UNT to honor veterans with week of events
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas will observe Veterans Day with a week of events, including a panel discussion on the challenges that military veterans face after deployment, a football game recognizing veterans, and a formal ceremony co-sponsored by the Denton County Veterans Service Office and Texas Woman’s University.
UNT was recently selected for inclusion in G.I. Jobs magazine's "Military Friendly Schools" list for 2012 and also to the "Best for Vets: Colleges 2011" list released by Military Times EDGE, part of Military Times Newspapers. The university has both a Veterans Center and an active Student Veterans Association.
Earlier this year, UNT freshman Steven B. Davidson, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, was named Soldier of the Year by Military Times Newspapers for saving a fellow soldier who suffered heatstroke while the two were attending the French Desert Warfare Course in Djibouti, Africa. Davidson was awarded an Army Achievement Medal for his lifesaving actions and the Military Volunteer Medal for his activities during deployment.
UNT’s Veterans Day events include:
Nov. 10 (Saturday): Student veterans honored at UNT football game
Before the UNT Mean Green’s football game against the University of South Alabama Jaguars, student veterans will be honored at luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at UNT’s Gateway Center. The first 50 student veterans who registered each received a free ticket to the football game for a family member or friend who is not a UNT student, and had the opportunity to purchase two additional game tickets for $10.
Following the luncheon, the honored veterans and their guests will walk as a group to the game at Apogee Stadium. The game will include a military themed halftime show presented by UNT’s Green Brigade marching band.
Nov. 12 (Monday): Denton Courthouse on the Square Ceremony
At 11 a.m., UNT representatives will join with representatives from the Denton County Veterans Service Office and Texas Woman’s University in a ceremony on the lawn of Denton’s Courthouse on the Square, located at 110 W. Hickory St. Angela Shinn, women veterans coordinator for the Texas Veterans Commission, will be the guest speaker. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with an engineering management degree, Shinn served in III Corps at Fort Hood and in the 101st Airborne Division.
Nov. 15 (Thursday): UNT Speaks Out On Coming Home
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the UNT Libraries will sponsor UNT Speaks Out On Coming Home, a panel discussion the is part of the UNT Speaks Out Faculty Lecture Series. The discussion will take place in the Forum on the first floor of UNT’s Willis Library, which is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St.
The panelists will include Adriel Boals, UNT associate professor of psychology, who willl discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and other responses to trauma and stress in veterans; and Cindy Hasio, a doctoral student in art education, who will discuss methods and findings from a project she participated in related to how veterans narrated their experiences. In addition, Shelley Riggs, associate professor of psychology and director of the Family Attachment Lab, will discuss her Student Veteran Research Project and family relationships of veterans after deployment. Two student veterans will also participate in the panel.
Nov. 15 (Thursday): North Texas Wind Symphony presents rare performance of Prokofiev’s “Ode to the End of War”
At 7:30 p.m., the North Texas Wind Symphony, directed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, will present one of the few American live performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Ode to the End of War.” The piece, composed in 1945, calls for an exceptional grouping of eight harps and four grand pianos in addition to the wind symphony.
The concert will also include works by Leonard Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, Kyle Kindred, Chang Su Koh and UNT alumnus Michael Daugherty, and will feature College of Music guest conductors Nipat Kanchanahud and Kristopher Quaale. Ticket information is available at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling 940-369-7802.
Other events during the week include an induction ceremony for the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society; and workshops on anxiety and stress management, veterans disability benefits and UNT’s Boots-to-Books Loan Program, which offers student veterans needs-based, short-term loans in the form of credit to purchase books at the UNT Bookstore.
For more information, call the UNT Veterans Center at 940-369-8021.