UMA schedules week of events to honor veterans

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta will hold a variety of events in both Augusta and Bangor to honor and thank veterans for their service from Nov. 4 through Nov. 8.
UMA has a rich tradition of supporting military and veteran students. More than 300 veterans, military and family members are enrolled at UMA with VA benefits for the fall 2019 semester. Many other veterans attend UMA regardless of the availability of VA benefits to further or complete their education.
The schedule is:
Monday, Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UMA Veterans’ Lounge, Belfast Hall – Bangor Campus.
Veterans will be recognized for their service in the recently refurbished Veterans’ Lounge, located on the third floor of Belfast Hall. A flag-folding ceremony will take place and brief remarks will be provided by Jonathan Henry, UMA vice president of enrollment management and marketing. Cake and light refreshments will follow. Veterans may wear or bring in military memorabilia showing their service (hats, old uniforms, special medals/ribbons).
Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Michael Klahr Center Classroom, UMA Augusta Campus. “Watch Their 6 at Home,” a program in conjunction with NAMI Maine, will be a daylong mental health first-aid training designed for service members and veterans. The intent of the program is to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health concerns, to increase awareness of signs, symptoms, and risk factors for suicide and to learn how to support someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Additional information, including registration, is at www.namimaine.org or 800-464-5767.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. UMA Veterans Academic Center – Augusta Campus. Veterans will be recognized for their service at the Veterans Academic Centerin the Katz Library Building. A flag-folding ceremony will take place and brief remarks will be provided by UMA President Rebecca Wyke. Cake and light refreshments will follow. Veterans can wear or bring in military memorabilia showing their service (hats, old uniforms, special medals/ribbons).
A POW/MIA table will also be set up in the Moose tracks Café, Randall Student Center, Augusta Campus.
Firday, Nov. 8, UMA Veterans Academic Center – Augusta Campus. Weekly scheduled meeting of the Women Veterans’ Book Group to discuss books related to Maine History through a project developed with the Maine Humanities Council. Women veterans and military personnel are welcome to join this community group on any Friday.
UMA Centers across the state will provide flag pins and “Thank You” cards to veteran students, faculty, and staff at their locations.
The University of Maine at Augusta Annual Fund has two opportunities available to support military and veteran students, the Military & Veterans Affairs Gift Fund and the Military & Veterans Student Book Fund. For more information about giving opportunities, visit UMA ANNUAL FUND.
UMA’s commitment to educating and providing opportunities to our veterans, service members, and families has earned it the following designations: 2019 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges, 2019 Proud Partner of Maine Hire a Vet Campaign, 2019 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree for Veterans,” 2018 Military Friendly School.