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New Military Veterans Services Center to open at Tarleton
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2011
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University will open a Military Veterans Services Center for its student veterans on the Stephenville campus on Nov. 15. Tarleton President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, Dr. James Vardalis, the director of the new center, and other officials will gather at an 11 a.m. ceremony for the grand opening in the Tarleton Center. Guests will include state Rep. Sid Miller of Stephenville.
“We pledge that Tarleton will treat those men and women who have served and protected our nation with dignity and respect, and will provide the support and services they need to be successful at Tarleton and in their life beyond the university,” said Vardalis. “The center is a place where the military student community can obtain reliable, straight-forward and complete answers and solutions to the many issues facing veterans and the families seeking a university education.”
Vardalis added that the services center will work closely with other campus departments, including, Military Science and Enrollment Services, to help veterans achieve their educational goals and go on to gainful employment. A mentor program involving veterans on the Tarleton faculty will also be established to provide student veterans with academic advising.
“Having been in the Marine Corps and serving in combat in Vietnam, I understand a lot of the military issues when veterans step onto a college campus,” Vardalis said. “I experienced the same thing and understand what new veterans are experiencing today.”
The center, located in Room 121 of the Tarleton Center, will also develop projects to unite university veterans with the local community and promote student involvement in the newly established Student Veterans Association, said Elizabeth Johnson, the center coordinator.
There are currently 360 veterans attending Tarleton, plus another 270 dependents of veterans, Johnson said, and the numbers are expected to increase in coming years.
As part of the Military Service Center’s opening, a “Tarleton Wall of Honor” will be created to recognize faculty and staff who are military veterans. Members of the Military Veteran Student Association are soliciting 3x5 photographs along with a description of the veteran’s rank and branch of service to include in the display. To submit a photo, stop by the center or call Johnson for more information.
For more information about the new Military Services Center at Tarleton State University, call (254) 968-1805 or visit http://www.tarleton.edu/veterans/.
Week of Events Marks Veterans Day Observance at TSU
In observance of Veterans Day, the Tarleton community has hosted several events on campus to allow students, faculty and staff to honor past service members.
During halftime ceremonies at Texan football team’s Military Appreciation Game Nov. 5, U.S. Army Spc. Conner Elms, a 2009 graduate of Tarleton, was presented his Purple Heart Award by Lt. Col. Daniel Thiebaud, assistant professor of military science. Elms, an infantryman with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was wounded while on combat patrol in Afghanistan in July 2011.
Members of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society, tied yellow ribbons around trees across campus in honor of Veterans Day and to remind the Tarleton community to remember and thank those veterans who have served our country.
Three Vietnam War veterans, including Douglas Eberhart of Bluff Dale, and Tom Smith and Jerry Weatherby of Stephenville, who served in the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, spoke to more than 100 students attending a Nov. 9 forum as well as countless listeners who tuned into KURT 100.7 FM Tarleton Student Radio during the live broadcast. The event was a collaboration among the Department of Social Sciences, the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, the Department of Military Science and the university’s student radio station.
Members of SWAT (School-Wide Activities Team) hosted a Pre-Veterans Day Appreciation luncheon on Nov. 10. During the event, SWAT provided students and the Tarleton community with hot dogs, lemonade and patriotic music near the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.
A luncheon for student veterans and faculty members who served, hosted by the Military Veteran Student Association, was slated for Friday, Nov. 11. Members of the Texan Battalion, Tarleton’s ROTC unit, were also scheduled to participate in Veterans Day ceremonies at the Erath County courthouse and Huckabay ISD school.
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Contact: Kurt Mogonye