by Citadel cadets and students as they unleash their inner superstar at Unplugged Cadet Acoustic Night.

Hosted by Fine Arts at The Citadel cadets will showcase their talents while performing their favorite tunes. The event is free and open to the public. To participate, contact Corbin Braunheim at

The Citadel’s 78th Christmas Candlelight Services Dec. 4 – 6

7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 6

Summerall Chapel

Free and open to the public

One of Charleston's longest and most memorable holiday traditions is the Christmas Candlelight Service at The Citadel's historic Summerall Chapel. The services, which arecandlelight held for the community and for visitors to Charleston, feature Christmas music performed by members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

This will mark Chaplain Joel Harris’ final services as he is retiring at the end of the year. Harris joined The Citadel in 2009 as the director of religious activities after serving more than 20 years on a variety of assignments for the U.S. Army. A 1972 graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Harris’ last assignment before retirement was as chief of operations for the U.S. Army Europe Chaplain. When he was selected for promotion to colonel in September 2008, he chose instead to retire and accept the opportunity to lead religious activities at The Citadel.

“The Citadel’s Candlelight services are always the highlight of my year,” said Chaplain Harris. “After 20 years as a chaplain, I’d thought I’d seen the best possible, including our services at West Point, but all paled in comparison to the performance our Citadel cadets put on. It’s been an honor to be present as our cadets and community come together to celebrate Christmas year after year in such a spectacular setting.”

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. The 2015 services will take place Dec. 4 – 6 at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music beginning at 7 p.m. performed by The Citadel Brass Ensemble led by Cmdr. Mike Alverson, and the Chapel Accompanist, Patti Harris.

Part of the grandeur of the celebration includes the poinsettias that cover the front of the chapel, provided by Citadel families, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors from throughout the Charleston community in memory or honor of a loved one.

Anyone can purchase a poinsettia for $12 in honor of a loved one, making the services even more meaningful. To place an order, please call (843) 953-5049, or mail a letter with the name of the loved one(s), the name of the donor, and a check made payable to the Summerall Chapel Association, to Clarice Starks, Summerall Chapel, MSC #2, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or delivered to the chapel office. The flowers can be picked up by the purchasers on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

There is no admission fee and there is no reserved seating. Therefore, early arrival is highly suggested.

Shards of Heaven lecture and book signing with Citadel associate professor, Michael Livingston

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 8shardsofheaven

Greater Issues Room, Mark Clark Hall

Free and open to the public

Join Citadel associate professor of English, Michael Livingston, for a lecture and book signing for his new fiction release The Shards of Heaven.

The book begins with the discovery of the long-lost Trident of Poseidon by Juba of Numidia, an adopted son of Caesar who longs to destroy Rome to avenge the death of his father. Even as war between Octavian in Rome and Antony and Cleopatra in Alexandria threatens to rip the Roman Republic apart, Juba’s hunt for other great objects of myth and legend—to include the Ark of the Covenant—brings him into conflict with Caesarion, the child of Caesar and Cleopatra. As each man seeks the power of the Shards of Heaven, each learns more and more about what brought these artifacts into being.

Livingston, a native of Colorado, holds degrees in history, medieval studies and English. He is the general editor of the Liverpool Historical Casebook Studies, the associate editor of the TEAMS Secular Commentary Series, and an advisory board member of the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series. Livingston is also an award-winning writer published in a variety of genres and venues. He is also the co-editor of The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook.

Registration underway for Storm The Citadel 2016 Trebuchet Competition with Google

Now – December 15

Teams planning to Storm The Citadel in 2016 are now registering to participate. Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel's STEM Center of Excellence, the eventtrebuchet 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 2016 is scheduled for Feb. 13. 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.

Winter furlough

Cadets: Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Jan. 10

Employees: Tuesday, Dec. 22 – Sunday, Jan. 3

Extended leave begins for all cadets after their last examination and no later than Wednesday, Dec. 16 and goes until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. This is a quiet time on The Citadel campus with only a small group of cadets remaining on campus for athletic activities during the holiday period. The Citadel’s administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4. The holiday schedule for Citadel employees can be found here.

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