November Is Veterans Appreciation Month

Veterans Support Services (VSS) and the Veterans Educational Transition Services (VETS) have worked to ensure that our programming in November focuses on honoring our students, faculty, staff, and community veterans that have served or are serving in the Armed Forces. Please see below a listing of the programs that we have planned for November: 

Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Monday, Nov. 19: VETS and VSS will present “A Thousand Words: Photos of Service” in the Student Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts (Building 1P). The exhibit will feature the history and photos of service from each of the five branches of the Armed Forces that have been taken or donated by CSI student veterans. 

Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 15:  VSS and VETS will present “A Thousand Words: History of Service.” In collaboration Amy Stempler, Coordinator of Library Instruction, the exhibit will be housed in the CSI Library (Building 1L) Gallery and illustrate, through photos, service over time. One CSI student veteran from each of the respective branches will also be highlighted. 

Wednesday, Nov. 14 (4:00pm to 7:00pm): VSS and VETs, in collaboration with the Office of Small Business Development, the Career and Scholarship Center, and Admissions and Recruitment, are co-sponsoring a Veterans Resource Fair with Staten Island Supports Our Soldiers, Senator Andrew Lanza, and Assemblyman Michael Cusick at the JCC1466 Manor Road, Staten Island.  The fair will inform veteran’s of various programs and resources that are available to them, including information about education, employment, health, and other benefits. 

The CORE 100 lecture series will be hosting seven Q&A discussion panels with several student veterans. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome: CORE 100 Student Veteran Panels (Wednesday, Nov. 14, 12:20pm and 2:30pm; Thursday, Nov. 15, 9:05am, 11:15am, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm; and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30am in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre. 

Holiday Donation Drive for Service Members Stationed Overseas: If you would like to help our service personnel celebrate the holidays, Staten Island Project Home Front has requested gifts of sporting equipment (soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, etc.) or small hand-held games. Groups can chip in together to purchase these items. All donations are welcome, so whatever you would like to donate will also be accepted. If you can, please wrap these presents so they are ready to be distributed. Otherwise, we will take care of packaging the gifts. Please remember our soldiers who are “still” overseas for the holidays. Please bring your donations to the Bursar’s Office (Building 2A, Room 105) or the Veterans Support Services office (Building 1C, Room 219) by Wednesday, Nov. 14. Staten Island Project Home Front will pack the gifts, to be shipped overseas in mid-November.

All events were planned in collaboration with the following individuals and offices: Vito Zajda and V.E.T.S staff (Registrar’s Office), Amy Stempler (Library), Marianne Weil (Performing and Creative Arts), Donna Scimeca (CORE 100 Coordinator and Core 100 Committee), Cheryl Wu (Bursar’s Office), Veterans Support Services, and the Division of Student Affairs.

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