(Neb)-CSC Prof Begins Border-To-Border Ride To Support Groups Supporting Troops Listen
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CHADRON - Chadron State College Education professor Hank McCallum today began a border-to-border motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funding for two programs that give special support to troops leaving for or returning from deployments to the Middle East - the Maine Troop Greeters and the USO.
McCallum will ride from the International Peace Garden on the Canadian border in North Dakota to the Mexican border at Big Bend National Park in Texas before joining a large motorcycle rally in support of deployed troops over Memorial Day weekend in Red River, New Mexico
He says he got the idea because of how the Maine Troop Greeters, a group at the Bangor, Maine, airport gave his oldest son Doug a wonderful sendoff and welcome home on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
McCallum's ride, the centerpiece of a program called Care For The Troops, also supports the USO for its work on behalf of the troops overseas. He's created brochures and set up Facebook and Twitter pages to get out as much information as possible about the two groups, with the Facebook page providing links for direct contributions.
McCallum is riding alone, a pair of American Flags on the back of his bike, with no support team, although he's hoping for help such as places to stay for the night from veterans organizations along the way. He says it's intentionally a one-man operation so that all the proceeds can go to the two groups. .
In creating the brochures and Facebook and Twitter pages publicizing his ride, McCallum turned to a 5-member Chadron State senior class, Graphic Design Practicum, to develop the brochure and an overall logo.
Art Professor Mary Donahue turned the request into a class assignment, and McCallum spent considerable time explaining what he was planning and what he needed. He eventually chose a logo from Taylor Juelfs, which was part of her Senior Art Show display, and a brochure design from Whitney Coop.
Donahue says the experience was a wonderful opportunity for the 5 students to get real-life experience in design, including dealing with the disappointment of not having their work selected.
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