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Citadel News Service
31 Aug 2017

Upcoming news from The Citadel – September

Astronaut alumnus Col. Randy Bresnik to assume command of International Space Station
1:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 1bresnik_face

On Friday, Sept. 1, Citadel alumnus and NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik will assume command of the International Space Station. This will mark the first time in history that a Marine Corps officer will command a mission on board the ISS. However, due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Johnson Space Center’s equipment, the change of command ceremony this Friday will not be shown on NASA TV. Official NASA photos of the ceremony are expected to be available at a later date.

Bresnik, who turns 50 on Sept. 11 while in space, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1989. He is expected to return to earth in December. Follow his work on the Citadel Space Star blog here.

Citadel unveils winning contest design and dramatic video to kick off commemoration of 175th anniversary

6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Standard football game admission fees
Open to the public

There will be two kick-offs at The Citadel’s first home football game when the Bulldogs play Newberry College in Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Military College of South Carolina is kicking off the celebration of its 175th anniversary with the winning design unveiling during the game’s first time-out.

The contest, which was launched in November 2016, drew the interest of 18 artists who submitted more than two dozen entries. Among the artists submitting designs were cadets, graphic design students from Greenville High Academy, a Citadel mom, a college employee, and several professional artists.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa will present the winning artist with a prize for $1,000. Following Rosa’s presentation, Regimental Commander Dillon Graham will unveil the winning design and the Corps of Cadets will stand and open their uniform jackets to reveal a t-shirt with the winning image.

Also during the game, a sweeping video exploring the college’s 175 years of leadership will be shown on the digital scoreboard. The video can be viewed here.

To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information on The Citadel’s 175th anniversary, please visit the special commemorative website at:

Citadel Student Veterans Association shows bulldog pride with tailgate
5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Grass field near Johnson Hagood Stadium
Free and open to the public

The Citadel’s Student Veterans Association will host a football tailgate to support The Citadel Bulldogs as they start the 2017-18 football season. The Citadel Student Veterans Association, an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America, serves as a direct portal for students from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to the colleges and universities across the country.

For more information on The Citadel Student Veterans Association, please click here. For more information about programs for veterans at The Citadel, please click here.

Citadel men’s rugby club opening game against UNC

1 p.m.
Sept. 2-29
Summerall Field
Free and open to the publicrugby

The Citadel Men’s Rugby Club’s first game of the season takes place Saturday, Sept. 2. The club was founded in 1975 and has been playing in the Southern Rugby Conference since 2013. Club sports at The Citadel are student-run with volunteer coaches that are not governed by the NCAA or the Southern Conference.

In 2016, The Citadel Rugby club competed in the Las Vegas 7’s, won the Southern Rugby Conference 7’s Championship, and won the USA Rugby 7’s National Championships. Cadet Alex MacDonald was selected as an All-American in 2016 and 2017, went on to play at Life University in Georgia, and now plays at Trinity University in Ireland. In 2017, three members were selected to play the All-Army 7s –Ricky Tavarez (Class of 2017), Austin Bannister (Class of 2017) and Cadet Mike McGaffic (Class of 2018).

The rugby club schedule for the month of September is as follows:

  • 9/2/17 vs. UNC (HOME)
  • 9/9/17 at Coastal Carolina (A & B sides away)
  • 9/16/17 vs. College of Charleston (HOME)
  • 9/23/17 at UNCW
  • 9/29/17 (Friday) at ECU

For a full schedule of the men’s rugby club, please click here.

Citadel Class of 1971 remembers second African-American graduate, Joseph Shine
6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the publicshine

In 1967, Joseph Shine became the second African-American cadet to matriculate to the Military College of South Carolina and the only African-American member of the Class of 1971 South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Fifty years later, his classmates Tip Hargrove, Jim Lockridge, and other members of the Class of 1971 will share first-hand accounts of their experiences with Shine and discuss the dedication, perseverance and class unity it took for Shine to complete knob year and join the Long Gray Line.

Shine, a prominent South Carolinian, was a distinguished student, served on regimental staff his senior year, and was a founding member of the college's African-American Society. After graduating from The Citadel, he attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1974. He later earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University and worked in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Shine was an attorney for the city of Charleston between 1976 and 1987 and then served as South Carolina's chief deputy attorney general from 1987 until 1993 when he became the first legal counsel for the state's Budget and Control Board. At the time of his death in 2003, he was general counsel for the Savannah River Site.

Shine's wife Judge Margaret B. Seymour and Dr. Larry Ferguson '73 (eldest living African-American graduate of The Citadel) will be in attendance for the reflection as the historic occasion is celebrated.

Citadel Republican Society commemorates victims of 9/11 with annual flag event
All day
Sunday, Sept. 10 - Monday, Sept. 11
The Citadel campus9-11flags_03
Free and open to the public; media invited

The Citadel Republican Society continues its tradition of placing flags along the Avenue of Remembrance on campus in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. Young America’s Foundation began the 9/11: Never Forget project in 2003 to commemorate the attacks. The Citadel Republican Society has participated in the program since its inception.

The Citadel Republican Society exists to foster patriotism, political participation, conservative values and civic service among its members. The society is highly active and engaged by working on various campaigns, supporting conservative causes, and giving back to the community. With over 750 members, The Citadel Republican Society is the largest club on campus.

Learn more about The Citadel Republican Society at here.

Boeing South Carolina director of communication to speak to MBA, evening undergraduate students

*Rescheduled for later this fall due to Hurricane Irma

Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the public

Lori Gunter, communications manager at Boeing South Carolina, will be speaking to students on the evening of Sept. 18 about how she managed the discourse related to the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Gunter has helped lead communication strategy for Boeing over a career there spanning 31 years. Since September 2012, Boeing South Carolina has reached more than 100,000 middle and high school students through its DreamLearners Tour Program and Speakers Bureau.

National Coast Guard helicopter to land at The Citadel
4 pm. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 18
WLI Field
Free and open to the public; media invited

Cadets with an interest in pursuing their careers with the U.S. Coast Guard will have the opportunity to see the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter when it arrives on campus Monday, Sept. 18. If time permits, spectators may be able to view the cockpit.

The H-65 helicopter built by Eurocopter America is the U.S. Coast Guard's primary rescue helicopter. The Dolphin is certified for operation in all-weather and night-time operations, with the exception of icing conditions. There are 100 H-65s in the inventory. The H-65 is the primary Coast Guard aircraft used aboard certified cutters during deployments.

Krause Center connects community partners and students for service opportunities at fall expo
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Mark Clark Hall
Limited to Citadel cadets, students, invited community partners and media

The Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics is encouraging Citadel cadets and students to come meet several dozen community partners from the community on Sept. 19.

The fall community partner expo provides students an opportunity to meet and interact with community partners looking to recruit individuals, clubs, and cadet companies to support their schools or agencies. This highly interactive event allows cadets and students the chance to get to know all of The Citadel’s community partners, the meaningful work they intend to accomplish, and the numerous opportunities available to get involved and participate within their organization.

For general questions, please email

The Citadel celebrates Constitution Day with public reading, address by political science scholar

7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept 19 and Thursday, Sept. 21
Bond Hall, room 165
Free and open to the public; media invited to attend

Constitution Day is recognized nationally every year and on Sept. 17th this year. The U.S. Constitution establishes all the taken-for-granted benefits that Americans have as citizens. Despite this, many are not very familiar with its actual content and its implications for the rights and liberties of the public. The Department of Political Science at The Citadel invites students, faculty, staff and the public to attend two exciting events to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day:

  • Public Reading of U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights – Tuesday, Sept. 19
    Volunteering students, faculty, and members of the public will take turns reading through the sections of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Audience discussion will follow the reading.
  • Annual Constitution Day Address – Thursday, Sept. 21
    James H. Read, professor of political science at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University of Minnesota, will give this year’s Constitution Day address. Read received his A.B. in 1980 from the University of Chicago, his M.A. in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1988. He has also been Visiting Professor of Political Science at University of California-Davis. Read is the author of Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun (2009), Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson (2000) and Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland (2008). He is currently writing a book titled Sovereign of a Free People: Lincoln, Majority Rule, and Slavery.

Study Abroad Fair charges Citadel cadets, students to become principled leaders internationally
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to all Citadel cadets and students

The purpose of the Fall Study Abroad Fair is to promote all upcoming study abroad programs including The Citadel Global Scholars program, faculty-led short-term trips, and independent provider opportunities that will occur during the 2017-18 academic year and the following summer.

The Citadel Office of Study Abroad, International, and Domestic Programs was created to provide Citadel cadets and students with significant opportunities for academic and culturally rich international experiences. These programs enhance the overall learning experience of college students and help them become effective when engaging in society both locally and globally. Citadel cadets and students are strongly encouraged to study abroad as part of their college experience.

Those interested in studying abroad at any point of their academic careers are encouraged to attend the fair. For more information please send an email to

Citadel Graduate College open house to help students reach academic and professional goals
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Club Level fourth floor, Johnson Hagood Stadium
Free and open to the publiccgc-openhouse

Citadel graduate, evening undergraduate and online degree students will have the opportunity to meet with program faculty, admissions staff, and student services staff from financial aid and academic support on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The Citadel Graduate College provides adults in the Lowcountry, the South Carolina and around the world with opportunities for higher education by offering a broad range of educational programs at graduate and undergraduate levels. The college offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 22 graduate certificate programs, and eight evening undergraduate programs. These programs are designed to accommodate the needs of adult students seeking traditional and demanding academic challenges.

This information session will be an open house format. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but registration is encouraged by clicking here.

September 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.

Meet Scott Buchanan, Ph.D., professor of political science at The Citadel. He also serves as the executive director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. buchanan2014

Buchanan teaches Southern politics, state and local government, political institutions, and elections. His most recent book is a collaborative work with Charles S. Bullock, III, Ph.D., professor of political science at the University of Georgia, and Ronald K. Gaddie, Ph.D., chairman of the department of political science at the University of Oklahoma. The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia's Progressive Politics brings attention to the infamous 1947 “three governors” controversy when the state of Georgia had three active governors at once. It was recently made available in paperback.

Buchanan received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1999. He earned an M.A. from Auburn University in 1995, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1992.

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
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