April 16, 2012
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Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer to Speak at FRCC Veterans Scholarship Event

LONGMONT, Colo. – Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) will keynote a Veterans Benefit at Front Range Community College’s (FRCC) Boulder County Campus on April 27. Hosted by the FRCC Boulder County Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa—an international honor society for two-year colleges—the Evening Under the Stars for Our Veterans dinner and silent auction will establish a veterans student scholarship fund.

President Shaffer attended Stanford University on an ROTC scholarship and served in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1997. Since his time in the Senate, he has sponsored many important bills on veterans and higher education issues, including the Veterans Trust Fund Guard Armories bill, the Veterans Resource Information Clearinghouse bill, the Higher Education Statewide Transfer Agreement and the Veterans’ Teaching Incentive bill, among others. In 2007, Shaffer co-sponsored a resolution to establish Military and Veterans Appreciation Day.

“Front Range Community College is quickly developing a reputation as one of the most veteran friendly colleges in Colorado,” said Shaffer. “As a veteran myself, I look forward to visiting with students, faculty, and other veterans during this event.”

“This event is part of FRCC’s ongoing effort to build a campus community that supports our veterans and helps them be successful in college,” said Andy Dorsey, president of Front Range Community College. “We are honored to have Senator Shaffer, a veteran himself, join us in saluting our veterans and raising money for their future.”

Tickets to the scholarship event may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Student Life office (for $15). The benefit will be held April 27 in the Community Room of the Boulder County Campus from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For more information or to contribute to the silent auction, contact Elizabeth Vasquez, vice president of communications for Phi Theta Kappa, at 303-775-0201.

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