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Class of 2004 grads move out and up

Life after The Citadel

          In May hundreds of new Citadel graduates—both cadet and College of Graduate and Professional Studies students—left behind their books and tests to head for jobs in the work world, the military or to continue their education in graduate school. Here's what some of them say about their plans after graduation.

South Carolina Corps of Cadets

"I have big plans for the month of May. We graduate on the 8th. Then the following weekend on the 16th I am getting married at Summerall Chapel! This summer, I am moving to Washington D.C. I have been selected to work with the National Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon. I plan to work with the intelligence community to aid in our country's national security and operational planning. At this point, I am not aware of my position, but I have been told I might be an entry-level analyst or a language specialist."

Cadet Marilyn F. Castro-Perez
November Co.
Reading, Pa.
Political Science - International Politics

"After graduation I have my plans pretty much set. I am from Greenville, S.C., and I am Oscar Company's academic officer. I am getting married to Jennifer McCormick on July 3 in Lancaster, S.C. From then on I will work for Milliken & Co. as an entry-level process improvement manager. My job is located in Lavonia, Ga., but I will be moving with my future wife to the Anderson, S.C., area where she will become an elementary school teacher.

Cadet Jeff Braeunig
Oscar Company
Business Administration
Greenville, S.C.

"To celebrate graduation, a good friend and I are driving out west for six weeks. We will be backpacking and climbing through five national parks: the Grand Canyon, Great Basin, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier. As for the future, I will be starting graduate school at Cornell University in late August. I will be working toward a master's degree in computer science."

Cadet Patrick C. Reilly
1st Battalion Commander
Computer Science
Boston, N.Y.

"My plans after graduation are to work for local law enforcement while attending graduate school at Charleston Southern University in pursuit of a master's degree in criminal justice. All that matters is that I celebrate graduation with my friends, family and classmates."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Conrad Sands Stayton
Kilo Company
Criminal Justice
Pinopolis, S.C.

"I will be attending grad school here at The Citadel in the Master's in Business Administration program."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Rose Rodriguez
Charlie Company
Women's Track Team Captain
Oviedo, Florida

"In late October, I accepted a job offer from Wachovia Securities (Corporate Investment Bank). I will be an investment banking financial analyst for Wachovia Securities in the mergers and acquisitions/financial sponsors group. On June 2, 2004, I will begin a five-week analyst-training program. After completion, I will begin working full time at Wachovia's corporate headquarters in Charlotte, N.C."

Cadet Philip T. Medico III
2nd Battalion Commander
Business Administration
Coral Springs, Fla.

"I will be commissioned into the Air Force and go to Robins Air Force Base while awaiting flight school."

Cadet Maj. Andrew C. Krisel
Regimental Athletic Officer
Civil engineering
Athens, Ga.

"I will be going to graduate school here at The Citadel to get my master's in business administration."

Manken Chigawa, Jr.
Foxtrot Company
Business Administration
Malawi, Africa

"Following graduation, I will be attending the Charleston School of Law where I am scheduled to graduate with the class of 2007. The school is new, and I will be a member of the first class.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Robert Brady Vannoy
Delta Company Athletic Officer
Spartanburg, S.C.

"I will be teaching in the Charleston area as well as joining the Army Reserves for five years—after which time I will go full-time active duty, retire, teach some more, retire again and open a restaurant."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Travis Shelby
Kilo Company
Summerville, S.C.

"I will be commissioned to the Air Force and go to San Angelo, Texas, for military intelligence training."

Cadet 2nd Lt. George Taylor
November Co.
Laurens, S.C.

"I will be commissioned U.S. Navy as an ensign, reporting to flight school in July in hopes of becoming a Naval aviator—maybe one day returning to college to get a master's degree in English or go to law school."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Nathan C. Potter
Golf Co.
English Major, Minor in International and Military Affairs
Virginia Beach, Va.

"On May 22, 2004, I will be marrying my fiancÚ and best friend Katherine Aiken. Following the wedding we will be moving to Atlanta, Ga. I have been accepted into the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Computing where I will be working on my master's degree in computer science with an emphasis in robotics. I plan to work towards a Ph.D. in this field following my master's."

Cadet Maj. Jeffrey Joseph Hoerl Jr.
Regimental ITS officer
Computer Science
Walterboro, S.C.

"I will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. I have orders to go to Quantico, Va., to attend basic school."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Ricardo S. Flores
F-Troop Platoon Commander
El Monte, Calif.

"After graduation I will be receiving a commission in the U.S. Army National Guard. As a second lieutenant I will serve with L. Company 1-151st Aviation Battalion. At present, I have served a year and a half with this unit as a UH-60 Blackhawk and AH-64 Apache Helicopter maintenance platoon leader. During the time before I report to Fort Rucker for the Army's flight school, I will be attending The Citadel as a master's candidate in clinical psychology. My ultimate goal is to serve in the Army as an AH-64D Apache Longbow pilot and eventually use my psychological background to either go into the business world or begin a private practice in the state."

Cadet Maj. Patrick Fleming
Regimental Adjutant
Macon, Ga.

"I am moving to Bavaria in Germany to start an Internet and gaming cafe called Sportsworld: The Gamers Paradise. I and '03 grad, Chris Smith, will be owners. People will come in, have a coffee, a beer and play X-Box and use the Internet."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Zach Kimble
Tango Co
Criminal Justice/German
Fallon, Nev.

"I will be commissioned in the Marine Corps after graduation."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Thomas H. Welsh Jr.
Hotel Company
Criminal Justice
Baltimore, Md.

"After graduation, I will go back to Europe and play professional basketball while taking a few classes online for my master's degree in electrical engineering."

Max Mombollet
Charlie Company
Electrical engineering
Oveida, Fla.

"After graduation I will be a high school social studies teacher and soccer coach in Charleston County."

Cadet Capt. Jermaine Joyner
1st Battalion Academic Officer
Charlie Company
North Charleston, S.C.

"I will be commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant and I will be going into the Medical Service Corps. My first duty station is Ft. Knox, Ky., where I will be helping out with the Leadership Training Camp, and then I have to attend officer basic course Sept. 12 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. I have not yet received my permanent duty station."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Kenneth M. Reed Jr.
Regimental Pipe Band Drum Major
Band Company
Port Norris, N.J.

"After graduation I am accepting a commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserves (Security Forces) at Dobins, Air Reserve Base in Atlanta, Ga. After training in the fall, I hope to attend the Medical University of South Carolina to get a master's degree in either physical therapy or nursing."

Bryan Studebaker
India Company
Physical Education
Irmo, S.C.

"When I graduate I will be commissioned in the Air Force and go to Goodfellow Air Force Base the week after graduation from Intelligence Officer's School. I then hope to get stationed somewhere in the Air Combat Command and eventually work for either the FBI or CIA doing counter terrorist operations."

Cadet Capt. Kyle Bozarth
Echo Company
Electrical Engineering
Gambrills, Md.

"Following my graduation from The Citadel, I will be attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."

Cadet Capt. Jim Senter
2nd Battalion Adjutant
Albemarle, N.C.

"I am an aspiring law school student (awaiting acceptance to South Carolina and Charleston). Three days after graduation I will leave to go backpacking through Europe, ending up in Germany with my brother ('03) who is stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. When I return mid-July, I hope to be getting ready for law school."

Cadet 1st Lt. Thomas (Hunter) Reid
Criminal Justice
Charlie Co. Academic Officer
Greenville, S.C.

"I plan to go home for three months and make some money to help fund a three-month, possibly four-month, trip to Europe to backpack and see the world. After that I will come home in December and find a job. The rest I have no idea about."

Cadet 2nd Lt. Jared Spencer Kohl
November Co.
Business Administration
Alphraretta, Ga.

"I'll be commissioned into the Army's Transportation Corps after graduation. Soon to follow, I'm getting married May 16th, and I report to Ft. Eustis, Va., for officer's basic course June 20."

Justin Rauschenberg
November Co.
Business Administration
Dahlonega, Ga.

"After receiving a commission in the U.S. Army and graduating from The Citadel, I will attend the University of Akron School of Law."

Cadet Capt. Shaun Haynam
Honor Committee Chairman
Oscar Company
Cleveland, Ohio

"During the summer I am going to work at an electrical engineering consulting firm in Columbia, S.C., as an entry-level engineer. In August I will be attending the Charleston School of Law to focus on intellectual property law."

Cadet Capt. Jason A. Pittman
Regimental Pipe Major
Band Company
Electrical engineering
Columbia, S.C.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies

"After graduation I plan to carry on my life as it was before. As a retired military member, I wanted to earn a master's degree for self-fulfillment. And although it is not inconceivable that I make an employment change—that was not a motivating factor in pursuing my educational goal—I further wanted to accomplish this goal to motivate my sons—sort of an if I can do it, you can do it type thing."

Joe Crawford
MAE Social Sciences
Summerville, S.C.

"My husband and I have been blessed with three boys, George, 6, John, 5, and Matthew, 3. My graduation Sunday, May 2nd is a celebration for all and represents the sacrifices and hard work each was able to achieve. My Citadel MAT [Social Studies] degree is a life-saving career change after 16 years in the legal profession. It is a dream-come-true that will allow me to finally be entering the classroom. I will be teaching at Alice Birney Middle School in North Charleston and consider it my privilege to be working with the children and their families within that school's community. They have been too long underestimated. They are very inspiring for me to bring into the classroom my absolute finest! I look forward to the school calendar too, which will afford me much more family time! Thank you, Citadel."

Carolyn Angeski Kyzer
MAT, Secondary Education, Social Studies
North Charleston, S.C.

"I decided to attend The Citadel because of its excellent reputation throughout South Carolina. I am proud of the master's degree I have earned, and I will always respect the faculty who taught me what it takes to become a stronger person through education."

Scott D. Fricano
MAE Social Sciences
Charleston, S.C.

"My goal was career enhancement with my current employer."

Paul W. Foster
Electrical Engineering
Charleston, S.C.

"I'm a second grade teacher at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School. This was my third year of teaching and I still love my job. I attended The Citadel to earn my master's degree in teaching-reading. I wanted to open new doors for myself in my teaching career. I do love teaching second grade, but I would love to be a reading teacher for first and second graders. I plan to continue living in Charleston and teaching at Ashley River for as long as they'll have me."

Janelle Fedrich
MED Reading Education
Charleston, S.C.

"I'm staying in my existing career as a financial advisor.

Paul Comer
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

"I have taken the last four years going to school at night to earn my M.A.T. so that I can teach secondary social studies and coach high school basketball. After graduating 2000 with a bachelor's degree in history from Furman University, I came to the Lowcountry to teach and was not hired as a high school teacher because I was not state certified. I worked full-time during the entire four years, and I think the graduate program at The Citadel is wonderful for working students! I have already been hired as a teacher for the 2004-2005 school year at Cario Middle School. I will be back in a year or two to start the school administration program at The Citadel."

Arthur Ryan Giles
MAT, Secondary Education
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

"Career change. My current occupation is as a graduate assistant in The Citadel School of Business. My post-graduation occupation will be as a consultant for IBM Business Consulting in Washington, D.C."

Keith Bantle
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

"I've gotten a fellowship to pursue my Ph.D. in history at Tulane, starting this fall. I will specialize in 19th century Southern women's history."

Nancy Stockton
M.A. in History
Charleston, S.C.


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