Banner Dedicated; ATHS Fountain to Be Renamed in Honor of Campus Veterans

Published 04.14.2009

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Sen. Gene Yaw, Spc. Robert A. Miller and President Davie Jane Gilmour show the framed military coin presented by Miller President Gilmour with banner signers, from left: Miller, Spc. Trevor A. Sheleman, Capt. Chris Mclaud, and Spc. Guston J. Bird, and Sen. Gene Yaw Miller, who initiated the banner project Penn College hosted a reception Tuesday for students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the military, an event highlighted by dedication of a college banner displayed at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam in Afghanistan at the request of student Robert A. Miller during his service there. Miller and six other Penn College students and alumni signed the banner and returned it at the end of their tours of duty. The banner will hang in the Financial Aid Office, also the campus location for Veterans Affairs. Miller told the group that, when serving overseas, military personnel receive few reminders of home, and the banner served to symbolize support from their alma mater. To thank the college, he presented President Davie Jane Gilmour with a framed military coin. Gilmour announced that the fountain in front of the ATHS will be renamed Veterans Fountain to honor the military service of college students, alumni and employees. The event was attended by state Rep. Rick Mirabito, state Sen. Gene Yaw and Susan Mathias, regional director for U.S. Rep. Chris Carney. Yaw and Mathias offered remarks.