Week of Activities For and About Veterans to be Hosted on Duquesne University’s Campus

Recognition of our country’s veterans will span a full week at Duquesne University.

Planned events include a lecture, documentary screening and military appreciation day at both the men’s basketball and Duke football games.

The week’s activities culminate with the state’s largest morning gathering of veterans at the 18th Annual Veterans Day breakfast. “It’s really a tribute to the University, from the President’s office down, that they give others the opportunity to slow down and truly recognize the sacrifices of so many veterans,” said Don Accamando, director of Duquesne’s Office for Military and Veteran Students.

Events during the week, which are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, will include:

Wednesday, Nov. 2

The Duquesne University Gumberg Library, in conjunction with its Beyond All Repair exhibit, is hosting a Combat Paper Workshop during which attendees will learn how to make “combat paper” from old, shredded military uniforms.

The unique traveling community art project will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Gumberg Library patio (rain site: Union Ballroom).

Thursday, Nov. 3

In addition to the workshop, Gumberg Library is hosting a Combat Paper Lecture, featuring Kevin Basl of Combat Paper NJ, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Union’s Africa Room.

Monday, Nov. 7

A veteran’s prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. in Duquesne’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Lecture by Dr. Roger Brooke, founder and director of Duquesne’s free military psychological services, will present The Warrior’s Path and the Communalization of Trauma: Rituals of Initiation and Homecoming, at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1, Rockwell Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Screening of Project 22, a documentary raising awareness of 22 suicides a day among veterans who served in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, featuring Duquesne alum and Executive Producer of the documentary, Theo Collins; 7 p.m. screening, Lecture Hall 3, Rockwell Hall.

Friday, Nov. 11

18th Annual Veterans Breakfast

8 to 9:30 a.m., Union Ballroom

Cost: $35 a ticket, with proceeds benefiting the Veterans Leadership Program, Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship, Friends of Danang and the Duquesne University Endowed Veteran Student Resource Fund.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Veterans Leadership Programs webpage.

Keynote speaker will be Carol Borden of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

Military Appreciation Day will be recognized at the Duquesne men’s basketball game vs. Loyola Maryland at 7 p.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center. Veterans will receive two free tickets and are also invited to unfurrow large flags during pregame and will be honored with a special recognition at halftime. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling the Duquesne Athletics Office at 412.232.DUKE (3853).

Saturday, Nov. 12

Military Appreciation Day will again be recognized, at the Duke’s football game vs. Sacred Heart, at noon at Rooney Field. Veterans will receive two free tickets and are also invited to unfurrow large flags during pregame with a special recognition at halftime.Tickets can be reserved online or by calling the Duquesne Athletics Office at 412.232.DUKE (3853).

For more information on the week’s events call the Office of Military and Veteran Students at 412.396.5366.

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