In the Lowcountry as elsewhere, this is a time of endings
and beginnings. Beachgoers cherish the last days of summer while
teachers and students anticipate the start of school.
In what many would find an ironic twist, the beach reminds
me of a new school year. Just as night tides erase the day's accumulations
of sandcastles and sculptures leaving a smooth surface for fresh
creations, the new school year is a clean slate waiting for an imprint.
After a quiet summer, robust life returns to The Citadel
in waves during August. The arrival of the athletic cadre in late
July brings the sense of change followed by the entering athletes
who began their military training on August 1st. Next come the regular
cadre, the Corps and faculty leadership, followed by the new fourth
class cadets, the rest of the faculty, the rest of the Corps and
the CGPS students. Classes started on August 25th, and now it's
As this college year opens, we have many reasons to be optimistic
about the clean slate that opens our 162nd year.
Barracks, the most recognizable landmark on campus, is back in
service and will be dedicated on September 24th.
three successive years of record-breaking numbers of admissions
applications, our current cadets have faced more competition than
ever for a place at the college. The Corps reflects a remarkable
depth of talent and interests produced by this competition.
- The honor committee, through the auspices of the Krause Initiative
in Leadership and Ethics, is embarking on an ambitious training
plan to help the fourth class, as well as returning cadets, better
understand the requirements of living under our honor code.
college has just completed an extensive review of all academic
and administrative programs for the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools, the most important accrediting agency for our college.
We should learn the results of this exhaustive self-examination
- Finally, our military programs are flourishing, finishing last
year with 36 percent of graduating seniors accepting military
commissions and many receiving coveted, highly competitive assignments.
I relish this time of year when everything is possible. The
2004-2005 college year brings us fresh opportunities and challenges.
Each of us—cadets, CGPS students, faculty, staff, alumni and
parents—should consider what we can do in 2004-2005 to make
The Citadel a better place.
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