Middlesex County College will feature an array of events – open to the public – that will highlight issues important to military veterans and non-veterans alike.
“The theme of the week is Acknowledge, Appreciate and Contribute,” said Richard Feldman, coordinator of the MCC Veterans Services Center. “I think this week will allow MCC students and the general public to get to know and acknowledge our student-veteran population and appreciate the experiences they’ve been through. It should also be enjoyable and enriching.”
MEET AND GREET: The program kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the College Center Monday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a meet and greet at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral. It will include a talk by Mr. Zawacki.
OPERATION SHOEBOX: On Tuesday, November 10, as part of Operation Shoebox, the public is invited to join members of the MCC Veterans and Servicemembers Association to pack supplies collected from the College community. In addition, elementary schools in Edison have been collecting supplies as well – and they are competing to see which grade can collect the most. Items include soap, shampoo, granola bars, popcorn, batteries, candy, and other snacks. The elementary school students have also been writing letters to the service members and those will be included in the packages.
“This packing event is a great way for all of us to contribute and tangibly say thank you to our service members assigned overseas,” Mr. Feldman said. “Anyone can send us the name and address of a service member stationed overseas and we will make sure he or she receives a package.” Please email email@example.com with the service member’s name and APO/FPO mailing address.
HORNET’S NEST DOCUMENTARY: “The Hornet’s Nest” is a documentary with live, raw footage of a harrowing nine-day battle in Afghanistan. Cpl. Rory Hamill, who is featured in the documentary, will speak. It will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 12 in the Corral.
WARPAINT ART EXHIBITION: In addition, 13 works of art from the National Veterans Center in Washington will be displayed in the Studio Theatre Gallery, which is connected to the College Center. The exhibit will run weekdays, November 2-20, from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. The program, called “Warpaint,” was organized by the Student Veterans of America. It recognizes artistic talent among post-9/11 veterans. A total of 40 pieces hang in the Washington Center, including a piece by MCC alumnus Travis Barrett ’15.
For more information on Veterans week, please contact the MCC Veterans Services Center at 732-906-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born in the Republic of Georgia, Lasha Otiuridze immigrated to the United States in 2005 when he was 13 years old. Prior to his entering the US, Lasha’s mother had been in the US for six years. During that time he lived with his uncle and didn’t see his mother the entire time.
Lasha didn’t speak or read English when he arrived. Initially it was a huge culture shock for him but because of his desire to fit in and his outgoing personality, as well as his soccer skills, he quickly assimilated into his adopted home. Lasha knew he wanted to join the military and he selected the marines because of their training and the discipline required to succeed as a marine. During his four years as a marine he was deployed to both Afghanistan and Japan as a Data Specialist. While in he achieved the rank of E-5 and earned two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Within five days of his discharge Lasha was enrolled and taking classes at Middlesex County College. He is a Liberal Arts – Business major and is a work-study student in the Veterans Services Center.
Middlesex County College has received the following awards for 2016!