Ways to Engage

Engaging activities planned for OU's Veteran's Week 2020

Campus community members invited to take part in a 1-mile walk/run and discussions of U.S. Military Veterans issues

Veterans, celebration, scholarship, march

icon of a calendarNovember 9, 2020

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Student veterans standing in front of Elliott Tower and holding military branch flagsOakland University will celebrate its longstanding commitment to and appreciation of those who have served in the U.S. military as it celebrates Veteran's Week starting on Monday, November 9, and continuing through Friday, November 13.

Among activities planned for student veterans, fellow campus community members and guests are the following:

Participants are invited to walk or run one mile and upon completion and take a selfie. Walkers and runners can also submit how many steps they took during the event and the amount of time it took them to complete the mile.

Campus community members are encouraged to help recognize the recipients of the Veterans Scholarships and enjoy a keynote address from Col. Greg Gadson. Scholarship presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the keynote address at 7 p.m. 

A panel discussion focused on the health of women veterans will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Panelists will include Melissa Engle, Cheryl Allen, Dayna Kurkowski and Brigadier General Michelle Link.

Generous sponsors of this year's event include Artemis Search Group, Inc., General Motors, Mahindra Automotive North America, Northwestern Mutual, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, and Vito A. Pampalona of Vito Anthony in Rochester, Mich.

This year's formal acknowledgement of all that veterans contribute to American freedom and security included an AP Assembly initiative to distribute cards thanking veterans at two area senior centers for their service.

In addition to Veteran's Week celebrations, Oakland University looks to acknowledge and support U.S. Military Veterans through a host of programs that the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has recognized with its Gold Award for four years in a row. This year, OU was one of only four schools in Michigan to fulfill 15 of 16 criteria evaluated to determine an institution's veteran-friendly status.

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