Veterans Day Activities Planned Throughout November at Prairie State College

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—November 4, 2014. In honor of Veterans Day, Prairie State College (PSC) will be celebrating veterans throughout the month of November with on- and off-campus activities. All activities, other than the parade, will be held at the college’s main campus, at 202 S. Halsted Street in Chicago Heights.

The PSC Student Veterans Club will march in the Richton Park Veterans Parade on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.

A Missing Man table will be displayed, beginning at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in the atrium. The purpose is to honor missing comrades in arms. The empty table will be left up for the remainder of the month. The table is to represent the five services, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as civilians.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., on Nov. 11, the official Veterans Day Celebration will be held in the in the Conference Center Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event is Illinois Senator Michael E. Hastings, a former U.S. Army Captain and Bronze Star recipient. During the ceremony, three individuals will be recognized for the ongoing support of student veterans: Georges Sanon, PSC adjunct faculty member; Dorian Daniels, a PSC student; and Dr. Loretta Kucharczyk, PSC director of first year experience.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Auditorium, there will be a screening of “The Invisible War.” The movie deals with the issue of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes and conveys women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 19, there will be a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Forum, a panel discussion led by PSC faculty members. 

Veterans are supported throughout the year at PSC. Student veterans are eligible for early registration, in-district tuition rates (regardless of where they live), and one-on-one assistance navigating college life. These services extend to all service members, regardless of when they served or whether it was active, reserve, or National Guard component. Whether an individual is a new student, returning student, or deployed on active duty, PSC offers assistance so veterans can achieve their academic goals. PSC also has a Student Veterans Center, which offers veterans a place to study and socialize with other veterans and find out information on services available to them both at PSC and in the community.

For more information on the Veterans Day celebrations being held on campus or for more information about the services PSC offers to veterans, contact Paul Pipik, coordinator, student veterans center, at (708) 709-3567 or [email protected].