Thomas Nelson Announces Four-day Observance for Veterans


Published: October 31, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College will honor Veterans with four days of activities and events including an address from Delegate Gordon C. Helsel, Jr.; a visit from re-enactors and technical assistants from the Academy Award-winning film “Glory;” a career fair for military service members; and showings of military-themed movies for students, faculty and staff. Thomas Nelson will also commission its new Veterans Services Center. Themed “Let Us Serve You,” a special breakfast for those who dedicated their lives to serving the United State starts Thomas Nelson’s observance on Monday, Nov. 11. Events will take place on the Hampton campus and Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg.

November 11

Veterans Day Breakfast
9 a.m., invitation only, RSVP required Espada Room, Moore Hall, Hampton campus
Student Commons, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

Thomas Nelson will honor its students, faculty and staff who have served in the military with an appreciation breakfast. Delegate Gordon C. Helsel, Jr. will address attendees at the breakfast on the Hampton campus. Helsel, who represents the 91st District, is an Army veteran and Thomas Nelson graduate.

Veterans Day Roll Call
10:30 a.m., free and open to the public
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

Honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States as Thomas Nelson students, faculty and staff read the names of Virginia service members who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans Day Minute of Silence
11 a.m., free and open to the public
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus
Second Floor Landing, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

Thomas Nelson students, faculty and staff will honor fallen military service members with a minute of silence to recognize their service and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice they made for the United States.

Veterans Services Center commissioning
11:30 a.m., free and open to the public
Modular 1 near Moore Hall, Hampton campus

Celebrate the opening of Thomas Nelson’s Veterans Services Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Students can visit the center for assistance with the VA education benefits application and more. The area also includes a study space.

Address and Book Signing with Virginia Delegate Gordon C. Helsel
12 p.m., free and open to the public
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

Decorated with the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, Delegate Helsel wrote his book, “The Day God Showed Up,” to thank God for saving his life in Vietnam and to honor all Americans who put their lives on the line by serving our country. Helsel will address the audience and sign copies of his book.

November 12

Green Zone training
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Open to Thomas Nelson faculty and staff, registration required.
Espada Room, Moore Hall, Hampton campus

Thomas Nelson faculty and staff are invited to learn more about how to serve the College’s military population. Learn to help military students as they navigate academic and administrative processes.  To register, please email Kathryn Anderson at andersonk@tncc.edu.

Movie Screenings:
“The Patriot,” 10 a.m.
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

“Courage Under Fire,” 1 p.m.
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

November 13

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry “Company B”
12 p.m., free and open to the public
Courtyard and Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

Members of this nonprofit organization will turn the Hampton campus courtyard into a makeshift Civil War battle camp. The re-enactors, who participated in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film “Glory,” educate audiences about the experiences of the first Northern black volunteer company in the Civil War using reen-actments, interpretive programs, training seminars and more.

 Movie Screenings:
“What Price Glory,” 10 a.m.
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

“Glory,” 1 p.m.
Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus
Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg

November 14

Career Fair
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., free and open to the public
Conference Room 1301 and 1302, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton

Veterans are invited to explore employment opportunities and attend workshops during the Career Fair. Speak with representatives from several agencies including Hampton Roads Transit, Greg Garrett Realty, Colonial Williamsburg and more.

Movie Screenings:
“To Hell and Back”
Noon, Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
1 p.m., Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

 “We Were Soldiers”
3 p.m., Library, Historic Triangle campus, Williamsburg
6 p.m., Wythe Hall Gallery, Hampton campus

For more information about Thomas Nelson’s Veterans Day events, contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-2725.

 



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