Welcome to the Class of 1981 Homepage!
Dear Family, Friends and Classmates of the Class of 1981,
It is hard to believe that it is already Fall and the end of the year will be upon us soon. We hope that you and your families have found health and success in 2014.
Fall is always a time of excitement and activities on The Citadel’s campus, and this year is no exception. Over 700 knobs reported on August 16th, one of the largest classes in the past 50 years. This is also the ninth consecutive year that more than 700 freshman have matriculated. The football team kicked-off at home on August 30th against Coastal Carolina, and then went on the road to play the #1 football team in the country, Florida State! The soccer and volleyball teams also launched their seasons in August.
And, without fail, the ’81 Corner was up-and-running providing the best football tailgate action at Hagood Stadium! You may not be aware, but the ’81 Corner group (led by Will Coleman, Steve Lagasse, Billy Saunders, and Charlie Stewart to name a few of the many who regularly volunteer) provides more than food and a place to gather on football weekends. They provide a great deal of mentoring and support for many freshman cadets that goes well beyond volunteerism. If you haven’t visited “The Corner”, you should. Beyond the comradery, you will get the opportunity to meet some outstanding young people who will wear our ring one day.
The Citadel education and experience continues as popular as ever. The Citadel was again highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report for the 2014 rankings. Highlights of The Citadel’s rankings include:
- No. 1 Public college in the South offering a master’s degree
- Overall score (88) highest nationally for all publics in The Citadel’s category
- Average alumni giving rate (29 percent) highest nationally for all colleges in The Citadel’s category, both public and private
- No. 2 “Best Value” among public colleges in The Citadel’s category in the South
- No. 22 Undergraduate Engineering program at schools without a doctoral program
- No. 3 Public college in The Citadel’s category in the South for “strong commitment to undergraduate teaching”
Also, the Regimental Band and Pipes has been invited to perform at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2015. The Citadel has been invited specifically to serve as the United States representative for 2015, and is the only group from the USA invited to participate in 2015. The 75 cadets that The Citadel will send to the tattoo will be representing the school and our alumni on the world stage. That type of exposure continues to support the school’s efforts to attract a diverse student body.
The Citadel continues to provide an excellent education and military experience all while facing great challenges. State funding continues to be only 9% of the operating budget. One of the ways the school meets this challenge is to raise the cost of attending. Incoming freshman are now paying $26,374 in-state tuition and $45,982 out-of-state tuition for the 2014-15 school year. While the costs rise, the need for financial aid also rises. 85% of cadets receive some sort of financial aid.
As you can imagine, there is no shortage of financial needs for any academic institution, and The Citadel is no exception. Annual Alumni giving is a major component of the school’s funding mechanism and is necessary for the school to maintain its ranking and status in the academic community. An annual gift, regardless of the amount, helps support all of the basic needs, as well as other specific initiatives, such as the LEAD Plan, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, the athletics program, and many others.
There are many ways to make a donation to the Citadel Foundation:
- Marketable Securities
- Real Estate
- Planned Giving
- Retirement Assets
- Life Insurance
- Matching Gifts
There are also many deserving funds and initiatives to which you can donate. Please take the time to visit The Citadel Foundation website and the Class of 1981 page. A document, Suggested List of Funds, has been uploaded to our documents page that explains the purpose of each of the funds. The Citadel Foundation website is an excellent source of information on everything associated with alumni giving. Please take time to visit at http://founation.citadel.edu.
Participation counts! The Class of 1981’s participation rate has been hovering around 22% this year. The average for all alumni is approximately 29%. We obviously have some work to do. We should see an improvement in our participation rate based on the work Barre Butler has done to secure donations for the ’81 Challenge fund as part of the Brigadier Foundation. He has done a great job to encourage participation and we thank him for his passion, energy, and commitment to rally our class. However, we still need the other 75% of our classmates to join the effort. Again, regardless of the amount of the donation, we need your support.
We ask you once again to join us, along with many of our classmates, to begin making a commitment by donating to The Citadel. Please complete the enclosed contribution card and return it in the envelope provided. You can also easily and securely make your gift online at http://founation.citadel.edu/donate.
Your gift will be a very important part of ensuring the continued education of principled leaders at The Citadel.
As always, we thank you for your support. Please contact us if we can be of service to you.
Jeff DiPasquale and David Keyser