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Campus celebrating Veterans Day

November 8, 2016

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Veterans Day traditionally is held on Nov. 11, but this year's campus celebration is getting an early start, with a week of recognition Nov. 7 to 11.

Most of the events will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11. The customary Veterans Day ceremony will be Thursday in the Campus Center Atrium, one of three public events on campus that day. The others are a panel on military culture and a Chancellor's Diversity Lecture.

The lecture will feature Wes Moore, a U.S. Army combat veteran who is now a youth advocate, business leader, author and public speaker. Moore was a White House Fellow in 2006-07 and a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Author, public speaker and Army combat veteran Wes Moore.

The panel discussion on military culture will feature faculty and students with service experience discussing life in the military and how it shapes lives. Boyd Bradshaw, IUPUI's associate vice chancellor for the Division of Enrollment Management, will moderate the event.

According to Kim Bloodgood, the director of IUPUI's Office of Veterans and Military Personnel, Thursday will also feature three events specifically for those with military backgrounds:

  • U.S. Service Members' Appreciation Luncheon
  • Veterans Health Administration workshop
  • Veterans Benefits Administration workshop

The Faculty-Staff Veterans Council is helping present the appreciation luncheon.

Jawz may not be a member of the U.S. Army, but he is always ready to follow orders.

IUPUI mascot Jawz isn't part of the U.S. Army or an ROTC cadet, but he is always ready to salute cadet leaders and Army officers. | PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL

The decision to hold key Veterans Day events a day early was focused on student participation. "Many students don't come to campus on Fridays, and we wanted to make sure those with military backgrounds or students who wished to honor those with that background would be able to take part," Bloodgood said.

The traditional Nov. 11 Veterans Day celebration will include a flag-raising ceremony at the Cavanaugh Hall flagpole, in Taylor Courtyard.

Also on Friday, Housing and Residence Life students will sort holiday cards for the Red Cross that the agency will distribute to the National Guard. In addition, students will be invited to make a card that will be sent to an IUPUI veteran employee. The Housing and Residence Life event will be in the Dean's Room in The Tower.

The Campus Center will be "dressed up" for this year's celebration, as IUPUI departments are creating banners thanking veterans for their service to hang in public areas of the building. The Office of Veterans and Military Personnel also is collaborating with Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI on an oversized map (up to 10 feet wide) with a world map that will allow veterans to insert push pins into the map with "I served here" notes, including names.

The names will be added to the map on a temporary basis, as part of the Veterans Day celebration. But the map will become a permanent part of the Office of Veterans and Military Personnel when it moves into its new office in Room 268 of the Campus Center.

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