Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference at UE Set for June 18The seventh annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference at the University of Evansville is Saturday, June 18, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Eykamp Hall in UE’s Ridgway University Center. This free event is a day of education, fun, and camaraderie for women who have served and currently serve in the United States military. The deadline for women veterans and current service members to register for the event is June 1.The day’s activities include facials, manicures, massages, and more, as well as sessions on military benefits, networking, and career information. Participants can meet fellow veterans of all ages and from all branches of the service. In the past, attendees have ranged in age from 20 to 105 years old, and traveled from as far away as Oklahoma and Washington, DC, to attend.Betty Moseley Brown, associate director for the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Marine Corps veteran, will be the guest speaker. Brown is a dynamic speaker who has been instrumental in promoting awareness of the contributions made by women who served in the military through multiple department-wide efforts, such as VA’s Her Story campaign and the Face Behind the File: Women at War DVD.Brown has held several positions at the VA, including veterans benefits counselor, women veterans coordinator, veterans benefits administration, compensation and pension service and later for the associate deputy under secretary for policy and program management. She was the VBS’s first outreach coordinator, coordinating outreach activities of five major programs and providing veterans and their dependents with information on benefits and services administered by VA. She serves as the national president of the Women Marines Association, a non-profit charitable organization composed of women who have served or are serving honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps regular or reserve components.UE is proud to host this event and to celebrate the dedicated women who have served our country. The University has received numerous recognitions for being military and veteran friendly including U.S. News & World Report as a top Midwestern university and eighth for Best for Veterans. UE has also received recognition from Military Friendly Schools, Military Times, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and Military Advanced Education.Women veterans and current service members may register online for the event at www.evansville.edu/veteransaffairs or by calling the Vet Center at 812-473-5993 or UE coordinator of veteran affairs Cherie Leonhardt at 812-488-2141.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A record crowd gathered Saturday afternoon for Ocean City’s 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The Rev. Marcie Sanford of Macedonia Methodist Church in Ocean City gives a scripture reading.More than 300 attended the program at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.In addition to honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights leader in a program of song, scripture and reflections, the program recognized the contributions of former Ocean City Intermediate School teacher Rozelia Wiggins Cobb, who founded the first celebration of Dr. King in Ocean City._________Read more about Rozelia Cobb’s life.__________The increased attendance at Saturday’s event was partially the result of a concerted effort by Councilman Antwan McClellan and Councilman Keith Hartzell to encourage students and community groups to participate.Jared Warrington, Emily DiMarino, Andrea Teofanova and Ava Auwarter read from their winning entries in an Ocean City Intermediate School essay contest.The winners of an Ocean City Intermediate School essay contest read their winning entries:Jared WarringtonEmily DiMarinoAndrea TeofanovaAva AuwarterSeven Ocean City High School students and a support staff member were honored for their contributions to the community in the spirit of Dr. King:Matthew CatanosoBenjamin FischerEnrique GayatanDarby GrantGretchen KeyserChristopher LechnerCelena WhiteKathy SykesAnd Mayor Jay Gillian gave two awards for public service in the name of Martin Luther King.The first went to Sally Huff — “one of the kindest and most compassionate people in Ocean City,” Gillian said — who does work for the city and the Chamber of Commerce and who went straight to work helping others in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, even though she lost her own home.The second was a surprise and went to the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church.“I’m proud to call Rev. Greg Johnson my friend,” Gillian said to a round of applause.“He knows how to get things done, and he is very persistent,” Gillian said of the former school board member and city councilman. “Ocean City is a better place because of him.”Johnson’s message and recitation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is the highlight of the annual event._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____He summed up King’s legacy and the spirit of the Ocean City event when he challenged the audience:“Ask yourself, ‘What have I done to help somebody else?’ ”Gretchen Keyser, Benjamin Fischer, Darby Grant, Enrique Gayatan and Kathy Sykes were recognized for their service to the community.