Northridge — The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) of the University Student Union (USU) invites all students, faculty and staff to an exciting weeklong celebration of CSUN students who have served in the U.S. armed services during “We ♥ Our Veterans Week”. From Sunday, Nov. 3 through Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, this annual event will feature a series of engaging and fun activities to honor our Student Veterans and to share information on all the resources the VRC provides them.
“The Student Veterans at CSUN bring a special strength, pride, experience and courage to our campus every day. This event is an opportunity for everyone to show them our appreciation,” said VRC manager, Mayra Plascencia. “We Love Our Veterans Week not only celebrates Students Veterans, but it also provides entertaining and informational activities for the entire campus.”
Kick off the week on Sunday, Nov. 3 by participating in the VRC’s “5K Fun Run” in collaboration with Sigma Tau Alpha. Check-in for all runners begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m. After the 5k, runners and supporters can head to the Oviatt Lawn to participate in the powerful display featuring each of the VRC Military Flags in recognition of every Student Veteran on campus.
On Monday, Nov. 4, come learn more about the Student Veteran experience by attending the “Joining Forces: Veteran Ally Seminar” from noon to 2 p.m. presented by the Veterans Resource Center. This workshop will be in the Tujunga Room of the East Conference Center at the USU, located across from the Student Recreation Center main entrance. If you can’t make the Monday “Joining Forces” seminar, the VRC will be providing another one on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the same location.
Come celebrate on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the VRC will be tabling at the A.S. Farmers Market located in Matador Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later that evening, makes plans to attend the Veteran Appreciation Basketball Game where the CSUN Women’s team will take on USC at the Matadome.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., everyone is invited to join the good times at the “We Heart Our Veterans Block Party” located on the Plaza del Sol of the USU to continue the celebration. You can pick up a passport and collect stamps while enjoying all the fun activities presented at the party. Challenge yourself with an exciting obstacle course or make a splash with the dunk tank. Write a thank you letter to one of our many Student Veterans on campus and visit the USU Marketing and ROTC table for information on USU events and the ROTC program. After visiting the activities and collecting your stamps, trade in your passport for some delicious nachos and listen to great tunes with your friends.
Finally, on Friday, Nov. 8, the Veterans Resource Center will be hosting an Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where all attendees will be able to learn about what the VRC offers to Student Veterans and military-dependents on campus. This is also a chance for all CSUN students to get familiar with the welcoming environment of the VRC and make connections with other Student Veterans.
Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate our CSUN Student Veterans during “We Heart Our Veterans Week” For more information on the event or the VRC, please visit www.csun.edu/vrc.