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Friends of the Daniel Library: 2020 Lecture Series

Social Isolation and Mental Health



The Citadel’s Dr. Helen Ballestas brings her expertise to help us understand social isolation and its effect on our mental health. Her experiences have been enriched by working in the areas of intensive care, acute rehabilitation, and as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Ballestas has been teaching nursing since 2005 to undergraduate and graduate students. Her expertise ranges from pre-licensure programs, graduate advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and nurse practitioner clinicals.

Viewing Link for presentation                       Information about Dr. Ballestas


A Night in the Archives: Cadet Rebellions from Citadel History

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time:  6:00pm

Location: Presentation Link Citadel Cadet Rebellions                               

It started with five seniors sneaking out at night to go to a party, and ended with a riot that brought police to campus and resulted in the expulsion of 60 cadets. The biggest rebellion in Citadel history, The Cantey Rebellion in 1898, is just one of the events that will be discussed during a virtual version of A Night in the Archives.

                                                       Tessa Updike                                                                                      Alex Adler

On October 31, The Citadel Archivist, Tessa Updike, and the Archives Assistant, Alex Adler, presented stories of cadet rebellions dating back to the 1850s. In addition to rebellions, the event focused on hunger strikes, food fights and more that have occurred over the years.

The Zoom discussion was held on Halloween night, from 6 – 8 p.m. A link to the Zoom meeting is posted above..

Printing 3D Masks: Saving Lives in a Pandemic

Event: Printing 3D Masks: Saving Lives in a Pandemic

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Time:  6:30pm

Presentation LInk:

During the early stage of the Pandemic, Citadel student, West Courtney heard about an initiative to use 3-D printers to make ventilator mask parts. He wanted to learn more and help. A call to Coastal Carolina University resulted in them agreeing to utilize their printers to help. Then the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education committed all public universities to help print mask parts.

At the Citadel, Dan Hawkins, Dr. James Bezjian, and Dr. Sarah Imam wanted to do even more. They challenged themselves to 3-D print, fully assemble a complex medical device, then deliver 30 masks to the Medical University of South Carolina. It was only the beginning. Hear their story of leadership, teamwork, collaboration, ingenuity, and the commitment it took to make 1001 masks with the help of Daniel Library employees, community volunteers, and the National Guard to save lives during this pandemic.