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The Citadel welcomes media coverage of Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa's inauguration as the 19th president of the Military College of South Carolina beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21 in McAlister Field House.
Rosa, who led the U.S. Air Force Academy through a major cultural change before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in late 2005, will unveil his vision about The Citadel's relevance in the 21st century during his inaugural speech.
You are invited to the cover this significant point in The Citadel's history and to speak with Lt. Gen. Rosa. The Public Affairs Office is happy to assist reporters with scheduled media opportunties or your story suggestions. You can reach us at 843-953-6779.
Inaugural Media opportunities
Thursday, April 20
Meet the Rosas
The president and the first family will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Holliday Alumni Center, second floor library. The alumni center is at 69 Hagood Ave. across from Johnson Hagood Stadium. Please call 953-2155 to schedule a time slot.
Marching Through Time: A Symposium
How Much is Still Relevant? The Citadel and American Military Traditions in the 19th Century will be discussed at 10 a.m. by three Southern historians, including Dr. Gary Nichols, a professor of history at The Citadel and highly regarded expert on Charles P. Summerall, former president of the college. Nichols is author of "The General as President: Charles P. Summerall and Mark W. Clark as Presidents of The Citadel" and of a forthcoming biography of Summerall.
Also on the panel are:
Rod Andrew, associate professor of history at Clemson Univeristy and author of "Long Gray Lines: The Southern Military School Tradition" and the forthcoming biography of South Carolina's Wade Hampton.
Alex Macaulay Citadel Class of 1994 and an assistant history professor at Western Carolina University. He is the author of "Black, White, and Gray: The Desegregation of The Citadel" and of a forthcoming book, "Marching in Step: The Citadel and Post World War II America."
Inaugural Media opportunities
Friday, April 21
Immediately following the inauguration ceremony Gen. Rosa will be available briefly to answer reporters' questions.
Other Important Information
for news organizations
Arrive Early: The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, with a formal processional. Due to the formal nature of the inauguration, reporters and camera crews are asked to arrive and have equipment set up in designated media areas no later than 10:45 a.m.
Parking: Several thousand people are expected to attend the inauguration and much of the campus parking with be set aside for invited guests. Public Affairs can guarantee convenient parking and easy egress from campus afterward to media organizations who contact our office in advance. Call us at 953-2155.
Live trucks: News outlets interested in broadcasting their noon news shows live from campus must make advance arrangements for live trucks no later than noon Wednesday, April 19. Call PAO at 953-2155. Trucks that arrive unannounced likely will encounter parking difficulties. We can help you avoid those.
Want to interview cadets?
Several cadets will be on hand to take your questions if you would like student perspective on Rosa's arrival or his vision for The Citadel. Any PAO staffer at the inauguration can assist you. Look for the PAO staffers wearing blue Citadel identification badges.
The main inauguration web site - inauguration.citadel.edu - will be updated frequently throughout the two-day event. Check back frequently for updated information, news and downloadable images for your publications or newscasts.