Military Outreach Center Celebrates Service with Art Exhibit

06/03/2013
Contact: Beverly James
Phone: 678-891-2686
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release

Lorretta Arrington had no trouble fitting into the United States Army, but the 16-year veteran wondered if there was a place for her in higher education. 

“I enrolled at Georgia Perimeter College because I had always wanted to go to college, but I also wanted to serve my country and honor my father,  who died in the Vietnam War,” says Arrington, a GPC Clarkston civil engineering major. who recently won the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association scholarship. “I chose GPC because it has a good reputation as a great place to start. The Military Outreach Center plays an invaluable role in making me realize that GPC is my school in my community and it’s familiar.”

Arrington and other veteran students will celebrate the Military Outreach Center at Georgia Perimeter on June 11 when the college unveils “American Scenes,” an exhibit featuring the works of photographer Bruce Thomson. The reception will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in building CH 1300 on the Clarkston Campus.

“[The artist] came to the Military Outreach Center simply looking for a way to give back to veterans.  His beautiful photographic art now graces the walls throughout the facility—17 incredible pieces that are representative of our great nation,” said Mark Eister, director of the MOC.  “This is another example of the incredible outpouring and giving spirit of people in our community who are giving back to our wonderful student veterans.” 

According to Arrington, the Military Outreach Center has been instrumental to her success at Georgia Perimeter. “The MOC is a great asset because it provides a getaway, a safe place with advisors, computers and people who understand me,” she said. “We are not traditional students, and it helps to be around people who understand what you have been through. And the MOC staff shows me how to help new military students.  It’s a little community within the college.”

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.