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December 8, 2016
1. Citadel grad, cadet looking to explore space
The intrepid Col. Randy Bresnik is scheduled to return to space in May, this time to command the International Space Station. And this time, The Citadel graduate's training will be blogged by cadet Angelica McNerny, who is contracted to be commissioned by the Air Force when she graduates in May as she pursues a career in space exploration. She flew Wednesday to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. "It doesn't get much better than this," she said. Bresnik, a 1989 graduate, was a veteran Marine Corps aviator when he became one of 11 members of NASA's Astronaut Class 9 in 2004, selected from about 4,000 applicants. He space-walked in 2009 aboard the shuttle Atlantis and talked later about the awe of circling the Earth every half-hour, watching the sun rise. On the space station, he will lead an international crew, commissioned in space as the current mission leader returns to Earth. "His unassuming leadership style and service to our country as a pilot and astronaut continue to inspire cadets and many others who follow Col. Bresnik's accomplishments," said Col. Tom Clark, director of The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership Ethics. To view McNerny's blog, go to, click on the Bresnik link and then on #CitadeSpaceStar.
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December 8, 2016
2. Citadel Space Star to Lead His Second International Space Station Expedition
Veteran NASA astronaut and Citadel alumnus, Col. Randy Bresnik, USMC (Ret.), is training for his next mission: he will command Expedition 53 to the International Space Station scheduled to launch in May of 2017. Halfway through his anticipated six months on the ISS when the commander of Expedition 52 departs, Bresnik will assume command of the space station itself. Bresnik is one of 45 active astronauts listed by NASA, and a senior one with regard to experience. This will be his second visit to the ISS. His primary missions have included: STS-129: In 2009, Bresnik was a part of the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew that docked with the ISS for 11 days of assignments. His two spacewalks during that mission known as STS-129 totaled 11 hours and 50 minutes. His daughter was born while he was on the mission. A video of his celebration in space can be seen by clicking here. Cave-a-naut: Bresnik trained as a cave-a-naut (a video can be seen by clicking here) for the European Space Agency, testing impacts on the human body while living deep beneath the Earth's surface. Aquanaut: In 2014, Bresnik commanded a team of aquanauts for NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operation, aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory. Much of the training for the May expedition to the ISS occurs at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Citadel Cadet Angelica McNerny will be onsite at the center Dec. 8 to observe Bresnik in an ISS mockup where training for emergency scenarios will be underway. She will be reporting on his endeavors for several months until launch on a Citadel blog and via the college's social media using #CitadelSpaceStar.
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December 8, 2016
3. Video: Entrepreneurship, the Market Economy and Human Betterment
On Thursday, Octobert 20, 2016 The Nassau Institute & The College of The Bahamas presented a lecture by Professor Richard Ebeling on "Entrepreneurship, the Market Economy and Human Betterment" in the lecture hall at the Harry C. Moore Library at College of The Bahamas (now the University of The Bahamas) starting at 6:30pm. Summary of lecture: "We easily take for granted the continuous and wondrous material and cultural improvements in our everyday lives. But they are neither guaranteed nor certain. Instead, they are due to the entrepreneurial mind and spirit that, in fact, is potentially in any one of us. But the innovations, creativity and alertness to market opportunities from which human betterment comes is dependent upon a political and economic environment of freedom and competitive openness, without which prosperity and rising standards of living would be impossible."
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