November 17, 2016

dsc_0036Hackettstown, N.J., November 17, 2016 – In conjunction with the Student Veteran’s Organization (SVO) and the student-based Psychology and Lions Clubs, the Office of Veteran Services at Centenary University is taking part in a Veteran’s Outreach initiative for the Fall 2016 semester. The collaboration effort will include a donations drive to benefit veterans at the VA Hospital, Lyons, N.J.

The Veteran’s Outreach project will be accepting donations of the following from now until December 15, 2016:
 New Men and Women’s Slipper Socks (All sizes)
 New Crossword/Word Search/Sudoku Books
 Boxed K-Cup Coffee Pods
 2017 Wall Calendars

“We have planned this activity with the hope that the Centenary community will unite to honor, support, and remember the veterans in our lives,” says Margie Pavlichko, Director of Veterans Services at the University.

The Office of Veteran Services at Centenary University provides valuable services and resources to student veterans, veteran dependents, active military, and reservists in the Centenary community.  The office is dedicated to assisting veterans in navigating internal and external systems, obtaining educational goals, developing initiatives, and helping to facilitate a seamless transition to the academic arena and successful integration to the campus community. In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the Office of Veteran Services saw it fitting to engage the Centenary community in various activities to honor those who have served or currently serve.

Contact Margie Pavlichko at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2318 or e-mail to make arrangements to drop off donations.  In addition, donations can be left with the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at the David and Carol Lackland Center located at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.  Drop off boxes will also be left outside of the Sitnik and Black Box theaters when performances are in session.

In addition to the donation drive, “The Honor Tree” made its fourth annual appearance in the David and Carol Lackland Center to recognize the valor, courage and sacrifice of those who served or are currently serving. The tree stood outside of the cafeteria from November 7 through November 11, and is permanently displayed in the Veteran’s Resource Center on the third floor of the Ferry Building. The Honor Tree is decorated with over 300 stars that are placed on the tree by students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community visitors.  This special tree is available year-round to hang a color-coded star in support of our troops and to honor family, friends, colleagues, alumni, and those in the greater Centenary community who have served.

Another way the Office of Veteran Services invited the Centenary community to honor our country’s veterans is through a project called The Gratitude Journal. The Gratitude Journal, usually housed in the Veteran’s Resource Center, was also available outside the cafeteria from November 7 to November 11 for the campus community to write a message of thanks to Centenary student veterans and service men and women around the world. Members of the SVO, the Psychology Club, the Lions Club as well as other student volunteers assisted the Centenary community with The Honor Tree and The Gratitude Journal.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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