Veterans Day is a solemn occasion at Nichols. On Monday, November 11th at 11am, the Academy Bell was rung 21 times. The community was encouraged to pause for a moment of silence. A presentation, shown throughout the day on building monitors, honored the 15 faculty and staff who have served or are still serving in the military.
In the prior week, the college held two other events to recognize and aid veterans. On Monday, November 4th, we held a dinner attended by 90 Nichols faculty, staff, students, and local veterans, several of whom spoke about servant leadership and what it meant to them to serve their country.
The following Thursday afternoon, over 70 Nichols faculty, staff and students registered to run or walk 22 laps on our track in support of Project New Hope. This organization supports retreats, deployment reunions, and individual and family services for military personnel who have returned from combat.
The 22 laps stood in sad recognition of the 22 service members who take their lives every day. One of the most moving parts was when members of our cross country team took the first lap with the American flag and flags for each of the military service branches. 22Lap Event – Cross Country with flags
These two occasions raised $4,100 for Project New Hope.
Thanks to our gold status as a Military Friendly School, participation in the national Yellow Ribbon scholarship program, and membership in the SALUTE honor society, every day has become a veteran’s day at Nichols. We have a dedicated office for our growing number of veterans and military service students. We focus on their needs as non-traditional students who often have families, and we combine their leadership experience with our own leadership education.
These approaches have had a positive impact on recruitment. The transfer credit policy and credit for prior learning programs have made the transition back to school easier for the veterans and military students, as it recognizes their unique training and experience by awarding credit appropriately.
When it comes to our student veterans, though, we get as much benefit as we give. They bring a level of maturity and a track record of commitment to a campus that already thanks them for their service.