Batavia, New York— To recognize all active duty, Guard, Reserve, separated and retired U.S. Veterans of all branches of the armed services, Genesee Community College presents “A Salute to Our Veterans” in honor of Veteran’s Day. The celebration takes place Friday, November 11, 2011. Genesee has a rich history of serving veterans returning to school after serving their country and offers a scholarship to veterans through the GCC Foundation.
At the main campus in Batavia, a reception will be held in the Conable Technology Building Lobby from 12:30 – 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 1:00 PM, a salute to the Flag by the Genesee County Joint Veterans Honor Guard will commence at the College’s centrally located Clock Tower. Refreshments will be served throughout the celebration.
From 12:30pm-2:00pm laptops will be set up in the Technology Building Lobby to send email messages to troops serving abroad. Additionally, a Wall of Honor will be posted from 10:00am-2:00pm on the College’s video boards that will display photos of students, staff, family members and alumni that are United States veterans.
On Thursday, November 10, the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will provide a thank you banner for students and staff to sign from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the cafeteria. This banner will then be donated to the NYS Veteran’s Home in Batavia. Students and staff will also have the opportunity to create handmade thank you cards for U.S troops serving overseas on Thursday and Friday afternoon.
Genesee Community College’s Foundation offers a Veteran’s Scholarship award for returning veterans which augments federal benefits to help veterans obtain vital career training at the College. For further information or to donate please contact Gail Schilling 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/
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