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July 23, 2019
1. Citadel professor to star in Discovery Channel series that looks for proof of alien ‘Contact’ on Earth

Note: Michael Livingston, Ph.D., is a professor at The Citadel, specializing in English, history, medieval studies and more.

The show follows investigators as they look for evidence needed to prove that extra-terrestrials have made contact with the human world.

Discovery Channel has greenlighted a series that investigates whether aliens have made contact on Earth. The series, titled Contact, features six highly trained investigators looking to solve that mystery using “groundbreaking CIA-developed software, military special operations investigative techniques and boots-on-the-ground journalism to track down leads around the world.” Discovery says this is the “first ever global investigation to determine whether or not aliens have made contact here on Earth.” Contact follows investigators as they look for evidence needed to prove that aliens have made contact with the human world, led by former CIA targeting officer Myke Cole and conflict analyst Dr. Michael Livingston, and featuring renowned astrophysicist and international space journalist Sarah Cruddas, former USMC special ops intel officer, Nick Karnaze, award-winning investigative journalist Paul Beban and former Green Beret intelligence sergeant Kawa Mawlayee.

Published in: The Citadel Today - Online
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July 23, 2019
2. ACE Solo Flight Program concludes for 2019 at historic Tuskegee Airmen airfield
The Air Force concluded its Aviation-Character-Education Solo Flight Program, lead by Air Force Recruiting Service, after graduating the final class of the year, July 12, in Tuskegee, Alabama. The A.C.E. Solo Flight Program, which began in 2018, is a unique, STEM--science, technology, engineering and math--focused summer program designed to motivate and mentor minorities and women to pursue aerospace careers, with an emphasis on Air Force opportunities. For AFRS, the three-week program was a key element in the effort to increase diversity within the Air Force’s rated officer corps. AFRS set a historic milestone in that the program’s third class in Tuskegee marked the first time the Air Force has conducted flight training operations out of Moton Field since the illustrious Tuskegee Airmen learned how to fly there in the 1940s. The location was specifically chosen to honor the contributions and rich heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen. The other two A.C.E. Solo Flight programs this summer were held at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. Cadre were comprised of Airmen representing operational and support career fields. The program’s success centered upon robust interaction with role models from all components of the Air Force: active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
Published in: U.S. Air Force - Online
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July 23, 2019
3. Citadel implements clear bag policy

Fans attending athletic events at The Citadel this year are reminded of the new clear bag policy that has been implemented. Under the policy, fans will be allowed to bring with them a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or a one-gallon plastic bag (such as Ziploc or Hefty bags). The bags may have a logo on one side that is no larger than 4.5 inches by 3.4 inches. Bags carrying a properly sized logo of other teams or venues are permitted. Small clutches - 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, or approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap - also can be taken into the stadium along with clear bags. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. Diaper bags, after inspection, will also be permitted for families with infants and toddlers. Child must be present.

Published in: Moultrie News - Online
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July 23, 2019
4. Former SC prosecutor Dan Johnson reports to federal prison, starts a blog
Before pleading guilty earlier this year to public corruption charges, former 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson favored white dress shirts and snappy repp ties. Now Johnson is wearing a prison jump suit at Butner Medium Security federal prison in North Carolina. Last month, U.S. Judge Cameron McGowan Curry sentenced Johnson, 48, to a year and a day in federal prison for charges that included theft of federal public money by using his office credit card. If Johnson doesn’t have any disciplinary citations, he could be eligible for early release in about 10 months. Johnson already has started a blog for his friends called, “My redshirt year in prison ... an attempt to chronicle my mental, physical and spiritual growth as my family and I navigate one year in federal prison.” “Redshirt” is an athletic term for an athlete who sits out of games for a year. Johnson is a former standout track and football star at The Citadel.
Published in: The State - Online
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July 23, 2019
5. Letters to the Editor

Communist state

In a July 13 Post and Courier column, Richard Schreadley wrote that Democratic presidential candidates had proposed policies that would turn the USA into a socialist state like that of the former USSR. He extracted the word “socialism” from the Soviet constitution of 1936, usually referred to as the Stalin Constitution, named after the Soviet dictator who established it during the Great Purge of the 1930s, which killed and imprisoned 8-10 million Soviet people. Schreadley neglected to mention other provisions in the document: that the Communist Party, specifically recognized by the constitution, was the only political group allowed in the Soviet Union; that no political or economic independence was permitted in local administrative or political units of the USSR; that the legal system served the Communist Party; and that the political police operated outside even Soviet law. It is rather puzzling that Mr. Schreadley has referenced “socialism” in the Stalin constitution rather than to its usual reference as “democratic socialism” within the European Union and throughout the NATO alliance. At least he did not say, as Sen. Lindsey Graham did, that four Democratic members of the House are communists, descended, one might infer, from those who prospered under the Stalin constitution.

Emeritus professor of history
The Citadel
Cecilia Drive

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 23, 2019
6. Citadel mentioned as in connection to Gov. McMaster's role on Board of Visitors


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Published in: WYFF - Greenville, SC - Broadcast
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July 23, 2019

Six members of the The Citadel football team earned Preseason All-Southern Conference honors, it was announced Monday at the league's Football Media Day. The preseason all-conference teams were selected by the league's head coaches. Joseph Randolph II, Willie Eubanks III and Matthew Campbell were selected to the first team, while Haden Haas, Drew McEntyre and Jacob Godek were named to the second team.

Published in: Citadel Sports - Online
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July 23, 2019
8. Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame to induct Montei, Cadden, Cuyler

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 goes way back, and not that far back and a little in between. The three-person class announced Monday includes former Citadel pitcher Mike Montei, longtime coach Tony Cadden and the late Kiki Cuyler, one of only two National Baseball Hall of Famers to spend part of his minor league career as a Charleston player. Cadden and Montei were selected by fan voting. Cuyler was chosen by the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Committee. The three new inductees will be honored prior to the RiverDogs’ Saturday, Aug. 3, home game against the Delmarva Shorebirds at 6:05 p.m. They will have their names inscribed on the Hall of Fame list located on the main concourse of Riley Park. The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable local volunteers was created to come up with the names as potential nominees. The Hall of Fame is located inside Riley Park.

Also covered by WCSC - Live 5 News

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 23, 2019
9. Citadel coach: ‘Flat-out joke’ that Bulldogs are picked 7th in SoCon football

Citadel football coach Brent Thompson on Monday unveiled the topic of his speech for the Bulldogs’ first team meeting of the 2019 season: The Southern Conference preseason polls. SoCon coaches and media provided Thompson with his talking points by picking the Bulldogs to finish seventh in the nine-team league in polls released on media day. “It’s a flat-out joke,” said Thompson, whose team returns 19 starters from a 5-6 squad that went 4-4 in the SoCon, tied for fifth place, in 2018. “I think that’s the biggest thing that I’ve taken away from today, is how little respect we have right now, and that’s OK with me. “But you look at the way we ended the season last year, and the fact that we played a lot of the teams in this room to within a touchdown, and we’re still picked seventh? We’re going to use that as motivation. This is going to be the first thing we talk about in our team meeting.” Defending champion Wofford is the consensus pick to win the SoCon again next season, with coaches and media both placing Furman second and ETSU third.

Also covered by WCSC - Live 5 News

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 22, 2019
1a. A Citadel graduate died in a training accident. His family and fiancée want answers.

Conor McDowell wasn’t supposed to die this way. On May 9, the 24-year-old Citadel graduate and Marine found himself leading a light-armored vehicle patrol at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego. The rocky terrain was difficult to navigate during the 10-day training exercise. Despite using all the intelligence at their disposal, the eight-wheeled vehicle began tipping into an 18-foot hole covered by tall grass. As the 12-ton cab slowly turned belly up, Conor pushed the lance corporal who was positioned in the machine gun turret back inside at the last minute. He saved his comrade’s life. But, during the rollover, the newly commissioned first lieutenant was crushed instantly. He would become a number, one of thousands of young men and women killed in training accidents across the nation. Conor’s death would end up fueling a mission for some change to the epidemic.

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 22, 2019
1b. BIG STORY: Whites, males comprise big majority of state university governing boards
You almost need a fine-toothed comb to find anyone other than a white man on public university governing boards in South Carolina. This conclusion comes from a new Statehouse Report review of South Carolina’s public universities. It found governing board members are 75.8 percent male and 84.5 percent white — and zero members were of Latino, Asian or Native American ethnicity. At the Medical University of South Carolina, women made up 12.5 percent of the board, and African Americans made up 12.5 percent of the board. At The Citadel, where its members must be alumni and it began accepting women since 1996, two of its 14-member board are women, accounting for 14.3 percent of members. How we obtained the data On Monday, Statehouse Report requested the information of the state’s 10 publicly-funded higher education institutions: The Citadel, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Medical University of South Carolina, S.C. State University, University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University.
Published in: Statehouse Report - Online
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July 22, 2019
1c. Sullivan’s Island beach is strewn with tiny plastic pellets, and cleanup isn’t likely
The plastic pellets resemble tiny fish eggs, and they’re everywhere along the high water line at the beach. David Creech walked for a mile, staggered by the spread. People with litter bags who were walking around him were shocked, too, he said. The pellets are nurdles, the raw material used to make virtually every commercial plastic item in the market. They are a toxic petroleum product that can poison or clog the guts of marine animals. They also are the size of small beads and, in most cases, are milky white. Creech found them along the beach from the south side of the island from Charleston Harbor going north past the island’s lighthouse, but more concentrated toward the harbor side, he said. John Weinstein, a physiology professor at The Citadel, has been overseeing research into just how much microplastics and tire particles are accumulating in oysters in South Carolina. His students have sampled Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Charleston Harbor. “We have never come across nurdles,” he said. “This is new.”
Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 22, 2019
2a. REVIEW: Stellar cast illuminates humanity in Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Porgy and Bess’
Morris Robinson’s deep bass voice was remarkably tender and smooth as he sang the words, “Bess, you is my woman now,” in the famous love duet in “Porgy and Bess.” It was an unforgettably sweet moment in what was otherwise a gritty, intense production of the Gershwins’ opera that opened Saturday night in Music Hall. Robinson’s portrayal of the crippled beggar Porgy was powerful, believable and ultimately breathtaking. Using a crutch and walking with a painful-looking turned-in foot (instead of the specified goat-cart), Robinson brought depth, dignity and pathos to the love-stricken Porgy, who was willing to forgive and follow the flawed Bess even to New York. His big, resonant bass commanded the stage, whether singing joyfully in “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” or bringing a sense of foreboding to the “Buzzard Song.” Robinson staggered, fell and fought strenuously (perhaps aided by his background as a former All-American football player at the Citadel), all the while singing with enormous expressive power. When Bess left Porgy for good, his words, “where’s my Bess?” were heartbreaking.
Published in: Cincinnati Business Courier - Online
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July 22, 2019
2b. Clarendon Pilot Club member Attends Convention in Chicago
Peggy Benton, a member of Clarendon Pilot Club, recently attended the 98thPilot International Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Peggy was installed as the 2019-2020 Pilot International President Elect on July 6, 2019. Peggy Benton was one of more than 600 Pilots who participated in the global event that drew representatives from more than four countries and geographic areas around the world. Peggy Benton resides with her husband in Summerton, South Carolina and was a noted high school mathematics teacher for 30 years, retired. A Pilot for 13 ½ years, Peggy’s home club is the Pilot Club of Clarendon, South Carolina. Peggy was elected Pilot International President Elect for 2019-2020. This marks Peggy’s fifth term on the Pilot International Executive Committee. Peggy has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a Masters in Mathematics from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Published in: Manning Live - Online
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July 22, 2019
2b. Ladybug Release, Caribbean Jerk Festival and more happening in Charleston this weekend

Mainland Music: Mitchell Lee & more

Local boy done good, Mitchell Lee, will return to Charleston from Nashville for a special concert under the oaks at Mainland Container Company on Friday, presented by Ear for Music. Lee, a graduate of The Citadel and a Columbia native, saw success on season 13 (2017) of NBC’s “The Voice” as a member of Blake Shelton’s team, making it as one of the last 12 contestants. He was so popular, the show called him back to run social media and conduct interviews on the red carpet after the final live shows. Lee refers to his genre of music as “Carolina Palmetto rock.” Fun fact: Lee initially planned to become a dentist.

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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July 22, 2019
2b. Senator Bob Hall to speak to Fannin County Republican Women
Texas Senator Bob Hall will speak to the Fannin County Republican Women August 1, 2019 and the public is invited to attend. The Texas Legislature recently completed their session and an update from the prospective of our State Senator Bob Hall will be shared. Additionally, he will be available to visit with questions you may have. Senator Hall graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received a Regular Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. Upon graduation, Bob began his active duty as a Systems Engineer working to develop the Minuteman Missile System during the Cold War at Norton AFB in California, where he achieved the rank of Captain. Following his service, he owned and operated an engineering consulting company. After retiring, he was elected Senator to Senate District 2. Senator Hall and his wonderful wife Kay reside in Edgewood, Texas. The Fannin County Republican Women meet at the Family Life Center, 801 Star St., Bonham, TX 75418. The meet and greet begins at 5:30 p.m. where attendees are welcome to bring a covered dish. The meeting is 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Published in: North Texas e-News - Online
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July 22, 2019
2b. Smith retires from U.S. Army after 27 years of service
A Cedartown native who served for more than 25 years in uniform is now moving into retirement. Col. Chad H. Smith retired from the United States Army July 12, 2019 at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama during a ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Todd, program executive officer for Army aviation. Smith’s retirement celebrated 27 years of service to our nation. In his last assignment, he served as the Contingency Operations Officer at PEO Aviation. Smith is a 1988 graduate of Cedartown High School and received his commission from The Citadel in 1992, where he was a distinguished military graduate. Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Citadel.
Published in: Marietta Daily Journal - Online
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July 22, 2019
2c. Jamme Butler graduates from The Citadel

Jamme Butler of Somerset, Kentucky earned a Mathematics degree from The Citadel. Butler graduated during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House. Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time. The Citadel Class of 2019 includes 528 cadets, veteran students and active duty students. The graduates come from 32 states and seven countries. About 35% of the class accepted commmissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service just prior to graduation. The ceremony followed three days of the Corps' commencement-related actives, which included an awards convocation, commissioning ceremonies for cadets becoming military officers and The Citadel's iconic Long Gray Line parade. The top academic programs for the Class of 2019 included business administration, criminal justice, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and political science.

Published in: Commonwealth Journal - Online
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July 22, 2019
3a. Waverly sophomore to attend National Youth Leadership Forum
A Waverly High School sophomore is dedicating a portion of his summer vacation to better his future. Brady Anderson will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum through Envision for engineering and technology. For one week, Anderson will stay in dorms at Georgia Tech where he'll develop his leadership skills and work hands-on in simulations and with professionals to learn more about the field. By attending the Envision program, Anderson is hopeful that he will be more likely to be accepted into a military academy such as West Point in New York or The Citadel in South Carolina. And once Anderson graduates college, he plans to pursue a career in the military that would combine his love of engineering and technology like working as a mechanical engineer or in nuclear technology.
Published in: Chillicothe Gazette - Online
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July 22, 2019
3b. CAP moves meetings to airport
Members of the ACE Basin Composite Squadron and guests officially moved the squadron’s weekly Tuesday meetings to then new Fixed Base Operation (FBO) for Lowcountry Aviation on the campus of the historic Walterboro Army Airfield — now known as the Lowcountry Regional Airport. Membership in the ACE Basin Composite Squadron is open now. In the last three months, cadets and senior members have experienced flight simulators, C-17 rides, cadet orientation flights in a Cessna 172 and 182, and will soon be spending the night on the USS Yorktown, touring The Citadel, earning their model rocketry badge, and participating in a search & rescue training exercise in September. Once trained, members have the chance to assist in Hurricane-related Disaster Response should a weather system impact South Carolina.
Published in: Walterboro Live - Online
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July 22, 2019
Single-game tickets for the 2019 Citadel football season are now on sale. The Bulldogs' home schedule features six home games, including local rival Charleston Southern, and 2018 playoff teams Towson and Wofford. The Citadel begins the season at home on Aug. 31 against nationally-ranked Towson at 3 p.m. After a pair of games on the road, the Bulldogs welcome CSU to Johnson Hagood Stadium on Sept. 21. The Hall of Fame Game is set for 6 p.m. The month of October features three home games. The Bulldogs take on VMI for Parents' Day on Oct. 5, Western Carolina on Oct. 12 and Mercer for Homecoming on Oct. 26. All three games are set for 2 p.m. The Citadel wraps up the home schedule Nov. 23 against Wofford at noon. Single-game tickets for the Bulldogs' home games start as low as $15 for standard games. Premium games, which include Parents' Day and Homecoming, start at $32. Student pricing is also available.
Published in: Citadel Sports - Online
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July 22, 2019
5. Former Jenkins standout Middleton hosts second annual “Get Going” charitable event

Javonte Middleton, a former Jenkins standout and current quarterback for The Citadel, is back in Savannah to give 2019 graduates a boost headed into their first year of college. Middleton hosted his second annual “Get Going” charitable event Saturday at the Hudson Hill Community Center. The “pack the trunk” event included college supply kits for applicants, a $1000 scholarship for a rising freshman at the University of Georgia, free food and live entertainment. WSAV’s Connor DelPrete caught up with Middleton to talk about this year’s event and why giving back to the community is important.

Watch the interview here.

Published in: WSAV - Savannah, GA - Online / Broadcast
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July 22, 2019
6. Cruisin’ in kilts: Savannah Bananas remain undefeated wearing skirts

Any suggestion that the Savannah Bananas tradition of wearing kilts for one game will hinder the players ability to perform should be thrown out the window. The Bananas are now 2-0 all-time wearing the Irish garb thanks to a 2-1 win over the Lexington County Blowfish Wednesday night. Jordan Merritt went to the mound donning the kilt and it didn’t seem to affect him. The senior pitcher from The Citadel pitched seven innings with nine strikeouts and allowed just one run to pick up the win.

Watch the on-air coverage here.

Published in: WSAV - Savannah, GA - Online / Broadcast
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July 22, 2019
7. Houston’s East Carolina tenure begins at NC State, site of a Pirates debacle in 2018
While East Carolina will start this football season where the last one ended, Mike Houston wants the connection to last year to end there. N.C. State clobbered the Pirates 58-3 last Dec. 1 at Carter-Finley Stadium two days after ECU fired Scottie Montgomery as its head coach. Houston arrived from James Madison to replace him three days later. Houston played at Mars Hill and got his first head coaching job at Asheville’s TC Roberson High School. His first college head-coaching job came at Lenior-Rhyne in Hickory where he was 29-8 from 2011-14. After going 14-11 in two seasons at The Citadel, he moved to James Madison and led the Dukes to the 2016 FCS national championship.
Published in: The State - Online
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July 22, 2019
8. Clemson football brings in $50 million annually. Here is where the money comes from
Clemson football is a booming business. As the program stretches its brand from Hilton Head to Honolulu, money flows back to Clemson through several streams. The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail reviewed comprehensive annual financial reports the university released publicly for fiscal years 2008 to 2017. Those documents revealed that Clemson generated $53.9 million during the 2017 season. That is a 74 percent increase from 2009, Dabo Swinney's first full season as head coach. According to figures compiled by USA TODAY Sports, Clemson's 2017 football revenue was merely $4.7 million less than the entire athletic department revenue for in-state, mid-major Division I schools Coastal Carolina, The Citadel and South Carolina State combined.
Published in: Greenville News - Online
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July 18, 2019
1. Autonomous vehicles and AI: Citadel’s future engineers prepared to thrive in evolving technical landscape
Artificial intelligence is present in the daily lives of most people, even if few stop to consider the source. A.I. guides ride sharing apps, commercial airliners, and even mobile check deposits. The availability of highly skilled engineers prepared to help lead the development of A.I. and its associated industries in the Charleston, South Carolina area is vital to the state’s competitiveness and its economy. The Citadel School of Engineering, one of America’s oldest engineering programs, is meeting that growing demand. It takes computer, electrical and mechanical engineering ingenuity to develop the A.I. supporting an autonomous vehicle, for example. Engineering students at The Citadel are already learning how to integrate those disciplines and have been for years.
Published in: The Citadel Today - Online
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July 18, 2019
2. COLLEGE NEWS: Citadel commencement

More than 500 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel's May 4 commencement ceremony in McAlister Field House. Local graduates include Octavia Wolfe and Colby Bruner, both of Orangeburg; Cole Cleland of Harleyville; Dylan Lilly of Dorchester; and Daniel Ilderton of St. George. Nearly 450 members of The Citadel Graduate College accepted diplomas during The Citadel's commencement ceremony on May 4 in McAlister Field House. Local graduates include George McIntosh of Bamberg; Ashley Russell of Swansea; William Rickenbaker of Cameron; Rebecca Hanna of Dorchester; Katherine Jenkins of Orangeburg; Teandra White of Harleyville; James Cason of Eutawville; Thomas Weeks and Trenton Silvers, both of St. George; and Demario Kitt of Bowman.

Other examples of syndicated coverage include:

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

News-Press Now

KPVI - Pocatello, ID

Published in: The Times and Democrat - Online
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July 18, 2019
3. Col. Chad Smith reaches retirement from U.S. Army
Col. Chad H. Smith retired from the U.S. Army July 12, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, during a ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Todd, program executive officer for Army aviation. Smith’s retirement celebrated 27 years of service to the nation. In his last assignment, he served as the Contingency Operations Officer at PEO Aviation. Smith is a 1988 graduate of Cedartown High School and received his commission from The Citadel in 1992, where he was a distinguished military graduate. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel.
Published in: Rome News-Tribune - Online
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July 18, 2019
4. The Citadel - Incoming Women's Reception 2019 | Holliday Alumni Center | Friday, 16. August 2019
This is an informal reception for incoming women and their families to meet each other and to meet current women cadets and alumnae.
Published in: Eventbu - Online
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July 18, 2019
5. Letters to the Editor

USC debacle

Déjà vu has manifested itself again in the current debacle to fill the presidency of one of the state’s universities, in this case that of applicant Gen. Robert Caslen for the presidency of the University of South Carolina. This is all too reminiscent of the 2014 controversy surrounding the hiring of then-state Sen. Glenn McConnell for the presidency of the College of Charleston. Interviewing and hiring processes tend to move seamlessly as long as politicians respect the expertise of the search committee and board of trustees. For example, just look at The Citadel and Charleston Southern University that recently named new presidents within the past year. Both schools enjoyed a smooth, uneventful and positive search and hiring process. Only when the process becomes politicized by politicians (ref: Gov. Henry McMaster) do things get messy and contentious. Now the state’s flagship university has a mess on its hands. Why anyone would want to step into this hornet’s nest is a mystery to me. Applicants for any position should be hired on merits alone without outside influence or interference. Anything short of this will certainly ignite maelstrom.

Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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