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Morrisville and Norwich Campuses of Morrisville State College Collaborate on Troop Care Package Project

First Shipment Headed to Iraq in Honor of Veterans’ Day

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Two college campuses are bridging their distance, collaborating efforts to honor troops serving in Iraq this Veterans’ Day.

Faculty, staff and students on the Morrisville and Norwich campuses of Morrisville State College are collecting items they will be assembling into care packages and sending overseas through a Troop Care Package project.

The first shipment will be headed to the 57th Military Police Company, currently stationed in Iraq, for Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, the national holiday that recognizes those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Others will be sent throughout the semester-long project which was initiated through the Norwich Campus Student Veterans’ Organization.

“Since we have students on both campuses who have served or have family and friends who have served or are serving in the military, we decided this project would be a great way to express our gratitude and support to those protecting our freedom,” Jeri O’Bryan-Losee, Coordinator of Academic Support Services who is leading the Norwich campus effort, said.

“It is an honor to do this for those who stand and serve in the world,” Elizabeth Dana, International Services Coordinator heading the Morrisville campus project, said.

Books and magazines are popular items pouring into separate boxes at the campuses located about 30 miles apart. Monetary donations, games, music, candy, writing paper, socks, toiletries, and food and snack items are also being collected.

Norwich campus student, Christie Oefelein, who had family members serve in Iraq, is among students pitching in to help and to donate items she wasn’t using at home.

“Our troops do so much to help our country,” she said. “What better way to show how much we appreciate them than by sending care packages, especially as the holidays draw nearer.”

Monetary collections will be used to defray shipping costs and to purchase additional items for care packages.

The Norwich Campus Student Government Organization (SGO) is footing the bill to send 20 packages which will cost about $12 each to ship.

The project is also providing students and staff in different communities, with a shared sense of accomplishment.

“It’s wonderful having our campuses work together like this,” Marsha Cornelius, interim dean of the Norwich Campus, said. “Everyone shares the same sense of pride that emanates from community service.”

Community members may also drop off items for the Troop Care Package Project. The Morrisville campus drop box is located in the Academic Enrichment Center in the library. Norwich donations are being accepted in Roger W. Follett Hall.

Funds raised will be matched by the Sheila Johnson Institute at Morrisville State College. Oxford Lodge No. 175, Free & Accepted Masons, of Norwich, has also donated funds for the project.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus Student Veterans Organization assists with transitioning and supporting current and incoming students who have served in the Armed Forces as well as students who have family and friends who have served or are currently serving.

To make a donation, or for more information, contact Jeri O’Bryan-Losee at 607-334-5144, or via e-mail at obryanj@morrisville.edu.

For a list of items to donate, go to www.morrisville.edu/norwich in the related information section.

Veterans’ Day History

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on Nov. 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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