WSU Honors Military Veterans, Supporters

November 4, 2013

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will honor student veterans, military members, support organizations, and their friends and families at an awards ceremony and veterans appreciation luncheon, Nov. 11 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballroom A. Before the luncheon, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Atrium, there will be a reading of the names of all Utah’s fallen troops since 9/11.

The third annual luncheon will be the culminating event of WSU’s Veteran Emphasis Week Nov. 4-11. Other events include a weeklong display in the Shepherd Union Atrium highlighting diversity in the military, with an accompanying lecture Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wildcat Theater.

The Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Ogden is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Some local retailers and restaurants will offer free or reduced meals and services to veterans with military identification on Nov. 11 and 12.

“We all feel a great deal of debt to our veterans for their service and all our freedoms,” said Kristie Nielsen, director of marketing and communications for WSU Continuing Education. “We are more disconnected from those who are serving today than we have been in the past. This will bring us back to awareness and remind us to honor them this Veterans Day.”

Members of WSU’s Military Outreach and Veterans Education (MOVE) Council established the awards last year to recognize contributions made by individuals and organizations that support veterans. Online nominations came from both university and community members.

“We are remembering the sacrifices of men and women in the military,” said Charlie Chandler, coordinator of WSU’s Veteran Services. “We are not just commemorating current soldiers, but all wars and conflicts in U.S. history.”

The luncheon will include the presentation of awards and remarks provided by WSU President Charles Wight, Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education Bruce Davis, Veteran Student Senator Joshua Hunt, and Commander in the 388th Fighter Wing Col. Lance Landrum.

Davis, who organized and chairs MOVE, said the council’s objective is to identify and eliminate obstacles veterans face when returning to school, as well as to reach out to active military organizations.

“I attended Weber State on the Vietnam GI Bill and know some of the challenges our current veterans face,” Davis said. “At this luncheon, we want to recognize and honor those who have served and are currently serving, as well as those who have helped them along the way.”

Hunt said this luncheon is part of WSU’s effort to maintain a large veteran student population.

“We’re in a unique position to cater to the large military population in the surrounding areas, and we strive to continuously strengthen ties with these populations,” he said.

Award Winners

Josiah Greer, Sgt., 91st Training DivisionOutstanding Student
Sheila Simko, Certifying Official, WSU Veteran Affairs OfficeFriend of Students
Carl Harding, Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation counselorCommunity Supporter
Cody Strong, Maj., Regional Program Manager, U.S. European Command’s Security Cooperation Division — Outstanding WSU Alumnus
Stephen Werner, Sgt., Retired, U.S. Air Force Security Forces — Outstanding WSU Alumnus
Sigma Delta Pi/Sigma Alpha Epsilon Memorial Scholarship Program — Support Organization

Contact:

Bruce Davis, vice provost and dean of Continuing Education
801-395-3482 • brucedavis@weber.edu

Charlie Chandler, WSU’s Veterans Services coordinator
801-626-6042 • cchandler@weber.edu

Joshua Hunt, veteran student senator
801-675-0708 • joshuahunt@mail.weber.edu

Author:
Cozette Jenkins, University Communications
801-626-7948 • cozettejenkins@weber.edu