Campus Honors Members of the Military, Present and Past
In room 106 of the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (ISTC) at Penn State York there’s a bulletin board displaying yellow honor ribbons in recognition of those currently serving in the military and veterans. The ribbons are there thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Barlow, Penn State York junior majoring in human development and family studies, from East Berlin, Pa. and April Bowser, a computer support specialist staff member at the campus from Elizabethtown, Pa.
The decision to create a bulletin board honoring the troops was a collaborative idea of Barlow and Bowser who decided it was time to refresh the billboards in the ISTC. Since each of them has family, friends, and others who are serving or have served in the military, they decided the yellow ribbon bulletin board was a good idea.
“My cousin, some of my friends, and some of their friends all have loved ones in the military serving far from home and it seems to touch everyone in one way or another,” said Barlow. “It is important to honor those people who are protecting our freedom and support them. Putting the bulletin board in the computer lab, a high traffic place on campus, gives everyone the opportunity to participate and also see it and realize just how many people at our campus have been impacted.“
For Bowser, having the bulletin board hits even closer to home since her daughter, Sebrina, is serving in Korea. Sebrina is a former Penn State York student who spent a great deal of time on campus and is known by much of the campus community.
Those who visit the board can take a yellow ribbon, write the name of the person they are honoring and the branch of the military they represent on it, and then place in the appropriate place on the board. One side of the board is for those troops currently serving and the other is for veterans. Stars are also being added to the ribbons to indicate those individuals who have been injured or disabled.
The bulletin board is filling up quickly and, according to Barlow and Bowser, there are no plans to take it down.