Western Carolina University’s Office of Military Student Services and Student Veterans Association have had an active fall semester that has included a holiday card campaign and volunteer work at a picnic held for veterans from around the region.
And, a collection effort for the Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign is on the horizon.
The Military Student Services office has been collecting greeting cards that will be sent during the holidays to veterans in hospitals around the country and to soldiers deployed overseas. Several events held on campus have provided an opportunity for WCU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, to sign cards, said Briana Ford, certifying official in the office. The cards will be sent to the Red Cross for distribution to various locations.
One last card-signing event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the lobby of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building. Also, donations of signed greeting cards would be appreciated, Ford said. Those may be dropped off at the Division of Educational Outreach office in the Cordelia Camp Building through Wednesday, Nov. 27. More information on the card-signing effort and other campus and community events will be available on www.Facebook.com/wcumilitary and on Twitter @WCUEdOutreach.
To mark Veterans Day on Nov. 11, members of the Student Veterans Association and the Military Student Services staff volunteered at the annual Veterans Day picnic sponsored by the Western North Carolina Veterans Council. In addition, Military Student Services honored all WCU military students, faculty and staff with a Veterans Day luncheon on campus that was attended by 55 people. Veterans Day activities included a basketball game at WCU pitting the Catamount men’s team against the men’s team from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and all veterans on campus and in the community were granted free admission to the game by the WCU Department of Athletics. All veterans in attendance were recognized for their service during the game and fans had an opportunity to sign greeting cards, with 402 cards being collected.
As the holiday season progresses, members of the Student Veterans Association will be participating in Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program that collects new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to less fortunate children throughout the country. More information about the toy drive will be posted at www.Facebook.com/sva.wcu.
Members of the Student Veterans Association meet on campus twice each month to discuss community projects, share military resource information and promote camaraderie. “The Student Veterans Association is working hard to bring veterans on campus and in surrounding areas closer together to support one another during our transition from soldier to civilian,” said Tyler Pearce, association president. Pearce said he encourages all veterans in the WCU community to get involved with group.
WCU’s Office of Military Student Services offers assistance to military students, whether active duty, reservist, guard members, military dependents or veterans, and the office staff is committed to helping students in their higher learning experiences, Ford said. The office provides information and guidance on applying to WCU, admission processes and course registration; military tuition assistance, vocational rehabilitation and GI Bill funds; and transfer credit for military training and experience. The office also acts as the liaison between the military student and the university’s various academic departments and student support offices. A total of 338 military students currently are enrolled at WCU.
For more information about Military Student Services or how to get involved in WCU’s military community, contact Ford at 828-227-3074 or email@example.com.