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NIU notes Military Student Appreciation Week, session on supporting veterans planned Nov. 15

November 8, 2011
Members of the NIU Huskie Battaltion stand at attention during the Nov. 11, 2010, Veterans Day ceremony.attention during the Nov. 11, 2010, Veterans Day ceremony.

Members of the NIU Huskie Battaltion stand at attention during the Nov. 11, 2010, Veterans Day ceremony.

As Veterans Day approaches, NIU is recognizing Military Student Appreciation Week.

  • Military Student Services will show military movies in its lounge (Room 404 of Adams Hall) and provide snacks for all military students.
  • MSS staff will hand out red, white and blue ribbons to encourage students, faculty and staff to wear during this week in appreciation of all veterans and military students.
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Blackhawk Food Court inside the Holmes Student Center will provide a free fountain soda to any veteran or military student who shows his or her military ID or DD214.
  • At 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, the NIU Veterans Club and Military Student Services will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony, honoring all those who have served and those who continue to serve. The service takes place at the flagpole on the corner of Castle Drive and College Avenue. Speakers include LTC David Dosier, professor in the Department of Military Science; and DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell.

Next week, meanwhile, Military Student Services will host a workshop on how to create a welcoming and supportive environment for NIU military and veteran students.

The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the HSC Capitol Room. Participants should feel free to bring their lunches.

This session will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to hear directly from veteran students regarding the difficulties and challenges facing veteran students as they return from active duty and transition to being students at NIU.

Discussion will center on common issues facing veteran students, strategies for meeting veteran students’ needs in the classroom and how to best engage them to contribute their expertise.

Successful completion of this workshop will entitle participants to receive certificate indicating they are Veteran Student Supporters.

RSVP to [email protected] or call (815) 753-0691 for more information.