Veterans Appreciation Week


Starting Nov. 8, University of Redlands students, staff, faculty and administrators will be able to show their support in a variety of ways during Veterans Appreciation Week.

“Approximately eight percent of our student body across all schools are veterans,” Cheryl Kleeman, veterans affairs specialist at the University of Redlands, said. “We need to give something back to them to how that we appreciate them and their presence, and that we have our freedom due to what they gave us.”

Beginning Nov. 8, the Redlands community is invited to pick up a yellow ribbon and American flag pin from the registrar’s office, Willis Center, Hunsaker Center, the Campus Diversity and Inclusion office, Hentschke Hall, or any University of Redlands regional location. A total of 5,000 pins and ribbons were donated to the University by the San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Office.

“The pins are for the entire student body as part of an awareness campaign,” Kleeman said. “We want people to be aware that veterans are in our communities and our schools, and that they’re integrated into what we do every day.”

On Nov. 11, the National Roll Call will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at University Hall. This event will include a moment of silence at 11 a.m., followed by the roll call of city and University veterans and active military members.

On Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room, Dr. Shawn Lum, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Firehorse Enterprise, will present “Veterans Service = Veterans Preference.” Lum served in the United States Navy for 10 years and received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

“I originally heard him speak at Cal State San Bernardino, and after speaking to him and learning a little more about him, I thought he would be a great mentor for our veterans,” Kleeman said. “He is a veteran who has made it and become very successful at what he does.”

Throughout the week, images of University of Redlands veterans will appear on digital screens on all campuses, and historical posters showing vintage pictures of University veteran students will hang in the School of Education, Hunsaker Plaza, and Hentschke Hall. These photos will remind the Redlands community that the University has a long tradition of supporting military and veteran students.

“We are the University of Redlands, and it’s important to recognize that we were together and support each other,” Kleeman said. “We’re a partnership.”

Posted: Nov. 6, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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