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Chesapeake College to honor student, employee vets

Chick-fil-A of Kent Island co-sponsors event to recognize veterans

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College will be honoring its student and employee veterans with a Veterans Appreciation Day program co-sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Kent Island on Monday, November 11th at 11 a.m. in the Caroline College Center Cafeteria.

The father-son duo of Robert Karge and Robbie Karge will be the featured speakers. Both Karges are veterans while Robbie Karge is a Chesapeake College graduate who served as president of the college’s Student Veterans Club.

"We’re very excited about this event," said Dr. Barbara Viniar, Chesapeake College’s president. "We feel it’s important not only to honor veterans for their service to our country, but to make them aware of educational opportunities and other services available to assist them."

Students from the Early Childhood Development Center, located on Chesapeake College’s Wye Mills Campus, will lead those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance and a musical tribute to veterans. Chesapeake College student James Chaires will sing the Star-Spangled Banner while representatives of two veterans assistance groups – Mike Bargiband of Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans and Shaye Meyer of Operation Whitetail – will speak about their respective organizations’ services.

Certificate presentations and book scholarship drawings for veterans will also take place. Names of all student veterans who RSVP for the program by Wednesday, October 23rd will be placed in a drawing for a book scholarship.

The event will also include a "Salute to Veterans" PowerPoint featuring student and employee veterans.

Other activities include a 10:30 a.m. pre-event mini-fair in the cafeteria at which student veterans can obtain information about veteran resources along with career and academic advising. Those in attendance at the pre-event mini-fair and the Veterans Day program will also have opportunities to sign scrolls for overseas troops, a project managed by long-time veterans activist George Jackson, and participate in videos to thank soldiers for their service. A blood mobile will also be on site for those who would like to donate.

There will also be a luncheon for student and employee veterans in the Todd Performing Arts Center Lobby, donated by Chick-fil-A of Kent Island, after conclusion of the program.

Student and employee veterans may RSVP by contacting Jacki McArdle (jmcardle@chesapeake.edu, or 410-822-5400, ext. 2250) by Wednesday, October 23rd if they plan to attend the luncheon. McArdle also has information on the process for providing photos and information for the "Salute to Veterans" PowerPoint, which is also due by October 23rd.

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