The seventh annual Columbia College Military Recognition Day was held May 22 at Bass Commons. The event recognized alumni, students, faculty, and staff who have served or are currently serving in our country’s armed forces.
“Columbia College hosts this ceremony to celebrate our gratitude and appreciation to these men and women for their personal sacrifices on behalf of our great nation and to demonstrate in this public way how proud we are of their service and how honored our college is to serve the higher education needs of these true American heroes,” said Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management, 26-year veteran of the Air Force and emcee of the ceremony.
The day featured six scholarship winners of the Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship, the Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship and the Col. Mike Randerson Scholarship. The winners are:
Tara Lynn Bosco, Columbia College-Orlando, Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship
Casey Clouchete, Columbia College-Orlando, Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship
Kimberley Christianson, Columbia College-Fort Worth, Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship
Jeanna Zartler, Columbia College-Moberly, Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship
Aaron Buran, Columbia College Evening Campus, Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship
Carrie Sargus, Columbia College Online Campus, Col. Mike Randerson Scholarship
James Hay, the president of the Columbia College Student Veterans club, accepted the scholarship certificates on behalf of those winners who were not able to attend the event.
Near the end of the ceremony, Hay unveiled a dedication plaque for the Military Service Tree, which is dedicated to the Columbia College community members who have contributed to the security of our nation through military service as a servicemember, spouse or dependent, Hay said. The Columbia College Student Veterans organization worked to raise funds for the plaque for the tree and even had enough money remaining to make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.