Office of student life cancels events to make room for Veterans Appreciation Week

The reason behind the Office of Student Life’s cancellations the first week of November.

Amber Gilliland
Special Assignments Reporter

The Office of Student Life leaders recently canceled two events scheduled during the first week of November.

An egg drop event and lecture about e-cigarettes were canceled so student leaders could focus their efforts on creating events for Veterans Day.

Veteran Navigator Marty Jonquiere worked alongside Equity and Diversity Coordinator Roxanne Simon and Custodial Service Manager Patrick Carter to organize a full week of events to celebrate Veterans Day.

The events started Nov. 3 and ended on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Veterans appreciation week began at 8:50 a.m. on Nov. 3 with members of the Rogers High School JROTC posting the colors on campus.

Throughout the week, information tables were posted by the front entrance of the College Center.

On Monday, members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars were at the tables and on Tuesday, members from the American Legion. Red Cross members were at the tables on Wednesday and Thursday to collect letters for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Students could write letters of thanks and encouragement which will be distributed to veterans, current military members and their families during the holiday season.

A wall of appreciation also was posted in front of the Connection Café and allowed students to leave messages. The paper from the wall will be taken to the Washington State Soldiers Home in Orting.

A box was put out during the week for students to donate travel sized toiletry items, socks, underwear, backpacks and other items. These donations will be given to the Veterans Resource Center at the Tacoma Rescue Mission to help homeless veterans.

On Nov. 4, a forum was from 4:30-6 p.m. in the dining commons. Multiple speakers spoke about various issues for veterans such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the presenters were members from the college and others were community members. A question and answer session was also held during the event.

Veterans appreciation week ended on Veterans Day at 11 a.m. when the Rogers JROTC came back to campus to retire the colors.

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Office of student life cancels events to make room for Veterans Appreciation Week

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