What: Veterans Appreciation Week Events
When: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10
Where: UTEP’s Union Plaza
The University of Texas at El Paso’s Military Student Success Center has collaborated with numerous campus agencies to organize activities for Veterans Appreciation Week.
To kick off the festivities, the Military Times on Nov. 10 named UTEP one of its Best for Vets colleges for 2015. The honor goes to institutions that are committed to providing opportunities to U.S. veterans and other military-affiliated students. UTEP enrolls almost 1,700 military-affiliated students – those who are active duty, reservists, veterans and their families – and employs approximately 130 faculty and staff who are veterans.
UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business Administration and a Vietnam veteran, will speak at a Veterans Appreciation Event at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10 in UTEP’s Union Plaza. The University minted a special Centennial coin that will be presented to veterans in attendance. The concept is similar to military “challenge” coins.
The 1st Armored Division show band will perform at noon Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Union Plaza. At the same time, the MSSC will offer postcards people can use to send messages of thanks to deployed Fort Bliss soldiers.
Organizers have included screenings of popular and thought-provoking films along with panel discussions. Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting, a 1997 film that deals with mental health issues, will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 in the Union Cinema on the first floor of Union Building East. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
Sexual violence in the military is the topic of The Invisible War at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Blumberg Auditorium on the library’s first floor. The film and panel are sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
The week’s schedule also includes opportunities for military-affiliated students to review their resumes at the University Career Center, speak with employers at a career fair, and sit in on panels that deal with veterans with disabilities and the military presence in El Paso.
The week will conclude with a visit by a UTEP contingent to the Ambrosio Guillen Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy Drive, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. The group plans to chat and play games with the residents.
For a complete list of the week’s activities, visit military.utep.edu and click on the Veterans Appreciation Week logo.