SAN BERNARDINO – A week of festivities honoring military veterans in observance of Veterans Day is being held at Cal State San Bernardino today through November 9th.
Sponsored by the Cal State San Bernardino Veterans Success Center, the Student Veterans Organization and the department of Recreational Sports, Veterans Awareness Week will include a military memorabilia exhibit at CSUSB’s Pfau Library, an honor wall at the Recreational Sports Center, a care package drive for service men and women and a banquet celebrating the Marine Corps birthday, among other events.
The CSUSB Recreational Sports Department from Nov. 5-9 will exhibit an honor wall located on the first floor of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center displaying photographs of military service men and women. CSUSB students, faculty and staff are invited to bring photos of their loved ones serving in the military to include on this wall. Free T-shirts will be given to CSUSB student veterans. Free guest passes to the recreation and fitness center, good for the entire week, will also be available to faculty, staff and alumni who are military veterans.
“We are very excited about participating in this tribute to Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday celebration,” said Kenneth Jacobs, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and a junior majoring in biology at CSUSB. “We look forward to participation from the campus community as well as the general public.”
Jacobs is a student assistant at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center and is co-chair of the planning committee. The staff of the fitness center is also collecting donated items for care packages to send to reserve units of the U.S. Army’s 426th Civil Affairs Battalion and California Air National Guard 163rd Reconnaissance Wing deployed from March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.
Items such as food, personal care products, personal electronics and games may be brought to collection boxes placed throughout the campus. For more information, call (909) 537-2348.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon, CSUSB will participate with the Inland Empire Veterans Education Collaborative, which will host its inaugural meeting “Military Culture 101,” an orientation to military culture at March Air Force Reserve Base. The meeting is intended to inform the community and resource providers who administer educational information to active military or veterans. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Linda Umberg at the Cal Vet office at (909) 387-5986.
Cal State San Bernardino is part of the IEVEC network of public and private organizations that pool their resources to provide educational services to veterans, military personnel and their families, as well as to increase public awareness of the needs of this segment of the population. The collaborative is co-sponsored by the Air National Guard and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.