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Citadel News Service
7 Nov 2013

Upcoming News at The Citadel


Blackhawks fly in to train cadets at The Citadel

Blackhawk helicopters landed on The Citadel’s Summerall Field at 12:30p.m. The crew aboard the two UH-60 Blackhawks, from the S.C. Army National Guard’s 59th Aviation Troop Command, is assisting with the cold load training of Army ROTC cadets. Cold load training takes place while the aircraft remain on the ground, versus hot load training which is in the air. The cadets will learn how to enter and exit a helicopter while loading equipment and preparing for a mission. This training was formerly a regular occurrence for ROTC cadets; however, it was halted for numerous years due to the military’s budget constraints. The helicopters will depart at approximately 6p.m.  Media is welcome and interviews will be available upon request.

 Lima Company cadets from The Citadel assist with Habitat build

Lima Company is partnering with Habitat for Humanity and leading a community service project Thursday, as part of the college’s service-learning initiative. Approximately 20 cadets will lend a hand with the construction of a new home in North Charleston from 9a.m. -4:00p.m. The address of the future home is 2568 Celestial Ct., North Charleston, SC, 29405.

Red Cross offers free four-hour course

The public is invited to learn about the Geneva Conventions by engaging in hands-on activities and thought-provoking discussions while exploring the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in the midst of war.  The American Red Cross will host a free certificate course on international humanitarian law which is open to the public. The class meets from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Byrd Hall Auditorium at The Citadel on Nov. 7 and 14.  Participants must attend both sessions to receive the certificate.  Attendees who have not registered with the Red Cross in advance are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register.


Coastal Carolina Fair continues scholarship support for students attending

The Citadel The fair, which has been held since 1957, began Oct. 31 and ends Sunday, Nov. 10, this year.  Proceeds from the 2012 Coastal Carolina Fair generated more than $800,000 in support for local organizations and students that is being distributed this year. The fair will provide The Citadel Financial Aid Office approximately $20,000 which will be divided into multiple scholarships. Fair officials say every higher education institution in the Lowcountry has received assistance from the fair for decades. More than 230,000 people attend the fair each year.


WWII Veterans reunite at The Citadel

WWII Veterans who served under the leadership of one of the nation’s greatest WWII commanders, Gen. Mark W. Clark, will reunite at The Citadel to commemorate Clark on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2013. Highlights of the visit by the 10-15 veterans will include a tour by a historian from The Citadel and a visit to Clark’s gravesite on campus. On March 1, 1954, Clark assumed the duties of president of The Citadel. He served for 11 years and was named president emeritus of the college upon his retirement. Clark died in 1984 and is buried next to Mark Clark Hall. The veterans are also scheduled to visit with the current president of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. Media is invited to cover the visit and should meet at the front of Mark Clark Hall at 10:30a.m.

Crisis Ministries and The Citadel team up on Veteran’s Day

The Citadel is teaming up with Crisis Ministries on Veteran’s Day to provide lunch to Charleston area veterans who are in need of assistance. Crisis Ministries provides food, shelter and training to the homeless or those in need of emergency housing as well as a program designed just for outreach to veterans. A new Crisis Ministers facility is under construction. To assist with the needs of area veterans, the program will bus an anticipated 30 veterans to The Citadel for arrival at approximately 11:30a.m.  The veterans will be served lunch and be given a short tour of the campus. Lunch will be served to the veterans in the Greater Issues Room which is located in Mark Clark Hall.

“The Citadel has helped us honor our Veterans for a number of years by serving in our Soup Kitchen on Veterans Day.  This year is even more special.  We are grateful to The Citadel for hosting a special lunch for our Veterans on their campus today,” said Stacey Denaux, Crisis Ministries’ CEO.

Yahoo! News politics editor speaking in open forum

The public is invited to join students and staff from The Citadel at presentation by Beth Fouhy. Fouhy is the politics and national coverage editor for the global internet news powerhouse, Yahoo! News. com.  She is expected to discuss the role of new media in contemporary politics. The event will be held at 6p.m. in Jenkins Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.


Sen. Rand Paul to give Greater Issues Address

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), will address The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets on Nov. 12, 2013, at 11:15a.m., at McAlister Field House which is located on campus at 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, S.C., 29409. The Greater Issues address will last approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by questions from cadets.  This event is not open to the public due to seating limitations; however, the address is expected to be available on Members of the media are welcome to attend but are asked to register by Nov. 6 with The Citadel’s Office of External Affairs, to ensure parking and access. Please email Kim Keelor at

Civil War Exhibit & Lecture by photographer Rick Rhodes

 cival war photo exhibit at the citadel

Photographs of Charleston-area forts and city scenes that were taken in 1865 on the fourth anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter have been meticulously restored by photographer Rick Rhodes and are on display in the exhibit titled Civil War Photography at The Citadel. Working with the 144-year old images selected from the Library of Congress, Rhodes painstakingly reconditioned the images to reveal all possible detail from the original glass plate negatives.

Rhodes will speak about Civil War Photography at The Citadel, to mark the opening of the exhibition.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m., in room 165 of Bond Hal. A reception will follow in the lobby of nearby Capers Hall, which is where the photographs are on display. The lecture and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from Nov. 12 – Dec. 3, 2013. This lecture and exhibition are a part of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fine Art Series which bring a variety of visual art, music, and drama events to the college and the Lowcountry.


Open film screening and discussion with filmmakers

The department of political science, a division of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will host a public screening of the PBS film The Reckoning: the Fight for the International Criminal Court at 7 p.m., Nov. 21, in Jenkins Hall Auditorium. The film is an account of the new International Criminal Court's struggle to prosecute perpetrators—however powerful or concealed they may be—of crimes against humanity as the court fights to establish its own credibility on the world stage.  The screening will be followed by a video conference with filmmakers Paco de Onìs, Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates. The event is free and open to the public.


Annual Candlelight Services schedule for early December

The annual Christmas Candlelight Services at The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel will be held at 7:30p.m., Dec. 6 – 8, 2013. All are welcome to attend one of the three services; however, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel Choirs, together with The Citadel Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band perform during the services. It is a tradition that started more than 75 years ago.

“Every graduate knows that The Citadel thrives on tradition. One of the oldest traditions of the modern Citadel era is the Annual Christmas Candlelight Service,” said Chaplain Joel Harris, lieutenant colonel, USA (Retired).  “The service dates to December 1937 when the Corps of Cadets gathered in what was then the new Cadet Chapel. They were accompanied by the new organ and the Cadet Glee Club sang carols together with the faculty, staff and families to usher in the Christmas season. For many in  the community this service has become a regular part of their holiday season tradition.”

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