Henry Ford Community College (HFCC)
will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 with a
ceremony honoring veterans and a panel discussion from 11 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. in the Forfa Auditorium, located in the Andrew
A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC)
on the main campus.
In September, HFCC earned high honors when the College was named
to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list by
Victory Media, which provides assistance for military personnel
transitioning into civilian life. HFCC is in the Top 15 percent
of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the nation that
are doing the most to support America’s military service
members, veterans, and spouses as students and to ensure their
success on campus, according to Victory Media.
HFCC’s Veterans Day celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a
color guard presentation by the students of Benjamin O. Davis
High School in Detroit, followed by a performance by the HFCC
Dr. Lisa Jones Copprue,
HFCC vice president of Student Affairs, will give the opening
address and welcome everyone, followed by remarks from Dearborn
Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Napoleon Quick, HFCC veteran’s
counselor; and Theodro Nelson, president of the HFCC
Student Veterans of America Association. Delmer Quick, an HFCC
alumnus and Vietnam veteran, will provide words of inspiration.
Col. Rodney Williams,
director of Human Resources for the Michigan Air National Guard,
will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Lt. Col.
Washington Ross, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who served
during World War II; Deb Drummond, president of the Michigan
Women Marines Association; and Sergeant Mohammad Arrar, Army
Great Lakes Recruiting Command. A Q&A session will follow.
Khristian Joy Alexander, who is the 2012 Mrs. Michigan United
States, will also be present. An alumna of HFCC and the
University of Michigan, Alexander is an educator in Oak Park,
Mich. She will do a meet-and-greet with the veterans and pose
Veterans can pick up veteran services information from the
Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center, which will be
present at this event, as well as meet with HFCC enrollment
Other Veterans Day features include opportunities for attendees
to create a greeting card for U.S. troops in the Student &
Culinary Arts Center. In addition, active military personnel and
veterans with a valid military ID can receive a free fountain
beverage from the Skylight Café with any purchase.
Drop-off boxes for Staff Council Military Care Packages are
located in the ASCC, the Student Center, the Welcome Center, the
Science Building and the Grant U. MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on
the main campus. Drop-off boxes are also available at M-TEC on
the east campus. Monetary donations are gladly accepted, as well
as supplies including toiletries, snacks, et al.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information
about the care packages, contact Denise Schulte at (313)
As a military-friendly school, the College has made it a
priority to provide swift, efficient and effective services to
our honored veterans who wish to receive higher education and
career training opportunities. As a result, HFCC wants to thank
all our veterans for their commitment and sacrifice by providing
the services they need to develop the career they deserve.
For more information about Veterans Day at HFCC, please contact
the Student Activities Office at (313) 845-9865. To learn more
about how HFCC can assist veterans, please visit