Oct. 17, 2013 — Park University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, will celebrate veterans with a week full of activities open to the community, Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Wounded Warrior Patriot 5K/10K Run will kick off the events at noon on Nov. 12 at English Landing Park in Parkville. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt. Participants can register at the Park Warrior Center, located in Thompson Commons on the University’s Parkville Campus or the day of the event. Trophies will be distributed to first, second and third place finishers of the 5K and 10K runs.
A Military Appreciation Night will be held during Park’s women’s and men’s basketball games on Nov. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Breckon Sports Center on the Parkville Campus. Current military members and veterans will be admitted free with their military ID. Park’s women’s squad will take on Peru State at 5 p.m., with the men’s squad facing Benedictine at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, volunteers will read a list of names of those killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom from 9 a.m. until noon at the flagpole in front of Thompson Commons.
A showing of the movie “Olympus Has Fallen” will also be held on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Barbara and Jenkin David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the Parkville Campus. Admission is free and open to the public. “Olympus Has Fallen” is a 2013 action thriller film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. The film portrays a North Korean-led guerrilla assault on the White House, and focuses on a Secret Service agent who tries to stop them.
The events will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 14, with a Veteran Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Thompson Commons. Organizations attending the fair include AngelPaws, who help veterans in need of service dogs; Catholic Charities, who will provide information about housing services; and a vocational rehabilitation counselor to assist military and veteran students.
In addition to the Veterans Week activities, Park will co-host “Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the Parkville Campus. The event celebrates Vietnam veteran Bill Bauer’s release of Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam. Bauer and H.C. Palmer, another poet and Vietnam-era veteran, will take part in a conversation dedicated to their experiences and utilizing writing to find meaning in their post-war lives. The event will be moderated by Angela Elam, producer of KCUR-FMs “New Letters on the Air.”
The “Call to Words” event is made possible through a partnership with BkMk Press, “New Letters on the Air,” New Letters magazine, The Writers Place, RezVets, Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Another conversation will take place at JCCC’s Hudson Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.
Of Park’s 40 campus centers across the country, 34 are located on military installations. For more information about how Park serves the educational needs of the military, visit www.park.edu/military or contact the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services, home of the Park Warrior Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 584-6530.