Adult Learner

» SPSU Home / Adult Learner / Military

Military Appreciation Week

All Activities are open and free to the public

Schedule of Events for the 2013 Military Appreciation Week

Monday, November 11
09:00 AM Begin flag display at Sycamore Grove Sycamore Grove
Rain Location: Rotunda
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Opening Ceremony
-Master of Ceremony, Rich Cole, Dean ACM

-Dr. Zvi Szafran, VPAA

Color Guard
-GT Marine ROTC

Flag Dedication

Sponsored by SPARC

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Career & Counseling Information Table
Student Association

Tuesday, November 12
11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Pizza Lunch in the Rotunda & Keynote Speaker Bob Babcock
"The Fourth Infantry: From Vietnam to Iraq"

Sponsored by Student Affairs

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Career & Counseling Information Table
Student Association

Wednesday, November 13
12:00 PM

Brown Bag Lunch & SPSU Student Panel Discussion

Panelists: Danielle Towne (Air Force), Evan Whatley (Air Force), Charlie Pierce (Army, retired), Jimmy Burton (Marine) and Chris Mallory (Marine)

Drinks & Deserts provided

Sponsored by the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Student Center Ballroom
08:00 PM

Movie: "The Tuskegee Airmen"
Popcorn & Drinks Provided

Sponsored by Student Affairs

Student Center Theater
Thursday, November 14
11:30 PM

Military Appreciation Week Luncheon* & Speaker Tommy Clack
"Freedom Is Not Free"

Video on Vietnam Memorial

Musical Tribute -Lance Crimm

Announcement: 50th Vietnam Commendation

Sponsored by the SPSU Foundation & SPARC

*Lunch reservations are required, e-mail
*Limited to the first 250 who make reservations

Student Center Ballroom
Friday, November 15
04:30 PM

Hornet Pride Tailgate

Sponsored by Student Affairs


Campbell High School Colorguard

Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Teams & Cheerleaders will wear ribbons

All Week

POW/MIA Tribute Table
Table set aside to remember and honor


Guest Speakers

Bob Babcock

The Fourth Infantry: From Vietnam to Iraq - November 12 @ 11:30AM - 1:00PM, Library Rotunda

Bob Babcock served in Vietnam as an Infantry officer with the 4th Infantry Division in 1966-1967. He is retired from a 34 year career at IBM as a sales and marketing executive. He founded Americans Remembered, a Founding Official Partner of the Veterans History Project in 2002. Bob is an author, editor and CEO of Deeds Publishing. He has written six books and published over sixty books, both for first time and established authors. He is also president and historian of the National 4th Infantry Division Association.

Bob has had a passion and intense focus on military history and veterans all his life. He is currently serving his second term as president of the National 4th Infantry Division Association and is also the division historian.

Bob is an author, editor, and publisher - he founded Deeds Publishing in 2005. He has authored five books, "War Stories - Utah Beach to Pleiku"; "Operation Iraqi Freedom I: A Year in the Sunni Triangle"; "What Now, Lieutenant?"; and "You Don't Know Jack... or Jerry", a business success story; and "Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09: Dispatches from Iraq". Last year he co-authored Helen Denton's "WWII WAC" book. He has edited and published over sixty books, for both first time and established authors.

Tommy Clack

Freedom Is Not Free - November 14 @ 11:30AM - 2:00PM, Student Center Ballroom

Thomas "Tommy" Clack is a single parent with a 27-year old son (Adam) and a 25-year old daughter (Erin). Adam is the ninth generation of Clacks to serve in the U.S. Army, now a Ranger with nine combat tours to his credit. Erin runs her own business, is happily married and is raising two home-schooled children.

Tommy, born in Decatur, GA, was a 1965 Honor Graduate from high school and attended Houston University for one year on a track scholarship. Afraid the war in Vietnam would end before he could participate, he volunteered to join the Army as the eighth generation Clack to serve. He was on active duty over three years, having attained the rank of captain, when serving with the 25th Infantry Division ("Wolfhounds") he was wounded on May 29, 1969 on the Cambodian border. Suffering loss of three limbs, loss of hearing and extensive internal injuries, every year since has required at least one major surgery to keep him going.

Despite his injuries he finished his college degree in 1975 as an Honor Graduate from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Urban Administration/city Management. He retired in 2012, having worked with Congress, as a staff assistant to the director of the Atlanta Veterans Administration hospital, and as a field manager/veterans service officer in the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

Since 1970 Tommy has traveled extensively in all fifty states, making over 150 speeches a year in this country and abroad. He accepts invitations from grammar schools, middle and high schools, colleges, churches, business organizations, military bases, civic meetings and public events. He is the current president of the Walk of Heroes Memorial in Conyers, GA and is a past president of both Georgia Jaycees and the Georgia Veterans Leadership Program. He has been actively involved in over three hundred memorials honoring veterans, the military and their families and is active in the North View Christian Church.

Student Discussion Panelists

Wednesday, November 13 @ 12:00PM, Student Center Ballroom

  • Danielle Towne - spouse of Air Force veteran, ARCH Major
  • Evan Whatley - Air Force veteran, CET Major
  • Charlie Pierce - Army retired, ME Major
  • Jimmy Burton - Marine veteran, CET Major
  • Robert Barnard - Navy veteran, EE Major
  • Christopher Glynn Mallory - Marine veteran, CE Major

Film & Media

Wednesday, November 13 @ 8:00PM, Student Center Theater

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II.

Main Cast

  • Laurence Fishburne - Capt. Hannibal "Iowa" Lee, Jr.
  • Andre Braugher - Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Christopher McDonald - Maj. Sherman Joy
  • John Lithgow - Sen. Conyers

Questions & Concerns

For more information on Military Appreciation Week, Call 678-915-3200