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Walsh College’s Troy Campus to Host Two November Events Geared for Veterans

Walsh College will celebrate veterans in two unique ways during the month of November.

The College will host a Veterans Appreciation Night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Frankel Lobby, and a Veteran Career Workshop from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Executive Success Center. Both complimentary events will take place at the Troy campus and are open to the public.

Veterans Appreciation Night includes a strolling reception, complete with food and a chance to meet with Walsh College student veterans, as well as the opportunity to participate in the College’s donation drive for Vets Returning Home, a local 501(c)(3) transitional living facility for veterans in crisis.

Prior to the event, veterans or family members of veterans are invited to submit a short story about their experience. For privacy purposes, only the submitter’s first name will be included. The stories will be on display during the evening.

“We wanted to go beyond traditional Veterans Day programming and allow our veterans to tell their stories,” said Patrick Forystek, Walsh College’s veteran services coordinator. “That’s why our event revolves around the narrative of Walsh’s student veterans.” Watch a short video on Student Veteran Support at Walsh College at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewUfvFRBpJE.

To participate in the donation drive, please bring the following items:

> Non-perishable food — canned food, ramen noodles, and macaroni and cheese
> Gallon-size juices
> Personal hygiene items
> New, white socks and underwear
> White towels
> White twin sheets and pillow cases
> Bed pillows

For more information or to register, visit www.walshcollege.edu/vetappreciation2016.

The Veteran Career Workshop will be hosted by Eric Fretz, Ph. D., combined program in philosophy in education and psychology (CPEP), faculty lecturer at the University of Michigan, and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Fretz will host a workshop for veterans preparing to re-enter the workforce. He will discuss developing career skills, and “EQ and de-greening” techniques designed to help veterans emotionally and physically transition from the military to the business world.

Veterans will also have the opportunity to meet with top veteran-friendly employers, such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Roush.

The schedule of events includes employer networking and refreshments from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by an interactive presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“At Walsh, we strive to promote a smooth transition out of the military and into a new career,” Forystek added. “With this event, we want to extend our services to the community.”

These events are possible through a grant from the Comerica Charitable Foundation.

Registration is limited to 40 participants. For more information or to register, visit www.walshcollege.edu/fretzworkshop.

Walsh College has been designated a Veteran-Friendly School – Gold Level by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), formally recognizing the College’s commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program promotes best practices by awarding levels of Gold, Silver, or Bronze to institutions that offer veteran-specific services and programs.

MVAA is a state government agency housed within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. It connects U.S. Armed Forces veterans and their families to services and benefits throughout the state.

The Walsh College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO) is an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America. The WCSVO offers Walsh student veterans a means of community and networking. The group also represents the views of student veterans to the College and explores the population’s needs in order to implement programming at Walsh.