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Citadel News Service
29 Sep 2015

Upcoming News from The Citadel - October 2015

The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook reveals new details into Middle Ages battlecrecy

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Associate professor of English, Michael Livingston, debuts his co-edited book, The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook on Sept. 30.

For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, Livingston’s new casebook offers evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

Livingston, a native of Colorado, holds degrees in history, medieval studies and English. He is the general editor of the Liverpool Historical Casebook Studies, the associate editor of the TEAMS Secular Commentary Series, and an advisory board member of the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series. Livingston is also an award-winning writer published in a variety of genres and venues. His first novel is The Shards of Heaven.

Cultural Determinants of Democracy in Islam

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Bond Hall 165

Free and open to the public

Graduate students and professors from the Department of Political Science will present a panel discussion entitled “Cultural Determinants of Democracy in Islam.”

Dr. Scott Segrest, associate professor of political science and author of America and the Political Philosophy of Common Sense, a philosophical analysis of the role of common sense in politics, will begin the discussion with a short presentation on Islamic political theory.

The history of democratization in Morocco, Jordan and Egypt will then be discussed by graduate students Joseph Crossno, Emily Harman, and Tucker Strom. The group will discuss the influence of various factors of democratization including the Islamic principles that are applied to public policy within a democratic framework.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” – a series of events latinoamericans

Hispanic Heritage Exhibit

On display until Thursday, Oct. 15

Daniel Library

“Latino Americans: Foreigners in the Own Land,” part 1 of PBS documentary series

Screening & discussion led by Dr. Nancy Aguirre, assistant professor of Latin American History

6: 30 – 8: 30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Duckett Auditorium

Latin Dance Workshop

Workshops: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Social: 8 – 11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

”Latino Americans: 500 Years of History”, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Aguirre, The Citadel was one of 200 recipients of "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grants selected from throughout the country by the NEH and ALA, as part of a competitive grant process. In addition, The Citadel was the only institute selected in South Carolina, and received a id="mce_marker"0,000 grant. The grant will help hold programming that will include events such as festivals, film screenings, oral history initiatives, local history exhibits, facilitate informed discussions about Latino American history and culture between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

The Citadel will also host the six-part, NEH-supported 2013 documentary film, "Latino Americans," created for PBS by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Learn more about the series.

Women, Politics and Policy: a discussion with former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Hermanherman

4 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Riverview Room, The Citadel

Limited seating for participating organizations; registration required

Women, Politics and Policy is a one-time event presented by the YWCA of Greater Charleston in partnership with The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, The Citadel, and others. The gathering will focus on discussing ways to engage more women in the electoral process and in elected government positions, as well as exploring how to increase equity in the workplace.

Alexis Herman, former U.S. Labor Secretary will lead the event. Herman, a native of Mobile, Alabama, currently serves on the boards of several companies. She was the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving during the Clinton administration from 1993 – 2001.

Other event partners include the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area, and The Links, Incorporated.

Seating for the event is limited. Members of the participating organizations are encouraged to register here.

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflectionschinatownhall

A nation-wide collaborative event

7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 5

Duckett Hall Auditorium, The Citadel

Free and open to the public

Join The Citadel Department of Political Science, along with Friends of the Daniel Library for the ninth annual China Town Hall. China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a collaborative event sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-partisan public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.

The town hall is an interactive webcast with more than 70 participant locations nationwide. The event focuses on Chinese investments in the U.S. and is intended to help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship. The program will feature a panel discussion with former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Mayor Sheldon Day, of Thomasville, Alabama, and Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group. The panel’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

The event at The Citadel will be led by Dr. Margaret P. Karns who is Professor Emerita of political science at the University of Dayton, was the founding director of that college’s International Studies Program, and is now a visiting professor for the University of Massachusetts teaching global governance and human security. Karns is the granddaughter of missionaries who served in China and has lived in and written about China.

Cadets, students and faculty members will be present and the event is open to the community. The Citadel offers minors in East Asian Studies and Chinese, as well as a wide range of study abroad opportunities in China and other Asian countries.

The Citadel Fall 2015 Career Fair

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

The Citadel's Holliday Alumni Center

Registration for Recruiters has closed. Students and alumni may view the participating organizations through their hireLINK account

The Citadel Career Center hosts two (2) fairs each academic year; one in the fall and one in spring. These fairs provide an opportunity for employers and graduate schools to discuss their organization's full-time positions, internships, seasonal jobs, and programs of graduate study with our students, freshmen through graduate level. Alumni may attend as appropriate. 

Leadership, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Sexual Minorities in the Military 


6: 30 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Regimental Commanders’ Riverview Room

Free and open to the public

RADM (Ret.) Alan M. Steinman, former Director of Health and Safety for the U.S. Coast Guard and the most senior military officer to self-identify as gay after retirement, will discuss sexual minorities in the military and his experiences with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).

Steinman served under DADT throughout his 25 years of service. Upon retirement, he came out as gay and joined two other retired Flag Officers who led an effort for the repeal of DADT.

Since retirement, Steinman has served on the Military Advisory Council for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, as an advisor for Servicemembers United and for Service Women’s Action Network. He is also a founding member of the Puget Sound Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights.

For the past five years, Steinman has lectured college campuses on the issue of gays in the military and DADT. He will share his first-hand experiences and thoughts on leadership issues relevant to sexual minorities in the military.

Parents Weekend 2015pw2015

Friday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 11

The Citadel will host Parents Weekend on campus Oct. 8 - 11, 2015. It is an annual and treasured tradition at The Military College of South Carolina. Cadet-only events begin on Thursday, Oct. 8, with a ring presentation rehearsal for seniors and the highly anticipated Senior Dinner which is a long-standing Corps custom.

Beginning Friday, families will visit with cadets, faculty and staff. Parents and visitors will also observe military ceremonies and athletic events. It is an opportunity for families to learn more about how their favorite member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets lives, learns and leads on the iconic Charleston campus.

It is this weekend when most knobs (freshmen or Fourth Class cadets) will be seeing their parents for the first time since beginning their intensive training in August. With their parents present, the Fourth Class cadets will be promoted from Recruit to Private and officially integrated into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. One of the most important traditions families will witness will include the Ring Ceremony for members of The Class of 2016 – which is when they will receive their hard-earned and highly-coveted Citadel rings.

"Cadets truly look forward to parents. It is one of the best weekends of the academic year for us," said Brianna Young, Regimental Public Affairs Officer and political science major. "It is meaningful for us all, but especially for the Freshman, most of whom haven't seen their parents since leaving home to begin college. Also, seniors receive their class rings that weekend which is one of the highlights of every cadet's Citadel experience."

Please click here for the full 2015 Parents Weekend schedule.

Friends of the Daniel Library lecture

The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864; an evening with Citadel Professor Kyle S. Sinisilasthurrah

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Bond Hall 165

Free and open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with Citadel Professor Kyle S. Sinisi for his new release, The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864 (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era).

The book focuses on Confederate General Sterling Price and his attempt to liberate Missouri from Union occupation and guerilla warfare. Price’s invading army lacked men, horses, weapons and discipline and its success depended upon an uprising of pro-Confederate Missourians, an uprising that never occurred. The Last Hurrah is the story of Price’s invasion from its planning to its retreat.

Sinisi, a U.S. Army veteran, is a two-time recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award, The Citadel’s annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Sinisi is the co-editor of Total War Series line of books for the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, and author of Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism. Sinisi is also a co-editor of Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century.

Leadership Day 2015ld2015

Wednesday, Oct. 21

All day; more than 50 locations

On one day, each October, cadets and students from The Citadel spread out across the Lowcountry to learn to lead by serving others. Leadership Day is one element of the college’s required leadership training. Almost every cadet participates in some way whether it is through hands-on volunteerism or job shadowing community leaders at local organizations and businesses.

Leadership Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21. As the sun comes up, more than 1,000 cadets and students will head out to more than 50 locations which will include many public schools. They will help lead STEM classroom activities, clean up parks, participate in Election Day training for poll workers, and attend seminars offered by the Institute for Global Ethics, along with dozens of other undertakings.

Leadership Day is planned and managed annually by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and contributed greatly to The Citadel being selected for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification.

“Activities on Leadership Day are designed to engage cadets and students in meaningful learning opportunities outside the classroom through service in the community,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (retired), and director for The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Dr. Conway Saylor, director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at the Krause Center has watched the event blossom from the first “Heroism Day” in 2010.

“We started in 2010 placing 150 cadets in service opportunities. It’s staggering to look back to that and see where we are now,” Saylor said. “We couldn’t hold Leadership Day without the support of more than 45 community partners for whom many cadets volunteer not only on this day, but throughout the year.”

Leadership Day 2014 provided an estimated 8,261 hours of volunteer service to the Lowcountry valued at approximately $188,811, by 1,334 Citadel volunteers. Watch a video from Leadership Day 2014 here.

Going for Broke with Michael Tannermichaeltanner

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19

Bond Hall 165

Free and open to the public

The Department of Political Science presents a night with Michael Tanner, author of Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt and the Entitlement Crisis.

The discussion will focus on the United States’ growing national debt and the difficult decisions that need to be made by politicians from both parties in order to reduce spending. Going for Broke provides an in-depth analysis of entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, and provides solutions for reform.

Tanner, a Cato Institute senior fellow and national expert of entitlement policy, heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on poverty and social welfare policy, health care reform, and Social Security.

Tanner is also the author of numerous other books on public policy including, Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society, and A New Deal for Social Security.

2nd Annual Bulldog Business Bowlbbb2

5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23; all entries due

Bond Hall 274

Open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students

The 2nd annual Bulldog Business Bowl will kick off in October and run through April 2016. The Bulldog Business Bowl was created in 2015 by the School of Business and is aimed at budding entrepreneurs with ideas for new products and a desire to turn that idea into a business.

Contestants will participate in teams and compete in up to three rounds. The final five teams will be assigned a coach and given the opportunity to attend a series of educational workshops on how to develop their full business plan.

This event is made possible through the generosity of The Citadel Class of 1989, Metro Charleston Chamber of Commerce and private angel investors.

Engineering Career and Networking Expo

5 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Registration is open for employers, organizations and graduate schools

The Engineering Career and Networking Expo will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Buyer Auditorium. The career fair will provide connections for 80 - 100 seniors in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering and a career development forum for over 300 underclass students to gain knowledge of engineering career opportunities through interaction with practicing professionals. 

Proceeds from the event support The Citadel student chapters of ASCE, IEEE, ASME and fund conferences, meetings and activities for the chapters. 

Dr. Scott Buchanan receives Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council award for The Three Governors Controversy buchanan

5 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council votes Dr. Scott Buchanan’s book, The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia’s Progressive Politics, with an award in the category of “Research Using the Holdings of an Archives.”

Buchanan’s co-authored book is the first full-length examination of the death of Georgia governor-elect Eugene Talmadge in late 1946 that launched a constitutional crisis that ranks as one of the most unusual political events in United States history. The state had three active governors at once, each claiming that he was the true elected official.

Buchanan, an associate professor of political science and the executive director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, is also the author of Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn't Vote for Me, the only published biography of Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin, who was a member of The Citadel Class of 1929. Buchanan is the 2015 recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

New Veteran’s program coordinator at The Citadel

Monday, Nov. 2

The Citadel Office of Military and Veterans Affairs has a new coordinator who will work as a liaison between the college, veteran students, and veteran agencies. Michelle Tompkins, who served in the Navy from 1981 – 86, will occupy the new position.

"My military career consisted of hunting Russian submarines," she said in an interview on Tompkins graduated from The Citadel Graduate College with a Masters in Clinical Counselling in 2014. The college has hundreds of veteran evening undergraduate and graduate level students, as well as active duty students. A veteran’s center that opened last year serves as a gathering place for students and offers a convenient location for veteran’s resources.

“Michelle is a veteran. She is a graduate of The Citadel Graduate College. She knows the military and she knows our programs,” said Dr. Bob McNamara, Dean of The Citadel Graduate College, under which the office of military affairs is housed. “Michelle also brings a wealth of experience, insight, and knowledge about higher education issues and challenges facing veteran students.”

Tomkins worked at The Citadel as a graduate assistant while earning her masters.

"I am very excited to be a part of the team. I think The Citadel’s veterans program has a lot of potential for growth founded on the college’s longstanding commitment to those who served our nation,” said Tompkins.

Tompkins, who will also continue working for the Veteran’s Administration, begins Nov. 2.


The Citadel unveils virtual map

Learn about The Citadel’s rich history while exploring the campus via a new, high-tech virtual tourvirtualmap

The map includes the following features:

  • Users may click on a building illustration or the name of a building/location in the map legend to access photos, videos, and information
  • Users may search by name, category or specific keyword to identify its location

To take the complete tour, begin with #1: Lesesne Gate, and use the “Previous Stop/Next Stop” buttons at the bottom of the location pop-up window to continue. Make sure to zoom in and explore the rich detail of the map illustration.

Take a peek at November’s upcoming news: Homecoming 2015 is Nov. 6 – 8, associate professor of English, Michael Livingston, to publish fiction debut, full furlough is Nov. 20 – 29 and more!

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