(Nov. 6, 2017) -- As part of “Celebrate America’s Military,” led by the San Antonio Chamber, UTSA will observe Veterans Day with public events, Thursday, Nov. 9 to Saturday, Nov. 11. The university’s military community is more than 4,200 strong and includes veterans, active duty military members, guard, reserves, ROTC members and their spouses and dependents.
Veterans Day scheduled events include:
UTSA Appreciates Veterans
Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Central Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs will present a display of military war uniforms and other displays commemorating those who served. There will be Veterans Day trivia for prizes and an opportunity to share why you appreciate veterans. Veterans and other military-affiliated students are encouraged to attend the fair to learn about the resources offered to them at UTSA.
Veterans Day Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m., Central Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Army and Air Force ROTC programs will be in formation, provide a pass and review along with a wreath laying. The featured keynote speaker is Dennis LaRue, retired Air Force member and international executive coach and speaker with the John Maxwell Leadership Team. A reception follows the ceremony in the University Center Window Lounge.
UTSA Volleyball Game Appreciation Night
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Convocation Center, Main Campus
Enjoy the Roadrunners game as they take on Charlotte. Veterans, active duty service members, guard, reserves and their family members get in free with a military ID.
UTSA Football vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham
Saturday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., Alamodome, Downtown San Antonio
UTSA is proud to honor military veterans and their families during Military Appreciation Night, featuring an ROTC Joint Honor Guard, a special halftime show and a tribute to commissioning ROTC cadets, basic military trainees and Army Advanced Individual Training graduates. UTSA will also feature greetings from Roadrunner military alumni to their friends and family in San Antonio. Contact email@example.com for military member and family ticket information.
Lighting of The Monuments
Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, Main Campus
The Monuments at the UTSA Oval will shine red, white and blue to honor members of the military in the UTSA community and around the nation.
Other veterans related opportunities at UTSA:
UTSA Veterans’ Writing Group
Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS 3.02.32), Main Campus
Throughout the school year, this group helps veterans advance their writing skills in a collaborative environment. Veterans are encouraged to bring any type of writing they are working on. Darrell Stafford, the Writing Group Coordinator, works with veterans in a group setting and individually, focusing on specific projects and goals.
Exhibit: “A Century since World War I”
Now through spring 2018, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures hosts an exhibit honoring Texas WWI veterans a century after the Great War. Through images, stories, and artifacts, Texas in the First World War sheds light on the legacy of a global conflict that still heavily influences world affairs, politics, and alliances to this day.
The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs was established in October 2016 to serve as a strategic hub for military affiliated student support. Retired Air Force Colonel Lisa Firmin serves as the associate provost for the office and the university’s military liaison. Some of the initiatives of Veteran and Military Affairs includes onboarding and orientation of military affiliated students, a veteran student success collaborative, and a veterans’ writing group.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Each year, UTSA partners with the San Antonio Chamber in its Celebrate America’s Military initiative, a local tribute to the U.S. military.
Learn more about the UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.Various Locations, Main Campus
UTSA is an early voting site for the statewide General Election.H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of the President and the UTSA College of Public Policy present a discussion on San Antonio’s charter amendments. Event will be livestreamed to UTSA Main Campus, Travis Room – HSU 2.202Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
More than 75 local, state and national graduate and professional schools will showcase their programs at the Main Campus. It's free and open to the public. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance.Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA Associate Professor of Anthropology Jill Fleuriet will moderate a neutral dialogue on what is and what is not protected as free speech, what constitutes hate speech and a university's role in supporting free speech on their respective campus.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Hosted by the UTSA Office of Information Technology Student Innovation Coalition, Tech Talk is a forum for students to share thoughts about technology on campus with IT professionals and learn about products and services available to help them succeed.Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Claudia García-Louis, assistant professor, at the Downtown Library for her presentation AfroLatinxs: Navigating Blackness and Latinidad in the Age of Trump, as part of the popular Pizza and Research series.Buena Vista Street Building Downtown Library (BVB 2.314), Downtown Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to hear preliminary findings from the UTSA Campus Master Plan Discovery Survey and to offer students, faculty and staff another opportunity to provide input and ask questions about the initiative.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus