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Honoring Veterans at WSC

by WSC Marketing

Posted on 11/6/2017

Honoring Veterans at WSC
WILLISTON, N.D. -WSC will be hosting events in November and December to honor its local veterans.

For its second year, WSC will be hosting Thank-A-Veteran Day, November 6, where hand-written notes thanking local veterans will be dropped off at the Veterans Service Office, Veterans Clinic, and Job Services.

"We want to be able to personally thank our veterans for their service," explained Crystal Hotchkiss, WSC's VA Certified Official. "We had over 200 notes last year, we hope to have even more this year."

Saturday, November 11, not only marks Veteran's Day but will be Teton Athletics' Gun Raffle and Wing Cook-off at the Raymond Center after the Tetons face University of Northern Colorado at 2:30 p.m. All military families will receive free admission.

WSC's Interpersonal Communication class is interviewing local veterans and documenting their oral histories on a website the remainder of the semester. The students will host a Veterans Symposium December 4 at which veterans will receive a free chili dinner at 5:00 p.m. The class will conclude with a presentation of the oral histories at 6 p.m. The presentations are open to the public. 

"We had such success last year with interviewing local veterans and documenting their stories, we decided to continue the project this year," explained Kim Weismann, Arts and Human Sciences Department Chair.

In addition to their Veterans Symposium, Weismann's Interpersonal Communication class will be partnering with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), WSC's honor society, to create a veteran's flag honoring local veterans.

"We have close to forty students in our Interpersonal Communication class," stated Weismann. "We will cut out fifty stars and place veterans names on them and cut out hands to represent the stripes of the flag."

Stevens Hall will host this flag in its hallway from November 6 until WSC's Veterans Symposium December 4th.

To conclude the month of honoring local veterans, Teton Hockey will be hosting their Military Appreciation Night, December 7th at the Raymond Center when they face Dakota College at 7:00 p.m.

"All proceeds will go to the Military Affairs Committee to help fund the Freedom Monument," explained John Bowkus, WSC Head Hockey Coach. "We as a team wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all current military members and veterans. Hosting this event and raising funds are just two ways that we can give back." 

Williston State College is dedicated to serving veterans interested in furthering their education, learning new skills, or taking classes for personal interest.

In order to best serve veterans or those aspiring to use veteran benefits, WSC created the Re-InVET Yourself Program in 2015 to service its veterans with a series of individualized sessions to help them transition to students:

• Personalized application and admission checklist counseling
•Academic program and course advising tailored to meet personal goals
•Financial counseling specific to the Certificate of Eligibility
•Financial counseling specific to other federal, state and institutional financial resources
•Continued academic program and course advising to keep goals in check
•Connections to campus support services (counseling, tutoring, student organizations, community organizations)

Veterans receive courteous and complete service from WSC staff to optimize their educational benefits. Veterans' military experience and education are recognized and applied to specific programs of study at WSC.  

For more information about how you can support your local military, please visit Williams County Veterans Services at 701.577.4550.
For more information on the Re-InVET Yourself program, contact Crystal Hotchkiss, Registrar, Research Analyst & VA Certifying Official at 701.774.4267. 

For more information on WSC, please visit, call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.

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