The college's second Military Recognition Day featured a flag raising and the ribbon cutting of a new Veterans Service Center.
Columbia College's second Military Recognition Day opened bright and sunny May 21 on Bass Commons with a solemn flag raising by Columbia College ROTC Navy, Army and Air Force cadets; a stirring rendition of "God Bless America" from Nollie Moore, instructor of music and director of the Jane Froman Singers; and remarks from President Gerald Brouder and Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for enrollment management. The flag flew at Lemoore Naval Air Station, at which the college has a campus. The event then moved indoors to the second floor of Missouri Hall for the ribbon cutting of the new Veterans Service Center, a gateway for veterans' academic needs. Several veterans spoke at the event; Columbia College active duty, reserve or veteran staff and students were then urged to sign a banner hanging in the center.
One-third of all Columbia College students are active military, retired or family members, and half the college's campuses are on military bases.