WCC Veterans Center has new name but mission is the same


From left: Longtime WCC supporters Tim and Laurie Wadhams, student veteran Alberto Acosta, U.S. representative Debbie Dingell, and WCC President Dr. Rose b. bellanca cut the ribbon at the renaming of the Wadhams Veterans Photo by Kimberly A. Borecki-Troiano Center. Photo by Kimberly A. Borecki-Troiano

For many, sacrifice is seen as the ultimate gift. What better way for Washtenaw Community College to say thanks to our veterans than with a day full of festivities and a special, ribbon-cutting ceremony to top it all off?

To commemorate Veterans Day last November, WCC did just that.

The day began with a sunrise flag raising ceremony, followed by a breakfast and luncheon for WCC faculty and staff veterans and a luncheon for student veterans at Garrett’s – the college’s student-run restaurant. Additionally, 2,000 mini-U.S. flags lined the walkways across campus.

One of the day’s many highlights was the unveiling of the newly-named Veterans Center, honoring Tim and Laurie Wadhams for their ongoing financial support of WCC, particularly student veterans. The center is now the Wadhams Veterans Center.

The Wadhams’ donation represents the largest gift the WCC Foundation has received and the gift to the Wadhams Veterans Center was the largest given to specifically support veterans.

“Laurie and I are very proud that WCC has named the Veterans Center in our honor,” Tim Wadhams said. “The College has created a best-in-class resource, with a proactive, passionate staff, to insure that our veterans and military families have effective access to the many programs and opportunities that are available to further their education. We are grateful that we are in a position to help those who have served and sacrificed for this great country of ours to pursue their dreams.”

Read the rest of my story for the January/February issue of On the Record here.



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