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Colleges host Veterans Week events

Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 1:00:00 AM
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Contact: Della Elliott, della.elliott@gcccd.edu, (619) 644-7690

In commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities, most between now and Thursday, Nov. 8. The Veterans Week programs are presented by the Student Veteran Organization at each campus, with support from student government and the student affairs offices. With the exception of the student veterans’ luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Cuyamaca College, all events are open to the public.

With more than 2,000 veterans a year enrolled at East County’s only public institutions of higher education -- a number that is expected to climb with the draw-down of forces in the Middle East -- both current and past members of the armed forces are a significant and valued presence within the college communities.

Now through Nov. 21:

  • At Cuyamaca College, a community service project is currently under way, with a clothing drive to help support  the Veterans Village of San Diego’s winter shelter programs. Clothing, including sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shoes and more, are being collected in donation boxes at the student affairs office, I-120, and the veteran services office, A-300. The public is encouraged to donate items through Nov. 21.

Tuesday, Nov. 6:

  • At Grossmont College, a Veterans Week opening ceremony takes place from 10 a.m.-noon in the Main Quad. Following a color guard presentation and the national anthem performed by the music department, guest speaker Jerry Stadtmiller with the Veterans Village of San Diego will speak about the cost and consequences of war. Stadtmiller, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program director at Veterans Village, served in Vietnam as a rifleman for the U.S. Marine Corps and was severely injured by two AK-47 rounds going through his face.
  • Military vehicles will be on display throughout the day Tuesday in the Main Quad.

Wednesday, Nov. 7:

  • A luncheon for all student veterans is planned at Cuyamaca College, followed by a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. of the temporary site of a  new veterans resource center on the first floor of the Student Center, I-207. Staffed by fellow student veterans, the converted space that formerly housed the now-relocated high school outreach center includes a study area with computers, a small kitchen, and an open area for students to congregate.
  • At Grossmont College, participants can take a physical training challenge between 9 a.m.-noon at the athletic track. Participants will receive a free barbecue lunch. To sign up, contact the Student Veterans Organization at svogcccd@gmail.com
  • From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Grossmont College Student Veterans Organization will have an information booth set up in the Main Quad, where Student Health Services and the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile are holding a blood drive.
  • From 5-7 p.m. in Building 26, Room 220 at Grossmont College, a free showing is set of “The Longoria Affair,” a documentary about a funeral home in rural Texas denying services for a Mexican-American soldier following World War II, and the impact the controversy had on the town for years to come.

Thursday, Nov. 8:

  • Awards of appreciation will be distributed at a closing ceremony 10 a.m.-noon at Griffin Gate inside Grossmont College’s student center.
  • Videogame tournament sponsored by the Epic Gamers Guild and the Grossmont College Student Veteran Organization from noon-2 p.m. at Grossmont College's Griffin Center.
  • At Cuyamaca College, a Student Veterans Organization food sale is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Grand Lawn to raise funds for SVO club activities.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For more information about Grossmont events, contact the Student Veterans Organization at svogcccd@gmail.com or the Student Affairs Office at (619) 644-7600.

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information about Cuyamaca events, call (619) 660-4427 or (619) 660-4295.

 

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

 President Woodrow Wilson, proclaiming Nov. 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1954, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, Congress replaced the word "Armistice" with "Veterans," and Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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