Public invited to join in six ceremoniesDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2019) - Daytona State College will salute service members past and present with ceremonies on its campuses in observation of Veterans Day. The Daytona Beach Campus commemoration features a color guard, speeches and various military organizations. All events below are free and open to the public.
The 11 a.m. event will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at the ECHO Plaza student landing in the center of the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. The ceremony welcomes and honors current and former service members, and everyone in the community is invited to join in the celebration.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC Color Guard will open the ceremony, followed by comments from student and faculty veterans as well as Dr. Thomas LoBasso, DSC President and Florida National Guard veteran. Dave Tatum, U.S. Army veteran and DSC IT Director, will serve as emcee for the event. Speakers will include SGA President and U.S. Army Veteran Stephen Miksits, retired U.S. Navy Veteran and DSC IT Coordinator Bill Harrison, and retired U.S. Army Reservist and Assistant Chair, School of Mathematics Barry Gibson.
The DSC regional campuses will mark Veterans Day, as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway, S.E., featuring the Flagler County Sheriff's Department Color Guard and National Anthem sung by student-veteran Mark Poole. Speakers include Lauren Driscoll, Paws of War; Terry Throop, DSC student veteran; Dr. Nancy Duke, associate professor; Dr. John McNeeley, professor; and Campus Safety Coordinator Charles Fordham. Introductions provided by James Marindino, Campus Director.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m., New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus, 940 10th St., featuring the Volusia County Sheriff's Department Color Guard and guest speaker retired Army Captain and Campus Safety Coordinator Charles Fordham. Introductions provided by Clarence McCloud, Campus Director.
Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., Deltona Campus, 2351 Providence Blvd., in front of Fathi Hall, featuring alumnus Andre Ramos Laundeo, a National Guardsman who was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in battle in Iraq. Introductions provided by Neil Clemons, Campus Director.
Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m., DeLand Campus, 1155 County Rd. 4139, featuring guest speaker student-veteran Jason Richards who served in the Marine Corps for eight years and deployed twice to the Gulf War. Introductions provided by Neil Clemons, Campus Director.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Advanced Technology College, 1770 N. Technology Blvd., with the presentation of colors and pledge of allegiance, followed by speaker Jim Jabluszewski, Assistant Chair, Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy. Refreshments to follow.
In 2014 Daytona State joined an elite list of colleges and universities designated as Military Friendly Schools by the veteran-owned company Victory Media, which recognizes higher education institutions that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students. And for a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report's listing of America's Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Military Veterans ranked Daytona State No. 25 among more than 700 colleges and universities across the nation.
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MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The college enrolls nearly 28,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the college among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs eight years running. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And for three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
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