More than 300 student-veterans will be recognized for their stellar academic achievement in an event scheduled to precede Veterans Day, Nov. 11 – part of an array of activities and programs planned throughout November by The City University of New York to honor more than 3,200 military veterans who are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs across the University.
The Central Office of Veterans Affairs will present the academic awards as part of a daylong CUNY Veterans Summit and Professional Networking & Resources Fair on Nov. 2 at The CUNY Graduate Center. The awards, given each year since 2013, recognize CUNY senior college student-veterans who have completed at least 90 credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and community college student-veterans who have met the same standard and completed at least 36 credits.
“CUNY is proud of its student-veterans and the accomplishments and rich life experience they bring to our campuses,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “The increasing number of veterans who choose CUNY is a testament to the services and resources we provide to support their success. We welcome them and proudly acknowledge their achievements.”
The 25 CUNY schools count a total of 3,237 student-veterans, an enrollment that has increased by more than 50 percent since 2010. The student-veterans are exceptionally diverse in their personal backgrounds, as well as their military service in all branches of the U.S. armed forces, with experience including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Nov. 2 CUNY Veterans Summit will include the Veteran Academic Recognition presentations, which are to be shown on screens throughout the day; in the afternoon, there will be a Veteran Professional Networking and Resource Fair that includes sessions on CUNY undergraduate and graduate admissions, financial aid and ROTC. Information will also be provided on wellness, STEM careers, career readiness, interview prep and veteran resources.
Here are some of the many veteran-themed events planned across CUNY in November:
Veterans Day Events Calendar
CUNY Veterans Summit presented by CUNY Central Office of Veteran Affairs; a daylong event that includes veteran academic recognitions and the 2018 Veterans Professional Networking/Resource Fair (concourse level, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), which features professional development sessions (12:30 to 4:30 p.m.) including a LinkedIn workshop, forums on job readiness and STEM opportunities and an array of resources for student-veterans; admission is free but register here; at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. New York, N.Y., 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Baruch College: President’s Luncheon; To honor veteran & family members faculty, staff, and students at Baruch; RSVP to President@baruch.cuny.edu, Library Building, seventh floor conference center, 151 E. 25th St., New York, N.Y., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Queensborough Community College: Vital workshop, information session regarding health care and VA benefits, Veterans Lounge, Student Union lower level, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, N.Y. 11364, noon.
Queensborough Community College: Reflection and Remembrance, Charles F. Bova Veterans Memorial Grove, located inside the main campus gate at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, N.Y., 9:30 a.m.
Queensborough Community College: Boot Camp, feel the burn of Advanced Military Training (AIT), boot camp is a physical fitness workshop that will be guided by the U.S. Marines. It is informal, and all Queensborough students are invited; presented by the USMC (Flushing), Athletic Track, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, N.Y., 3:30 p.m.
LaGuardia Community College: Wellness for Veterans, Warrior Fitness Boot Camp will be on campus to offer free training sessions to all students. WFBC incorporates parts of the signature O-Course used by the USMC to offer one of the best workouts in the city. This will be followed by meditation, yoga and nutrition classes, M-Building Gym, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, N.Y., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hunter College: Presentation on Veterans Services, presented in partnership with Weill Cornell/NY Presbyterian Military Family Clinic, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Baruch College: Vet-working event, hosted by Baruch Student Veterans Association. Networking event for Baruch veterans will feature recruiters from Moody’s, Bloomberg, Bank of America, Yelp and Maximus; 151 E. 25th St., New York, N.Y., 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
College of Staten Island: Keys to Progress Ceremony for annual vehicle giveaway program by Progressive; Fort Hamilton Army Base, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Queensborough Community College: Veterans Dinner; Student Union Lobby, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, N.Y., 5:30 p.m.
New York City College of Technology: Veteran Support Services will host a screening of “When I Came Home” (2006), a documentary that follows the struggles of Herold Noel, an Iraq war veteran who becomes homeless in New York City after returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; City Tech Atrium Amphitheater, 320 Tech Place, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6 p.m.
Queens College: Veterans Day Luncheon Hosted by New York City Councilmember Rory Lancman; RSVP veterans@QC.cuny.edu, Student Union, Queens College Faculty and Staff Club, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, N.Y., noon to 2 p.m.
NYC Veterans Day Parade: Student veterans from across CUNY will join the annual march in Manhattan, and CUNY will have a float. Route is along Fifth Ave. from 25th to 56th streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
College of Staten Island: Flags for the Fallen, in a tribute to Veterans, CSI annually places flags on Alumni Walk (from Building 1C to the Library); 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through Nov. 17).
College of Staten Island: Gallery Tribute to Veterans, an annual display in the library gallery salutes the contributions and sacrifices of veterans through student and community veteran portraits and artifacts; Building 1L, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through Nov. 17).
LaGuardia Community College: Veterans Appreciation Day, A daylong event to honor and recognize our student veterans. Special guests will be on campus to offer veteran-specific services, and children from the Early Childhood Learning Center will hold a dedication to thank our men and women who have served the country; Poolside Cafe, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, N.Y., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York City College of Technology: Veterans Day Free Dental Hygiene Care; Department of Dental Hygiene will offer free dental hygiene services including oral cancer examinations, periodontal disease screenings, fluoride treatments and many others; call (718) 260-5074 to schedule an appointment, walk-ins also welcomed. Bring veteran ID or other proof of service. Academic Building, seventh floor, 285 Jay St., Brooklyn, N.Y., Clinic hours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Medgar Evers College: Flag Raising, traditional military-style ceremony to acknowledge Veterans Day and the start of MEC Veterans Week. Refreshments to be served afterward in the MEC Café; Front of Library, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers College: Office of Veterans and Military Service Grand Opening; Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark opening of office for OVMS, includes raffle drawing provided by PROVE. Light refreshments and swag items available throughout the day; C Building, room 306, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 10:30 a.m.
LaGuardia Community College: Classroom student-veterans discussion with Human Services; topics will include mental health, alienation and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with students and faculty from the Human Services Department along with student-veterans. The discussion will be guided by screenings of a documentary, “Almost Sunrise,” and a series of TEDTalks. Room E-500, 31-10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City, N.Y., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Room E-265, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Medgar Evers College: #MECVets Meet & Greet, an event to introduce Student Veteran Services to the larger MEC community. Office of Veteran and Military Services will provide information on veteran benefits, resources and the MEC Vets Club. Room AB1 Front Lobby, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” screening of HBO documentary highlighting the life and sacrifice of late Sen. John McCain. Haaren Hall room 630, 899 10th Ave., New York, N.Y., 6:30 p.m.
New York City College of Technology: Coming Home – Veterans tell their stories of military service and the road home. Brief Q&A to follow, hosted by Veteran Support Services. City Tech Atrium Amphitheater, 320 Tech Place, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6 p.m.
Medgar Evers College: #MECVets Military Pride event to introduce student veteran services to the larger MEC community. Office of Veteran and Military Services and #MECVets Club will provide information on veteran benefits and resources and take photos of those who wear military apparel. Room AB1 Front Lobby, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers College: #MECVets Lunch, Appreciation lunch to recognize MEC student veterans and their families. Room C-310, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice: SALUTE Veterans Honor Society, Ceremony and Banquet to celebrate the ceremonial induction of honorary and student-veteran inductees. Moot Court NB, 524 W. 59th St., New York, N.Y. 6 p.m.
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