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4th Annual Veterans Symposium

Posted: Dec 03 2019

WILLISTON, N.D. - Presented by Kim Weismann's COMM 212 Interpersonal Communication class, the 4th Annual Veterans Symposium will be held at the Williston Area Recreation Center next Monday, December 9.

The evening begins with a free meal sponsored by the Williston State College Foundation for veterans and active military personnel at 5:00 p.m. Presentations, which are open to the public, begin at 6:00 p.m. 

Weismann, Professor of Communication at Williston State College, was first approached in 2016 by the Williams County Veterans Service Office to document veterans' stories.  

To date, 107 stories have been collected from veterans who served in World War II through the present.  

Thirty-one veterans' stories will be told at this year's evening event.  

"By completing this project, students not only learn and use their skills from Interpersonal Communication, but they learn about the military and what our veterans experience," explained Weismann. "These students gain an understanding and appreciation for these men and women, and this appreciation comes through their written and oral presentations."  

Students are tasked with finding veterans and interviewing them about their experiences. Students then draft and edit written reports of these stories which they then share at the symposium.  

"Students' reflection papers nearly always express their gratitude for having met their veterans," stated Weismann. "As a result, students are often able to better appreciate what they have. I have also had students stay in touch with their veterans over the years. Some even exchange Christmas cards. The bonds created are absolutely wonderful and heartwarming."  

While stories are not orally recorded, written versions are available at willistonoralhistory.blogspot.com.  

If interested in telling your story or if you know someone whose story should be heard, please contact Weismann 701.774.4503 or kim.weismann@willistonstate.edu.  

"We are always looking for more veterans for the next year," stated Weismann.  

For more information on the Veteran's Symposium, please contact Kim Weismann, Professor of Communication, at 701.774.4503 or kim.weismann@willistonstate.edu.  

For more information, please visit www.willistonstate.edu, call 701.774.4200, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.

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