Following a ruling in her favor by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals,
Shannon Faulkner reports to The Citadel to join the South Carolina Corps
of Cadets. She departs six days later.
The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies graduates its
The Citadel Board of Visitors votes unanimously to drop the gender requirement
from its admission policy for the Corps of Cadets.
Lovetinska during her first days at The Citadel.
Four women (Nancy Mace, Petra Lovetinska, Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos)
enter The Citadel to join the Corps of Cadets.
Hazing allegations involving two female cadets surface.
Cadets Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos withdraw from The Citadel by not
returning for the beginning of the second semester.
Retired Army Brigadier General Emory Mace becomes Commandant of Cadets.
Cadets Petra Lovetinska and Nancy Mace - General Mace's daughter - complete
their freshman year.
Two women are selected to be the first female advisory members of the
Board of Visitors, The Citadel's governing board. Ann Elish and Allison
Dean Love both hold Master of Business Administration degrees from The
Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
--Captain Kelly Gosnell becomes the first female admissions counselor
at The Citadel.
--Suzanne Ozment assumes duties as dean of undergraduate studies and dean
--Retired Marine Corps Major General John S. Grinalds becomes president
of the college.
--Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen assumes duties as assistant commandant of
assimilation for the Corps of Cadets. Houchen is a member of the first
co-educational graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
--Twenty female cadets report to The Citadel and enter as the Class of
--Cadet Mandy Garcia becomes the first female to earn athletic scholarship
aid at The Citadel, thus becoming the military institution's first-ever
female cadet-student-athlete. She participates in cross-country and track
at The Citadel.
The Citadel inaugurates the institution's 18th president, retired Marine
Corps Major General John S. Grinalds.
Association of Citadel Men changes its name to The Citadel Alumni Association
and includes graduates of CGPS in its membership.
The Citadel Summer Camp, in existence since 1957, opens its doors to girls
ages 10-15. Twelve female campers along with eight female staff members
participate during the first summer session.
Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen is named the women's head volleyball coach
at The Citadel. Volleyball was The Citadel's initial intercollegiate women's
--The settlement with the Messer family over alleged hazing closes a chapter
in the history of The Citadel.
--Seventeen females from the Class of 2001 complete their freshmen year.
--Female cadets are selected for athletic cadre. Cadre members are cadets
who train the incoming fourth-class cadets and are considered to be in
high standing academically and militarily.
--The Citadel announces its first-ever female volleyball schedule. Fourteen
female cadets make up the inaugural team.
The Class of 2002 enters. Thirty-seven freshmen females -- an 85 percent
increase over the previous year -- report to campus.
Cadet Rebecca Kinney becomes the first female from The Citadel to pursue
a commission as an active-duty officer when she signs a contract with
the U.S. Air Force. In November, Cadet Patricia Giera signs a contract
with the U.S. Army.
Some 340 first class cadets receive The Citadel class ring. Cadet Nancy
Mace becomes the first female cadet in the college's history to receive
The Citadel advertises for the position of women's soccer coach. The new
program is scheduled to begin recruiting in 2000.
Thornton and Kelly Pesterfield show off their class rings. Both are
members of the Class of 2005.
Wendy Anderson, former all-conference player at Clemson University and
District Six Coach of the Year at Converse College, is named head coach
of the women's volleyball team.
The Citadel is declared certified by NCAA. The NCAA Committee on Athletics
Certification determined that The Citadel is a fully certified NCAA Division
Women's applications steadily increase. By March 1, 89 women have applied
for admission to The Citadel, a 27 percent increase from the previous
year and a 112 percent increase from two years prior.
The Citadel graduates its first female from the Corps of Cadets. Nancy
Mace earns a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Cadet Petra Lovetinska is the commanding officer in charge of The Citadel
The 639 freshmen that matriculate into the Corps of Cadets represent a
10.36 percent increase over the previous year. Of those who joined the
South Carolina Corps of Cadets, 37 were women.
Women's volleyball records its historic first win by defeating Columbia
College, 15-12, 15-4, 15-7.
The Honorable Roberta Smith Tracy becomes the college's director of equal
opportunity, affirmative action and diversity. The Citadel and the Mentavlos
family agree to a settlement. The settlement is not an admission of liability
and saves the expense of a costly trial.
--Megan Hoban becomes the first female soccer coach. This makes The Citadel's
fifth varsity sport for women. There are now 25 female athletes.
--Christiana Spies becomes the first African-American woman, the first
female Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) student,
and the first female graduate of The Citadel day program to go into full-time
service after she is commissioned into the Marines as a second lieutenant.
Applications for admissions come in at a record pace. As of January 10,
the admissions office had received 1395 total applications, up 25 percent
from January of 1999. Of those, 117 were females (up 33 percent from January
1999); and 203 were minority applicants (up 114 percent from January 1999).
Cadet Dena Abrash becomes editor of the college's newspaper, The Brigadier
involved in all aspects of cadet life.
--Cadet Mandy Garcia is the first woman to earn the position of Regimental
Executive Officer. Cadet Garcia is the highest-ranking female and second
highest-ranking cadet in the Corps.
--Cadets Rebecca Kinney and Dena Abrash are named Company Commanders,
the first women to earn such rank.
--Allison Dean Love, director of South Carolina Insurance News Service,
becomes the first woman elected to The Citadel Board of Visitors. Love
is a 1993 graduate of The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional
Studies with a master's degree in business administration and a member
of the Citadel Alumni Association and Citadel Brigadier Foundation.
Petra Lovetinska graduates. She is the last of the first four women to
enroll at The Citadel in 1996 and only the second woman to graduate from
the military college.
Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen, assistant commandant and the first woman to
oversee The Citadel's move to coeducation resigns to attend medical school.
For three years Houchen provided counsel for female cadets and served
as a role model.
The Class of 2004 reports. It is the largest freshman class in 10 years
with students from 44 states and seven foreign countries. Among the knobs
are 616 men and 30 women.
--Hedy Pinkerton, a retired Air Force colonel, assumed responsibility
for overseeing co-education at The Citadel. Pinkerton comes from the U.S.
Air Force Academy.
--Nichole Mantu selected for All-Tournament Team at the Hampton Institute
Peaches Hudson becomes the first Citadel woman to earn All-Southern Conference
honors by placing second in the 1999 Heptathalon event.
Suzanne Campbell becomes the school's first-ever female golfer and competes
as an individual in the 2001 Southern Conference Championships.
Sharon Hacker and Toshika "Peaches" Hudson are selected as Company
Commanders for 2001-02 academic year.
-- LesJanusar D. Peterson is named Regimental Public Affairs Officer and
is the only female on regimental staff in the Corps of Cadets.
first African American women to graduate from The Citadel get their
diplomas in May 2002.
Ten women, the largest single class to date, graduate from The Citadel.
Among them is Cadet Crystal Spring of Jackson Hole, Wyo., the first person
to graduate with two degrees and a triple major. Spring received a Bachelor
of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in
both French and German.
becomes the first battalion commander
The first African American women - seven cadets in all - graduate.
Leslie Tysinger becomes the first senior women administrator in the Athletics
Cadet Amanda Orson of Towaco, N.J., becomes the first female battalion
commander, overseeing more than 500 cadets in one of four barracks.
Bolick, regimental executive officer, becomes the first female member
of the Honor Court.
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