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A Month of Honor and Remembrance at the CSU

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A Month of Honor and Remembrance at the CSU

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(Updated: November 13, 2009) – In honor of the men and women who served their country during times of conflict, California State University (CSU) campuses statewide and the CSU Chancellor’s Office closed for Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Many campuses and student organizations planned activities in the month of November to honor and remember our nation's veterans. Specific scheduling and contact information can be found on campus sites.

Resources and information for current and prospective student-veterans can be found CSU Troops to College site.

Below are select examples of campus activities:

The California Maritime Academy

Veteran members of the faculty, staff, and Corps of Cadets came forward to be recognized Monday, Nov. 9, during formation on the quadrangle. The veterans received a round of applause.

Each veteran also received a thank you note and gift card from the Associated Students of The California Maritime Academy.


The Student Veterans Organization CSU Bakersfield (SVO) marched in the local Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

During the entire month of November, the SVO will present an information display in the Student Union that honors America's Veterans.

Also, the SVO is holding a holiday food drive for needy veterans and families in Kern County.


The campus veterans' office participated in a Veterans Day event, starting with a hot dog and chili meal followed by a formal ceremony, at the Chico Elk's Lodge.
The Chico State SVO also held a fundraiser at the Round Table Pizza on Mangrove on Nov. 11.

Dominguez Hills
During the entire month of November, Cal State Dominguez Hills collects donations of "already enjoyed books" at the campus ROTC office. The collected books are shipped to help stock military base libraries.

East Bay

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Cal State East Bay hosted its 3rd Annual Veteran Welcome Reception & Informational Presentation. The keynote speaker was Captain Brian Marvin of the U.S. Coast Guard Force Readiness Command.

Attendees had the opportunity to meet current and former members of the military, learn about veteran benefits and services, and gather information about student support programs.


Fresno State had a major presence in the Fresno Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Bulldog Marching Band led the parade, complete with its new platoon of Bulldog Dancers and cadets from the campus' two ROTC units (Air Force and Army).

Fresno State's new student veterans' club also participated in this year's parade and activities.


Cal State Fullerton hosted its 13th annual Veterans Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. The keynote speaker was retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, former commander of coalition forces in Iraq. The three-star general was the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Army when he retired in 2006, after 33 years of military service.

Also on Nov. 7, the Orange County Great Park and Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History presented a reception for the narrators (World War II vets and others who lived on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station) who are being interviewed for the center’s oral history project.

Long Beach

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Cal State Long Beach's Veterans University and Veterans Affairs Services offices held an open house for the campus' new Veterans Center during its Veterans Day celebration.

Monterey Bay

The public was invited to attend a World War II living history symposium sponsored by the Fort Ord Alumni Association and Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday, Nov. 7.


Cal Poly Pomona held a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 10 in the University Quad. English Professor Liam Corley, who recently served in Afghanistan, was the guest speaker.

On Nov. 12, Cal Poly Pomona conducted a Veterans Awareness Workshop on the unique needs of student veterans.


Sacramento State’s SVO collected clothing for homeless veterans through Tuesday, Nov. 10. Donations were accepted at the Veterans Service Center on campus. On Veterans Day, the SVO donated the clothing to the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center.

San Bernardino

Cal State San Bernardino hosted a "Tribute to America and its Veterans" on Tuesday, Nov. 10.  The event’s guest speaker was retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and motivational speaker Michael Daly, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and received the Bronze Star Medal.

San Diego

The San Diego State SVO held a celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in honor of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day.

The SVO also supported an event at Mt. Soledad on Saturday, Nov. 7, and participated in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
In addition, the SDSU Alumni Association hosted its annual veteran's memorial ceremony at the war memorial on campus during the university’s Homecoming weekend.

Throughout the month, the SVO will be collecting food for Thanksgiving Day Baskets for Montgomery Middle School families and plans to host a Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the SVO House.

San Francisco
San Francisco State welcomed student veterans and their families at a lunch reception on Nov. 10, hosted by SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan.
Also on Nov. 10, the SFSU Veterans Club hosted a panel discussion among four student veterans who will share their experiences and take questions.

San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos is hosting Operation Art, an exhibit featuring art by Arts Association students, students of the CSUSM Veteran’s Center, and the US Navy – Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific.

Veterans and artists will be present to speak about their work and experiences. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 16.


Sonoma State provided a variety of discounted merchandise and free campus services to student veterans throughout the week of Veterans Day.


Cal State Stanislaus held its Thank A Veteran program on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the University Quad. One of the people who participated was Stanislaus student and Navy veteran Derek McGinnis who lost a leg in Iraq and is the author of a book titled “Exit Wounds.”


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