Veterans Week 2010 at Sage
Sage Hosts Week of Events Celebrating and Commemorating Veterans
The Sage Colleges, in partnership with the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region, proudly sponsored Veterans Week, a week-long celebration and commemoration of veterans and their families.
During the week of Nov. 8-12, Sage offered an abundance of interactive activities and celebratory events including: local and national speakers, multi-media presentations, community resources, education and employment counseling, and therapeutic, spiritual, and practical approaches for dealing with the complex issues confronting those who have served our country and their families.
Monday, Nov. 8: Women and War
Veterans Week opened with a keynote address and panel discussion in Bush Memorial from 7 - 9 pm on the theme of Women and War. Susan Scrimshaw, Ph.D. president of The Sage Colleges, provided opening remarks on the evening's theme and introduced the keynote speaker, Terri Tanielian, co-author of the seminal book, "The Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery." Tanielian spoke about the unique challenges faced by servicewomen and facilitated discussion among panelists comprised of distinguished servicewomen from World War II, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Participation was free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov. 9: Multimedia Day
Vietnamese Children's Art : Emotions of War, Dreams of Peace: The exhibit was held in the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Troy campus and The Little Gallery on the Albany campus from November 5 - 23.
Documentary films will be shown throughout the day on the Troy campus. Titles include: No Such Thing as a Former Marine; Healing and Forgiveness; Agent Orange; The Good Soldier, and; From Albany to Saigon.
Wednesday, Nov. 10: Community Day
A Community Resource Day was held at the Aggie Multi-Purpose Room from 1 - 7 pm. This free event provided an opportunity for veterans and their families to learn about services, support, and resources currently available to them. Counselors from the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs were on site to assist with benefits. The New York State Department of Labor provided staff to provide job search assistance. Admissions counselors from The Sage Colleges were on hand to answer questions about educational benefits and Sage's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Approximately 30 to 40 providers and peer support groups from the greater capital region were available to provide additional information on services and support for veterans and their family members.
Voices of Vietnam: A Poetry Reading
Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 - - 6:00 p.m., Troy Campus Library, Hare Poetry Room
An informal poetry reading introducing Vietnamese poets Vu Quan Phuong, Nguyen Minh Thai and Tran Dinh Song to the Sage community. This event featured original poems by the poets as well as traditional Vietnamese poetry. Discussion and refreshments followed. Sponsored by Medusa.
Veterans Poetry Open Mic Night
Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm, Troy Campus Library, Hare Poetry Room
The Armchair Poets along with the Sage Community hosted an evening to honor and remember our war veterans through poetry, stories, letters, and music. Both listeners and readers were welcome to share their material. Selected readings from the Sage Library collection were also be available.
Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day
The annual Reading of the Names ceremony was held in the Buchman Pavilion from 11 am - 4 pm. Members of the Sage community and community at large were invited to participate in remembering the service women and men who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. David Olsen, executive director of Samaritan Counseling Center, spoke on Coming Home: The Power of Spirituality from 7 - 9 pm in Bush Auditorium in an evening of commemoration and celebration that included selections by the Sage Chamber Choir. There was also a formal dedication of the Commemorative Flags. The public was warmly welcome to participate in this free event honoring veterans and their family members.
Learn more about the dedication of the Commemorative Flags.
From Nov. 11 - 14, Sage will presented A Piece of My Heart, "the nation's most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War." (The VVA Veteran) The Creative and Performing Arts Department at Russell Sage College dramatized the true stories of six courageous nurses sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that changed them and a nation that shunned them. Play by Shirley Lauro, directed by David Baecker.
Friday, Nov. 12 : Mental Health Clinical Conference
A conference on Mental Health Services: Healing from a Holistic Perspective was held on Friday, Nov. 12 from 9 am - 3:30 pm on the Troy Campus (Bush Memorial Center). Mental health professionals interested in working with veterans and their families were invited to learn from interdisciplinary speakers on a variety of topics including therapeutic, spiritual, and practical approaches for treating complex issues confronting veterans as they reintegrate into an ever changing societal landscape.
Keynote speaker Edward Tick, PhD, internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans' issues, spoke on War and the Soul: Transforming PTSD from Wound to Blessing. The featured speaker David Soares, Albany County District Attorney, addressed the issues involved in Veterans' Courts.