Kutztown University to honor veterans, service members for “National Veterans Awareness Week” Nov. 5 through 9

Kutztown University to honor veterans, service members for “National Veterans Awareness Week” Nov. 5 through 9

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University is set to host events on campus from Nov. 5 through 9, for its annual support of “National Veterans Awareness Week,” hosted by KU’s Office of Veterans Services.

Events are free and open to the public. Military members and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Last week, KU was named “Best for Vets” by Military Times for the fifth-straight year. Kutztown was ranked 75th among four-year schools, its highest ranking in school history. Read more.

For more information about Veterans Awareness Week at Kutztown, contact the Office of Veterans Services at veterans@kutztown.edu.

Robeson Elementary Center offers its 23rd annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m.

Robeson Elementary Center offers its 23rd annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m.

The students and staff of Robeson Elementary Center would like to extend our many thanks to the men and women who have given of their lives to protect and defend our country. Again this year, Robeson Elementary students will participate in a program to honor veterans.

State Representative Gillen will speak at the program, and participating veteran David Rissell will bring an authentic World War II military vehicle to the celebration.

This program started 25 years ago at the Honey Brook Elementary Center with Mrs. Dieffenbach teaching the students to sing the Armed Forces songs. Since then, Dieffenbach brought the idea to Robeson and it has grown over the years with our passion to teach children the importance of honoring veterans.

This year’s theme is “Respect is Our Choice.” Our program is dedicated to all veterans. With great respect, honor and gratitude, we salute them for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

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Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts of Macungie to take command of Syracuse-based New York National Guard Battalion on Oct. 20

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shawn J. Shutts, deputy commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade (SB), and Maj. Navin Kalicharan, operations officer of the 369th SB, New York Army National Guard, are presented the Shield of Saint Christopher by Col. Stephen Bousquet, commander of the 369th SB, during a ceremony at Camp Smith, N.Y., June 2, 2018. The Military Order of Saint Christopher recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Bratt)

Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts of Macungie to take command of Syracuse-based New York National Guard Battalion on Oct. 20

Iraq War veteran will lead the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, which is headquartered in Syracuse

New York National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, a Macungie resident and veteran of the Iraq War, will take command of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a ceremony at the National Guard Armory at Fort Drum near Watertown Saturday, Oct.20.

The 427th Brigade Support Battalion is headquartered in Syracuse and has elements in Rochester, Fort Drum and Buffalo as well.

The battalion provides logistical support for the 4,000 Soldiers of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat team.

Shutts replaces Lt. Col. Patrick Clare, a Clifton Park resident and who has commanded the battalion since 2015.

Shutts was commissioned from the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program at Bucknell University and graduated from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He is trained as a field artillery, logistician and public affairs officer.

While serving as the fire support officer for the 2-14 Infantry and Battery Commander for B Battery 2-15 Field Artillery, Shutts deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice and again in support of Operation Spartan Shield with the 369th Sustainment Brigade as the support operations officer.

Upon redeployment from Kuwait, Shutts was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade and also serving as the Brigade Administrative Officer.

Shutts’ awards and decorations include; the Bronze Star Medal , the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the LTG Aubrey Newman award for Leadership, as well as the Honorable Orders of St. Barbara and St. Christopher.

He is married to the former Ms. Lisa Schmehl and they have two daughters, Caroline, 12, and Abigail, 9.

Samuel Turner named to The Citadel’s spring 2018 dean’s list

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Samuel Turner named to The Citadel’s spring 2018 dean’s list

Samuel Turner of Wyomissing was named to The Citadel’s dean’s list for his academic achievements during the 2018 spring semester.

The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.

Governor Mifflin and Exeter students to unveil local Military History exhibit on Memorial Day

Governor Mifflin and Exeter students to unveil local Military History exhibit on Memorial Day

Who: Governor Mifflin High School students, Exeter High School students, and the Berks Military History Museum

What: Students from Governor Mifflin and Exeter will help honor local military heroes by unveiling a new exhibit at the Berks County Military History Museum. As a culminating project for the Military History classes in both high schools, students researched members of the military who were residents of Berks County and killed in action during wartime. The individual projects will be part of a growing exhibit at the Berks County Military History Museum in Mohnton.

Part of the display will be unveiled during Memorial Day activities in Mohnton. Rep. Mark Gillen will join Governor Mifflin and Exeter teachers and students to present a portion of the display, which has a focus on the War on Terrorism, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Where: Berks Military History Museum, 182-198 E Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton

When:  Monday, May 28, 2018; 11:30 a.m.

Samuel Turner graduates from The Citadel

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Graduation at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Zach Bland/The Citadel

Samuel Turner graduates from The Citadel

Samuel Turner of Wyomissing graduated from The Citadel during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5. Turner received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

The Citadel Class of 2018 includes 516 cadets from 29 states and four countries. The ceremony followed three days of the Corps’ commencement-related actives, which included an awards convocation, commissioning ceremonies for cadets becoming military officers and The Citadel’s iconic Long Gray Line parade.

About The Citadel

The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842.

The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 25 graduate certificate programs and 10 evening undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule with many courses now available online. The Citadel was named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South as well as Best Value out of all South Carolina colleges and universities by Forbes.

The Citadel commissions newest Army officer Samuel Turner

More than 100 Citadel cadets will become officers in the Army in 2018.

The Citadel commissions newest Army officer Samuel Turner

Cadets joining the Army upon graduation at The Citadel took their commissioning oath Friday, May 4, in McAlister Field House. The cadets were officially sworn in as officers during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5.

Samuel Turner of Wyomissing is one of more than 100 Army officers commissioned in The Citadel Class of 2018.

Mission BBQ and Kutztown University to Host Military Appreciation Night at Friday Night’s Wrestling Match

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The Kutztown University athletic department, in conjunction with sponsor Mission BBQ in Wyomissing, are teaming up to host Military Appreciation Night at this Friday’s wrestling match on Feb. 9 vs. Millersville University.

Mission BBQ will be hosting a pre-match, complimentary dinner for all active and former military personnel beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Keystone Hall, Room 129. Mission BBQ will supply food for the first 50 attendees, so be sure to arrive early. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m.

No registration is required.

KU will also be recognizing a former KU wrestler and active military member prior to the match. Pre-match ceremonies are slated to start at 7:20 p.m.

Mission BBQ will also be handing out coupons to the first 100 fans at the wrestling match.

For more information on Mission BBQ’s commitment to our police, fire, first responders and military personnel, check out www.mission-bbq.com

Twin Valley 7th graders team up with Keystone Military Families for 17th Annual Cookie Bake Oct. 27

Pictured from left are seventh-graders Evan Gould, Sam Schillermann, Sarah Miller, Kylee Wheatley and Alexa Duke, posing with a portion of donated supplies for Oct. 27 event.

This is the 17th year that TVMS seventh-grade students have participated in the Cookie Bake project. It was started in 2001 by Mrs. Lisa Thiry, who was a seventh-grade math teacher at the time.

Over the years, TVMS seventh-graders have baked, packaged and shipped literally tens of thousands of cookies to soldiers who are stationed overseas. Last year they baked and packaged more than 9,000 cookies!

This is an interdisciplinary activity in which students take a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and calculate the quantities of ingredients necessary for every seventh-grade student to mix a batch of cookies with a partner.

An army of parent and community volunteers assist the students with mixing the batter, portioning onto sheet trays and transporting them to our kitchen where our adult volunteers handle the baking process.

Once baked and cooled, the cookies are then packed to be sent to military members who are stationed abroad. Included with each box of cookies are letters that students write in their language arts classes.

The boxes are shipped with the assistance of Keystone Military Families with funds collected from selling cookie coupons to our fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students. The coupons are redeemed on the day of the Cookie Bake for a fresh chocolate chip cookie.

This year’s Cookie Bake will be held Friday, Oct. 27. Students begin baking around 7 a.m. and wrap things up at 11 a.m. In that time, students rotate through a baking station, work on an art project and get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of soldiers (active and retired) who volunteer to come share their experiences.

“This activity is a great example of an interdisciplinary community service project that involves the entire seventh-grade learning community, including parents and members of the Armed Forces, many of whom live in the school district,” said Dr. Jerry Catagnus, TVMS principal. “It has truly become a yearly ‘event’ for our staff and students. It is an honor for us to serve and connect with those who serve our country.”
“This is the 17th year of our Cookie Bake project – each year it seems to get bigger and better,” said Jerry Wilczynski, seventh-grade math teacher. “This project serves as a small way that we as teachers and students can say thank you to those who protect and serve our country.  It also is a reminder that, in a time when we are surrounded by negative news, there are a lot of people who are doing good things to serve their communities.”

Connor Kilgore presents as Solar Ambassador at CCU

Coastal Carolina University’s Solar Ambassadors, from left, Anthony Hess, Daniel Hallock, Jacob Doty, Catherine Sweeney and Connor Kilgore. They recently presented their research on renewable energy projects at the recent South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance conference in Columbia, S.C.

Connor Kilgore, an intelligence and national security studies major from Leesport, was among five Coastal Carolina University students known as the CCU Solar Ambassadors who presented their research on renewable energy projects at the recent South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance conference, held Sept. 21 in Columbia, S.C.

The Solar Ambassadors at CCU have teamed up with Re-Volv, a solar energy nonprofit based in San Francisco, in a project to bring solar power to a nonprofit organization in the Myrtle Beach area that CCU serves. CCU is one of seven universities selected to participate in the nationally recognized Solar Ambassador program, which is co-sponsored by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

The ambassadors are working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) group in Little River, S.C., to fund solar panels for its post headquarters, with the aim of lowering energy costs and decreasing its carbon footprint.

“Working with Re-Volv, our Solar Ambassadors group is helping to fill the funding void for renewable energy for nonprofits, which can’t take advantage of state and federal tax credits that significantly lower the cost of solar energy installation,” said Kilgore. “Our team has a unique opportunity to benefit the Grand Strand community and contribute to cleaner energy forms in our country.”

The group hopes to complete its project in the spring of 2018.