UMF students hosting dinner for veterans in the community, Nov. 15

Student-designed logo to welcome veterans to community dinnerFARMINGTON, ME  (November 7, 2017)— University of Maine at Farmington’s First Year Seminar “Peace Studies” students are hosting a dinner for veterans and their families from 5:30–7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Old South Church in Farmington. The event is free and open to the public.

UMF students taking the course have been studying the nature of war and wanted to put together a special dinner for military veterans and their families to welcome them and show they care. Students planned the community dinner and developed the menu, which includes vegetarian and turkey chili, cornbread, salad, with pie and ice cream for dessert.

Students will be participating the evening of the event, setting up the space, cooking and serving the attendees and cleaning up afterwards. In addition, they designed the event logo to spread the word to the community.

Sixteen students are involved in the Peace Studies First Year Seminar led by Doug Rawlings. As part of the course, students study the philosophy of nonviolent direct action and its applications in the United States and elsewhere. They have been reading about and discussing the nature of war and some specific wars, predominantly the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. One requirement of the course is participation in a community project of their choosing.

For more information, or to offer a food item or donation, please contact Doug Rawlings at

UMF is also pleased to be saluting the UMF student, faculty and staff military veterans, reservists, National Guard and active duty presonnel with a campus luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 9.

“UMF is honored to recognize veterans throughout the country for their service,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “Our communities are built upon their sacrifice and dedication and we are proud to say thank you for all they’ve done.”

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Photo Caption: Student-designed image to welcome veterans to community dinner.