Batavia, New York - Genesee Community College continues its tradition of honoring our nation’s military servicemen and women with a number of events that offer “A Salute to Our Veterans” all on Monday, November 12, 2012 at two campus locations.
On the Batavia campus, several different activities are geared toward remembering and honoring the sacrifice of our military warriors:
•At 9 a.m. veterans and other prospective students can meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, as well as faculty members and other college personnel during GCC’s Open House. A special table for information on the Advanced Manufacturing and Careers Pathways Grants will be available.
•From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. GCC’s video boards will display photos of students, staff and alumni who are United States veterans.
•From noon-2 p.m., laptops will be located throughout the lobby of the Conable Technology Building to send secure email messages to troops serving abroad.
•From 12:30-2 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building Lobby, a reception will welcome vets to the campus. Veterans from every branch of the military, past and present, will be asked to sign GCC’s Veteran’s Book of Honor. In addition, a special table will be staffed to provide information on GCC’s Veteran’s Scholarships and the new Veterans Retaining Assistance Program (VRAP) to help unemployed veterans with educational assistance and training for high-demand careers.
•At 12:45 p.m., the Genesee County Joint Veteran’s Honor Guard will lead a salute to the flag in the Clock Tower Plaza.
•Those gathered will then move to the College’s International Honorary Peace Garden at 1:45 p.m., which is located in the courtyard between the Conable Technology Building and the Main Building. A short program including a moment of silence will honor all of our fallen heroes.
•And at 7 p.m., the United States Air Force Bay Winds Quartet performs a FREE concert in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. This free show will likely fill the house, so ticket reservations are strongly advised. Reservations can be made by calling the GCC Box Office at (585) 345-6814 or contacting the office via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As in year’s past, we are happy to continue the opportunity for local residents to express their gratitude and appreciation for veteran’s services to our country,” said Marilyn Dickinson, GCC academic assistant and coordinator of the program said.
Also in the evening, the Medina Campus Center is hosting a free lecture featuring Dr. Ann Bunch and Steve Bunch discussing how advances in forensic science are helping to recover and identify the remains of soldiers who have been missing in action from World War II, Korea and Vietnam Wars. As a board certified forensic anthropologist and associate professor of Criminal Justice at the College at Brockport, Ann, with her husband, Steve, who is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and a GCC adjunct professor, will lead a dynamic presentation that details how remains are of critical importance to many veterans and their families. The talk gets underway at 7 p.m.
Genesee Community College’s Foundation offers a Veteran’s Scholarship award for returning veterans which augments federal benefits to help vets obtain vital career training or advance their careers. 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/offices/finaid/scholarships/.
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