UCCS to recognize Veterans Day with events, workshops

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu Joanna Bean, (719) 255-3732, jbean2@uccs.edu

veterans-week-300x388COLORADO SPRINGS – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 7-11 with activities including the role of service animals.

The UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs will host the following events:

  • Reception for staff and faculty veterans and family members, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7, Public Safety Department training room adjacent to McCord-Herbst Student Veteran Center.
  • Panel discussion: Animals on Campus: Service Dogs and other animals at UCCS, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9, Berger Hall. Representatives from Office of Compliance, Dean of Students, Public Safety, Veteran Health and Trauma Center will discuss service dogs, emotional therapy animals and comfort animals.
  • Marine Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 10, McCord-Herbst Student Veteran Center. The event honors the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Veterans Day Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, Dwire Hall Atrium. Representatives from service, support, volunteer and employment assistance organizations will be present. A portion of the fair will be dedicated to canines. A session, The Canine Spectrum of Character: Battle, Service, Therapy, Comfort will include representatives from organizations providing research on and access to canine involvement in personal support and therapy. Also, a series of talks will be given in Dwire Room 103 to include stress management, canine therapy, comfort and services; and recognition of veteran service dogs with a talk on the history and evolution of canine service in the military.

The Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs will host coffees at various locations on campus during the week: Monday in the University Center, Tuesday and Thursday in Columbine Hall and Wednesday in Osborne Center for Science and Engineering.

The office also is encouraging participation in the 4th annual National Veterans Day Run in Colorado Springs, a 5K or 1-mile walk, 7:11 a.m. Nov. 11 in Memorial Park near downtown Colorado Springs.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.