Wentworth Marks Veterans Day with Special Event

November 20, 2014

Liberty Battalion Army ROTC Cadets

As members of the Wentworth community sat in Watson Auditorium for the annual Veterans Day Luncheon, their eyes transfixed on a giant screen above the stage, an image of a young man in Army uniform was displayed. The man in question was Associate Professor Joe Schellings, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management, the shot taken during the Vietnam War.

The image was a fitting tribute to Schellings, who has led organizational efforts in the last decade for the Veterans Day event and who plans to retire this year.

“We had about eight people attend the first Veterans Day event here, and now we have a very good crowd,” said Michael E. Jackson, department chair, Mechanical Engineering and Technology, and himself a veteran. “Joe really deserves the credit for that. He’s really helped make this event something special.”

This year’s ceremony began with a call to order by Jackson, followed by a posting of the colors by the Liberty Battalion Army ROTC Cadets. Cadet Neil E. Lombardozzi, Detachment 355 Air Force ROTC, and BCOT ’17, led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Wentworth’s a Cappella group, Note-Oriety, sang the National Anthem. After an invocation by Rev. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R, Captain Walter P. Flaherty, United States Navy, helped lead a POW*MIA remembrance with Schellings.

The featured keynote speaker was Chief Warrant Officer Jeremy Lowe, United States Marine Corps. Lowe, a BFPM major in the College of Professional and Continuing Education, spoke of student success at Wentworth and that the Institute is committed to helping veterans find their way after the military.

“Schools like Wentworth are doing a better job graduating students than others,” he said.

Lowe noted that there are several ways to further help student veterans:

  • Recognize that they are not typical high school graduates
  • Help them find acceptance within the student population
  • Create “study partnering” where veterans are matched up with non-veteran students for projects
  • Investigate causes including the Student Veterans of America Million Record Project and MVP Vets

Following Lowe’s speech, Schellings presented several of those gathered, including President Zorica Pantić, with challenge coins, a military tradition meant to recognize important individuals.

Though Schellings is retiring, various community members have expressed interest in continuing the Veterans Day tradition, while Associate Professor Gloria Monaghan, College of Arts and Sciences, is looking into starting a military-related club on campus.

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