Nov. 25, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College’s Veterans Drop-In Center recently expanded to offer more space for students who are active or former military personnel.
The Veterans Drop-In Center, located in Room B121 on the Main Campus in Galesburg, doubled in size last month. The room originally opened last November and serves as a place to relax or study for Sandburg's 65 students who are veterans or active military members. The 300-square-foot area includes two computers, chairs, a sofa and a meeting table. The focal point of the room is a large black-and-white painting donated by Sandburg alumnus Dusty Scott that depicts the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
The Sandburg Veterans Club, which is open to any military members who are enrolled or employed at the College, also holds its meetings there. The group convenes regularly during the school year, and its next meeting is scheduled for noon Jan. 22. Sandburg has 65 active or former military members enrolled in classes and more than a dozen veterans as part of its faculty and staff.
“It was already a great space, but when we had meetings with 10, 11 and 12 people, it got to be pretty packed in there,” said Chris Shaw, coordinator of veterans and military services. “The addition has made a huge difference. We want this to be a place where veterans can come in anytime and make themselves at home.”