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Citadel News Service
10 Mar 2015

Upcoming News from The Citadel: March

Tornadoes; Women's History Month; comic conversations and more

Citadel tornado siren test for South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 11
11:30 a.m.

The Citadel is participating in South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week, which was established by Governor Nikki Haley for the week of March 8 to 14. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Associationsponsor the week to create awareness about hazardous weather risks and the safety precautions and procedures needed to handle those risks.

The Citadel is testing the campus tornado siren as part of the college’s awareness week drills.

SC Weather Awareness Week

"Severe weather can happen at any time. It is important for our campus community to understand the different types of hazardous weather that can affect us in the Lowcountry and to know what precautions to take in order to stay safe,” said Karl Grant, the director of environmental health and safety at The Citadel. “Our tornado siren which has more of a wavering tone that the regular emergency siren will be tested at noon on Wednesday, March 11, for the benefit of our campus and our neighbors.”

Through county emergency management divisions, school districts and local businesses, the state is educating the public about the potential impact of severe weather, such as tornadoes, flash flooding, and severe thunderstorms and lightning, that can occur without warning.

Citizens are urged to promote and share information about preparedness throughout their communities, build disaster preparedness kits, and know what to do in the event of an evacuation.

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Colonel Allison Dean Love
From the Friends of the Daniel Library 2015 Lecture Series
March 11
6:30 p.m.
Daniel Library Museum Reading Room
Free and open to the public

Allison Dean Love is a public relations consultant and communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. A graduate of The Citadel Graduate College School of allison dean loveBusiness, Love was the first woman appointed to serve on the colleges’ board of visitors.

On March 6, 2015, Love was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Love began her involvement with The Citadel in the early 1990s, when she earned her MBA from the graduate college. Love was selected as a non-voting member of the Board of Visitors in 1997, and in 2000, the South Carolina General Assembly elected her as the first female to serve as a voting member. She has been re-seated by the General Assembly three times and remains the only woman to serve on the college governing board.

As part of Women’s History Month at The Citadel, Love will discuss her professional journey as well as the history of women at The Citadel. The free and open event is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, in the Daniel Library Reading Room.

A resident of Columbia, South Carolina, Love is the president and CEO of Allison Dean Love Consulting, a public relations and communications firm with local, state and national clients that include the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. She is the former executive director of the South Carolina Insurance News Service, a non-profit organization which provides insurance information to the media and consumers.

Love also holds a degree in management from Middle Tennessee State University and has completed a year toward doctorate in communications/public relations at the University of South Carolina. She is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and member of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

Leadership panels and The Citadel’s birthday
March 12 – 15, 2015
The Citadel campus
Free and open to the public

The Citadel's Principled Leadership Symposium is a nationally lauded event held in conjunction with Corps Day Weekend each year. It is a student-centered conference focusing on emily1
leadership and ethics that is open to all students at The Citadel, alumni, faculty and staff and the public. Approximately 80 invited delegates from the U.S. Military Academies, senior military colleges, and local colleges also attend. In 2015, the theme is Principled Leadership as Honor: The Code, The Medal, The Ethos. Some of the key speakers include the CEO of Walmart, Gen. Peter Pace, Mayor Joe P. Riley and Rear Adm. Peg Klein, among others. It is administered and sponsored by The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. To see the full Principled Leadership Symposium please click here.

The Citadel will celebrate the 172nd birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets with a Corps Day weekend of events. Corps Day is one of the most highly attended weekends at The Citadel. Attractions include dress parades, awards presentations, special cadet performances and athletic events. A highlight is the mess hall birthday celebration in which the oldest member of the alumni ranks and the youngest cadet in the corps share cake-cutting honors. Most Corps Day events are free and open to the public. To see the full Corps Day schedule please click here.

Beautiful Bulldog Contest
March 14
Johnson Hagood Football Stadium
Free and open to the public

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 princessdaisywins2014primping and preening as they compete for the top spot in the 5th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

The Beautiful Bulldog Contest will showcase nine puppies, two of which are from Boo X’s litter, 25 dogs ranging from two to 11 years old with the farthest one traveling from Ontario, Canada. In all, the bulldogs will represent 11 different cities across 2 states and Canada.

This is the first year that the competition will include the Puppies in Training Classification since it’s never too early to prepare for stardom. Other categories include: Best Smiler, Best Coat and Markings, Best Physique, Best Costume, Miss Congeniality, Mr. Personality, and Most Beautiful Bulldog. The Citadel Football Association sponsors the event each year to support living mascots and also applies some of the funds raised to its scholarship program. Please see the full schedule of events here.

Phi Kappa Phi presents Braddock’s Defeat, 1755: A Pivotal Moment in American History
March 16
Greater Issues Room, second floor of Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to the public

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 212 cordially invites faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of The Citadel to Dr. David Preston’s presentation on Braddock's Defeat, 1755: A Pivotal Moment in American History. His talk will be held at noon on March 16, in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark 

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Preston's talk will focus examine the military history of Braddock’s Defeat in 1755, at the beginning of the French and Indian War, and the Siege of Boston 20 years later, at the beginning of the American Revolution. His research includes the political and intellectual transformations of the famous individuals who participated in both clashes, as they confronted
the question of loyalty to king and empire in the 1760s and 1770s. The culmination of Preston's research on Braddock’s Defeat in 1755 will be the topic of his forthcoming book, a volume in the Oxford University Press, Pivotal Moments in American History.

Preston specializes in early American, military, and Native American history and is a prize winning author and historian. Preston’s book “The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Iroquoian Borderlands, 1720-1780” has won multiple awards, including the best book on Canadian and American relations, from the American Historical Association and Canadian Historical Association.

Summerall Guards join Charleston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17
10 a.m.
Parade begins at King and Radcliffe Streets
Free and open to the public

summerall guardsThe Citadel's Summerall Guards, an internationally-known, silent precision drill platoon, will be performing in the Charleston St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Summerall Guards have become a fixture in numerous parades across the country, but this is the first time they have participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the college’s hometown.

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. This all-senior platoon only accepts those demonstrating the highest levels of honor, integrity, loyalty, leadership, self-discipline and patriotism. After meeting those standards, cadets must exhibit superior physical stamina and be among the top performers during a series of rigorous physical training tests. 

Stacy Pearsall Screening

March 19

6:30 p.m.
Bond Hall 165
Free and open to the public

Combat photographer, author of two books, and Air Force veteran, Stacy L. Pearsall, will screen an episode of “Coming Back” with Wes Moore in which she is featured. The screening willstacy pearsall be held at 6:30 p.m., March 19 in Bond Hall 165.

The three episode series tells the story of a comabt veteran's (Moore’s) search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Moore’s journey takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, establish new identities, and – for many – find a new mission.

“We want to better humanize re-integration by taking the audience into the lives of these men and women as they return from war,” said Moore, who is an Army combat veteran. “I want to make sure people understand these stories and who these people are who are coming back from combat.”

One of those personal stories is that of Pearsall. Pearsall’s short-term memory is so impaired she often doesn’t remember the content of her last sentence. The former combat photographer remains undaunted, though. Driven by her passion for her work and her desire to continue to serve, she takes photographic portraits of veterans. Her goal is to make them feel important as individuals. The result is a series of simple, human portraits of individuals, including portraits of the 10 veterans featured in the series.

Pearsall’s portraits are shown around the country, including on the walls of the Charleston Veteran's Administration Hospital. An active advocate for the fine arts program at The Citadel, Pearsall serves on The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board, and is the founder of the Veterans Portrait Project.

“My hope is that the public can get a glimpse of what the end of the wars means to these brave men and women and to their families,” said Moore. “There is more we can do than simply saying thank you for your service. We can truly show our gratitude by asking them to share their experiences.”

Wounded Warrior Softball Team to play “Battle of Charleston Harbor”
March 21
11 a.m.
Joe Riley Stadium (the “Joe”), home of the RiverDogs baseball team
Free and open to the public

For the first time the national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will visit Charleston for a special exhibition game that is open to all with no ticket purchase required. Wounded WarriorThe WWAST, known as “America’s Favorite Team,” will play The Citadel 1990 college world series Team of Destiny, the first team in The Citadel’s history to make it to the college world series by beating one of the top teams in the country at the time. The game is called the Battle of Charleston Harbor and will take place at 11 a.m. on March 21 at The Joe Riley Stadium which is located at 360 Fishburne St. in Charleston.

The mission of the WWAST is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of America’s military service people, and to highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. Their goal is to show other amputees, along with the general population, that these athletes, through extensive rehabilitation and training, are able to express their desires and perform in the sport they love.

Plan a unique, eco-friendly wedding and assist Lowcountry war veteran
March 27
6 p.m.
The Citadel Beach Club at 4700 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms
Tickets are $20 per individual and $35 per couple

Watch a mock wedding, catch the latest bridal trends and meet a wide range of vendors, all while helping veterans in the Lowcountry. The Citadel Beach Club, one of the area’s most Cotton Weddingdesirable wedding venues, will host the Cotton Wedding on March 27 at 6 p.m. The house is located right on the water on Isle of Palms at 4700 Palm Blvd. just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston.

The Cotton Wedding is presented by Brinko Ties and Kendal Leonard Designs, with the proceeds from ticket sales and donations benefitting The Citadel Emergency Relief Fund for Veterans and Military Students.

Tickets are $20 per individual and $35 per couple. For more information about the Cotton Wedding please click here, or call (843) 819-0565. Those who cannot attend the event can make donations to the veterans' emergency relief fund here.

Located on the oceanfront of the Isle of Palms, the Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel is one of Charleston's premiere event venues. The beautiful two-story beach house and the outdoor Blue and Grey Pavilion are available for rental for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and other events. For more information on booking an event at the Beach Club call (843) 953-2665.

A Comic Conversation: Animation, Graphic Novels, and the Future of Storytelling
April 2
6:30 p.m.
Bond Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public

powJoin Mike Campbell, owner of Captain's Comics and Toys, and Bryan Ransom, CEO of MOONDOG Animation Studio, as they chat about the craft, career, and future of animation and comics.

Captain’s Comics and Toys located in Charleston, South Carolina specializes in comic books, toys, and collectibles. The company holds an annual comic conference that includes more than 100 tables of comic books and toys for sale, costumes, a charity art auction and more.

MOONDOG Animation Studio is a feature film studio based in Charleston, South Carolina. MOONDOG’s goal is to offer a positive alternative to a demanding audience by creating substantial and life changing animation context that is entertaining.

Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, to speak to The Citadel Republican Society
April 6
Buyer Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Texas’s longest-serving governor, Rick Perry, will visit Charleston, South Carolina, to speak with The Citadel Republican Society at noon on April 6. The event will be held in Mark Clarkrepublican society logo Hall’s Buyer Auditorium.

Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 and commissioned into the Air Force and served for five years. In 1984, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and served three two-year terms in office. Over the course of his political career, he served as the agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor, and governor of Texas until Jan. 2015, when he retired.

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. The Citadel Republican Society is the largest club on campus and one of the most active. Each year The Citadel Republican Society works on various campaigns, supports conservatives’ causes and gives back to the community.

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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