Veterans Day Commemoration & Appreciation Luncheon

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 -

10:45am to 1:30pm

Kent Student Center
1075 Risman Drive, Kent OH 44242

Join us on Thursday, November 7 at the 2019 Veterans Day Commemoration to recognize Kent State University’s community of veterans and service members. 

10:45 a.m. - Flag-Raising Ceremony on the Student Green

11 a.m. - Recognition Ceremony at the Kiva, Kent Student Center 
The ceremony include presentation of colors, remarks from President Diacon, special guest speaker alumna Lieutenant Colonel Colleen VanNatta, ‘88, and the playing of service songs melody. 

These ceremonies are free and open to the public no registration required. 

Noon - Luncheon in room 306 of the Kent Student Center and includes a lunch buffet for any military-connected individuals (veterans, service members, their spouse/partner and dependents) of any era. 
The luncheon is complimentary but registration is required. On the registration form, please upload a photo of yourself in uniform to be shared during the luncheon. Parking validation will be available for the event. 

Register for the luncheon by Nov. 2 

About our Guest Speaker: 

Colleen VanNatta is a retired decorated United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Commander and Kent State alumna. Lt Col VanNatta received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State in 1988, and was commissioned through Kent State’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 630. 

The solid educational foundation she received at Kent State has guided her journey throughout her public relations, education and command career in the Air Force. Lt Col VanNatta’s career highlights include serving as a media escort for Joint Information Bureaus in Dubai and Dhahran during Operation Desert Storm, first female Public Affairs Officer for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, ROTC assistant professor at Alabama State University, Chief of Public Affairs at Kunsan Air Base in Korea, and Deputy Commander for the Mission Support Group, which is the largest group at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. 

Retiring in September 2019 after more than 30 years of service, Lt Col VanNatta will join the staff at Buchtel High School in Akron as Commanding Officer and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Air Force Junior ROTC, a program aimed at developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and local community. 

Lt Col VanNatta looks forward to returning “home” to Kent State to share lessons learned throughout her rich and diverse career. She is married to an Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), Col Chris VanNatta; they have five children and live in Stark County. Their oldest is an Air Force ROTC cadet at Kent in her mom’s detachment.