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A color guard at the 2022 Serving Those Who Serve Brunch

Annual brunch thanks those who serve community

By Blake Sebring

October 31, 2023

Purdue University Fort Wayne’s third annual “Serving Those Who Serve” bunch will be held Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the International Ballroom International Ballroom at Walb Student Union. Organized by Military Student Services and sponsored by PFW’s Student Government Association, the event honors all students in service-oriented degree programs or careers including, but not limited to, education, nonprofit, the military, healthcare, or any field where service is provided to the community.

Representatives from PFW, Indiana University Fort Wayne, and community leaders will serve a complimentary brunch to those attending as a thank-you. The list of dignitaries holding the spoons and spatulas is highlighted by PFW Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer, members of his cabinet, and other university leaders including deans from the related fields of study.

“The brunch is becoming a signature event on campus,” said Michael Kirchner, director of Military Student Services. “It has a special kind of purpose, which ties together so many people.”

There’s no need to preregister. The goal is to recognize, support, and thank all students who have a goal of providing service to the community.

“Our PFW and IUFW students have been, are making, and will continue making a difference in our communities,” Kirchner said. “Whether working in nonprofits, the military, healthcare, education, the trades, government, or any number of other professions, their service strengthens our communities. We’re honored to recognize and support them.”

There will also be self-care stations, massage stations, and other activities.

A brief ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. with members of the American Legion Post 47 presenting the colors, and School of Music student Alyssa Anzelmo singing the National Anthem. Elsenbaumer and students from PFW and IUFW will follow with brief remarks.