Welcome to the Class of 1999 Homepage!
A message from your Class Chairman. . . .
I hope this letter finds you doing well and enjoying this wonderful spring season! The Citadel just finished celebrating its 169thbirthday with Corps Day weekend this past month and for the fifth year in a row; our freshman class surpassed 700 students. At 734, it is the largest class in 34 years, and its average GPA of 3.51 is the highest The Citadel has ever recorded. With this good news, I must report some bad news, the state funding is at less than 10% of The Citadel’s operating budget and the state appropriations only cover us for 48 days!
I’d like to take a moment to update everyone on our class project that we took on in June of last year, which was to raise $10,000 for naming rights for the Radio Booth in Johnson Hagood Stadium. I am very excited to report that we successfully reached our goal at the end of last year. That being said, I’d like to publicly thank all of our classmates who made contributions: Travis Archenhold, Charles Austin, David Black, Dustin Calhoun, Gabe Camalo, Sam Cullum, Jason Davey, Brien DuBois, Michael Garry, Karl Grab, Chandler Griffith, James Hutson, Ben Ingram, Will Jenkinson, Jarrod Keller, Drew Kelly, Billy McQueeney, Jesse Mink, Pat Mullevey, Peter Murray, James Oliver, Christian Pappas, Philip Rabon, Tyke Redfearn, Rion Salley, David Santos, John Sarto, Jason Sharp, Graham Somerall, Jason Springs, Meredith Stading, Clayton Stanley, Drew Streett, Deren Wilcox, Mike Wise, Tim Yonce, and Reed Wilson.
Again, thank you to these classmates who have given to help us reach our goal of $10,000 and obtain the naming rights to the Radio Booth in Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Classmates, we have made huge strides with the percentage of classmates giving back to our beloved institution with 6.71% in 2010 to 11.08% in 2011. Our goal for 2012 is to have 20% of our classmates contribute to our school. I want to challenge each of you to consider making a $10 monthly contribution (one lunch or two beers) to the area of your choice at The Citadel. It is very easy to set this up and it can be completed online at https://foundation.citadel.edu/give . You can also contact Lori Tuttle at (843) 953-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help you set up your gift.
Also, while you’re online, make sure that you visit our class website at http://foundation.citadel.edu/1999. If you would like to view your personal giving history or be able to update your contact information with The Citadel, this link is an easy way to do that, and since The Citadel Foundation’s database is shared with the Alumni Association and The Brigadier Foundation, you are automatically updated in their systems as well.
Finally, I’d like to leave you guys with a few quotes from some of our classmates on “Why they give back to The Citadel.”
“While we all took different things from our Citadel experience, there is one common theme – we got a great education that has enabled us to start families and careers, giving back to the school will help continue that tradition.” - Mike Wyman
“I owe this school for the business clients I currently have and will have in the future ALL because I finished this school.” - Chandler Griffith
“When people ask me if I would send my boys to El Cid, the answer is a resounding yes. Not as much for the education, but for the people I’ve met, the friends we have made, the unique experiences we have shared.” - Brien Dubois
“For me, it’s pretty simple, I learned more about “real life” than any of my peers that went to other schools. Sure, things change, but the basic tenets of a Citadel education are timeless. A small gift has a huge impact on preserving those ideals for those who come after us.” - Reed Wilson
“I think it is important to give back to The Citadel, so that the school can continue to grow its initiatives.” - Billy McQueeney
“For less than the cost of two Chick-Fil-A meals at the canteen per month you can ensure future generations of leaders at The Citadel will continue having a greater impact on our country than graduates of most other schools combined.” - David Black
“I found The Citadel through football and my life changed forever, so I personally donate as much as possible to the Brigadier Foundation.” - Deren Wilcox
“I want to be able to give back to The Citadel to make my husband proud. Giving back will allow the opportunity for other men and women to become disciplined, successful, and respectful adults that this world needs. The Citadel is a place my husband loved and adored and I want my son to have the same love and affection.”
- Meredith Stading, wife of our deceased classmate, Mark Stading
Thank you in advance for your consideration, generosity, and continued commitment to The Citadel. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at (843) 442-1559 or email@example.com or Sam Cullum at (843) 532-8481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Chairman, Class of 1999