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Celebrating Achievements in Service

The Citadel is pleased to announce our campus honorees of the 2015 South Carolina Civic Engagement Leadership Awards and the 2015 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award. These individuals are dedicated to creating positive change on campus and the community through service learning.


2015 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow
Cadet Amber Mills

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The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

A junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Cadet Amber Mills has devoted herself to enhancing high-risk students’ literacy and access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). With increasing community involvement each year, she blossomed into an exceptional contributor and leader in community engagement. As a SUCCEED Fellow, Cadet Mills contributed more than 300 hours of summer service with high-risk youth from Title I school programs, primarily African American children living in poverty. Amber and her team broke through longstanding cultural barriers to truly engage the children, families, and staff of a local housing authority program. They documented reading grade-level gains in 100% of the students who participated and sparked an excitement and strength of collaboration that has sustained the partnership. Amber also led pilot processes for teaching students key science and engineering concepts through hands-on activities. Her paper describing the assessment of the pilot program’s impact has been accepted for presentation at the 2015 Southeastern American Association for Engineering Education meeting. Her reading and STEM programs directly impacted the students with whom she worked as well as helping others who will be empowered in the future by sustainable programs she helped to create.

-John Rosa, President of The Citadel


SC Campus Compact Student Service Achievement Award
Campus Winner, State Honorable Mention
Cadet Brittaney Maples
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Senior Social Studies Education major Brittaney Maples of Gatlinburg, TN is emblematic of the engaged community contributor and leader The Citadel aspires to develop. A member of Band Company and Dean’s List student, Brittaney has been a passionate participant, advocate, and leader in service-learning and civic engagement throughout her four years at The Citadel.

After volunteering with friends in the summer of 2013, Brittaney stepped up to lead and sustain the fledgling literacy interventions at The Gadsden Green Housing Authority’s after-school programs. She engaged her GRACE Collegiate ministry group in the committed effort to work every day with students in the under-resourced site. Eventually she and her volunteers began to crack through long-standing barriers of trust and collaboration with Gadsden Green staff and families. By summer of 2014 she was leading her fellow SUCCEED interns and AmeriCorps-Vista Summer Associates in a much more developed assessment and individualized reading intervention process which resulted in 100% of the participants maintaining or leaping up grade levels in reading. She will disseminate program findings at a national High Risk youth conference this spring. 

Besides Literacy, Brittaney has mentored high risk K-12 students in health and fitness, mobilized them to participate in service to others, and engaged them in mobilizing their strengths to be more successful and resilient in academic and social arenas. She is a selfless, generous, and skilled student leader who shies away from but greatly deserves recognition.


SC Campus Compact Faculty Award for Service Learning
Campus Winner, State Honorable Mention
Dr. Dena Garner
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Dr. Dena Garner, Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science (HESS), is a generous teacher, scholar, and role model whose life of selfless and commitment to service makes a life-changing difference for others. Dr. Garner has been an active participant and leader in community outreach, galvanizing her students, our campus, and the wider community in a variety of health and inclusion initiatives. She has been a tireless advocate for full inclusion of people who have disabilities, leading curricular and co-curricular outreach initiatives that engage her HESS students with youth and adults who have disabilities.

Examples of her advocacy and leadership roles include chairing the wheelchair subcommittee of the Cooper River Bridge Run, serving on the mayoral steering committee for “Lighten-up Charleston” (city-wide weight-loss and health initiative), and participating on the planning team for the 2015 Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Tournament this spring. In spite of her astounding work load Dr. Garner, one of our first Faculty Fellows in Service Learning and Civic Engagement, has been the “go to” person for year round service initiatives. This year she stepped up in the summer to help our SUCCEED fellows and AmeriCorps VISTA SA’s  develop a replicable health and fitness program for high risk youth from title one school programs. She will co-author a student presentation at the National Service Learning Conference with data about the impact of her pilot intervention. She models a life devoted to serving others in a way that empowers and affirms them.


SC Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional Award
Campus Winner, State Honorable Mention
LT Kevin Adcock
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LT Randall “Kevin” Adcock lives and models a life of selfless service. An indispensable leader and collaborator, he was selected as one of our first Staff Fellows in Service Learning and Civic Engagement. A Tactical Officer in command of F-Troop company since 2012, LT Adcock has been engaged in his community throughout his adult life. During his service in US Naval Aviation (1990-2001) he was awarded the Navy’s Outstanding Volunteer Service medal, which he describes as his “proudest Naval achievement”. He has inspired the cadets in his company to make community service a part of their group identity in addition to mentoring individual cadets finding their passion for serving others.

Kevin’s primary focus for outreach has been support of people with health challenges including obesity and breast cancer. He has engaged faculty, staff, and students in supporting Dragon Boat Charleston since 2012, fundraising and volunteering for several major events/year. This year he is the driving force behind the formation of “The Dog-Paddlers”, Citadel’s first-ever Dragon Boat team. While substantially contributing in the health area, Kevin is the “go to” person for whatever service need arises. This year LT Adcock stepped up to lead our first ever “Run for a Reason”, helping cadets to raise funds for five primary partners. Kevin takes joy in serving and has far-reaching impact. He richly deserves this honor.


SC Campus Compact Engaged Community Partner Award
Campus Winner, State Honorable Mention
Anita Meyers
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Ms. Anita Meyers, Program Coordinator at the Gadsden Green Housing Authority, has been one of our most faithful long-term community partners, always fully participating in the processes offered to maximize reciprocal, mutually beneficial campus-community relationships. Ms. Meyers grew up in public housing, which motivated her to seek out a way to create positive programming for children in this environment. Ms. Myers personally exceeded the expectations of her circumstances by receiving a business degree from Trident Technical College, and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from The College of Charleston. She is currently working on her masters in counseling from Capella University.

Anita Meyers consistently goes “above and beyond” with the Gadsden Green Housing Authority to build authentic connections among Gadsden Green families, community volunteers, and college students. She helps our cadets understand the needs and strengths of this population. One cadet who had volunteered as a homework helper was moved to mobilize his entire company to pitch in for Christmas gifts the children would not have otherwise had. Ms. Meyers specifically strives to develop programs that are appealing to the community and will help the children achieve educational goals. Even through her recent cancer diagnosis and treatments she extended herself to be sure that the reading interventions begun in previous summers would continue in the after-school program. Her love of learning, generous spirit of helping others, and zest for life have had tremendous life-changing impact on our staff and students. An inspirational leader, Ms. Meyers is greatly deserving of this recognition.

Honorees will be recognized at the South Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Leadership Awards and at The Citadel's Community Partner Celebration Luncheon.

 

 

 MLK Day of Service

Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. once siad that serving others was the greatest gift one could ever give in life. He strongly believed that serving others was something that every man or woman should do.

On January 19th, 18 cadets and 2 veteran students joined together for The Citadel's annual MLK Day of Service. Cadets spent the morning and after noon volunteering with many of our community partners including; Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, Sweetgrass Garderns, and One80Place. Cadets also participated in the annual MLK Parade in downtown Charleston. 

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The Citadel earns Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification

Led by The Krause Center and the Service Learning team, The Citadel was recently recognized for the breadth and quality of service that The Citadel and our students provides to the Charleston community. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected The Citadel for the 2015 Community Engagement Classification.


For more information of this classification, please visit
http://www.citadel.edu/root/carnegie-foundation-classification
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Leadership Day 2014

On Wednesday, October 22nd, Citadel cadets marked Leadership Day, which is a day set aside by Citadel administration to promote leadership development in cadets at all levels of the leadership development model: prepare, serve, lead, command. Instead of their regularly scheduled classes, cadets participated in community service (Krause Center service teams and SHARE program), disaster preparedness training by American Red Cross, Junior Ethics Enrichment Experience (JEEE), or Senior Leadership Integration Seminar (SLIS).

Among the Leadership Day cadet participants, 1,281 cadets served on the Krause Center Service Teams, which directly served Charleston area nonprofits, and the SHARE heroism themed outreach in local Title I schools. The Krause Center Service Teams were coordinated by AmeriCorps VISTA and service learning graduate assistants.

Category

# of Cadets

Total
Hours

Economic Value

Economic Opportunity

223

1,195

$26,947

Education

892

5,722

$129,031

Health/Disabilities/Recreation

74

437

$9,854

Animals/Environment

114

669

$15,086

Total

1,281

7,855

   $180,918

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

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