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Military Appreciation Day is April 21

Veterans are the focus for the 7th Annual Military Appreciation Day at St. Catharine College on April 21. The day begins at 0700 hours with a 5-K (5 kilometer) Run/Walk at Idle Hour Park sponsored by the City of Springfield and Dr. Dave Donathan's Spring Semester Senior Seminar class. The run winds through Idle Hour Park and historic downtown Springfield, returning to the finish line in the park. Additional information and online registration for the 5-K Run/Walk is at

The activities continue on the St. Catharine College campus with a free lunch at 1100 hours, followed by workshops starting at 1300 hours in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Here, veterans will be able to attend sessions on their G.I. Bill and veterans' benefits, hear a presentation on getting an initial teaching credential through the Kentucky Troops to Teachers Program, and find out how many college credits their military training can earn them.

In addition, the day includes events for the entire family, including a Patriot baseball Senior Day doubleheader against the University of Virginia-Wise at 1300 hours at Edelen-Haydon Field and the Central Kentucky Community Theatre's production of Man of La Mancha at the Springfield Opera House at 1900 hours. There will also be informational booths, plus games for kids.

The schedule for Saturday, April 21 is:

0700-1130     5K Run/Walk at Springfield Idle Hour Park

1100-1300     Lunch at  St. Catharine College

1300-1345     Troops to Teachers in Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

1400-1445     My G.I. Bill in Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

1500-1600     Getting Credit for Serving:     Hamilton Hall – Room 117

                      Army/ACE Registry

                      Transcript System (AARTS)

1610-1700     Your VA Benefits        Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

Concurrent Events/Activities at St. Catharine College

1130-1600     Vendor Displays/Activities for Families

1300-1700     Patriot Baseball             Edelen-Haydon Field

1500-1730     SCC – A Military Friendly School     Hamilton Lobby

1900              Man of La Mancha    Springfield Opera House

For more information, contact Dr. Dave Donathan at or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1313.