To honor and recognize all active duty, Guard, Reserve, separated and retired U.S. Veterans of all branches of the armed services, Genesee Community College is holding special programs at three of its campus centers. Celebrations to honor all veterans will take place on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2009.
At the main campus in Batavia, a reception will be held in the Conable Technology Building Lobby from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. All of the College’s Veterans from all branches of military service, past and present, and including faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni are being asked to sign the College’s U.S. Veteran’s Book of Honor. Each signatory will receive a patriotic ribbon. At 1:15 PM, a salute to the Flag by the Genesee County Joint Veterans Honor Guard will commence at the College’s centrally located Clock Tower. All through the day laptops will be set up in the Technology Building Lobby to send email messages to troops serving abroad.
At Genesee’s Albion Campus Center, an Open House will be held from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the center at 456 West Avenue in Albion. Cider and donuts will be available for Veterans and current members of the armed forces. Paul Fulcomer, Director, Orleans Veterans Administration, will have an information table from 4:00 to 5:00PM and will be prepared to answer questions on Veterans’ benefits. Two computers open to the Department of Defense’s webpage will be available for sending emails to armed forces members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan all day.
To coincide with this event, Genesee’s Albion Campus has also extended the art show “A Soldiers’ Anthology: Family Images from World War II and Vietnam” at the Albion Campus thru Veterans Day. GO-ART! Artists Karen Reisdorf and Becky Lefevre will display a series of family member photographic prints using the Polaroid transfers technique. The focus is on the day to day lives of two soldiers: Stephen Novak who was an aerial photographer in World War II with the 90th Bomb Group; and Sgt. Anthony Reisdorf who was an infantry sergeant in the 25th Infantry Division in Viet Nam.
The College’s Medina Campus Center will host an all day celebration from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at 11470 Maple Ridge Road. Community members are encouraged to bring their families to the center to send emails to deployed troops through the Department of Defense’s website. A representative from the Adult Education Opportunity Center (AEOC) will be available from 12:00 -5:00 PM for financial aid counseling and information. Free refreshments, including coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
Genesee Community College’s Foundation offers a Veteran’s Scholarship award for returning veterans and is intended to augment federal benefits to help veterans obtain vital career training at the College. For further information or to donate please contact Alice Weather at 343-0055 x6539. Applications for the Veteran’s Scholarship can be found online at: http://www.genesee.edu/index.cfm/general/dspArticle/financial.scholarships/