November 7, 2016
This month, West Chester University is the site for a number of activities involving our student veteran population, which now numbers 320 undergraduate and graduate students.
At the Nov. 5 scholarship breakfast, 10 donors were on hand to personally present scholarships to student veterans. Altogether, approximately $23,000 was awarded.
The Student Veterans Group (SVG) has been particularly active. They partnered with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee this fall to conduct "Operation Happy Holidays," a donation drive to benefit Stockings for Soldiers, collecting non-perishable food and comfort items including sunscreen and toiletries. Those items will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 11 at Sturzebecker Health Science Center 220 (South Campus), the Veterans Center at 624 South High Street, Sykes Student Union, and FHG Library.
Following are some of the acceptable donations: small (fun-size) candy, individually packaged foods (ramen soup, tuna, Beefaroni (8 oz. or less), insect repellent (non-aerosol), toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss, hand/foot warmers, disposable razors, baby wipes, hair ties, and more.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, students will box these donated items in Sturzebecker from 12 to 3 p.m.
SVG is also conducting a separate canned goods drive until Thursday, Nov. 17.
The first of what artist Sally Van Orden hopes will be an annual Veterans Art Workshop takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, WCU MSW graduate Tyler Norris will direct Veterans Cultural Awareness Training from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The session takes place in the Career Development Center. Norris, a licensed counselor, will help WCU faculty, staff, and students recognize and respond to issues regarding WCU's student veterans. Reserve a seat by emailing Veterans Center graduate assistant Mandi Resnick: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Veterans Center will host a WCU POW-MIA Chair Ceremony on the second floor of Sykes Student Union. The empty chair symbolizes and honors those Missing In Action and Prisoners Of War who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States, or whose fate is unknown, or who may still be imprisoned.
The mission of the Greg and Sandra Weisenstein Veterans Center is to create an intentional culture of understanding, acceptance, and success for veterans, active military, and those whose support them, and to facilitate a coordinated system of service to provide student veterans a meaningful transition from the military to WCU.