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“The Minot State University Veteran Service Center along with its Veterans Club, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of both current and past military service members are happy to present this year’s addition of Veterans Awareness week on campus. The Minot community and Minot State University will be displaying their support with more than 20 local service providers participating in this year’s Veterans week community fairs. We appreciate the opportunity to help ensure our area’s current and past service members skills and accomplishments do not go unnoticed.”
-- Andy Heitkamp, MSU’s director of veterans services.

University Communications

Minot State celebrates Veterans Week

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Veterans Center has planned five days of events during MSU Veterans Week running Nov. 6-11.

“The Minot State University Veteran Service Center along with its Veterans Club, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of both current and past military service members are happy to present this year’s addition of Veterans Awareness week on campus,” said Andy Heitkamp, MSU’s director of veterans services. “The Minot community and Minot State University will be displaying their support with more than 20 local service providers participating in this year’s Veterans week community fairs. We appreciate the opportunity to help ensure our area’s current and past service members skills and accomplishments do not go unnoticed.”

The events begin Monday with the 2nd annual Veterans Employer Summit sponsored by Fortis Energy Services Monday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Minot State University Student Center. There will be a Community Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Student Center, outside the cafeteria on Monday. During the Monday events, there will be a special announcement regarding Minot State and North Dakota Cares at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center.

The Employer Summit is co-sponsored by Job Service of North Dakota, the North Dakota Petroleum Council, ND Cares, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and AM 1100 The Flag.

Lt. Governor Brent Sanford is scheduled to give the keynote address and Scott Hennen of AM 1100 The Flag will serve as the master of ceremony. Also scheduled to speak are Marlys Morgenstern of Job Service of North Dakota, Darci Handt of ND Cares, Shirley Olgierson of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Jennifer Dahl of the ND Department of Commerce.

The Community Fair at the MSU Student Center will also run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday’s Community Fair will feature Sgt. Kyle Volk, North Dakota National Guard; Kelli Weiand, Military Outreach Specialist; Gary Siewert, NDDVA Family Assistance; Ric Gutierrez, Vet Center; Taylor Heine, Independence Inc.; and Brian Meier, United States Army. Tuesday is highlighted by Skip Gjerde, AMVETS; Mac Mcleod, Minot Area Homeless Coalition; Alicia and Jeannie Roman, American Legion Auxiliary; Cindy Whitesell, MAFB Community Support Coordinator; and Julie Metcalf, Community Options. Wednesday’s Community Fair has Milo Wallace, American Legion; Orleen Orem, Support Services for Veteran Families; DiNell Hall, HUD-VASH; Msgt. Elvira Warbis, Minot Air Force Base Family Readiness Center; and Nikki Livedalen, Center for Rural Health/TBI. Finally, Thursday’s event features Susan Ogurek, North Dakota Job Service, Ric Gutierrez, Minot Vet Center; Jerry Darling, VFW Post 753; Keith Huff, American Red Cross; Carrie Ozuna, Domestic Violence and Crisis Center; and Team Red/White/Blue.

Minot State University’s Veteran Day event is scheduled for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Student Center Atrium.

Friday is the observed Veterans Day at Minot State and the university is closed.

The final day of the week-long celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 with two closing events. Minot State University Veterans Club will host a Pancake Breakfast at the Minot Moose Lodge from 7:30-10:30 a.m., sponsored by Spicy Pie. The Minot State Symphony Orchestra will put on a show entitled “Love and War: The Human Condition,” Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

For more information on any of the events of for any questions concerning Veterans Week, contact the MSU Veteran Center at 858-4003.

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Published: 11/03/17



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