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Citadel News Service
3 Oct 2017

Upcoming news from The Citadel – October

La Familia Interrumpida (The Family Interrupted) lecture and book signing
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Museum Reading Room at Daniel Library
Free and open to the public
Join Citadel professor Eloy Urroz, Ph.D., Tuesday, Oct. 3 as he discusses his latest work, La Familia Interrumpida, as translated from Spanish by Ezra Fitz.

The novel recalls the life and times of distinguished Spanish poet Luis Cernuda during his time in England. Cernuda fled to the United Kingdom in 1938 to avoid the strife of Spain’s Civil War.

Urroz is a professor of Spanish at The Citadel. His research interests include 20th century Latin American novels, 20th century Spanish poetry, and creative writing. He is the author of other works such as The Obstacles, Friction, and The Novelist’s Wife, forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press.

Parents’ Weekend 2017 at The Citadel
Various times
Friday, Oct. 6 - Sunday, October 8
The Citadel campus
Free and open to the public and media

The weekend dedicated to welcoming relatives and friends to The Citadel's iconic Charleston campus is one of the college's major events. This year The Military College of South Carolinaparentsweekend_107 will host its annual Parents' Weekend Oct. 6 through 8, 2017. The weekend will consist of activities that provide parents and friends the opportunity to assess the quality education and training provided to cadets by The Citadel.

Highlights of the weekend include the ring ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2018, the promotion of fourth-class cadets from recruits to privates and a diverse range of religious services on Sunday morning.

Parents Weekend Religious Services on October 8, 2017, are as follows:

  • Mass starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Summerall Chapel.
  • Anglican Worship Services starts at 9:00 a.m. in the Greater Issues Room 230, located in Mark Clark Hall.
  • General Protestant services with communion start at 10:00 a.m. in the Summerall Chapel.

For a full schedule of The Citadel’s Parents’ Weekend 2017 with specific times, events and locations, please click here.

A Night in the Archives: Citadel archivist Tessa Updike to present unique historical materials
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Museum Reading Room, Daniel Library
Free and open to the publictessaupdike

Come to The Citadel for a presentation and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at unique historical materials from The Citadel Archives.

The Citadel Archives, located in the Daniel Library, houses over 300 collections that pertain to the history of The Citadel. Archive holdings include personal papers, letters, diaries, reports, minutes, speeches, and Citadel publications that date back to the college’s founding in 1842. Visual images include photographs, postcards, engravings, and video recordings.

Citadel Archivist Tessa Updike will feature diaries and letters from the archives collections. This event is part one of a two-part series.

Citadel Career Center to host Fall 2017 career and internship fair
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to all Citadel students and alumni onlycareerfair

The workforce needs more principled leaders and that means Citadel students will be in demand. The Career Center at The Citadel will hold its bi-annual career and internship fair on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event will expose attendees to the numerous opportunities available at more than 55 companies and organizations. All Citadel students—from freshmen to graduate level—are invited to attend to learn about opportunities for full and part-time positions, internships, seasonal jobs, and graduate/professional programs. Citadel alumni are also invited to attend.

The Citadel Career Center empowers students and alumni to explore career options, prepare for the workforce, and engage with potential employers. The center offers personalized consulting, online tools, and consistent networking with alumni and employers. For more information, please visit The Citadel’s Career Center page here.

Groundbreaking ceremony of new academic building
2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Media invited to attend

The Citadel is celebrating the groundbreaking of Bastin Hall Saturday, Oct. 14 during this year’s Citadel Foundation’s Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend. The weekend celebrates the generosity of those whose lifelong support allows the college to pursue its vision of achieving excellence in the education of principled leader. Bastin Hall will be the future home of The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.
Bastin Hall is named after Rick and Mary Lee Bastin, whose very generous gift started the fundraising for the building. Rick is a member of the Class of 1965. The program will consist of remarks from Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, Dean Bill Trumbull, and Rick Bastin. Officials anticipate early site work to begin in November 2017. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2018, with classes beginning in the fall 2019.

Bastin Hall will enable the Baker School of Business to meet the needs of future entrepreneurs and business leaders by providing innovating facilities that supplement academic coursework with practical, experiential learning.

The 43,000+ square feet building will feature state-of-the-art features including:

  • A roof top terrace
  • Innovation, sales, and financial leadership labs
  • 8 flat and tiered classrooms
  • 4 interview rooms
  • 2,100 square feet common area

Naming opportunities are still available. For more information on supporting the construction of Bastin Hall, please contact Rob Stephenson, director of major gifts and assistant dean for the Baker School of Business at

Department of Political Science hosts “Donald Trump’s Washington” for an evening with Bill Press
6:45 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 16
Duckett Hall, room 101
Free and open to the public; media invited to attend

The Department of Political Science in The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Science will host talk show radio host Bill Press on Monday, Oct. 16. billpress-1

Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both located in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys. The former co-host of MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press, CNN’s Crossfire and The Spin Room, Press has built a national reputation on thought-provoking and humorous insights from the left side of the political aisle. Currently serving as the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Bill Press Show, he attends the daily White House press briefings and writes a syndicated newspaper column, distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services.

The Department of Political Science at The Citadel works to prepare all students to become critical thinkers and successful members of a global community. As one of the largest and fasting growing departments at The Citadel, it is home to over 300 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College. The faculty members use a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and share a strong interest in solving the puzzles of contemporary political life.

Leadership Day 2017 at The Citadel
Wednesday, Oct. 18
All day at numerous locations
Media invited to attend

Every year on Leadership Day at The Citadel, all regularly scheduled classes are replaced with an on-or off-campus training, a seminar, or service project for all cadets. This year’s Leadership Day will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, all over the Lowcountry. On this day, cadets and students will engage in service activities such as helping lead classroom activities, cleaning up parks, and seminars on leadership and civic learning.

On average more than 8,000 hours of service to the Lowcountry are provided by the cadets each Leadership Day. The annual event, which is planned and managed by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, contributed greatly to The Citadel being selected for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification.

Watch a video from Leadership Day 2016 here.

The Citadel Oral History Program presents Aqui Estamos: Preserving and telling the story of Latinos in the Lowcountry
6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 25ae_conversation_engflyer
Dorchester Road Library (Oct. 18) and John’s Island Library (Oct. 25)
Free and open to the public and media

Join Nancy Aguirre, Marina López and Kerry Taylor of The Citadel for Aqui Estamos as they facilitate a community discussion about the preserving and telling of Latinos in the Lowcountry. The Citadel Oral History Program began in 2008 as an initiative by The Citadel Department of History to broaden the awareness of the Lowcountry’s rich history and culture through the collection and presentation of recorded memories from area residents. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Marina López, assistant director of The Citadel Oral History Program, at, or (843) 953-5314.

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to The Citadel Republican Society
Friday, Oct. 20
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hallmcmaster
Media invited to attend

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will speak to The Citadel’s largest student campus club Friday, Oct. 20.

McMaster is from Columbia, South Carolina, and became the 117th governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017. McMaster was the first U.S. attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority board of directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health foundation board and the South Carolina Policy Council as chairman. McMaster is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state, and was named Public Servant of the Year by the Sierra Club and National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States.

The Citadel Republican Society exists to foster patriotism, political participation, conservative values and civic service among its members. The society is highly active and stays engaged by working on various campaigns, supporting conservative causes, and giving back to the community. To learn more about The Citadel Republican Society, click here.

Bethany Lerch to speak at The Citadel as part of Innovation Speaker Series
1:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 23
Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the public; media invited to attend

The Business Innovation Lab at the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business will host Bethany Lerch as the speaker of the school’s Innovation Speaker Series Monday, Oct. 23. The series showcases speakers from different aspects of innovation and entrepreneurial activity in their respective fields.shinwari
“The innovation speaker’s series is an event started by the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab to expose our students to working professionals and their role with implementing innovative solutions to complex problems,” said James Bezjian, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Business Innovation Lab. “We are excited to continue the series with someone as innovative and pioneering as Bethany Lerch.”

Lerch was invited to work at NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a military advisor where she facilitated coalition trips to and the financial support of an orphanage with 88 children. While there she regularly trained multinational audiences on gender integration, resource management, Afghan culture and functionally-based security force assistance. Since her return to the United States, Lerch has spoken at TedXOshkosh and other large rotary conferences and schools.

For more information on this event, please contact James Bezjian, Ph.D., at

Jack Porter, the Friends of the Daniel Library, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Krause Center present: China Town Hall Webcast 2017
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the public and media

Join Jack Porter, the Friends of the Daniel Library and others for the annual China Town Hall webcast on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The event is organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. Established in 1966, it is a diverse league of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders. The town hall is an interactive webcast with more than 70 participant locations nationwide.

This year, the National Committee on United States-China Relations welcomes Ambassador Susan E. Rice as the national webcast speaker for the 11th annual webcast. Rice is a foreign policy expert having served as national security advisor, and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. Rice also served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Her decades of public service and impact in the critical arena of foreign relations, makes her perspective on the United States-China relationship especially appropriate.

Following the webcast guest speaker Zhao Ma, Ph.D., professor of modern Chinese history and culture at Washington University in St. Louis, will attend as an expert in the area of United States/China foreign policy and national security to give an on-site lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Please contact Jack Porter at for more information on the event.

Homecoming 2017 at The Citadel
Friday, Oct. 27- Sunday, Oct. 29
Various times
Citadel campus
Open to the public and media

It's that time of year again when Citadel graduates are welcomed back to the Military College of South Carolina for an action-packed weekend.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 26, the college will host various festivities in celebration of this year's Homecoming including the dedication of The Citadel War Memorial and a football game against Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, Oct. 28. Religious services such as Anglican worship services, Catholic mass, and general protestant services on campus will close out the weekend. The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone will also be blessing rings.

Please visit here for the schedule of events for Homecoming Weekend 2017.

Citadel Class of 1967 dedicates War Memorial at ceremony
2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27
Citadel campus
Media invited to attend

In recognition of The Citadel Class of 1967’s 50th reunion and in collaboration with The Citadel’s administration and The Citadel Foundation during Homecoming Weekend, The Citadel Class of 1967 will dedicate The Citadel War Memorial at a campus ceremony to honor Citadel alumni who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“The Citadel has long needed a fitting salute to its heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “The Citadel War Memorial will be an elegant and appropriate addition to our campus.”

Citadel alumni have served in every national conflict since the Mexican-American War. To watch the video on last year’s groundbreaking of the memorial, please click here.

Storm The Citadel 2018 registration is now open
Now – Friday, Nov. 17

Teams planning to Storm The Citadel in the spring of 2018 are now invited to register. 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.
trebuchet-wideThe annual event 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 skills to contest in the bridge, robotics or trebuchet competitions. Attracting more than 3,000 people each year to the college’s iconic campus, Storm The Citadel 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10.

To register, apply for funds (K-12 schools only), find out more about how to get involved as a teacher, team leader or mentor please email the Director of the STEM Center, Jennifer Albert at

October feature from The Citadel Experts Guide

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._kp_4188

Meet Melissa Graves, Ph.D., a criminal justice professor at The Citadel.

Graves arrived at The Citadel in 2016 and serves as a full-time faculty member in the newly assembled Department of Intelligence and Security Studies. Her areas of expertise relate to intelligence and security studies (including legal issues), intelligence analysis and the U.S. presidency’s relationship to the intelligence community.

She has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Social Science Quarterly, Security Journal. Graves received her Ph.D., M.A. and J.D. from the University of Mississippi and received her bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2005.

To arrange an interview, please contact The Citadel director of media relations at or (843) 953-2155, or The Citadel communications specialist at or (843) 953-3722. Industry experts may be contacted directly, but please note that to ensure student privacy all media representatives are required to be escorted while on campus.


  • Parents’ Weekend – Oct. 6-8
  • Leadership Day – Oct. 18
  • Homecoming Weekend – Oct. 27-29
  • Fall furlough – Nov. 17-26
  • Christmas Candlelight Services – Dec. 1 - 3
  • Winter furlough begins – Dec. 13

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