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The Citadel's Women's History Program 2016

2nd Annual Boeing Women’s Leadership Day: Understanding the Place of Women in Industry
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2
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For the second year in a row, as part of Women’s History Month, Boeing South Carolina will host 60 female cadets and veteran students for a Women’s Leadership Day (WLD) seminar.

WLD represents a corporate-academic partnership between The Boeing Company and The Citadel in support of leadership and professional development of female cadets. The mission of WLD is to inspire and foster personal and professional development for women’s leadership and shape the culture by providing exposure to avenues for networking and mentorship.

The female cadets and veteran students will have the opportunity to meet, hear from, and talk with successful women in The Boeing Company and the day will include leadership demonstrations and group break-away sessions. For more information please contact Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D. at or (843) 953-5323.


Friends of the Daniel Library Lecture: Celebrating Women’s History Month with Provost Connie Ledoux Book
6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8
Museum Reading Room, Daniel Library
Free and open to the public

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for an evening with The Citadel’s first female provost, Connie Ledoux Book, Ph.D.friends of daniel library and dr. connie book

Book, the provost and dean of The Citadel, began her career at Elon University in 1999 as an assistant professor, eventually becoming a tenured professor, department chair, associate dean and associate provost of academic affairs.

Book holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in education from Northwestern State University and a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Georgia. She has served as a board member for the Agency for Public Television in North Carolina since 2008 and is also a member of the board for the North Carolina Open Government Coalition.

The provost is a vice presidential position responsible for all matters pertaining to the academic functions of the college and is the second-ranking official at The Citadel. As the college’s chief academic officer, the provost provides leadership in all academic areas, including curriculum and instruction, research and scholarly activity, accreditation, admissions and financial aid, and academic support services. For more information contact Elise Wallace at or (843) 953-6902.

Greater Issues Series presentation with Governor Nikki Haley

11 a.m.
Thursday, March 17
McAlister Field House
Free and open to the public

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will provide the keynote address for the 9th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, in McAlister Field
House. The symposium is a nationally-lauded event held in conjunction with The Citadel’s Corps Day Weekend each year, during which the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and students delegates from other colleges focus on leadership and ethics.

Gov. Haley is expected to address this year’s symposium theme of Principled Leadership: Character, Courage, Community. This year's theme was selected by The Citadel’s Krause Center of Leadership and Ethics, which manages the event, to recognize and explore the Charleston community's united leadership effort in the wake of the tragedy the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, near The Citadel campus in June of 2015.

Nikki Randhawa Haley was re-elected as the 116th Governor of South Carolina in 2014. Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of Indian immigrants, Governor Haley’s first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a degree in accounting and was eventually elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004 to represent the 87th District, beating the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary.nikki haley head shot

During her tenure as Governor, Haley has brought together leaders of both political parties, educators and the business community to achieve major education reforms, as well as pension, Medicaid and illegal immigration reforms. Under her leadership, the state’s jobless rate has hit record lows, the state has announced more than 70,000 new jobs, and the state has made the largest infrastructure investment in a generation without raising taxes.

Seating for the public at the addresses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee to attend.

Per the colleges safety regulations, no boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, noise makers, umbrellas, beverage containers of any sort, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the field house. Food and drink are prohibited. Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, guests will not be permitted on the floor of the field house during the presentations.

Members of the media who would like to cover the presentations are asked to notify The Citadel Office of Communications and Marketing by emailing Kim Keelor at

"Characters and Courage: Citadel Women Leaders" panel as part of the 9th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium

9 a.m.
Friday, March 18
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

Five Citadel alumnae will discuss "Characters and Courage: Citadel Women Leaders" as part of the 9th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium at 9 a.m. on March 18 at Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall. Nancy Mace, Class of 1999, Kathleen Cartland, Class of 1997, Mandy Garcia Patrick, Class of 2001, Lesjaanusar "Shay" Peterson, Class of 2002, and Petra Lovetinksa Seipel, Class of 2000 will come together during Women's History Month to focus on the role of women in leadership positions.

Women have been a part of The Citadel since its inception in 1842. They served in supportive roles as staff, nurses, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, company sponsors, and mentors, eventually becoming faculty and graduate students in the 1960s, and then members of the South Carolina Corp of Cadets in the 1990s. Please visit our site on Women's History Month: Celebrating 20 years of women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets to learn more about the college's alumnae, take a look at a slideshow with photos, old and new; a video showing the current roles of female cadets, and a timeline of events as we explore the evolution of women at The Citadel.

Leah Suárez: A Celebration of Women in Jazz

6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
Open to the public with $5 general admission, $45 VIP tickets and free with Citadel ID

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Leah Suárez, one of Charleston’s premiere vocalists, will lead her jazz ensemble in A Celebration of Women in Jazz on campus at The Citadel at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. In honor of Women’s History Month, this evening concert will pay homage to key women who have made significant contributions to the formation and progression of America’s unique art form.

Presented by Fine Arts at The Citadel, the Office of the Provostand De La Luz Productions, music selections will include dedications to female artists Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Elis Regina, Anita O’Day, Bettysuch as Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Betty Carter, Shirley Horne and more. The evening will feature a range of mix and styles, from blues to swing, bebop to bossa nova to bolero to contemporary and fusion.

Suárez will also debut her new composition for its world premiere, commissioned by The Citadel for this event, in honor of Women’s History Month. Suárez will share the stage with some of Charleston’s most well-known musicians including: Mark Sterbank (reeds), Richard Harris White, Jr. (piano), Tyler Ross (guitar), Jake Holwegner (bass), Ron Wiltrout (drums and percussion) and Gino Castillo (percussion).

The performance will be held in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel’s campus. General admission will cost $5 and VIP tickets will cost $45 and include reserved front row seating, a personalized CD and a wine and cheese reception with Suárez and the musicians after the concert. The site for purchasing tickets will be up shortly. Please click here to be notified when tickets become available. Citadel faculty, staff and students will be admitted for free with a Citadel ID. For more information please contact Tiffany Silverman at or (843) 953-6918.

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