Several events are being held Nov. 8-11 to recognize veterans

Brown bag lunch event
“Memories of World War II”

The Facilities Services Diversity and Inclusion Council is hosting a brown bag lunch, Nov. 8, noon-1 p.m., G10 Biotechnology Building, with guest speaker Alfred DiGiacomo, AIA, Facilities Services retiree and author.

DiGiacomo served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. His unit provided vital communications for the Ninth Tactical Air Command, including fighter bomber support to the U.S. First Army during and after the invasion of Normandy through France, Belgium and then into Germany, to the Elbe River.

Veterans and their supporters gather each year at this event to observe Veterans Day.

No RSVP required. Contact Darrell Reynolds with questions,

Johnson School talk

Eric Kapitulik, Ironman Finisher, will focus on “Leadership and Overcoming Adversity,” in a talk Nov. 10, 3-4 p.m., B01 Sage Hall. Kapitulik was serving as a 1st Force Reconnaissance Platoon Commander when, in 1999, during a routine training mission to prepare for an upcoming deployment to the Persian Gulf, Eric and his platoon were in a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of seven Marines. Eric has since participated in eight Iron Man Triathlons, The Canadian Death Race Ultra Marathon, The Eco Challenge, and The American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon. He has summited five of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on the seven continents); Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, and most recently, Mt. Everest.

Veterans Day open house

The Cornell Veterans Colleague Networking Group (VCNG) is holding an open house, Nov. 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 401 Physical Sciences Building. All veterans and allies welcome.

Enjoy some coffee, cider, donuts, and snacks while sharing your thoughts on the resources you would recommend be provided to veterans at Cornell. Pick up some information on programs and local services. Meet fellow veterans and allies who work at Cornell and sign up for the Veterans and Military Personnel E-List to stay in touch.

No RSVP required. Contact Kerry Howell with questions,

Want to help support troops deployed from Fort Drum in upstate New York? Bring a donation to be added to a “care package” for a platoon, as part of the AdoptaPlatoon Program. Needed items include cards and letters from “home,” DVDs, newly released magazines and books, personal care items, baked goods and snacks. Sharon Harrilchak, Cornell employee and volunteer with the AdoptaPlatoon Program, will package the items and ship them to the two platoons she is caring for in Afghanistan.

Veterans Day ceremony

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Nov. 11, 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Sage Chapel, featuring Donald Shearer, WWII veteran and prisoner of war, and the Cornell Chorale. Contact LT. Matthew D. Collinsworth,, with questions. All veterans and allies are welcome to attend. No RSVP needed.

These events are sponsored by Facilities Services, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, and the Veterans Colleague Networking Group, with food donations provided by local businesses.