Dearborn: Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 with a ceremony honoring veterans and a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Forfa Auditorium, located in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) on the main campus.
In September, HFCC earned high honors when the College was named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list by Victory Media, which provides assistance for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. HFCC is in the Top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the nation that are doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus, according to Victory Media.
HFCC’s Veterans Day celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a color guard presentation by the students of Benjamin O. Davis High School in Detroit, followed by a performance by the HFCC Concert Choir.
Dr. Lisa Jones Copprue, HFCC vice president of Student Affairs, will give the opening address and welcome everyone, followed by remarks from Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Napoleon Quick, HFCC veteran’s counselor; and Theodro Nelson, president of the HFCC Student Veterans of America Association. Delmer Quick, an HFCC alumnus and Vietnam veteran, will provide words of inspiration.
Col. Rodney Williams, director of Human Resources for the Michigan Air National Guard, will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Lt. Col. Washington Ross, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II; Deb Drummond, president of the Michigan Women Marines Association; and Sergeant Mohammad Arrar, Army Great Lakes Recruiting Command. A Q&A session will follow.
Khristian Joy Alexander, who is the 2012 Mrs. Michigan United States, will also be present. An alumna of HFCC and the University of Michigan, Alexander is an educator in Oak Park, Mich. She will do a meet-and-greet with the veterans and pose for photos.
Veterans can pick up veteran services information from the Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center, which will be present at this event, as well as meet with HFCC enrollment representatives.
Other Veterans Day features include opportunities for attendees to create a greeting card for U.S. troops in the Student & Culinary Arts Center. In addition, active military personnel and veterans with a valid military ID can receive a free fountain beverage from the Skylight Café with any purchase.
Drop-off boxes for Staff Council Military Care Packages are located in the ASCC, the Student Center, the Welcome Center, the Science Building and the Grant U. MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the main campus. Drop-off boxes are also available at M-TEC on the east campus. Monetary donations are gladly accepted, as well as supplies including toiletries, snacks, et al.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the care packages, contact Denise Schulte at (313) 845-6310 or [email protected].
As a military-friendly school, the College has made it a priority to provide swift, efficient and effective services to our honored veterans who wish to receive higher education and career training opportunities. As a result, HFCC wants to thank all our veterans for their commitment and sacrifice by providing the services they need to develop the career they deserve.
For more information about Veterans Day at HFCC, please contact the Student Activities Office at (313) 845-9865. To learn more about how HFCC can assist veterans, please visit http://www.hfcc.edu/campus_life/counseling/veterans.asp.