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PPCC honors vets with a weeklong celebration

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 29, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) will celebrate and honor veterans and active duty military with a series of special events from Nov. 10 - 13. All events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

 “PPCC has a long history of serving active duty, veteran, and family member students. The aim of Veterans Week is to show them how important they are to us and to our country,” said Cheri Arfsten, director of PPCC Military & Veterans Programs.

 The Veterans Week schedule follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Veterans Resource Fair
Several community organizations that help veterans will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to veterans, including Wounded Warrior Project, Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center and the Colorado Springs Veterans Center. The Fair will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at PPCC Centennial Campus, Rotunda, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day Celebration
PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

  • 7 - 9:30 a.m. Military Breakfast, Atrium. (Only military and veteran students, staff & faculty are invited to attend.)
  • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Vietnam Helicopter on display, Lot A.
  • 9:35 - 9:45 a.m., Wreath Dedication, Memorial area.
  • 10 - 11:15 a.m., Official Ceremony, Theater; featuring a keynote address by Lt. Col. Michele E. Johnson, chief of Cadet Development, USAFA, who will talk about the value of service and education. Performances by the USAFA Band and PPCC Singers.

Thursday, Nov. 12
Documentary Film Festival
PPCC will be hosting two films produced by From the Mists of Time. The first, “Bomber’s Moon: Girls Beneath the Bombs” (1 hr.), examines the WWII bombings over Europe and Japan with personal accounts of the surviving women and the pilots who dropped the bombs. Discussion with the producer and an eyewitness, who was a Nazi youth at the time, will follow. Then, “Buffalo Soldiers Forever” (30 min.) explores the history of the African-American soldiers who served on the frontier in the post-Civil War army. Discussion will follow. Film Festival is from 5:15 - 8 p.m., at PPCC Centennial Campus, Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Thursday, Nov. 12
GI Jam
Student Life hosts this WWII/1940s-style dance with swing lessons, best-dressed contest and food. Attendees should bring items for deployed soldier care packages. (Only PPCC student veterans, active duty and their families are invited to attend.) The GI Jam is from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at Centennial Campus, Grove, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Nov. 9 - 11
COMBAT PAPERS: Memories in Pulp WorkshopsPapermaking workshops, facilitated by the Combat Paper Project, where veteran participants turn their uniforms or paper pulp into unique works of art. (Only community veterans and PPCC veteran students are invited to attend.)

PPCC Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
•  10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9
•  9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10
•  Noon - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)

 For more information, please contact Laura BenAmots, director of PPCC Art Gallery at or 459-9999.

Nov. 9 - 13
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) Portraits
The CWHF will be displaying portraits of inductee women who have served in the military. Portraits are displayed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., PPCC Centennial Campus, C Bldg., 2nd Floor, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Nov. 13 - Dec. 4
COMBAT PAPERS: Memories in Pulp Exhibit
This exhibit features the works of local veterans, PPCC students and Combat Paper Project artists Drew Cameron and Eli Wright who have transformed their military uniforms into paper art.

The Opening will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, PPCC Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., with live music, food and original readings by PPCC military and veteran students (readings from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.). From Nov. 14 - Dec. 4, the Exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturdays Noon – 4 p.m. 


Pikes Peak Community College is in its 47th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 21,000 students annually.