Poster promoting Veteran Recognition and Native American Heritage Month

Hartwick Celebrates Veterans, Native Americans

November 7, 2016

November has been declared Veteran Recognition and Native American Heritage Month at Hartwick College, which will host a series of special events on campus to salute our nation’s veterans.

All month long, the Stevens-German Library will showcase books honoring Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month.

On Monday, November 7, the Hartwick Identity Alliance (HIA) hosts “Honoring LGBTQ Veterans: A Letter Writing Experience,” an event to thank LGBTQ service people by sending cards and letters to American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER).

Three nights later, Intercultural Affairs will host a short film and discussion of Afro-Native Identity will be held in the Farrington Room, Dewar Hall, to expose Afro-Native American heritage and genealogy tips for family research.

During the lunch period that day, Health Promotion will be tabling outside The Commons. Coordinator for Health Promotion/Director for Campbell Fitness Center Heidi Tanner, intern Taylor Tripp, and several students will be making the public aware of the positive contributions of veterans, and what resources are available to support them. Fraternities Kappa Sigma and Tau Kappa Epsilon have also been invited to promote their own efforts in supporting veterans.

The College will hold several events on Veterans Day, November 11.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Affairs hosts a luncheon for Hartwick’s veteran community of veterans, including faculty, staff, and students.

Hartwick College Facilities and Environmental and Health Safety Manager Gary L. Ballard, a veteran, and veterans at the College will host students at memorial in remembrance of Hartwick’s Veterans from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the World War II Veterans’ Memorial near the Anderson Center for the Arts.

That evening, the Community Involvement & Volunteerism (CIV) Office will host a thank you letter-writing event for veterans from 6 – 10 p.m. during the College’s Winter Carnival.

On Saturday, November 12, there will be a tribute to veterans at the football game at Wright Stadium. An honor guard by Oneonta’s American Legion Post 259 is planned, and admission to the game is free to any veteran.

Other activities this month include:

  • November 17: Honoring Veterans – Immacolata DeVivo ’16 hosts an event to create holiday cards for veterans.
    8:15 – 9:15 p.m., Leitzell Hall
  • November 21: Hartwick Identity Alliance (HIA) hosts Trans Day of Remembrance as a memorial service for victims of trans violence in the past year.
    7 – 8 p.m. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House
  • November 29: Kwanzaa: Native American and Other Voices of Diverse Soldiers – A discussion about diversity and inclusion in past military conflicts.
    5:30 – 7 p.m., Chesebro Room, Dewar Union

Also, the United States Pluralism Center in Bresee Hall will be open on Veterans Day, and its director, Harry Bradshaw Matthews, available to assist anyone interested in researching potential genealogical connections to those who fought in conflicts from the Civil War to WWII. Appointments with Matthews are preferred.

For more details on events taking place this month, visit the Office of Intercultural Affairs website or contact Matthews at 607-431-4428.