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Veterans Week - 'Beyond Glory'


Veterans Week - 'Beyond Glory'

Poetry reading kicks off Veterans Week events at JCCC 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A poetry reading by a pair of Vietnam veterans will kick off Veterans Week events at Johnson County Community College.

Bill Bauer and H.C. Palmer will read their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives in “A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. A reception will follow the reading in Café Tempo in the museum.

The reading is sponsored by BkMk Press with support from New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets and The Writers Place. It is open to the public at no charge.

Bauer wrote “Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam” which was rereleased by BkMk Press.

Other JCCC events honoring veterans are:

  • JCCC financial aid staff will volunteer at the Heart of America Showdown to aid homeless veterans on Friday, Nov. 8. Monica Montgomery, financial aid assistant, is coordinating the effort.
  • Ron Stinson, professor/chair of music and theatre, will play Taps at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, on the hill overlooking Commons Plaza at JCCC. A gourd dance featuring local American Indian service members and veterans led by Ed Smith, research project coordinator for the smoking cessation grant overseen by the Center for Indian Studies, will follow Stinson’s solo.
  • JCCC employees who have served in the military will be honored at a luncheon at noon Monday, Nov. 11, in the Regnier Center.
  • All day Monday, Nov. 11, veterans and military service members may pick up vouchers for a free beverage from the Veteran Services office, room 319 of the Student Center on campus.
  • A financial wellness seminar for veterans will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in room 319 of the Commons building on campus. It is sponsored by US Bank and JCCC 2 the Max, and will be repeated from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.
  • A panel of JCCC students, faculty and staff who are veterans will speak about their experiences and answer questions in a “Veterans Speak Panel” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in room 233 of the General Education Building on campus. Susie Sympson, adjunct professor of psychology, facilitates the panel.
  • The Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series presents “The Latino Veteran Experience” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center on campus.
  • The week ends with the JCCC Performing Arts Series presentation of “Beyond Glory” with Stephen Lang at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Yardley Hall of the Carlsen Center on Campus. Tickets for the performance are $80, $42 or $32 and are available at the box office, 913-469-4445 or online.

The JCCC Veterans Club will host an awareness table in the Commons building from Monday, Nov. 4, through Monday, Nov. 11, and a POW/MIA table will be located on the second floor of that building.

The JCCC VetSuccess office will celebrate its grand opening in room 200 of the Commons building.

An honor tree will be located in the lobby of the Student Center on campus starting Nov. 1, with ribbons and notecards available to post a message honoring service members and veterans. The JCCC Bookstore plans a “Thank you veterans” display in the bookstore display case, and the campus branch of US Bank will offer a gift bag for veterans.