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CSU-Pueblo Student Veterans of America sponsor November events

Release Date: October 21, 2014

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

Press Release

PUEBLO –A Veteran’s Day Moment of Remembrance and reception on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, will be but one event sponsored in November by the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  The chapter will host and participate in a variety of presentations, a fundraising 5K Run/Walk,  a documentary screening, as well as delivery of Thanksgiving meals to needy student veterans.

The month begins with a 5K Run and 3K Walk on Sunday, Nov. 2 to benefit the Denver Fisher House (DFH) as well as on-campus services for veterans at CSU-Pueblo. The run/walk will begin and end at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The run begins at 8 a.m. with the walk to follow at 8:20 a.m. An entry fee of $25 covers the race, a t-shirt, and goodie bag along with refreshments during and after the race and an awards ceremony. After Oct. 24 through race day, the entry fee increases to $30. A special $10 entry fee is available for individuals who choose to run as a military team. On-line Registration is preferred at

The campus Veteran’s Day ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Southeast Asia Memorial on campus. The monument recognizes 623 Colorado soldiers from all five military branches who lost their lives in the Vietnam/Southeast Asia conflict.

CSU-Pueblo students and SVA Officers Paul Hendrickson and Craig Staley will emcee the event, which will recognize more than 500 CSU-Pueblo students who have proudly served their country in addition to 50+ faculty and staff who have identified themselves as veterans.

The ceremony will include aircraft flyovers and comments by Pueblo District Attorney and Air Force Veteran Jeff Chostner and Iran and Afghanistan veteran Thomas Banks. CSU-Pueblo also will be represented by comments from President Lesley Di Mare, Associated Students’ Government President Tim Zercher, as well as music by the CSU-Pueblo Chamber Choir, directed by Dana Ihm. The University’s ROTC Battalion, which was named one of the top eight in the country earlier this year as recipients of a MacArthur Award, will post the colors. A reception co-sponsored by the SVA will follow the ceremony in the Veterans Resource Center in the lower level of the Occhiato University Center (OUC). Parking will be available in lots east of the Fountain Plaza and northeast of the OUC.

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, the Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Dana Ihm, will perform and President Di Mare and Hendricksen will speak as part of the community-wide ceremony near the Veteran’s Bridge in downtown Pueblo. Hendricksen will represent the U.S. Army and speak about his deployments and military service.

At 7:30 that evening (Nov. 11) in Hoag Recital Hall, the Music Department will hold its first annual Home of Heroes Veterans Day Concert, which will raise funds for music scholarships for veterans. The concert will be the first of its kind on campus, combining faculty and student talent and all music ensembles from the marching band and jazz band to the vocal groups in a patriotic extravaganza. Tickets at $10 per person are available at the door or by calling 549-2552.

A showing of The Hornet’s Nest will be held at 5 p.m. in the OUC Underground.  Career Journalist Mike Boettcher takes his son to the war zone in Afghanistan, covering U.S. Combat Troops on the front lines. What starts out as an effort to reconnect with his son, becomes a remarkable true story and fight for survival for all.

CSU-Pueblo Athletics will honor veterans as part of Military Appreciation Day at the Nov. 15 football game versus New Mexico Highlands beginning at 2 p.m. Veterans, retired and active duty military as well as first responders (firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement) will receive free admission to the game along with up to four additional tickets for family at half price $4 each.


A complete list of events follows:

November 2, 8 a.m.-The Home of Heroes 5k run/3k walk, ThunderBowl

November 10, 11:30 a.m., Southern Colorado Press Club presentation, “From Soldier to Student: Perspectives on the Transition, Aspen Leaf

November 10, 5 p.m.- Ask a Vet panel in the Hearthwell Lounge.

November 11, 2:30 p.m., Veterans Day ceremony, SE Asia Memorial on campus

November 11, 5:30 p.m., Free meals for veterans in the OUC Underground provided by Buffalo Wild Wings.

November 11, 7:30 p.m., Veterans Day Home of Heroes Fundraising Concert, Hoag Recital Hall

November 13, Veterans Speaker Series, To be announced.

Nov. 14, 5 p.m., The Hornet’s Nest documentary, OUC Underground

November 15, Military Appreciation Day Tailgate at CSU-Pueblo Football game, 10 a.m., ThunderBowl, SVA selling Desert Storm, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan campaign ribbon bracelets at $10 each. Veterans, retired and active duty military as well as first responders (firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement) will receive free admission to the game along with up to four additional tickets for family at half price $4 each.

November 27, Time TBD- Delivery of Thanksgiving meals to needy student veterans.

For more information, contact the SVA at 549-2737.

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