Veteran and Military Student Recognition Week Held

Photo: Mike Peters

Montclair State’s first Veteran and Military Student Recognition Week began with a flag-raising ceremony by the United States Army ROTC. Pictured from left are Cadet Gawargous Shind, Cadet Cody Hartman, Cadet Alex Makarucha, and Cadet Ari Merdler.

Beginning with a flag-raising ceremony by the United States Army ROTC and ending with a flag-retiring ceremony by the United States Marine Corp, Montclair State University held its first Veteran and Military Student Recognition Week from November 9 – 13, 2009. Organized by the University’s Office of Veteran and Military Resources and Veterans Association, the event recognized the veteran and military students on campus with special events held throughout the week.

“We are proud to have more than 100 veteran and military students at Montclair State,” said Denise Rodak, coordinator of Veteran and Military Resources and one of the organizers of the week’s events. “We thought the week of Veteran’s Day would be the perfect time to recognize these students and help raise awareness of their presence on campus and their contributions to our community and our nation.”

In addition to the flag ceremonies, events during the week included a collection of items for New Jersey units stationed overseas, and a chance for participants to make a card for a member of the service. On Veteran’s Day at the Student Center quad, students were invited to take the United States Marine Corp Pull-Up Bar Challenge, join in the New Jersey Army National Guard Football Toss, and enter the PT Challenge to see if they could do enough push-ups and sit-ups to meet or exceed military guidelines.

The week also included educational opportunities. At the invitation of professors, veterans Kenneth Svolto, Brian Shaw, and Kenneth Hall were given the chance to visit different classrooms and speak to students about their experiences in the military. Congratulations are in order for all who participated in the week’s events as the University’s first Veteran and Military Student Recognition Week played out very successfully.

See more photos from the week’s events.

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