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January 18, 2017
1. Citadel's New Nursing Department Made Possible By Swain Family
The Citadel's new Swain Department of Nursing is being established through the generosity of a gift from the Swain family, which has been a part of The Citadel family for decades. The seven-figure gift was initiated by brothers David C. Swain, Jr., Citadel Class of 1980, and his wife Mary, as well as Dr. Christopher C. Swain, Citadel Class of 1981, and his wife Debora. The Swain family's desire to help build a nursing program at The Citadel stems from both personal and professional interests. Together, the Swain brothers founded the Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) in Mauldin, South Carolina, in 2006 with a vision to elevate women's health care by providing quality medical care to expectant mothers. More than a decade later, OBHG is the single largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider, partnering with more than 450 board certified physicians nationwide. Dr. Chris Swain, a veteran OB/GYN doctor himself, founded the company as the result of his passion for women's health care and his strong commitment to seeing the industry elevated to provide improved safety and care. After graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, he attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency training at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburgh, Florida. He currently serves as OBHG's Chief medical officer and resides on Isle of Palms, South Carolina, with Debbie and their two sons, one of whom is currently a sophomore in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel.
Published in: Island Eye News
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January 18, 2017
2. Meet the Beaufort County man leading the South Carolina Corps of Cadets
The almost 175-year-old military structure at The Citadel comprises much of what is essentially a leadership laboratory: the cadets manage the undergraduate student body called the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Cadets can work to attain a variety of leadership opportunities during their four years in the Corps, with the highest position being that of regimental commander. It is a demanding job and a very visible role. Cadet Kevin MacDonald, who is from Hilton Head, South Carolina, holds that position for the 2016-17 academic year. MacDonald commands approximately 2,300 cadets. His main job is to train the cadets in The Citadel's four pillars: academics, military, physical effectiveness and moral/ethical. He was selected after a long and rigorous process, as all of the regimental commanders have been for more than a century. MacDonald is a Business Administration major who attends The Citadel on an Army scholarship and is expected to commission as an officer in the Army upon graduation. He is also a member of the elite Summerall Guards. The following interview with MacDonald (KM) was conducted by Regimental Public Affairs NCO Tristan Arrowood (TA).
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January 18, 2017
3. How these Citadel cadets went from Dickies and Chuck Taylors to Trump's inauguration
Before the rifle is passed, both cadets have their hands on it, and the newest guard must wrest it from the veteran's grip. With a firm tug, the rifle comes free like meat off a tough rib. It's a ceremonial gesture, as is the one that follows: the outgoing guard makes a fist with the right hand - covered with a white glove that hides a class ring from The Citadel - and taps on the chest of the newest member of the Summerall Guards. Ring-tapping is a sign of approval at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, founded in 1842 and located in Charleston. Tapping the breastplate of a fellow cadet conveys pride. After the new Summerall Guards - 61 of them every year - take their rifles on Corps Day, they perform publicly for the first time. They're rising seniors, soon to be called first-class cadets, and they're known for their silent precision drill. On Friday the guards will march in the inauguration parade of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States. Some 8,000 people in more than 40 organizations will participate in the parade, according to the Washington Post. It will be the fifth time the Summerall Guards have marched in one, according to The Citadel.
Published in: Myrtle Beach Online
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