NOV. 8, 2013 – SPSU has scheduled a number of different activities that are free and open to the public in observance of Military Appreciation Week, Nov. 11-15. This is an occasion to honor the university’s veterans, active-duty personnel and National Guardsmen and reservists for their service to the nation. It is also a good time to honor their families who have endured great sacrifices in order for their loved ones to serve.
The week’s activities kick off at 12 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 11, with an opening ceremony at the Sycamore Grove (rain location will be the Library Rotunda), complete with a color guard, a flag display and dedication, and the reading of a proclamation.
On Tues., Nov. 12, there will be a pizza lunch with Vietnam veteran Bob Babcock at 11:30 a.m. in the Library Rotunda. The topic of this event sponsored by the office of Student Affairs is “The Fourth Infantry: From Vietnam to Iraq.” Babcock is an author, active with the USO, a past vice president of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, the past president of the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society and the current president of the Fourth Infantry Division. In addition to discussing the Fourth Infantry, he will talk about applying skills acquired in the military to school work and to job searches.
A brown-bag lunch and discussion on Wed., Nov. 13, will explore “The Transition from Soldier to Scholar” by a panel of student veterans in the Student Center Ballroom at 12 p.m. will provide drinks and dessert. Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs, is sponsoring this event. That night at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, there will be a showing of the movie “The Tuskegee Airmen” with popcorn and drinks provided by Student Affairs.
A Military Appreciation Week luncheon sponsored by the SPSU Foundation on Thurs., Nov. 14, is open to all students and faculty members. Speaker Tommy Clack, a triple amputee, is the eighth generation of Clacks to serve in the U.S. Army. His son, Adam, is an Army Ranger with nine combat tours. Clack’s talk is titled “Freedom is Not Free.” He makes more than 150 presentations a year at colleges, high schools, elementary schools and churches and is president of the Walk of Heroes Memorial in Conyers, Ga. This luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, will also include a military tribute and a video. The event is free, but reservations are required as seating is somewhat limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail Dawn Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The special activities wrap up on Fri., Nov. 15, with a tailgating event at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Hornet Pride Basketball Games in the Gymnasium. The women’s team tips-off at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s team will begin its game at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both teams will play Blue Mountain College of Mississippi. These events are sponsored by Student Affairs.
In addition, look out for the prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action table set up all week at Stingers. For more information on Military Appreciation Week events, go to www.spsu.edu/adultlearner/militaryappreciation or call ext. 3200.
These events were planned by the Military Appreciation Week subcommittee of the Military Task Force, which includes: Dianne Summey, secretary to the president; Sharon Hodge, secretary to the dean of the School of Architecture and Construction Management; Ron Lunk, director of student activities; Jeff Hughes, associate director of the Career and Counseling Center; Dawn Ramsey, director of the office of Faculty Support and Development; Sara Gibbs, a student representative; and Roger Soiset, a lecturer in the Social and International Studies department.