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A Veterans Day Salute From a Thankful Campus

The Pennsylvania College of Technology community pays grateful tribute to those among us who have served (or continue to serve) the United States of America. PCToday urges all to salute the selfless devotion of these compatriots, whom we acknowledge through this honor roll.

College's military family recognized on Veterans Day
College’s military family recognized on Veterans Day

Respect and thankfulness for the sacrifice and service of its military family runs deep at the college, which can trace its genesis to helping World War I veterans attain gainful and meaningful job skills. In addition to academic assistance and vocational guidance, as reflected in its selection among “Military Friendly” institutions for eight consecutive years, Penn College presents its graduating servicemen and women with red, white and blue honor cords to accent their commencement gowns.

The college also maintains a Veterans Portico and Veterans Fountain in front of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center on the south side of main campus, and a veterans fraternity (Omega Delta Sigma) has formed in recent years.

The following list, compiled from voluntary responses to a campuswide email, is but a fraction of the countless students, employees, alumni, friends and family who are in our hearts and on our minds this Veterans Day:

Students
Shane R. Betts
, Marine Corps, 2008-12
Christopher P. Blackwell, Pennsylvania/Tennessee Army National Guard, 2010-present
Steven D. Bower, Marine Corps, four years
Anthony M. Ducharme, Army, nine years (seven years’ active duty and two with Pennsylvania National Guard)
Connor T. Goodhart, Army, three years
Drew E. Heindel, Army National Guard, 2015-present
Adam C. Hoffman, Air Force, 2004-08
Stephanie N. Huyck, Army National Guard, three years
Harold B. Keiser, Army, 13 years
Ronald D. Lee Jr., Air Force, nine years
Kimberly A. Lindsey, Air Force, five years
Taite S. Mahosky, Air Force, retired after 20 years of service
Nigel I. Mettle, ROTC
Jennifer L. Nicholson (also Veterans Affairs work-study), Navy, 10 years
Jeremy W. Rennicks, Pennsylvania National Guard, 2007-present
Christopher S. Sandoval, Army
Dana S. Sealander, Marine Corps, five years
Nicholas T. Sebasovich, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 3 1/2 years (still serving)
Tyler J. Sones, Army, four years
Aaron N. Stabley, Army, five years

Kevin M. Steinbacher, Navy, nine years
Matthew T. Swisher, Air Force, four years
Aren T. Way, Army, four years
Amber L. Weeks, Marine Corps, four years
Pamela K. Witham, Army, four years
Dakota Wooster, Marine Corps, five years’ active duty
Sean C. Yearick, Navy, retired after 20 years’ active duty
Michael A. Zvodar, Navy, 2004-08

Faculty
Marcia M. Bartlett, Navy, 10 years
Kimberly A. Calvert, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 2002-07 (including a tour in Ramadi, Iraq, 2005-06)
John F. Chappo, Army (82nd Airborne Division), 1986-1990
Dennis R. Dorward, Army, three years
Katherine L. Francis, Army, 1986-90
Colleen E. Gilbert, Army
John M. Good III, Army, five years
Joe Loehr, Air Force, 1968-72
John M. McKaig, Navy, active duty (1976-80) aboard the USS John F. Kennedy
Robert I. Mitchell, Air Force, 22 years
John A. Nappi, Army
Douglas M. Sherry, Army, 1983-84
Jeremy R. Welshans, Army
Thomas A. Zimmerman, Navy, retired after 30 years of service

Staff
David A. Bates, Navy
Chester M. Beaver
, Army, 25 years
Kenneth L. Berry, Army, 1975-78
Kenneth L. Bolig, Marine Corps and Navy, 25 years
Danna M. Brooks, Air Force, four years
Marlin R. Cromley, Air Force, five years (Vietnam War era)
Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, Navy
Monica B. Freeman (also adjunct faculty), Army, four years of active duty and two years’ reserve
Stephanie A. Gahagan, Air Force, eight years
Scott A. Geist, Navy, 21 years
Walter V. Gower, Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve (retired), 22 years
Bambi A. Hawkins, Coast Guard, 1988-94
Craig D. Hostrander, Coast Guard, 1982-89
William Kelly, Air Force, retired after 21 years’ active duty
Rex E. Moore, Army, six years’ service (including Vietnam tour with 196th Infantry)
Charles W. Oldt, Navy
Walter J. Shultz Jr., Navy, 1993-99
Rebecca A. Steer, Army, 12 years
Kimberly A. Venti, Air Force, four years

"Empty tables," honoring all branches of U.S. Armed Forces, have again been placed at various campus locations in honor of fallen and missing servicemen and women.
“Empty tables,” honoring all branches of U.S. Armed Forces, have again been placed at various campus locations in honor of fallen and missing servicemen and women.

Several small tables, each set for one person and paying tribute to all branches of the military, have been placed at various Penn College locations in honor of fallen military personnel during this Veterans Day week. The college community is encouraged to visit the displays and join in appreciation for all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom. An explanation of each item’s symbolism and “A Toast to Our Fallen Comrades” follow: Empty Table