MAYDAY! Conference

The War Within: Can the Soldier Be at Peace? on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"The War Within: Can the Soldier Be at Peace?" is the theme of Gustavus Adolphus College's 35th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Major Matthew Scherer, detachment commander at the Andrew Radar U.S. Army Health Clinic, will present the morning keynote address, "Identity, Loss, and Reintegration in the Decade of Heroes," at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The afternoon schedule features the Veteran Vision Project presentation by photographer Devin Mitchell. Three discussion panels focusing on the challenges veterans face upon returning from military service—veteran reintegration, psychological and spiritual issues, and the role of military families—will round out the day’s activities.

All events are open to the public without charge.

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Schedule of Events

Time Event
10 a.m.

Welcoming Ceremony – Christ Chapel

Morning Keynote Address
“Identity, Loss, and Reintegration in the Decade of Heroes”

Major Matthew Scherer ’93, Detachment Commander, Andrew Radar U.S. Army Health Clinic, Fort Myer, Virginia

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break / Walk Linnaeus Arboretum

1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address – Alumni Hall, Johnson Student Union
“Veteran Sociology and Parallel Integration to Society”

Devin Mitchell, photographer, Veteran Vision Project

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Panel Discussions

Reintegration ~ Alumni Hall

  • Moderator: LTC Dennis Murphy, MAYDAY! Committee
  • Panelists: David Wentzel, Veterans Constituent Advocate, Office of Congressman Tim Walz; Major General Larry Shellito, Commissioner, MN Department of Veterans Affairs; Luke Weinandt, Assistant Veterans Service Officer for Faribault County; Brad Aune, Veterans Employment Team, Job Service North Dakota; Ed Cox, Veterans in Agriculture, Iowa

Psychological/Spiritual ~ Heritage Room, Jackson Campus Center

  • Moderator: Chaplain Brian Konkol, MAYDAY! Committee
  • Panelists: Colonel Erik Feig, Command Chaplain, 88th Reserve Support Command, Fort McCoy, WI; Stacey Feig, Director of Psychological Health, 88th Reserve Command; Mariah Rooney O’Brien, Teacher, Warriors at Ease and CHANGE STEP Group Facilitator, Domestic Abuse Project, Minneapolis; Mohammad Zafar, Community Psychologist and Life Coach for Returning Veterans, Minneapolis

Families ~ The Dive, Johnson Student Union

  • Moderator: Professor Deane Curtin, MAYDAY! Committee
  • Panelists: Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach for the State of Minnesota; Ali Gibbs, Veteran, Community volunteer, and writer on topics of family life and being a military family; Amber Greeley, former Director, Operation Military Kids and Minnesota State 4-H Military Liaison; Jennifer Rath, Military Spouse
3:30 p.m.

Closing Reception, Alumni Hall

Display Wall—featuring photographs of the Veteran Vision Project by photographer Devin Mitchell, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Upper Level

All events are open to the public without charge.