Release Date: November 10, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will hold a celebration on Friday, Nov. 11, recognizing the work and sacrifices of veterans in Western New York and beyond.
Media are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Coventry Loop flag pole in front of Alumni Arena on the university's North Campus. (Coventry Loop is to the left of building No. 1 in the peach-colored section of this map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/NorthCampus.pdf).
The celebration will open with a flag-raising ceremony at the loop, featuring the University Police honor guard, the tolling of a memorial bell and a performance of the national anthem by UB's Thunder of the East marching band.
Following the flag-raising, attendees will gather at nearby Slee Hall for remarks. Speakers will include Dennis R. Black, vice president for university life and services, and three veteran representatives: Lynn Collis, director of UB Instructional Technology Services; David Loder, UB student; and Jim McCready, commander of the 107th Airlift Wing.
UB's student body includes 285 students who receive educational benefits through the G.I. Bill, along with other veterans who receive benefits through other programs or who fund their education by other means.
Friday's celebration will conclude a week of events at UB devoted to honoring veterans and increasing awareness about the presence of student, staff and faculty veterans on campus.
Other activities this week include an art workshop in which participants created woven drawings using images of military and academic life, and a workshop to help student veterans learn how to translate their military resume into a civilian resume.
Media arrangements: Charlotte Hsu at the Office of University Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-645-4655.