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Citadel News Service
29 Nov 2017

Upcoming News from The Citadel – December 2017



7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1–3
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

The 2017 Christmas Candlelight Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3, in Summerall Chapel. Cadets from the Protestant and Gospel Choirs, together with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band make the program a wonderful celebration of song and music. The first Citadel Candlelight Service was held in 1937.

There is no admission fee and there is no reserved seating. Early arrival is highly recommended.

6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5
Daniel Library Museum Reading Room
Free and open to the public

Author and historian Mark Updegrove, author of Indomitable Will: LBJ and the Presidency, and the newly released title,LastRepublicansMarkUpdegroveCitadel The Last Republicans: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, will be the final guest of the Friends of the Daniel Library Lecture Series for 2017. Updegrove will discuss his research behind the books and also hold a signing after the presentation.

Updegrove is a sought-after commentator on matters relating to politics and the presidency, and has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, NBC News, and PBS. Additionally, Updegrove is the inaugural CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum, which will be built along the Charleston harbor in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Updegrove previously served as the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas from 2009 through February 2017. Updegrove’s accomplishments as the LBJ Library director include supervising a id="mce_marker"1 million redesign of the library’s core exhibits, which resulted in significant increases in the library’s traffic. Additionally, he raised the profile of the library by bringing in speakers such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Sandra Day O’Connor, Eric Holder, Julián Castro, John Glenn, John Lewis, and Hank Aaron.

"Mark Updegrove’ s scholarly mastery of oral histories, original source documents, and presidential writings, combined with a flair for exquisite story telling make for a fascinating, can't-put-down, lust-for-more read." New York Journal of Books.

Read an excerpt from The Last Republicans here.


3:30-5 p.m.
Dec. 5
Mark Clark Hall, Greater Issues Room
Open to cadets, students, alumni and employers (media welcome)

Think “speed-dating” only for job networking. The Citadel Career Center’s Fall 2017 Speed Networking event is a fun, free, and informal experience connecting for cadets, students, Citadel alumni and employers. It is an opportunity for Lowcountry employers and alumni to network with students from a variety of majors and class-levels to help facilitate professional conversations and connections.

The Citadel Career Center empowers students and alumni to explore career options, prepare for the workforce, and engage with potential employers through a combination of personalized consulting, online tools, and consistent networking opportunities.

Bulldog Breakaway Christmas 5K

8 a.m.11 year-old Preston Kut running in on e of the Bulldog Breakaway 5K events
Dec. 9
Willson Field Track, The Citadel
$20-$30 entry fee, open to the public

A fun and informal run for cadets, students, families, neighbors and even their dogs. (Photo right: 11 year-old Preston Kut running in a recent Bulldog Breakaway 5K event).  

This USATF certified 5K event begins on the track at The Citadel where participants will run a lap around campus, go through Summerall Gate to run through Hampton Park, and then take another lap around campus finishing at the track. Parking is available on campus. Water stops will be available throughout the course and near the finish.  

Race day registration and packet pickup will take place between 7 – 7:45a.m. Registration that includes an event t-shirt is $30. Registration without a t-shirt is $20. Register here. Results will be posted here.


Dec. 10
Summerall Chapel
Free and open to the public

Visiting organist, William Gudger, Ph.D., will join choir director Nancy Lefter and The Citadel Chorale. The service will include the tradition Five Lessons for Advent: The Wonder Foretold, The Annunciation, The Birth of The King, The Angelic Announcement, and The Adoration of the Gentiles. Traditional Christmas carols will be enjoyed during the service.


Dec. 13 – Jan. 8

Citadel cadets and students will depart for winter furlough beginning Dec. 13. They will return to campus with classes resuming on January 8. The campus and all facilities and services will close beginning December 21, with faculty and staff returning on January 2.


Mary Katherine Watson, Ph.D., is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. Her areas of ProfessorMaryKatherineWatsonCitadelEngineeringexpertise include environmental and sustainable engineering. She joined The Citadel in 2013 and serves as an advisor to the Society of Women Engineers. She has earned numerous awards, including the Instructional Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education Southeast.

“My students are my inspiration. I strive to be an engaging and effective instructor to ensure that the engineers of tomorrow are ready to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental and infrastructure-related problems,” Watson says.

Watson earned her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and holds a BS and MS in biosystems engineering from Clemson University. She is available to members of the media as an expert resource.

The Citadel Experts Guide is a resource for journalists, researchers, K-12 teachers and community organizations looking for professors and staff who are leading influencers in their fields of interest. An expert will be introduced in each edition of Upcoming News from The Citadel.


Winter Furlough – Dec. 13 – Jan. 8 (classes resume)

Spring Furlough – March 9 - 18

Principled Leadership Symposium ­– March 21-23

175th Anniversary and Corps Day – March 24

Military Commissioning Ceremonies – May 4

Commencement Ceremonies – May 5


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