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August 29, 2016
1. 20 years later, women continue to make history at The Citadel
Jennifer Pozzani grimaced as the barber wrapped her shoulder-length blonde hair into a ponytail and started cutting. Then she squeezed her eyes shut. The barber, a woman named Sarah Kilgore with two-toned hair and tattoos on her arms, sawed off Pozzani's ponytail and traced a humming clipper along her scalp. Jaw dropped, Pozzani stared at her reflection in the mirror on the opposite wall of The Citadel Barber Shop. "How does that look?" Kilgore asked, handing Pozzani a mirror. "Good," she said. "As good as it's gonna get." "Nine months will be over before you know it." For Pozzani, an 18-year-old from Rockland County in New York, her regulation haircut - no longer than three inches on all sides - is a rite of passage at The Citadel, an institution steeped in history and tradition that for decades excluded women from its ranks. How times have changed. In the past 20 years, the number of women in the Corps of Cadets has slowly but steadily grown. In 1999 - the year Nancy Mace, a self-described "tomboy" from Goose Creek, became the first female cadet to graduate from the historic military college - 30 women entered The Citadel's iron gates. For the fall 2016 semester, 68 female "knobs" reported to campus for Matriculation Day, the school's largest class of freshmen women ever. Today, women at The Citadel hold high-ranking leadership positions within the Corps. More than half of them participate in varsity sports. They enter The Citadel with higher grade-point averages than their males peers. They graduate at higher rates and are less likely to drop out, too. Research from the Multi-Institutional Survey of Leadership shows women graduate from The Citadel with increased resilience, confidence and leadership skills.
Published in: The Post and Courier
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August 29, 2016
2. SC Attorney General appoints chief deputy
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has appointed Robert Bolchoz as Chief Deputy Attorney General to replace John McIntosh, who is retiring. Bolchoz will take over the position Jan. 2, 2017. McIntosh has served as Chief Deputy since 1998 for three attorneys general and has been in the Attorney General's Office since 1995. McIntosh retires after an extensive 50-year legal career where he tried more than 300 criminal cases, including six death penalty trials. During his career, he worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Richland County and as Chief Deputy Solicitor in the 5th Circuit. From 1981 to 1994 he served as First Assistant in the U.S. Attorney's Office. "It has been my honor and privilege to work with one of the most experienced and respected prosecutors in the state. John's legal knowledge is second to none and to work with him and learn from him has been invaluable to me as Attorney General," Wilson said. Bolchoz brings more than 25 years of legal experience to the Attorney General's Office. This will be his second stint in the Office as he served as Chief Deputy Attorney General under former Attorney General Charlie Condon from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Solicitor and Deputy Solicitor in Charleston. Since 2010 he has been working in private practice in Columbia. "I have known Robert many years and have no doubt that he will be an excellent addition to our staff," said Wilson. "He not only has knowledge of this office and how it operates, but he also has extensive experience across the state in private practice and in the public sector. We look forward to having him as part of our team." Bolchoz is a 1986 graduate of The Citadel, and received a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989.
Broadcast on: WCSC-TV Charleston, SC
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August 29, 2016
3. Border States Electric promotes Sipe
Border States Electric has promoted James Sipe to strategy enablement director. Sipe earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He is a veteran of the National Guard and won multiple awards for service and leadership. Sipe joined BSE on Aug. 1, when it acquired Shealy Electrical Wholesalers, which Sipe joined in 2011. He has served as vice president of operations for Shealy Electrical Wholesalers since 2013.
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